Playlist: Jobless Blues
Published: Friday, April 13, 2012
Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 16:08
So, it’s almost May. If you’re like me, a graduating senior, you’re tenuously balancing a regular courseload, work, and applying for any and every job available.
Perhaps you’re a little down in the dumps thinking about the culmination of your collegiate career; or perhaps you’re just angry about applying for the millions of jobs.
Here’s a playlist called the Jobless Blues. It’s heavy on the blues, and should probably be consumed with an alcoholic beverage (if you’re old enough to consume), after a hard day of applying for jobs you won’t get.
Alabama Shakes – Hold On
Featuring a classic, delta blues (most recently used by Adele) lead singer, Alabama Shakes is a fantastic new re-imagination of the dirty blues.
Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears – Sugarfoot
Hey, you’ll get a job eventually (I told myself). Here’s an upbeat, bluesy tune from a fantastic Austin band.
Robert Johnson – Dead Shrimp Blues
Robert Johnson, as legend had it, sold his soul to the devil for blues prowess. It worked. But sadly, he passed away at the age of 27.
Muddy Waters – Got My Mojo Workin’
Muddy Waters is considered the father of Chicago blues. He took the delta blues, threw it in a frying pan, added a liberal amount of Cajun seasoning, whiskey, Gibson guitar, harmonica, catfish, and Bluegrass. Go ahead and ask legends like Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, when you get the chance, what they think about Waters.
The Rolling Stones- The Spider and the Fly
That tangent about the Stones made me want to add this track. My favorite, perhaps, of these particular Brits.
The Black Keys – Gold On the Ceiling
Time to get over the Jobless Blues with these blues rockers.