I play and listen to the old style Mississippi/Sonny Boy Williamson II blues. I’m not a fan of the Chicago style blues (amplified), listening to James Cotton this past year in Albany everything was amplified, the key board, guitars, mics around the drums and James harmonica and as a result it became nothing more than LOUD noise and you could not hear the singer at all.
I play almost exclusively 2nd position slow blues improv without the sturctured 12 bar blues type music. I rarely play 1st position using tabulature and if I do play a song it’s by ear or improv. I think the reason I like the You Tube Sonny Boy II videos is you can hear and see how to play the harp and it’s not overwhelming with background NOISE or even the amplified harp. I just like the slow, quiet 1920’s and 30’s blues and harp playing of the King Biscuit Band.
What do you guys like listen to and play?