Guitar KingJan 16, 2020
Maybe the best thing about Guitar King, David Dann's brick-like new biography of Michael Bloomfield, is how it succeeds in putting the guitarist's post-rock-star output into context. I missed the big bang of 1964's The Butterfield Blues Band, but having read Bloomfield's 1979 Guitar Player interview countless times in my late teens, I managed to round up copies of Super Session, the first Electric Flag record and the Takoma LP Between The Hard Place And The Ground while the outer crust of my electric blues sensibilities was still cooling. Having heard Bloomfield's burning Les Paul on "Albert's Shuffle," "Texas" and "Your Friends," I was pretty baffled when I first encountered the guitarist's later, more acoustic LPs. There had been a lot of talk in the GP interview about people like Blind Lemon Jefferson and Tampa Red, but since I didn't know what they sounded like yet, it hadn't meant much to me at the time.