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Danny Kalb

Blues guitarist, composer, and singer/songwriter Danny Kalb has been around Brooklyn so long that he runs the risk of being nicknamed "the mayor of Brooklyn." (Kalb's mentor, the late folk-blues singer and guitarist Dave Van Ronk, was so associated with certain Lower Manhattan basket houses that he was often referred to as "the mayor of MacDougal Street.") Kalb has enjoyed a successful solo career in the ensuing years, but he is perhaps still best known for founding the Blues Project, a groundbreaking 1960s blues-rock group, in 1965. Kalb was a big part of the 1960s renaissance of blues and folk music, which involved blues becoming hugely popular among white suburban audiences for the first time, as they were exposed to classic bluesmen like Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, and others at folk festivals. African-American bluesmen and women like John Lee Hooker, Hurt, James, Rev. Gary Davis, Muddy Waters, Big Bill Broonzy, and Big Mama Thornton, who lacked much formal education, found validation, new identities, and new audiences as white folks packed theaters and outdoor folk festivals to see them perform.

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