Watch the Satterday Night online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from Blues Bass Survival Guide
This slow 12/8 blues is based on the song "Night Time" performed by B.B. King, but written by Willie Nelson. This gives you an indication of how diverse the blues is. This one is dedicated to Louis Satterfield, who was a trombone player for artists like Earth Wind and Fire and Phil Collins but was also a great bass player for the legendary record label Chess Records. He played on the live recording of “Night Time” for B.B. King as well as with many other legendary blues artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf and Willie Dixon. Though he was not solely a blues bass player, Louis, like many other well rounded bass players had a great feel for the blues. This groove is an 8 or 16 bar blues, depending on what time signature is used, versus the 12 bar blues form. It has some alternate chord changes also including a turnaround in the last couple of bars that goes from the 1 to the flat 3, then walks down chromatically back to the 1 for the start of a new phrase.