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For the next two licks we will explore the style of Fred McDowell. Although born in Memphis, McDowell spent most of his time in Como, Mississippi. McDowell is considered the first bluesman from the north Mississippi hill country. In this region a distinctive style of blues evolved. This style is hypnotic and drone-like, with very few chords. A direct link to African music! Another exponent of this style is R. L. Burnside who had great success with young, white audiences. McDowell was first recorded by Alan Lomax in 1959. He started playing slide with a pocket knife, later he used a rib bone and switched to glass for its clearer sound. The Rolling Stones recorded his 'You Got To Move’ on their Sticky Fingers album in 1971. This lick is an example of a drone-like vamp played in open D tuning. The tuned down guitar adds to the haunting quality of this music. When you play slide a lot of overtones occur. This makes it sound even more hypnotic. For this lick I’ve added tremolo.