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Marie Trout: why you love the blues...

Marie Trout – who has spent a lifetime immersed in the blues as life-and-business partner of her husband Walter – she reveals why the music has such a primal effect on musicians and listeners

The voice over the phone is fast-paced and soft. The language is understated and unflashy – yet perfectly articulated – alluding to a cultured Cambridge pedigree. I am talking to a man who was influential in bringing blues music to white audiences in the 1950s. His name is Chris Barber, the British jazz trombonist, and I ask him what it was about blues music that caught his attention. “Well,” he says. “It was kind of life-altering music in a way.

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