Ramblin’ Dan Stevens: Blues 101 / streaming video

Ramblin’ Dan Stevens: Blues 101

Recorded live on January 16, 2024 in the Waterbury Public Library’s SAL room.



Watch as “Ramblin” Dan Stevens guides us through the history of blues music in America. His educational and entertainingmultimedia presentation will include classic blues pieces played on authentic vintage instruments.

The music is traced chronologically through its development in different regions of the south and follows the great African American migration to important centers like Memphis, Chicago, and beyond. The roots of rock and roll, jazz and even hip hop can be traced to this important form.  Of special interest are pieces performed on Dan’s homemade, three stringed “Cigar Box Guitar” and one stringed “Diddley Bow”, both primitive instruments used by early bluesmen and played with a “bottleneck” slide.

About Ramblin’ Dan Stevens

Presenter Ramblin’ Dan Stevens is a veteran touring bluesman and teacher who has entertained audiences throughout the US, Germany, UK, Canada, and the Virgin Islands.  As a finalist in the International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, and protege of the legendary folk and blues icon, Dave Van Ronk, Dan has been lauded for his ability as a raconteur and for the authenticity of his approach gained by many years on the road as a traveling blues musician.