The white man or woman who plays the blues is often forced to confront a long-standing stereotype: the idea among blues-brained purists that only black artists can truly sing about pain, loss and heartbreak. Of course, music history begs to differ with this notion. Some of the most wrist-slitting blues have come from ivory-skinned artists, while some of the genre's lamest, "whitest" efforts have been produced by people of a much darker color. Yet even if those in the blues-from-black-musicians-only crowd truly believe that white folks have no business wailing on a blues riff, they would be hard-pressed to deny that there is second demographic that can legitimately claim a cultural right to testify: the American Indian. After all, the government's sanctioned whipping (not to mention genocide) of the American Indian predates slavery and the Civil War -- historical events that gave birth to African-American blues music -- by hundreds of years. In some ways, then, it seems that if any race has a right to moan across America's original chord progressions, it's the nation's... More >>>