Song of the Day: Paul Butterfield’s Better Days, “Too Many Drivers”

Happy heavenly birthday to Paul Butterfield, who would be 80 years old today. I learned a lot about playing harmonica from listening to his records, both with the Chicago-based Butterfield Blues Band and the Woodstock-based Better Days. “Too Many Drivers” was written by Andrew Hogg and appeared on Better Days’ second album, 1973’s It All Comes Back.

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Paul Butterfield’s Better Days, “Too Many Drivers”

  1. I think they were the first to “go electric’ at Newport as I believe they were on before Dylan’s more publicized appearance. However, you would be the authority on that one John. I worked at a bar were the manager played a mean blues harp usually after the place closed for the night, can’t play anything if my life depended on it so I’m always impressed with those who can!

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    1. That’s right, they were on before Dylan and people were furious that they were even invited. Imagine their shock when half the band stays on stage when Dylan comes out carrying a Stratocaster…

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  2. I love what I’ve heard from them. I play harmonica but mostly Bob Dylan style…I never could bend a note worth a dam

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    1. It was the original Butterfield Blues Band that helped Dylan go electric– not Paul, but Mike Bloomfield, Sam Lay, and Jerome Arnold. I think Al Kooper (who wasn’t with the band) was there, too.

      I had no trouble bending the “draw” notes (where you’re sucking air in), but never mastered bending by overblowing, and like Butterfield, didn’t go past the seventh hole. I was just starting to do those things when life got in the way…

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