Who is the Blues Guy you DON'T get?

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  1. MarkDyson

    MarkDyson Blues Hound Wannabe

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    The two GnR songs I actually like a lot are Patience and November Rain; for the latter I skip to the next song once the heavy, repetitious outro kicks in. I'm working on solo acoustic/vocal versions of both but it's been a back-burner project lately. :confused:
     
  2. JPsuff

    JPsuff Satisfaction is complacency

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    Actually, I have always thought of SRV as more of a Jazz guy than a Blues guy in the same way that I've always thought of the Allman Brothers Band not as Blues band but rather as a Jazz band that plays Blues.

    But straight Jazz generally doesn't pay the bills so Blues (or Blues Rock) it is!
     
  3. Al Holloway

    Al Holloway Bristol UK

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    Which is interesting and proves we all like different things and thats good. For me early JoBo leaves me cold. I just thought he played to many dammed notes. With no soul. His later stuff he appears to my ear to have learnt the art of playing only the notes that matter. Though saying that I don't have much stuff by him. I think one cd I bought and one he gave away free. So don't really get the idolisation some people have for him. Robert Cray though loved him from the first I saw him back in the 80's with Clapton at the RAH. Got 5-6 albums and still play a lot by him.

    As the French would say "Vive le difference"

    cheers

    Al.
     
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  4. CaptainMoto

    CaptainMoto Blues Voyager

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    As a general trend lately, I seem to be favoring the players with a little more raw character then those that are polished to perfection.
    Tab Benoit, Mike Zito, Popa Chubby even Gary Clark Jr come to mind.
    I was mesmerized first time I saw Melody Angle.

    I enjoy and envy guys like Joe B, I'm drawn more the the less accomplished players.
    Eric Clapton always shows up on my hit list.
     
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  5. paparaptor

    paparaptor Central Scrutinizer
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    One of the things I really enjoy is maintaining my song of the day list and posting a new song every day. I try and not just go with the names everyone knows. About once a month, I check out this site https://www.rootsmusicreport.com/charts/view/album/genre/blues/weekly for new recordings by artists I wouldn't otherwise be exposed to. Just about everyone turns out some form of YouTube video these days, even if it's just a photo of their album cover with a track behind it.

    I would much rather share new artists I enjoy than talking about existing artists I don't.

    So, I'm unashamedly temporarily hijacking the thread for just a moment. A couple of weeks ago, I met a young man who was the road manager for my son's east coast tour. Arin (my son) was busy with some early admission attendees when we arrived at the venue, so we had a chance to meet Matt Di Panni and talk to him. Turns out he plays bass for a LA based band called "The Mowgli's" (yes, the name is possessive) that's been around for a few years. After we got home, I searched to see if they had any videos and found several. Somehow, I was expecting something dark and sinister, but instead I found this.
     
  6. CaptainMoto

    CaptainMoto Blues Voyager

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    That is pretty dark and sinister......:cautious:.......LOVE ?:eek:
     
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  7. Crossroads

    Crossroads Thump the Bottom

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    I've always contended very few people would know who Jimmy Vaughn was, if not for his brother.

    Solid rhythm player, I'll give him that.

    As a soloist he always seemed flat, and left me uninspired.
     
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  8. OG_Blues

    OG_Blues Guitar Geezer

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    Ya, I have always wondered when that Clapton guy was going to learn how to play better too.
    :D:D:D;):ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
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  9. blackcoffeeblues

    blackcoffeeblues Student Of The Blues

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    Yeah I kinda feel the same way, (sorry guys)-- but Robert Cray don't do much for me either and I tried-- but again nor does Clapton--
    so what do I know??/ nuttin.
     
  10. JohnHurley

    JohnHurley Blues Junior

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    So Big Mike yeah everyone has their likes and biases not going to throw you any shade.

    AC DC admittedly can to some come off as commercial produced to sell rock and roll. But i like the attitude and well shorts so hey each to their own.

    GNR and Kiss are two examples of stuff i dont care for but hey ...

    I cant think of Blues guys i wouldnt listen to much but for the most part Jazz and Classical stuff i just dont care for. Unless its anything by King Crimson i will now appreciate it.

    I struggled with Larks Tongues in Aspic for decades ha ha before starting to finally love it.
     
  11. MarkRobbins

    MarkRobbins Blues Newbie

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    I just saw Robert Cray live at the "Music in the Zoo" at Minnesota Zoo. It's the 5th time I've seen him live, and I will probably go again the next time he's in the area. If you want speed and "shredding," he's definitely not your guy. I really can't explain what it is that I like so much about him.
     
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  12. wildwood

    wildwood Playin' Blues

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    This should be fun...

    Before I add to the list I just want to thank Papa for the above link. Never seen it before but the funny thing is I have many of the artists on this months list on my iPhone.

    Anyway...also not a fan of Joe B. Tried to like him but just never quite got it. Same with Robert Cray although I did like the album he did with Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland. On the flip side I am a huge fan of Robben Ford and Jimmy Vaughn...to each his own!
     
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  13. luckylarry

    luckylarry Student Of The Blues

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    I am reluctant to say who I don't get. I used to not get SRV, then after listening more I got him (a lot). Same goes for others and genres of music. Seems that if I listen long enough I get it. Hope that make sense.
     
  14. matonanjin

    matonanjin Chubby, old guy trying to play some blues.

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    To be clear, this was a thread to post guitar slingers that you don't get, rather than ones you do favor. But, I have to comment. "Tab Benoit, Mike Zito, Popa Chubby even Gary Clark Jr" are all ones that I favor. I would go so far to say I've even become a casual friend of Mike Zito. He gave me his phone number once and said if I ever have a problem trying to learn guitar to call him! But Tab Benoit was here in Lincoln, about an hour drive for us, last year. We couldn't make it but encouraged my son and daughter in law to go see him. But then I heard my wife talking to my daughter in law and found out the real reason she likes him. I really like Tab's playing. My wife was telling the daughter in law she would like watching him play!;)

    Not only makes sense but a great point. Using my example of Robert Cray that started this thread, maybe if I spent some more time listening to him I would "get him".
     
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  15. CaptainMoto

    CaptainMoto Blues Voyager

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    Well, there ya go,
    Now you've got a reason "not to get" Tab B.:oops:
     
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  16. snarf

    snarf audiences like their blues singers to be miserable

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    My thoughts exactly. I've always said that, if it weren't for him being someone's older brother, he'd be one of the guys playing the local circuit. I've always really wanted to like him. He's from TX, so amigos gotta stick together, right? But his playing has never done much for me. When I've heard him without knowing who was playing, I've almost always picked him out. To me, he seems to have his own style, and his own style is best described as boring. Maybe it's because he's very much on the not-flashy side of the scale. Not trying to take away anything from what he's done. After all, he's made a pretty good career of it. I just don't think he's remarkable in any way.
     
  17. Jalapeno

    Jalapeno Southeastern Michigan

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    I don't know, I've probably spent 100 hours listening to Kane West (some by choice, most not) and I still don't get why he's so popular.
     
  18. wildwood

    wildwood Playin' Blues

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    I've always been a fan of Jimmie Vaughn. Wouldn't consider him boring. I started listening to him when he was part of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and never really associated him with his brother (although they did do an album, Family Style, together). And yeah...I certainly wouldn't describe his style as flashy :cool:
     
  19. matonanjin

    matonanjin Chubby, old guy trying to play some blues.

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    This is one of the posts here I almost 100% agree with. I won't go so far as "if not for his brother.", after all he was with the Fabulous Thunderbirds. But I watched him on one of the Crossroads and "uninspired" is perfectly descriptive.
     
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  20. Crossroads

    Crossroads Thump the Bottom

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    Which begs the question. Were they really Fabulous? o_O