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Rippin Blues Guitarist

Discussion in 'Music Forums' started by turnitup, Jan 1, 2015.

  1. grillebilly

    grillebilly Empty Head Subscriber

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    Lots of killer guitarists out there, for my money Ronnie Earl has the best tone and style of any living blues guitarist. Bloomfield was great, but his records were not that good. His live stuff was best. Johnny Winter shined before his heroin days. Dave Gonzalez of The Paladins is the closest to SRV in style and sound as anyone else. Magic Sam could play better than anyone in his short life.
     

     

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    Cactus Bob Desert Rat Subscriber

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  4. similost

    similost Rockin and Rollin....

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    I can't believe no one has mentioned Lightnin' Hopkins... Not fancy Stevie type guitar, but it's good down to the roots blues...
     
  5. onwardjames

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    I think it took 18 posts to get to this man. +1.

    Also, spin "Nobody's Fault But Mine" by original blueman Blind Willie Johnson. His slide work was phenomenal.
     
  6. grillebilly

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    Two different genres altogether , James. To the un-initiated, when you ask them if they like blues, SRV is immediately presented as the water-bearer. Roots blues is a lost art in the white/electric/blues/rock genre. I think many of us, myself included, spent time worshiping blazing fast guitarists until we discovered what the blues really is. :smoke:
    No disrespect meant to Caucasian guitar players, or any other race, creed or color :D
     

     

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  7. I.R.Brainiac

    I.R.Brainiac Super Member

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    A 3rd vote for Chris Duarte...Texas boy dontcha know. ;)
     
  8. Mystic

    Mystic We're all born mad

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    Chris Whitley does some mean slide, maybe a bit more countrified blues than you're seeking. And when he felt like it, Muddy Waters could rip some blues riffs, esp. in the '50s portion of his career. I'm sure Buddy Guy's already been mentioned, but I'll mention anyway in case not.
     
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    Mystic We're all born mad

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    Magic Sam
    West Side Soul
    Delmark, 1967

    Magic Sam
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    Delmark, 1968

    Has Son Seals been mentioned?
     
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    +2 for Johnny Winter
     
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  12. similost

    similost Rockin and Rollin....

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    Yeah.. I guess Rick.. When I think SRV, I think more southern rock than I think blues..... I don't think real blues... When I want to hear blues,Ii look to people like Hopkins, Muddy, BB, Joe Turner, T-bone... I started listening blues, long before I found out about SRV.. I guess living in the deep south helped me learn about blues..
     
  13. finnbow

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    Elmore James hasn't been mentioned yet. One of the greatest and most influential slide players ever, with a huge influence upon Duane Allman.
     
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  14. grillebilly

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    We are old timers. For many, SRV was their introduction to blues, and that's not a bad thing. For people my age it may have been Johnny Winter's first album on Columbia. Or the British Invasion bands. Whatever lead us down the road to discover the greats, the pioneers, innovators, songwriters, stylists, and so on is OK.

    Some say SRV's brother Jimmy is a better blues guitarist, not for me to say, but if that is so Stevie is way down on the list. I saw SRV a few times in small clubs and he really did impress me. He crushed every song to little pieces. We all went out and bought his first record. It's been about 25 years since I played mine.
     
  15. SD_GR

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    My two recommendations would be Rory Gallagher and Rory Gallagher. Also consider Rory Gallagher.
     
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    Can you recommend an album?
     

     

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    Any details on this live Red House version by WT?
    thanks
     
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  19. wrbear

    wrbear A man of many talents...a master of none...

    Double voting sorry....was listening and had too....@ 1:55 in the video...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEcnoXOO_5g

    A short story....Saw him in a club a while back. He was flirting with some lady in the audience. She started to leave...he followed her out the door and to the courtyard. I'm sure he was asking for a phone number...didn't skip a beat on the tune! :)
     
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  20. stoutblock

    stoutblock If it sounds good, it is good... Subscriber

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    Some good ones here. I greatly enjoy Peter Green's blues guitar work.
     

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