The Blues Big Time

by Abby Wendle


Little Joe Mclerran is a old-fashioned bluesman. He’s only 30, but he dresses like someone in a black-and-white movie: top hat, tobacco pipe, and a guitar he calls a metal-bodied resonator with a single cone.

Joe’s played throughout the United States and Italy, and in 2010 he went to the Middle East as an official “Blues Ambassador.” Here, he tells us about the time he met a falcon and played a secret show in Saudi Arabia.

Watch Dizzie Gillespie get busy on the brass. Or, hear another song from Little Joe Mclerran (or you can visit his website.)