Pioneer and Legend Baumwolle Baumwolle
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In 1968, I tried to form a trio, that was supposed to rhythmisize country blues, like Johnny Shines and the young Muddy Waters did in post-war Chicago, but after a few gigs, the project broke up, because my sidemen were more into Clapton and Mayall, than going for Robert Johnson and Son House.
Just at that time, I happened to come in touch with Johnny Parth, then founder of "Roots Records", a first rate label, specializing in all styles of authentic prewar blues. From then on, I could dig into the music like I never could before. Still today, I admire Johnnys "Document Records" along with the later founded vintage series of "Wolf" as the most representative collections of all time. With Johnny’s Roots-Records in my hand, I swore, never to touch the world of music-entertainment again and establish my name as introductor and trademark for living blues artistry. I was in my early twenties and steamed up with creative power.
First thing, I had to manage, was to wash out my viennese accent and get rid of my Elvis-flavor, when it came to sing the blues. The other problem was to find a stylish direction, not to be visually mistaken for an Elvis clone. Finally, I gave it up to be somebody else, because I could'nt get black anyway and I knew very well, that Elvis' upcoming was also deeply rooted in the country-blues. So I carried on with my fifties style, but playing strictly prewar blues, slightly flavored with some of Elvis' early stage antics. In fact, this produced some additional confusion and my life wound up in some kind of social isolation, because I simply did not fit the stylish requirements of the era. So I stood there, amidst hippies and bob dylan clones, displaying my slicked back hair, complete with sideburns, slacks and two-toned shoes....but hell, I was different. And that was I wanted to be.
But the times, they were a-changin, as Bob Dylan once stated and some unheard artists came to light, as the mass media jumped the bandwagon in 1967. The Austrian Broadcasting Company founded a progressive sidekick to ist formal program, called Ö3. The station’s broadcasting concept followed the change towards the upcoming rock-revolution of the late 60s and informed about the latest political trends of the `68 students movement.