Thursday, January 13, 2011

Mumblin' Biscuit Jefferson

The Blues began in American South, and intrinsic to the American Southerner is a tendency towards exaggeration. The tales are taller and the characters are larger than life.  In the history of the Blues, fact and fiction are often so closely intertwined that it is impossible to extract an objective truth about events surrounding a singer, a song, a city, or an event. Often this is the case because that is how the story is supposed to be told; a legend survives best when it is grand and epic.  Leadbelly played the guitar so sublimely he swayed the heart of a biggoted Texas govenor the he was granted a stay of execution. Robert Johnson went to a crossroads at midnight to sell his soul to the devil in exchange for the ability to play without equal.

It is in this tradition of blues mythology that I have created my own blues man, Mumblin Biscuit Jefferson.
Up until an incident where part of his tongue was cut off, he was just 'Biscuit' Jefferson.

Influences on this project include R. Crumb's illustrated history of the blues, Woody Allen's fictional Emmet Ray in the great movie 'Sweet and Low Down', the biscuits at the Mecca restauraunt in Dallas, TX, and a lifelong love of the music created by the incredible artists, known and unknown, who brought this unique sound to the world.   

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