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Son Seals

Academic journal article Notes

Son Seals

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Son Seals. A Journey Through the Blues: The Son Seals Story. DVD. Produced by Peter Carlson. [Santa Fe: NM]: Sagebrush Productions, 2007. SB102. $17.99.

Though born in rural Arkansas, Frank "Son" Seals ultimately embodied a Chicago blues guitar and vocal style which friends and fans could identify within a riff. Son's father ran a juke joint in Osceola, Arkansas. He had thirteen (maybe fourteen) children, but Frank was the youngest, and known as "Son." He grew up listening and learning from the traveling old guard of blues players such as Robert Nighthawk and Albert King. A Journey Through the Blues: The Son Seals Story tells his story in a simple and direct manner, much like the man himself.

The DVD is segmented organically with phrases attributed to Son, such as "It Just Grew up In Me," and "Before You Develop There Is No You." There are interviews with Son, his family, and a host of friends ranging from Koko Taylor, a legend herself, to Steven Seagal, a fellow blues musician and fan. Dr. John, a credible authority on all things blues, says Son kept it all real. They all attest that Son was a regular guy who turned fiery when he played his guitar. No one ever had a bad word to say about him, except perhaps his ex-wife who shot him in the face and lodged a bullet in his jaw. Little known at the time, Bruce Iglauer of Alligator Records befriended Son on his arrival in Chicago, became his manager, and sold his records in 1973 from the back of his car. …

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