(The Blues) The recent generations of blues musicians won't be able to do enough to save the genre, says an American museum boss and author. Robert Santelli, executive director of Los Angeles' Grammy Museum and writer of two encyclopedic blues books, believes it could already be too late to save the music.
"We're in danger of the blues becoming a historical music form like Dixieland or big band. They're still performed and celebrated – but they don't speak to young people," He tells STL Today. "Blues is becoming less and less relevant in contemporary times. I don't think you can stop that tide. It's going to go where it's going to go."
Part of the problem, he feels, is that electronic music is the first popular genre to have no base in the blues. "The blues is and continues to be the bedrock of American music," he reflects. "From the blues, everything else sprouted. Electronic dance music is totally disconnected – Skrillex and Kaskade are not referencing the blues." more on this story