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OK: I got my latest GP Mag and was immediately drawn to the cover story, "50 BaddAss Blues Solos You Must Hear."

 

After looking over the article—a valuable who's who of guitar greats— I headed to Youtube to check out the song from the first guitar slinger on the list. It's Ohio, by Dan Auerbach.

Unfortunately it's not on Youtube and I don't have it. If you do have it or can load it up on youtube for us to listen to, please do so.

 

So next on the list is Chuck Berry's, "Deep Feeling." Fortunately that is on Youtube. So hear ya' go. Not what you expected from one of the inventors of Rock-n-Roll, but great 12-bar blues playing nonetheless.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeaJ37cYets

 

After Berry on GPs alpahebetical list is one half of the greatest guitar teams ever, Dickey Betts. GP says it's his rendition of "Stormy Monday,"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bqa1s4jhkQ8

 

 

Now I don't know if I can make it all the way through this list for ya'll, but I'm sure as hell gonna try.

Next up,

Elvin Bishop and Mike Bloomfield.

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As with Aurbach's, "Ohio," Elvin Bishops, "Red Dog Speaks," is not on Youtube.

It's a song about his Cherry Red, Stereo, 1959 Gibson ES-345. I think you're gonna dig it. Speak Red Dog!

You can hear it RIGHT HERE! Check it out.

 

That's pretty cool guitar work and that dawg can howl and whale!

 

Now check out Mike Bloomfield's, "Al's Shuffle," coming in at No. 4 on GP's list.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbpGMF4bcbU

 

I gotta go now. But I'll be back with Joe Bonamassa, Doyle Bramhall II, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, and one of my all time favorite axemen, Roy Buchanan.

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Joe Bonamassa's, "Blues Deluxe," live from Rockpalast. Joe really works the volume swells on this intro. But the solo. lawdy, lawdy, lawdy.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUyA1_NGNI4

 

Becasue I know yoos like them there live videos, Here's Doyl Bramhall II Cry live.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQnYdDzZEk8

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Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown is an American Blues Legend.

Here he serves up a dose of Texas style blues.

It's the Okie Dokie Stomp.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2Xrxqt3ovE

 

Roy Buchanan is certainly one of the masters of the telecaster. Playing in the style of Albert King, and James Burton, he's an inspiration to such greats as Danny Gatton, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore and Jim Campilongo. Here's John's Blues.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV5mVl_B-bo

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Gary Clark Jr. is one of the newest BaddAss Axeman to burst onto the scene in recent years. Part of a group of young up-and-comers, Clark whales on an Epiphone Casino during "When My Train Pulls In."

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plLPo-YfLPE

 

Over the years Ry Cooder slide technique has been described as mystical and magical tone-filled greatness.

GP says his "Feelin' Bad Blues is worthy of their list. So here's some licorice pizza to wet your blues appetite.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIwYGZlBw9Y

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I remember the first time I saw our next artist. He was a new bluesman at the tme and was opening for some guy named Clapton. Best known for his hit "Smoking Gun," Robert Cray has certainly earned his way onto GPs list. "Chicken in the Kitchen," is next.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkoymT3kC5s

 

Yes sir, that's some sweet pickin' on that hardtail stratocaster.

 

Luther Dickinson comes from a long line of R.L Burnside, Jim Dickinson and many more Southern Fried Blues Artists. His version of Fred McDowell's, "Shake 'Em on Down," with the North Mississippi Allstars is out of sight. Lord have mercy! "The one thing I crave... is a big ol' woman shaken' me down to the grave." Shake it baby!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXyIKfB9_M0

 

 

Good Gawd All Mighty!!! I think I feel the Spirit commin' on.

Stay tuned for more from the Holy Rollin' Love Bus and Medicin Show Blues Power Tour.

Mercy!

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I won't say I'm havin' more fun than a three-peckered-billygoat in a heard of nanny goats, but I'm havin' some fun checking out these blues greats. Watch out now! Here comes Hollywood Fats and journeyman Robbin Ford.

 

Hollywood Fats ios one of the more obscure players to make the list. He "delivers a textbook example of how to build a solo from a humble beginning to a searing climax—and then wind it back down for the subsequent vocal verse."

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nd8O8iuqQA&list=PLbAsd8X9xhOROsCKnE1KvA9rCIHwmELZV

 

Whoo! TasteeeeY!!!! Robben Ford's gotta follow that? No problem. The first time I saw Ford he was the headliner that featured Joe Bonamassa as the opener. I remember thinking, "Ford has to follow this?" Ha! No problem for the journeyman blues artist. Robben can certainly hold his own with the best of them. That's why he's on GPs list of the most BaddAss Blues Players.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRCQ9o39jA8

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I'm going to be away from the computer for a while. I got a call saying my ninth-grader just jacked up his knee in PE weight lifting. So it's off to the doctor's office to have it looked at. It'll be a nice drive to Pismo Beach this afternoon.

It's OK. It's OK. I'll be back.

In the meantime, you can discuss amongst yourselves some of these blues greats and I'll continue the list when I return.

Here's Mr. Eric Gales with "The Change in Me." I first saw him three or four years ago at the Experience Hendrix tour. That was about five days before Mitch Mitchell passed. Mitchell was certainly in his element that night. It was a memorable show and Eric was on his game that night too.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2faTRTelIY

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You're certainly welcome Pin. I'm just trying to do my part to entertain and inform.

 

One of the all-time-BaddAss Guitar Playing' Bluesmen is our next featured artist. Rory Gallagher. His "Bullfrog Blues" in A-minor capoed up at the second fret is one of the meanest electric slide tones ever to be conjured up on a six-string instrument.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33Jaodra7AY

 

Oh to forever have a woman on yer mind. Thank you Rory.

 

Amos Garrett played guitar for Maria Muldaur during the '70s. Her Midnight at the Oasis was all over AM radio.

Quite the improvizationist, Garret's guitar work is stellar, almost super human with his triple-string-bends, two-string pulloffs, wicked vibrato and faux pedal-steel licks. Here he is with Muldaur doing "Please Send Me Someone to Love."

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_07oXXTfGo

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Our next two artists featured in the top 50 BaddAss Blues Solos you will ever hear are two of my all-time favorite geetarist. Unmistakible in their scope of influence and impact on many guitarist out there. I'm talking about the Humbler himself, Danny Gatton and that ever sharp dressed man from Texas, Billy Gibbons.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYK13NPAvks

 

Saturday morning TV just ain't like it used to be. That is unless you got a stack of your favorite artists DVD to get you through coffee, a doughnut, and the morning paper.

 

You know, here in California we ain't had no measurable rain in quite some time. I do recollect though that the last time I really felt the rain, it sure got cold afterwards.

Here's Billy Gibbons, "Sure Got Cold After the Rain Fell." Blues Texas Style.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4jyfV_-WAw

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Who could argue that David Gilmour isn't one of the most talented blues guitarists ever. Pink Floyd was named after two ol' blues guys, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.

This is "Blue" from the 2006 record Islands. Be sure and note the great whammy-pedal work during his solo.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIaiqkxiVyU

 

Wow! What a masterfull performance by Mr. Gilmour. I liked that a lot. Yes I did. A lot.

 

Our next blues great to make GPs list is none other than David Grissom He's played with Joe Ely, Storyville, and the Dixie Chicks.

GP magazine says, Grissom's "innate taste and musicality let him be jaw dropping without being flashy." So here's "Lonesome Dave," by David Grissom. I know for sure if I was hanging 'round a bunch of Dixie Chicks I might get a little lonesome too.

 

Here's another live performance.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG8DJ8p8dHQ

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Joe Bonamassa's, "Blues Deluxe," live from Rockpalast. Joe really works the volume swells on this intro. But the solo. lawdy, lawdy, lawdy.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUyA1_NGNI4

 

Becasue I know yoos like them there live videos, Here's Doyl Bramhall II Cry live.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQnYdDzZEk8

Joe Bonamassa is BADA$$! In a genre where it seems like you have heard all the licks that can be heard, he pulls one out that you've never heard. He is currently my favorite guitarist [thumbup] [thumbup] [thumbup]

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Who could argue that David Gilmour isn't one of the most talented blues guitarists ever. Pink Floyd was named after two ol' blues guys, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.

This is "Blue" from the 2006 record Islands. Be sure and note the great whammy-pedal work during his solo.

 

David Gilmour is one of the best ever.. his melodic playing is just mesmerising....

 

ive seen this performance many times... and each time I find it totally captivating

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Coincidentally, Joe Bonamassa just emailed me this same list.

 

OK. Truthfully I don't get personal emails from Joe. I'm just on the jbonamassa.com mailing list. [blush]

 

 

Yeah, I got the list too from Joe.

But Guitar Player Magazine got here first. Go figure. Snail mail vs. email? Snail wins.

I'll post some more when I get a chance.

Right now I've got the hardworken, yardworken, blues.

I'm a trench diggin', pipe layin' man in the yard.

Said I'm a trench diggin', pipe layin' man in the yard.

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Who could argue that David Gilmour isn't one of the most talented b

Our next blues great to make GPs list is none other than David Grissom He's played with Joe Ely, Storyville, and the Dixie Chicks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG8DJ8p8dHQ

 

Grissom is one of my favorite players. He did some nice work with John Mellencamp as well.

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Great job, Caliman. You have a few of my favorites are in there.

 

A couple of comments. Robben Ford is an extraordinary talent, and he's played with a LOT of greats, including Miles Davis. He is a bluesman equally at home with jazz. I absolutely love his playing, and I would kill to have his technical ability. But even though I own a couple of his CDs, I would not give you a nickel for any of them. I just don't know if it is his voice or his song selection or his style- just too vanilla for me.

 

I saw Gatemouth Brown a couple of years before he died. Before and after his sets, he was being wheeled around the festival in a wheelchair. But when he got on stage it was like the Lord God had lifted him up outa that wheelchair. He even played while walking into the crowd. He was as high energy as anyone I'd ever seen... a real showman!

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