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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Blues Guitarists
PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:11 pm 
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Well it's your list, my man. It's just that Alvin has often been criticized for his recklessness and lack of subtletly and control. And those things are certainly very important in blues playing. He can play blues, but it just sounds like typical generic white-boy kinda stuff. Certainly nowhere near as convincing as people like Clapton, Green, Montoya, etc.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Blues Guitarists
PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:18 pm 
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Victim Of Changes wrote:
Well it's your list, my man. Certainly nowhere near as convincing as people like Clapton, Green, Montoya, etc.


That's why his ranking is lower. Thanks for your views. Any time you want to talk Blues feel free. What is your experience, who have you seen 'live'. What records do you own or play the most. There are quite a few who post here who simply like to talk Blues not just argue over the list. Nick-ola is one. He introduced me to a British group called Chicken Shack that I'd heard of but didn't know the music. Still listen to them today.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Blues Guitarists
PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:31 pm 
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I havent seen any blues artists live. I've been to two concerts in my life - one was Ted Nugent/Alice Cooper (which was awesome), and the other was a local band called Uncle Knucklefunk. Had I lived in the golden age of music, my concert experience would be much greater, I assure you.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Blues Guitarists
PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:44 pm 
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So you're in a good position to start seeing people now and build on those experiences. Check out as many as you can, even in the small clubs wherever you live. Don't just wait for the big rock shows. Most clubs are inexpensive and the memories are priceless. I saw Savoy Brown with Kim Simmonds playing a flying V in a local place called The Golden Bear that I'm quite sure the couple 100 people there that night also remember vividly and the country Blues of Leon Redbone at the same place later that was as real as it gets.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Blues Guitarists
PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 12:14 pm 
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Rick wrote:
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Love Coco Montoya, but thats a very high placing.


O.K. tell me where you think he should be. I don't have a problem moving him. I saw him a long time ago in a small club in Manhatten Beach, CA and he was off the charts good that night, Mayall was so pleased he stayed for an unscheduled second set. Great memory.


I actually saw Coco for the first time this year and yes it was a great show. I just cant see him above Walter. The last few Trout albums have had some wonderful material and his live show a couple of weeks ago was the most balanced and entertaing of the dozen or so times I have seen him. Yes sometimes, Its just a barrage of notes, but no one gigs harder, tours more or loves it more than he does. This 'slow' blues tribute to Jeff Healey is wonderful





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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Blues Guitarists
PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 3:50 pm 
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Have almost finished a Blues guitarist revision for # 51-100
Any suggestions are welcome if based on list criteria. Thanks. Walter is on this list......50-65, haven't finished phone and e-interviews yet. Very soon, maybe tomorrow.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Blues Guitarists
PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:30 am 
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I guess the obvious one is a substantial move up for Bonamassa now that he has become some sort of superstar

Ive recently invested in a few Snowy White albums. Not many know that most of his solo releases are blues and very good they are as well. Big Bill Broonzy is arguably one of the greatest bluesmen and his guitar playing was pretty influential, so he could easily make the list.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Blues Guitarists
PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 6:25 pm 
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Bonamassa and Broonzy are on the revised list but not White. So far.

O.K. first revision is up.............however, my e-interviews are not completed so some things may yet change.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Blues Guitarists
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I'm liking the look of this - especially the top 9 (Johnny Winter's pretty high for me)

Sometimes its tough to seperate the Bluesman from the Blues Guitarist, so I'll give some though to that. There are so many old great blues players. One other that could make the list is 'Guitar Shorty' and he's in his 70's and still going strong !
He's there, look again.............


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Blues Guitarists
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I like that Alvin Lee has moved up a little. On the other hand, why is Gallagher even lower? He was already low while he is considered to be one of the best white blues guitarists. And does Robin Trower really belong on this list? I'm no expert on his stuff but he sounds more like a heavy rock Hendrix-wannabe than a real bluesman.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Blues Guitarists
PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:26 pm 
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Doctor_Pik_Jr wrote:
I like that Alvin Lee has moved up a little. On the other hand, why is Gallagher even lower? And does Robin Trower really belong on this list?


I get many PM's. Actually many more than the number of posts seen here. Anyway, knowing I'm working on the revision I'm getting complaints that Rory was always 90% rock yada yada. He did have a clear Blues thread as my criteria states so I don't have a problem moving him. As I said it's just the first revision so let me know your thoughts. What did you think of the above Alvin Lee video ? Trower ?well he has been doing Blues for a lot of years since his heyday and gigged in Blues clubs before his Procul Harum hire. But hey, let me know your thoughts.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Blues Guitarists
PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:28 am 
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Rory Gallagher no problem. He is blues through and through. The higher slot the better.

IMO Trower is a 'blues' guitarist as well, but the line is a little more blurred I guess. He is unlikely to lay down a 12 bar blues standard and the Hendrix comparisons are clear to see, but he is obviously heavily blues based and gets the nod for me


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Blues Guitarists
PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:29 am 
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The Seeker wrote:
Rory Gallagher no problem. He is blues through and through. The higher slot the better.

IMO Trower is a 'blues' guitarist as well, but the line is a little more blurred I guess. He is unlikely to lay down a 12 bar blues standard and the Hendrix comparisons are clear to see, but he is obviously heavily blues based and gets the nod for me


Rory
http://www.youtube.com/v/Yml4V-zcf3A?fs=1&hl=en_US

Robin
http://www.youtube.com/v/ehwVhGrbG4w?fs=1&hl=en_US


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Blues Guitarists
PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:08 am 
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I saw Rory 3 or 4 times and they were some of the most exciting shows I've ever seen. Sheer adrenaline. (great clip)

Saw Trower a couple of years ago, loved the show although he looks like one of the walking dead these days and Davey Pattison (vox) looked like my grandad


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Blues Guitarists
PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:53 pm 
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I saw Trower at the height of the Bridge of Sighs tour. Then I saw him in a small club in the mid 90's doing the Blues. Had a grand time. Never saw Rory but I was introduced to him via 'Taste' I still have the vinyl. Blister On The Moon, Leavin' Blues, Catfish....stuff like that.


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