What got me into the Blues?
When I was a kid, I was looking through my older brother's album collection (the one who years later lived next to Nick).
I pulled out what looked like a Monty Python LP. On the front cover was a heavily pregnant nun holding an enormous albatross! So I stuck it the turn table and second song in, I heard something that blew me away. It was a tune called "Coming Home" and featured what I later found out was a slide guitar. The album was "Pious Bird of Good Omen" and the name of the band was Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. Well, that was it for me, I was hooked
Because this was the days before the Internet, a trip to the library and a little detective work revealed that this song was a cover version of a tune by a man called Elmore James. This, in turn, led to trips to "The Spinning Disk" record shop in Sunderland to spend my saved up pocket money on albums found in the Blues section.
It was a musical journey that led me to Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Leadbelly and later Jimi Hendrix and Rory Gallagher.