Friday, May 21, 2010

Grumble Grumble

Sorry for the delay in posting today.  I was going to try something new today, but unfortunately I'm just not quite skilled enough to pull it off just yet.  I will keep trying and hopefully, it will work out soon.  Meantime, let's watch a few videos to get our fix for the weekend.

Here's a pretty good video on short notice.  This is from the most recent Crossroads Guitar Festival DVD and we find B. B. King surrounded by an impressive set of guitarists taking turns at the B. B. standard, "Rock Me Baby."  The cast includes Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Hubert Sumlin, and Buddy Guy.  Not a bad lineup in a pinch.  If you haven't checked out this DVD and you're a guitar fan, you better track it down and see what you're missing.  There are some great performances in the DVD from these guys, along with Sonny Landreth, Jeff Beck, Los Lobos, Doyle Bramhall II, Derek Trucks, and ZZ Top

Next up is Earl Hooker. Hooker's been dead since 1970, but he was a major influence on a lot of blues guitarist and appeared on many classic sessions for artists like Junior Wells (on the original "Messin' With The Kid"), Muddy Waters ("You Shook Me"), and with his cousin, John Lee Hooker, on several tracks just before his death. He also enjoyed a moderately successful solo career that was marred somewhat by his reluctance to sing and his ongoing battle with tuberculosis, which eventually took his life at age 40. This song is from the American Folk Blues Festival DVD series and is a bonus selection on Volume 1. Check out Earl Hooker....

One more for the day. Here's another King, Freddie King, tearing through his trademark instrumental, "Hideaway," on the old TV show, Shindig! King's career was also cut tragically short from a heart attack at age 42, but he influenced a lot of guitarists himself, including a boatload of surf guitarists over the late 50's and early 60's, but his influence can be heard the most on old Slowhand himself. Clapton toured with him in the 70's and even had him on the same record label (RSO) until his untimely death in 1977.

Enjoy! We'll try to do better next week.

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