I’d Rather Go Blind by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa – Live in Amsterdam
“I’d Rather Go Blind” is a blues song written by Ellington Jordan and co-credited to Billy Foster and Etta James. It was first recorded by Etta James in 1967, released in 1968, and has subsequently become regarded as a blues and soul classic. It was used in the end credits of Firewatch.
The more I listen to it, the more I understand the power of this song! Beth’s expressive voice supported by the Hammond organ, very effective brass, and drums, and in the middle of this song, the apotheosis with this Dantean guitar solo with such precise notes, absolute accuracy and musical fluidity, the length and intensity of vibrato so well mastered, all done with great modesty. An intention as well delivered, frankly, at this level, this song cuts across art, it’s closer to the divine. What a beautiful musical moment!
So powerful, emotional, and evocative. There’s nothing like her in any musical era. This song is an absolute masterpiece.