Horrified by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, Chicago blues guitarist Dave Specter turned to his guitar and his longtime friend, harmonica great Billy Branch. Specter wrote a tribute to Floyd titled “The Ballad of George Floyd” and Delmark Records released it digitally 9/9. The song will appear with “How Low Can One Man Go” on one side of a special vinyl release, and an original etching of Mr. Floyd graces the flip side. Look for it later this fall. Branch sings and plays harp, Specter sings and plays electric guitar, John Kattke plays keyboards, while Danny Shaffer contributes acoustic guitar.
Specter recalls, “I wrote the song a few days after George Floyd was murdered and the lyrics pretty much wrote themselves. Injustice’s toll from an endless cycle of racist violence and police brutality. // Continue to the full article