Anyone who loves the blues music has to have a blues car to go
with their passion. What would Fats Domino be without a blues
car? What would Bo Diddley or Blind Lemon Jefferson be without
a blues car? Well, for one thing it would be a miracle because
one was blind and both are dead.
But, you get my point, don't you. A blues
musician needs an appropriate car to go with the whole persona.
It doesn't matter if they have cheap car insurance and a weathered
leather interior, it's all about the look of the exterior of the
car. The Blues Brothers starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd
had two blues cars: a 1968 Cadillac Fleetwood and a Dodge Monaco
Now, the Cadillac Fleetwood is a true blues car, but the Dodge
Monaco, not so much. In fact, my first car as a teenager was a
Dodge Monaco and it symbolized anything but the blues music, except
for the fact that I was very sad driving that old rust bucket
and wished I was driving me a big ole Cadillac.
Now, a blues car is definitely not a hybrid. You won't find John
Lee Hooker driving around in no Prius. Once again because he is
dead. But, also because that is just not a blues car.
No my friend (or critic as you may be) a blues car for great
musicians has to be big, has to be a gas guzzler, cannot be green
and has to be decorated to the hilt with bling. What blues car
does B. B. King drive? How about Robert Cray? How about the Fabulous
Thunderbirds? Do you think perhaps they drive Thunderbirds? They
could. They should.
Besides your big ass Cadillac, the Thunderbird is about the only
vehicle that is blues car approved along with a few older model
cars. You don't want your Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
driving around in a Honda Civic. Once again because he's dead.
But also again because that would be just plain silly.
No my friend, blues musicians need a blues car. That is just
the way it is. This keeps the universe in balance and keeps order
in the spiritual world. The minute we have an iconic blues guitarist
tooling around in a VW bug, we are all finished. You and me, kaput.