On the Benefits of Being a Baritone

Trey was remarking, sitting back in his easy chair, that he no longer envies them high-hittin' roquers of yore, now they's in their pastures.

Why? Cos now they got to wheedle around their greatest hits, sans those high notes, power and simple hip-swingin' youthful sass.

Now, while the ladies may attest to Trey's hips still a-swingin', him finding the grain in his voice at an age when most roquestars are dusting their broom, is something of an asset. Plus, secretly, there's a metric tonne of great singers who is secretly baritonal. So that squeaky voice thing is either genre thing or an anachronism*. Actually, both.

Of course, this guy has no need to make excuses, after a stellar record.



Oddly, contemporary blues has much lower voices than before – check out Robert Johnson, Skip James, Tommy Johnson, and so on. John Lee Hooker's early days was high too, though now he's more famous for that growwwlll.

Compare:



To:



And it only got more baritone, viz the Healer.

Though certain guys (hey, and mebbe girls!) were also peddling the low end.



And, naturally Leonard C, Johnny C, and James M. But this guy took the proverbial biscuit, most enviably. And he roqued a real man's moustache.


So let's raise a glass to low-end lovers, with and without facial hair.

 
* And some of these guys could hardly hit the notes live even in their heyday. We call some cheatin' on that.

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