One of the fascinating aspects of blues music is its ebb and flow of popularity and obscurity interwoven with its simple roots and sophisticated present. I often find myself listening to a lot of obscure blues music, which is not difficult to do; there's a ton of it out there. Though the history of the blues is steeped in oral tradition and very little original written information about the pioneers of the blues exists, a lot of early blues guys and gals were fortunate enough to have had the proverbial "record" button pushed in a studio or radio station. That's good news for us, as obscurity is no longer a death blow to music, but a mere obstacle or annoyance. With the click of a mouse, we can make infinite copies of the music which, before the digital revolution, would have been doomed to fates worse than obscurity.

Such is the case with Titus Turner. In the summer, I was listening to some 'obscure' blues tracks trying to find a song I liked to record for Christmas. After a lot of searching, up popped Mr. Turner's "Christmas Morning Blues". I gave it a listen and loved it immediately; so did the other guys when I played it for them. In a few hours' time, we learned and began recording our cover of "Christmas Morning Blues" and had a ton of fun doing it.

Far from a serious take on a blues message, this little ditty is our tribute to the hope of resurrecting and giving life to some songs that may have once been doomed to the land of forgottenness.

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