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Really Good, Unknown Guitarists

GUEST 08 Oct 13 - 04:07 AM
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GUEST,Robert 07 Oct 13 - 07:59 PM
Pete Jennings 13 Dec 12 - 05:51 AM
GUEST,Big Al Whittle 13 Dec 12 - 05:23 AM
PHJim 13 Dec 12 - 01:18 AM
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Seamus Kennedy 13 Dec 12 - 12:15 AM
GUEST,jeff 12 Dec 12 - 11:44 PM
Richard Bridge 22 Dec 10 - 02:11 PM
kendall 22 Dec 10 - 02:03 PM
John P 22 Dec 10 - 01:40 PM
Don Firth 22 Dec 10 - 01:36 PM
The Sandman 22 Dec 10 - 12:59 PM
GUEST,Larry Saidman 22 Dec 10 - 11:37 AM
Stringsinger 22 Dec 10 - 11:31 AM
Acorn4 22 Dec 10 - 11:25 AM
Mr Happy 22 Dec 10 - 11:09 AM
GUEST,Colin Holt 22 Dec 10 - 11:06 AM
GUEST,Tunesmith 22 Dec 10 - 08:54 AM
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GUEST,sorefingers 23 Aug 02 - 01:23 PM
Kim C 23 Aug 02 - 12:36 PM
GUEST,Russ 23 Aug 02 - 09:54 AM
Lyrical Lady 22 Aug 02 - 11:26 PM
Genie 22 Aug 02 - 12:07 AM
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GUEST,Russ 21 Aug 02 - 08:03 PM
GUEST,sorefingers 21 Aug 02 - 06:33 PM
Dave the Gnome 21 Aug 02 - 05:58 PM
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Bernard 20 Aug 02 - 01:51 PM
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the lemonade lady 19 Aug 02 - 07:50 AM
Venthony 19 Aug 02 - 05:50 AM
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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Oct 13 - 04:07 AM

Pat coldrick and richar durrant for classical players.


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Oct 13 - 04:04 AM

Ari artsinger for blues. He recently did a tour of the uk


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Subject: Really Good Unknown Guitarists, Larry Combs, WV
From: GUEST,Robert
Date: 07 Oct 13 - 07:59 PM

Russ@, this 'W.V. Larry Combs', I searched a bit and found Mike Bing and the Brownbaggers included him on the guitar, but all other results point to 'clarinet 'Larry Combs' , cannot be the same can it ?

   -- If he also had recorded with a bluegrass band maybe some more solos could be heard.

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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From:GUEST,Russ
Date: 21 Aug 02 - 08:03 PM

Larry Combs
WV guitar player. Appears on a couple of Dwight Diller CDs. Also shows up at the Vandalia guitar contest. Nobody does old time better.
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   (Fabulous Festival Favorites Vol.1 CD)


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 13 Dec 12 - 05:51 AM

LOL!


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: GUEST,Big Al Whittle
Date: 13 Dec 12 - 05:23 AM

Yes indeed - we should have a grave in Westmister Abbey - The Unknown Guitarist.

'In the setting up of the gig; in the going down of the groupie, and in the sound check, and in the time yet to come when the agent runs off with the money....we will not forget him.'

His set of phosphor bronze Ernie Balls will not go old and rusty, as we do....'


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: PHJim
Date: 13 Dec 12 - 01:18 AM

Steve Piticco, Joey Wright and Dan Whiteley are all great bluegrass guitarists, but I can't find any Youtube videos of them playing bluegrass guitar so here are some clips of Steve singing and playing a funny song and Joey backing up his wife on mandolin and Dan playing some mandolin too:
Steve Piticco
Joey Wright
Dan Whiteley
Here are all three together, with Steve and Joey on Telecasters and Dan on electric bass:
Steve Piticco, Joey Wright, Dan Whiteley
I know I was only s'posed to mention two, but I can't resist dropping this video of Terry Tufts:
Terry Tufts


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: PHJim
Date: 13 Dec 12 - 12:21 AM

Martin Tallstrom   FMB


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 13 Dec 12 - 12:15 AM

Little Toby Walker Here:


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: GUEST,jeff
Date: 12 Dec 12 - 11:44 PM

RUSSELL DONNELON !!


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 22 Dec 10 - 02:11 PM

I think a case can be made for three local Kentish players (actually, one might be a player of Kent, from the other side of the Medway) albeit one is dead.

The late Pete Hicks ("Slats" when he was on here) - a 12-string player from hell and also a tenor banjo player - oh and in his widow's house is still the Sigma (he used to call it a Martin) that he was bought as a bribe to go and do a couple of shows with Diz Disley): never flashy but with the rare ability to make music on a guitar so out of tune that no-one else would play it at all, a state induced by the force of his playing. He used to play his 12 in concert with 13s on. Hands like tyre levers. He once put a set of strings on before a show, went on stage, and in his eagerness broke 6 with a single mighty swipe of a plectrum. And in a moment that will endear him to all guitarists, was once asked by a banjo player to play the 12 more quietly since the banjoist could not hear his own banjo.

Then there's the classic blind guitarist, Dave Reay. If it can be played on a guitar he can play it, but a Django-ist at heart.

And finally one of the greatest driving clawhammer guitarists - when his head lets him play to full ability. His name's Jeff Cole this week and he hasn't picked up his guitar for a year, but when it's all together and he's on the upswing before the crash, enough in him to be free but not so much as to be terminally D-O-S it will fly mightily, whether it be a Martin Carthy-style thud, the sweetest country runs in the middle of Blue Tattoo, an ever-accelerating Irish Washerwoman or the jazz tinged pieces he learned in the soup when he was a younger teenager sitting at the feet of Jansch, Renbourn or Graham. An awesome musician at the right moment.


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: kendall
Date: 22 Dec 10 - 02:03 PM

Denny Breau. Brother of Lenny Breau.

Carol P Weiss, better known as a folk singer but can that girl pick Beaumont Rag!


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: John P
Date: 22 Dec 10 - 01:40 PM

William Pint


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Don Firth
Date: 22 Dec 10 - 01:36 PM

Different kind of guitar, but. . . .

In the late 1950s, I took several years' classic guitar lessons from a fellow named Bud Hern—Edward Hern, to be a bit more formal. As a classic guitarist, Bud was right up there with the best of them. He worked me through the Fernando Sor studies, which range from very simple to some of the most difficult pieces in the guitar repertoire. Tarrega, Aguado, earlier lute pieces, a whole bunch of stuff.

Bud would usually play a couple of pieces for me during my lesson, and I've heard him play full-blown virtuoso pieces recorded by people like Segovia, Pepe Romero, Vincente Gomez, all the biggies. AND he played them pretty much as well as they did. He once played the Sor study in Bb, number 19 in the folio of twenty Sor studies that Segovia fingered. It's one of the most difficult pieces in the classic guitar repertoire (key of B-flat should be a clue), consisting of bar chords all the way through and all the way up and down the fingerboard, along with some quite intricate arpeggio patterns. A real finger-buster that I've only heard recorded by one classic guitarist—Vincente Gomez.

But—Bud was plagued with absolutely debilitating stage fright. He was by nature a very shy and retiring man, and he even broke into a sweat sometimes playing for me during the lessons!

When the Seattle Classic Guitar Society was organized in 1958 (he was one of the organizers), with some persuading, we managed to get him to play for the group (initially a bout a dozen and a half people). After a few years, he felt fairly comfortable, but still nervous, playing for the Society members, but that was about it.

He would master (and I mean master) a piece of music, then he would record it on his home tape recorder. His performances on those tapes were as good as anything that was ever put on vinyl. But unfortunately, he was using the $15.00 microphone that came with the tape recorder, so although the performances were brilliant, the sound quality was not that great.

Bud passed away some years ago. I don't know what ever became of the tapes.

An absolutely brilliant classical guitarist that only a few dozen people have ever heard of.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: The Sandman
Date: 22 Dec 10 - 12:59 PM

Andreas Varady.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiRxLgyN_Lo


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: GUEST,Larry Saidman
Date: 22 Dec 10 - 11:37 AM

He's not unknown--but should've been better known. The best guitarist I ever heard was Tal Farlow.


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Stringsinger
Date: 22 Dec 10 - 11:31 AM

The most significant jazz guitarist in my book is Eddy Lang who was the very first acoustic and inventive lead single string player to appear predating and influencing Django and subsequent artists.

A lot depends on what it is that the guitar is supposed to do. I give Freddie Hellerman credit for underpinning the group that I once played with, the Weavers, as he played securely, simply and supportively with the "right" chords.

I give certain guitarists certain accolades as accompanists such as Josh White, Barney Kessel,
Bruce Langhhorne, some of the guitarists who back up Stephane Grapelli today, with the view that they may not be gymnasts or virtuosos but they exhibit taste and appropriate styles for the music they play.

This technical virtuosity and the "blowing-away" syndrome gets very boring.


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Acorn4
Date: 22 Dec 10 - 11:25 AM

There is a guitarist who used to play around our way in the Midlands called Mick Holditch, who we recently saw again at Upton - very tasty playing.


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Mr Happy
Date: 22 Dec 10 - 11:09 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hc4ej4Nie4


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: GUEST,Colin Holt
Date: 22 Dec 10 - 11:06 AM

Re Dave Evans
Indeed a great guitarist/ song writer, and luthier. (He played his own guitars).
Last I heard he was into pottery somewhere in France
Though he had built a double necked guitar/ harp (of some description) for Pierre Berusan


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 22 Dec 10 - 08:54 AM

An earlier poster mentioned Dave Evans. What a great guitarist he was/is.
Here he is on the OGWT back in the early 70s.

Dave Evans


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: GUEST,ashp
Date: 22 Dec 10 - 07:34 AM

Fernando Miyata, and the thai guy that won Guitar idol. superb players


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Venthony
Date: 23 Aug 02 - 03:07 PM

Sorefingers,

Unfortunately you're probably right on target. I'm sure Garth has his market reserach folks there even as we speak.

Best wishes, Tony


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: GUEST,sorefingers
Date: 23 Aug 02 - 01:23 PM

Ok thanks for the update, last I knew Mtn View had a grant to promote pre 1940 music or something like that and it was at the same time trying to become a mecca for retirees so most of the stuff on the square was Bluegrass and the Old Timeees were almost banned. One picker explained to me that the OTs used have fist fights with the BGs and that put an end to the OT Fiddle Banjo sessions there.

Suppose the next thing will be Theaters on the Square with Garth singing ( correction bawling like mooooo kmooo hooo hoooo ) Gospel. Oh well seemed a good idea for a while. It will be the next Branson.


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Kim C
Date: 23 Aug 02 - 12:36 PM

I would have to nominate my long-time college friend, Ken McMahan. His band, the Dusters, have got back together after about 10 years, and will be touring Europe later this fall. They had some success there back in the early 90s. It's funny how no one ever gets out of Nashville, unless they go to Europe first!

They don't have any sound samples on their website yet, but you can still get a copy of their first CD, released in 1990 - just send them an e-mail to get ordering info. If you like some good rock and blues guitar, keep an eye on these guys.

The Dusters


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 23 Aug 02 - 09:54 AM

Robin Kessinger
WV guitarist. Well known within the state. Don't know if many flatlanders have heard of him.


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Lyrical Lady
Date: 22 Aug 02 - 11:26 PM

Kat... you beat me to it! I was going to say Musicman as well ... very talented musician, fabulous singer and extremely nice person. He is soon to make a CD with Mr. Bill Staines ... his dream come true! OOooops ..hope I didn't let the "Cat" out of the bag! Hold on to your hats..it's going to be great.

My daughter, soon to be put on Cd by Musicman ... I'll keep you posted!

LL


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Genie
Date: 22 Aug 02 - 12:07 AM

BTW, one tribute to Hawkeye Herman's skill is that he once broke three -- count 'em -- strings during one set. They broke in such short sequence that, rather than tell stories while he changed them, he just finished the entire set on three strings.


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: uncle bill
Date: 21 Aug 02 - 11:58 PM

Jay Boy Adams. He's played with just about everybody and lucky me, will see him again in 8 days at Kerrville!. He disappeared for many years and started a bus company that leases to all the big touring bands. Those are his buses that the Stones, Madonna , and quasi-successful folkies relax in. Now he's back and sounds fantastic with his own band.


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Genie
Date: 21 Aug 02 - 10:41 PM

Well, Murray, given your definition of "unknown guitarists," I don't know if Michael "Hawkeye" Herman counts or not. He's far from unknown among blues afficcionados, since he has won some awards and he composed the music for the play "El Paso Blue" (which I got to see in a U.W. production in Seattle before the show moved to Ashland, OR) and performed the instrumentals for the play.

I was very much impressed with his instrumental work, songwriting, and vocals when I got to attend a workshop at NW Folklife Festival in Seattle a few years ago (1996?) and see the play. I mention him in this thread because had I not gone to that workshop I probably would never have heard of him.

Here are a few links:

click here

CD reviews

click here, too


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Venthony
Date: 21 Aug 02 - 10:28 PM

guest, forefingers:

Comer is VERY MUCH a wag. He is also a heck of a player. A thoroghgoing pro with a great three-fingered picking technique.

re: mtn. view -- It is indeed in the U.S., and you'd be surprised how much better everyone plays sober.

Besides, dry is the way most of Stone County seems to want it, so it seems to me that their liquor laws ought to be their business.

And -- from my own purely personal perspective --something wonderful and magical will be lost when the inevitable happens, and the courthouse square turns into one more liquored-up spring break PAR-TY.

Why must the availability of alcohol be a hallmark of sophistication? I grew up in a dry county m'self, and I don't know that I missed anything.

Now then, later on, in college, people tell me I missed quite a lot. ... But, oh hell -- I'm so ashamed, I'm just so ashamed.

Best wishes, Tony


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Willie-O
Date: 21 Aug 02 - 09:15 PM

Unless you are a habitue of central Canadian folk circles, you haven't heard Terry Tufts, who is a great songwriter and singer as well as a terrific fingerpicker. Y'oughtta.

Another Ottawan you should look for is a woman named Alex Houghton, a protege of Don Ross (please don't say "who?") and sometime student of Pierre Bensusan who composes and plays in her own acoustic guitar world...

Acoustic blues picker? Rick Fines of Peterborough Ontario.

Just crack a search engine with any of these names and see what shows up.

W-O


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 21 Aug 02 - 08:03 PM

Larry Combs
WV guitar player. Appears on a couple of Dwight Diller CDs. Also shows up at the Vandalia guitar contest. Nobody does old time better.


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: GUEST,sorefingers
Date: 21 Aug 02 - 06:33 PM

Arkie who are ya? You keep mentioning Moon Mullins who as I recall was more of a wag than a player, perhaps my definition is too strict.

Re Mtn View Ark

Has the City ever realized we are in the USA and not Romania? Do they still arrest and immediately lock up any found with a drink?


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 21 Aug 02 - 05:58 PM

Well...

I can really confuse the issue at this point. I can play the unknown guitar very very well indeed. The trouble is that no-one really knowa what an unknown guitar is...;-)

Cheers

Dave the Ungnome


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 20 Aug 02 - 07:13 PM

Well, "unknown" is all relative, Bernard. The definition of "unknown" for the purposes of this thread is, "Have I heard of them ?" (I being me, that is)

I have in fact heard of most of the guitarists mentioned, some of the names are completely new , but I can promise that within a matter of weeks I will have heard the music of everybody mentioned on this thread, (at least thiose with recorded output ) and I am looking forward enormously to doing so.

Murray


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: GUEST,Hille
Date: 20 Aug 02 - 07:13 PM

Moonman - there's a Dave Wood who's so good (g'grief, she's a poet and doesn't know it *groan*) that Lee is performing his songs try www.harboursessions.co.uk (biogs link) also for John Pearson ...


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Bernard
Date: 20 Aug 02 - 01:51 PM

Just a bit puzzled here... I thought the emphasis was on unknown guitarists... if people have ratings they can't be unknown... or am I missing something?!

;o)


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Dave T
Date: 20 Aug 02 - 01:21 PM

I don't think anyone's mentioned Jason Fowler yet. He placed 3rd at Winfield in fingerstyle in 1997 and 3rd in flatpicking in 2000.

- Dave T


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Fortunato
Date: 20 Aug 02 - 01:04 PM

Eddie Pennington has cool gig upcoming:

National Swine Improvement Organization
Convention
Ellington Ag Center
Nashville, TN


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Bernard
Date: 20 Aug 02 - 12:01 PM

Click here!!


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 11:53 AM

Venthony, Comer IS. He is still with us and one of our local treasures. For those who do not know Comer Mullins, he considers himself a thumbpicker. He is a National Thumbpicking champion and is also winner of the contest in Central City, KY which has had some super pickers. He was also the winner of the playoff of former champions in the KY event. He is the kind of picker that other players look upon with respect.


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: harpgirl
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 08:38 AM

I am still waiting for Frank Lindamood's CD, Art. I will send you a copy if he ever makes it. I wouldn't say hot licks so much as tasteful licks! Frank is from Sopchoppy, Florida. I will go anywhere in the Panhandle to see him...hg


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: GUEST,Dagenham Doc
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 08:13 AM

Keith Richard and Eric Clapton from Walthamstow and Upton Park. Same names, different guys .. sad eh?

Doc


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 07:50 AM

Has anyone heard of James Arglye from Wolverhampton, UK? He's only 19 (I think)but he's fingerstyle pickin' brilliant. His version of Eric Roche's 'Perc U Lator' is well worth watching as well as hearing. This kid's gonna go a long way I'm sure.

Sal


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Venthony
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 05:50 AM

YES! When it comes to raggin' it up Comer is (was?) one of the best, and Thom Bresh is -- well -- wonderful, and well outside his father's long shadow.

Tony


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Genie
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 02:54 AM

You said it, Venthony!


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 18 Aug 02 - 06:01 PM

Venthony,

Nice post. Here's to "Joe's Garage"


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: X
Date: 18 Aug 02 - 03:44 PM

If you like the blues...a good up and coming picker is Jake La Botz. His aunt gave me his CD "Used To Be" It's a wonderful solo afford. As I understand it Steve Buscemi is featuring Jake's music in his movies. You can find Jake at:

www.jakelabotz.com


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Memphis Mud
Date: 18 Aug 02 - 12:52 PM

What a great list this will be. I should try to jot them all down. But could the owner of this site set up a page containing all these entries? That would be nice. Then I'd never lose my little scrap of paper.


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Subject: RE: Really Good, Unknown Guitarists
From: Venthony
Date: 18 Aug 02 - 08:13 AM

Here's to all those guys who taught me how to pick back in the 60s. Habitues of honkey-tonks and taverns -- Chet and Travis disciples each and every one. Wonderful and supremely gifted cover artists who made "Under the Double Eagle" and "Memphis" come alive, and who inspired countless couples to make babies simply by playing "Last Date" just before the 11:15 break.

They could all play "House of the Rising Sun" with grace and integrity -- and, sometimes, even with a straight face.

And each was capable of suffering through interminable versions of "Wooly Bully" three or four nights a week, before and after grueling and low-paid day jobs.

The guys I came up with could blast through a nine-to-one gig like Clapton on a good night and make all the aging high school honeys cry and wail when they soloed. And then they would climb out of bed at 6 a.m. and punch in at the factory for the morning shift.

So here's to Bubby Terry and Clydus Meeker and Tony Schafer. And, most of all, here's to my Pop, who upon watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show playing "All My Loving," remarked: "Shoot, that Harrison kid is just some British guy who likes Carl Perkins." And the next day, at third-grade recess, I was so proud that I had the only dad in town who could care less about their haircuts.

So far as I know there wasn't a single record contract among the bunch of my teachers and mentors, but God bless them all. And if we don't think about those old 60s guys, who played back when a couple of Fender Twins was a "really good PA system," and cry a little bit every time "Memphis" gets broadcast on an oldies channel, we're not doing our job.

Tony


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