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Bluesbreakers: Doug Hream Blunt

Lost for three decades, this west coast cult hero is the greatest bluesman you’ve never heard of...

Until he actually picks up the phone, we have our doubts that Doug Hream Blunt even exists. The man is a rumour, a cult figure whose name prompts (mostly) blank stares and (very occasional) nods of recognition and respect. It’s been three decades since Blunt released any music, yet exist he does, as proved by a new compilation gathering his long-deleted material, and the warm chuckle at the end of the line. “I’m living in San Francisco,” he says. “Today I’m writing a blues song about the subway.”

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