Desperate Man Blues

Desperate Man Blues. You’ve got to see it. This guy, Joe Bussard. He lives in Maryland, a place called Frederick. Goes to the same diner every day, three times a day since his wife died, because it’s the only place he can find outside his own home where they don’t play contemporary music. He’s been collecting 78s his whole life. Blues, bluegrass, hillbilly, gospel, jazz. Anything from the Twenties and Thirties. Willie McTell, Charley Patton, guys like that.

I think at one point Bussard says that music was in really top flight from around 1925 to 1933 and then things started to go downhill – and you’re so into the stuff by then that you agree with him.

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