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werepossum

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Tonight's all-nighter it's mostly Buddy Guy. There are many stories in music about missed opportunities, incredible talent like Moby Grape that fumbled with meh singers or poor management or (CCR) what should be criminal management - but none worse than Buddy Guy. His early career was absolutely mismanaged by his label which used him almost exclusively as a studio musician and refused to record him in his free-wheeling road style. Dude was probably THE strongest single influence of virtually every major guitar talent of the seventies and eighties, probably the best blues & rock guitarist ever - AND he's a damned good blues singer. Dude is quite simply a monster, and still going strong today.

Buddy Guy Youtube mix:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuRhaDrnlWo&list=RDHCjCqGENtcHC0
Horrible static hiss for the intro and first song, skip to "Rock Me Baby" with B. B. King, Eric Clapton, and Jim Vaughn.

Buddy Guy at the 2013 Red Rocks concert, where he opened for Thorogood:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wdoK0dyLwY
Keep in mind that he is 77 years old here.

Buddy Guy performing for the President in 2012 with a LOT of major talent:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpkx0tO_99g

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction 2005:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ntkb8BC3-k

Stone Crazy - one of the best guitar songs ever:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK1vkls4Kjg

Same with Junior Wells accompanying:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNVRS2LWEyU

Slow Blues (instrumental)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RoL-U6c3bc
 
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mikeford

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1947 working my way through the Bear Family collection of post war country music, title is something like, Dim lights, smokey rooms, and runs from 1945 to 1960 or so.
 

stargazr

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Tonight's all-nighter it's mostly Buddy Guy. There are many stories in music about missed opportunities, incredible talent like Moby Grape that fumbled with meh singers or poor management or (CCR) what should be criminal management - but none worse than Buddy Guy. His early career was absolutely mismanaged by his label which used him almost exclusively as a studio musician and refused to record him in his free-wheeling road style. Dude was probably THE strongest single influence of virtually every major guitar talent of the seventies and eighties, probably the best blues & rock guitarist ever - AND he's a damned good blues singer. Dude is quite simply a monster, and still going strong today.

I read his book a few years ago, and was quite surprised to learn that he had been making ends meet by driving a tow truck. And this went on until fairly recently.
 

werepossum

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I read his book a few years ago, and was quite surprised to learn that he had been making ends meet by driving a tow truck. And this went on until fairly recently.
Yep. Long ago I had his first album on 8-track, and frankly it was a bit disappointing. Although that may have been because I was expecting something different - this is the guy who toured with Joplin, the Band, and the freakin' Dead after all. Much, much later I got hold of some bootleg (also 8-track lol) and was blown away. I was never a huge fan of Hendrix' style, but he certainly had energy coupled with technical excellence. Guy has that same energy and even greater technical excellence, but much cleaner licks. Looking into his career one sees a lot of classic rock's signature guitar sounds being played long before the bands that made them popular. He was a first rate studio musician in the fifties and sixties, but pretty much forced to stay there until his break-out in '67 - but then around '70 he was down again. Couple revivals along the way, but really no major success until Clapton started pushing him.

Found this guy while listening to Guy, Clapton and King. He was an invited guitarist at one of Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festivals. He's a young guy and I thought him full of himself when he spoke of "learning from each other" and being "in awe of each other" as he was in the company of several legends, but dude is phenomenal. He plays a 13 string pedal steel guitar and it sounds like nothing I've ever heard before. I've always had something of a fondness for steel guitars' sound, but this is the first true virtuoso I've heard play. He's on Rolling Stone's 100 all-time best guitar players.

Robert Randolph and The Family Band.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxrDTFBHTnQ
 

Bardock

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Just listened to Burning Bridges by Ludacris.

It's really good but depressing and a real departure from his other music but I liked it.
 

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