Discussion in 'General Music' started by dbb, Mar 7, 2013.
"We're on a Mission from God"
headed out for they next Desponation! drinking black coffe from a cup
smoking 40 cigarettes .
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUkBGERTcdQ"]Van Morrison & John Lee Hooker - I Cover The Waterfront - YouTube[/ame]
the pain the trouble the truth'
hopped a freight train with Johnny Shines Rolled down to new orleans!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Woke up this morning and had a mail from Gibson. You Bluesmen gotta read this article about Lightnin’ Hopkins:
Play Like Billy Gibbons
“No less an authority on blues than Billy Gibbons considers Sam “Lightnin’ ” Hopkins one of the genre’s essential figures. Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys concurs, as does Jimmie Vaughan. And departed giants including Stevie Ray Vaughan, T-Bone Walker and Albert Collins held the same perspective on the lean, laconic, dark sunglasses sporting Texas bluesman who emerged out of the Houston ghetto to tour the world and stake his place in six-string history, earning the number 71 slot on Rolling Stone’s haphazard list of the “Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”
As a boy, Hopkins used to lead Blind Lemon Jefferson around the streets of Houston, which accounts for his early foundation in blues at its most fundamental. Essentially Hopkins, who died in 1982 at age 69, was a link between country blues and the electric urban form of the music.
Following in his musical footsteps will help lead you right to the core of what the blues is about.
In short, he was an improviser, so his music points followers down that path as well. And in blues the ability to improvise is what marks good players from hacks”
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pL2KRDD4jA"]Lightnin Hopkins-Black Cadillac - YouTube[/ame]
….And talking about Billy Gibbons; This record got a hold on me. I was just a little kid when I got it, but I don’t know how it came to me. I woke up one morning and the record was there. I didn’t like it then. The sound was old fashioned and unsophisticated compared to the music that topped the charts those days. But throughout the years, “Tejas” has grown on me and become an old companion.
And as we speak I’m having an affair with this song; “Arrested For Driving While Blind”. Take it away
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7UPSpoV--A]ZZ Top - Arrested for Driving While Blind - YouTube[/ame]
This is a "white boy blues" song that I really like. In the interest of full disclosure, this song is done by an old Christian rock group, Rez Band. But, this song isn't preachy. Its more reflective in nature. This clip is from 1992. Some of the guitar licks have some Bonamossa similarities. Though, this group started in 1972, based out of Chicago.
The group has the background to sing the blues. All of them came out of drug and booze-laden lives or abusive relationships in the late '60s. I've followed this group since the mid '80s. They don't tour, anymore, but I saw them three times in concert in their heyday and they were tremendous. They are considered more of a hard rock group, but sometimes they take a twist into something like this.
Its a long tune, but is worth it. The song is longer here, played live, than it is on the album on which it was recorded.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE197vnfQF8"]Resurrection Band - Where Roses Grow - YouTube[/ame]
'No less an authority on blues than Billy Gibbons "
Maybe that's part of what made me start this thread in the first place.
Billy Gibbons, a real character, and somehow a guitarist and member of a band I have never enjoyed.
In all due respect, he is a famous player and lots of people love him, maybe many of you, and of course ZZ Top has been a popular act for decades now.
Just not with me. Yes, there are never-ending articles on how to get his tone, his opinions on vintage guitars, amps, all sorts of things. Oy...(the Yiddish one, not Oi the British one). It's all marketing and image.
So the idea that he is an authority on blues says it all to me....Now Lightnin' WAS an authority on blues.
If they had made Johnny Winter the "authority on blues" I might have gone for it.
Johhny played guitar for muddy. Billy just played cards with him lol
all the time' When most of us talk aboutt ZZ it's the first 4 albums
fisrt album Tres Hombre's Fandango and Tejas. After that yeah things change
MTV But while most fell out and OFF the scene ZZ continued to make money
sell CD"s and introduce countless up in comin guitarist to
REAL GUITAR Music. Johnny Is Blind and barely hanging by a thread these
day's and in truth each day goes by that I dont here about his passing
amazes me I know he is in a good deal of pain most days. Do not think he isnt loved and respected greatly by us becuase he is and always will be.
As he is what he is and always will be a blues KING.
Muddy Waters - She's Nineteen Years Old - ChicagoFest 1981 - YouTube
Billy Is a Rocker with a blues infuence.
and a master at Improvising and adapting !!!!!!
He takes Dj Screws 25 lighter's Remakes I GOTSTA GET PAID! iwhat
happens a whole new generation Listen why?
becuase he take's what they know and ROCKS IT!!!!!!!!
and they listen and Like it!!!!!!!!!
Cool wit me.
One I been playing along to Billy with
Warren Haynes. Rockin
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l8m_Ru4stk]Johnny Winter Live In Hong Kong 2012 1st June - YouTube[/ame]
I have the whole concert somewhere on VHS tape, or what is BETA? I used to watch the tape over & over again. Recorded live @ Massey Hall in Toronto, early 1980's ('82?), Mr. Johnny Winter. I sure loved his Gibson Firebird. I thought that was one sweet guitar.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVLo3970Yv0]Johnny Winter - Sweet Papa John - YouTube[/ame]
I'm sorry I'm the only Johnny Winter fan, I feel so lonesome....
Almost like a blues sung an albino master.
I may be white & albino on the outside, but I'm
black as burnt toast on the inside, Sweet Papa Dave.
I've had the chance to talk to Johnny a couple t times at guitar shows and he is a really nice guy. Great player too... I am just not a big fan of his vocals.
He seems to be a down to earth kind of guy and easy going. A person who wouldn't hurt a fly. This man really knows his blues I must say. He has been under-rated to other guitarists like Clapton by a long shot. He's getting better recognition now these days then in the past. Being albino and in his condition, he has to either play lighter guitars or sit down with his Firebird. What a great player.
yeah unless your a redneck from dallas in which case .
he will load up his revolver and sharpen up his Knife!!!!!!!
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqBVdl7EoXs]Johnny Winter - Dallas - YouTube[/ame]
If you are from Dallas, then OUCH!
That’s cool David -Thanks for starting this thread! It’s your thread and I don’t mean to hijack it. It would just be a bit boring to start another thread “That’s why I love the blues”. We’re already on page 6, so apparently this is important. :)
Every musician has sometime had the feeling of getting stuck, moving in the same old circles. This is the time when we look for new inspiration; explore new styles, instruments and artists. Sometimes an entire music industry gets stuck and needs an injection of fresh perspectives…
All my life, I’ve been borrowing stuff from other musicians. The list of guitarists I have copied is loooong. At this point in life I find something refreshing in electric blues.
Now, this is what I’m talking about! Gibbons captures the core of electric blues right here. This track is like a journey into the evolution of Rock!
I had a buddy tell me about backing up Lightin' Hopkins....they were trying to play squared off 12 bar blues, and Hopkins stops them and says "Lightnin' change when Lightnin' want to change".
Yes that was his CLASSIC LINE. As was No you dont know But I KNOW .
Dave you posed a few semi complex questions and views and thoughts.
So heres some of mine on this subject.
First yes I am too from deep south like you. And most of my elders
listened to country music which mostly BORED THE **** OUT OF ME.
Or just drove me Nuts. All my peers teenagers like me listened to Kiss
Zepp boston. I wasnt really into that either besides the zepp I liked them.
But me I listened to and liked the blues it spoke to me for me!
Now the blues wasnt COOL then no crossroads movie no bunch of
rich suburbanites trying to be Blues hipsters either. But I would find myself
listening to KPFT Houston public radio every Time the blues show came on.
and calling the dj and talking blues he was flipped out by the fact a 12 yr
kid knew as much as I did about the blues. when I didnt call but was listening as always . he would often before signing Off say heres one last
song for the white boy somewhere out there is a white boy who is lost
lost in the blues and then play some obscure track which he would hope I hadnt yet heard but usualy had. I had a old beat up suzuki acoustic
some no name lester copy my best friend had a hondo we had a homemade
amp we listened to and tried to play along to the first 3 zz albums cuz
that was something we both liked he wasnt into the traditional blues
as I was. And yes I too got tired of the blues and playing at somepoint
and just got on with work and life or hell maybe I just gave up gave in?
But eventualy things all came full circle and me and the blues and
guitars are back together and Im happy with that. A guitar a amp a od or dirt
pedal and whatever the heavin or hell springs forth. Im not sitting around
worried about theory scales minor major ya dah ya Im just freakin playing sometimes alot Of times badly but sometimes just sometimes pretty
damn good. and I have never really tried to copy anyone be like anyone.
I just play if there is a certain tone I try to attain then yes its without
a doubt the old reverend willie G's original tone.whatever the blues is
or means to each of us im sure its subjective to us all in a different way.
But one thing for sure it does bring out fire and passion in many of us.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtXD4wZobnA"]Lightnin'Hopkins Mr Charlie, your rollin'mill is burnin' down - YouTube[/ame]
Good videos frankd! Especailly the Lightnin' Hopkins vid. That there says it all.
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