"THE BLUES - WHY IT STILL HURTS SO GOOD"
Why does blues music today have primarily a white, baby boomer audience?
This question is fully explored in the first work of its kind: a thorough exploration of why current audiences become passionate, joyous, and die-hard fans who find community in the blues. This book is based on research peppered with stories from the author’s life with blues artist Walter Trout, interview segments with various blues artists, and collective insights of many blues industry professionals and fans.
READ WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"What a monumental discourse into the mysteries and pleasures of the blues and a wonderful addition to one’s library.”
- John Mayall, “the Godfather of British Blues,” Blues Hall of Fame inductee
"This book is wildly, incredibly brilliant. I never knew why I loved the blues - and now I do. What a fabulous read."
- Caroline Myss, New York Times best-selling author of Anatomy of the Spirit
“Marie Trout's, THE BLUES, is a fascinating work of social history about fans of blues music. Her insightful analysis also sheds new light on events in the broader society and her findings will be of great interest to sociologists and social psychologists.”
- Raymond Moody MD, PhD, world-renowned scholar and researcher, New York Times best-selling, award-winning author of Life After Life
“Incredible research unearthing things I never knew! Totally captivating.”
- Jim Gaines, Grammy-winning producer/engineer Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Lee Hooker
In a rapidly changing world, the blues invites us to connect. It is like a good friend that doesn’t let you down. Whether we turn the car radio to a blues station, put on an album by a favorite artist, or go out to hear a blues band live, the blues is comforting and always accessible. It allows us to connect to ourselves, each other, to those who came before, and to restorative forays into the experiential. The blues doesn't inspire revolution or protest. It helps us find our equilibrium when the world turns upside down.