Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Canned Heat

I grew up listening to the Best of Canned Heat on a tape cassette...what is it about "Goin' Up Country" that it was just as good a midwest skateboard anthem as it was (originally) Woodstock hippie anthem? Such a strange sound to that song: the flute riff, Alan Wilson's awesome high voice, etc. It's gotta be one of the earliest eco-hits-- 'Blind Owl' Wilson was already (late 60s) massively depressed by the direction humanity was/is headed--I think he was singing about more than a weekend upstate! Just recently a friend played me the 1969 album "Living the Blues" which pushes the Heat's snappy Chicago blues sound a little beyond into psychedelic moments. Check it out, and dig deeper into the Canned Heat story to find a band of music-freaks and scholars, buddies of John Fahey who "re-discovered" (i.e., physically located and even bought new instruments for) Charlie Patton, Son House & others and then JAMMED with them.
Living The Blues on vinyl

1 comment:

Rebecca Davis Winters said...

Alan Wilson was indeed one of the earliest rock musicians to take up the cause of ecology. "Going Up the Country" so beautifully expresses his love of nature, which was his refuge in life.

For more on the musical genius of Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson of Canned Heat, you can check out my biography of him at Thanks and don't forget to boogie!