By Todd Prodanovich
Santa Barbara Independent
Texan blues master Nat Dove graced the campus of UCSB on Wednesday, August 19, with a lecture on the origins of blues music in the United States. He came at the request of Black Studies Department professor Clyde Woods. The lecture lasted for roughly an hour, which Dove spent showing film, photos, and other images from the early days of blues music, and demonstrating the musical differences between his craft and the music of the time. Dove was also greeted in Woods' classroom by some prominent members of the Santa Barbara Blues Society, which has deep roots in the community and much recognition abroad. "I think the Santa Barbara Blues Society is the oldest blues society in the world," Dove said. The Texan blues master explained that he has had a relationship with the society for 35 years, and that they have allowed for the blues to have a significant presence in the community.