God claims the other half of my backline

A few weeks after Levon Helm’s death, Donald “Duck” Dunn is gone. You might have seen him playing that bass and smoking that pipe in The Blues Brothers movie (or the godawful Blues Brothers 2000 sort-of-sequel). But the fact is, he laid down a groove for a whole generation of musicians who loved Memphis music. Here’s a nice piece on him from The New York Times.

Update 5/14: Here’s a nice appreciation on NPR.org. On my Facebook timeline, I noted that Dunn and Helm grew up a short distance away from each other, right on the Mississippi River delta. “You could feel that rich soil under your feet every time they played,” I wrote. That’s the feeling I try to conjure up when I’m on stage.

Previously: The end game on The Show | Hokum home

Write a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *