Jeff Norwood not a rocker 

The Carolina bluesman sets us straight

City Paper received a note last week from blues singer/guitarist Jeff Norwood, a veteran player in the Lowcountry. He took issue with the blurb that ran with the listing for his Sept. 11 show at the Surf Bar on Folly Beach, which read, "Camden-based singer/guitarist Norwood plays old Delta blues and rock standards and some slide-guitar songs." He wasn't pleased with the general description.

"Thanks for the ink, but let's get one thing straight: I do not play rock standards. Some Delta, but don't ever print that again. I'd rather not get the ink. I play real motherfucking blues from the straight. I have been around and learned my shit the hard way down the road in Mississippi and south Georgia jukes from people who invented rock 'n' roll, and I ain't no Charleston white boy wannabe. Fuck that shit."

Listening back some of the tunes on his recent studio album Awendaw, we might adjust his listing to something like "down-low, swampy blues, laden with slide guitar and devilish crooning," or something. "Black Dark" is still our favorite track.

Of course, no disrespect was intended. He returns to the Surf Bar on Fri. Sept. 24. Visit jeffnorwoodblues.com for more.

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