- It Must Have Been The Devil - Jack Owens (from 'It Must Have Been The Devil'))
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
The Devil's Music
Everyone knows Satan loves the blues, right? I mean, he owns Robert Johnson's soul after all. Jack Owens was born in 1904, learned to play music throughout his childhood but never turned professional. Instead, while his friend and peer Bukka White went on to become one of the world's most respected bluesmen, Owens sold bootleg liquor and ran a juke joint at weekends. He was never recorded until he was in his 60s and his first albums didn't come out until the early-70s. 'It Must Have Been The Devil' was the second of these and features Owens' regular collaborator Bud Spires on harmonica. The title track is a long 'un, clocking in at almost 10 minutes. But in Hell, who's counting...?