My brother also got R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country for Christmas. It is an amazing book of illustrations done by the famous comic artist R. Crumb of the old time musicians that he is fanatical for. It came out a few years ago, so I bet there a good share of you that are aware of the book already, but I really just wanted to share the compilation that come included with it. All the artists featured on the compilation can be found in the book and were picked by R. Crumb as examples the sounds he is celebrating. It is broken into the three genres mentioned into the titled, with a third of it being for each blues, country and jazz. All are equally pleasurable to the ear, and I was only somewhat familiar with some of the blues musicians. The jazz and country tracks are unlike almost anything I'd ever heard outside perhaps an inadequate facsimile in films. While you'll have to buy the book to enjoy the wonderful art of the unique R. Crumb, at least you'll get a taste of why he is so excited about these musicians if you hear this compilation.
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R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country