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  posted on 4/18/2011 at 07:19 PM
I find myself on a search for high-quality blues rock (or something in that general area) and unfortunately, with the exception of Todd Wolfe who is downright brilliant (his Delaware Crossing album was, at least) I'm coming up dry in terms of modern guitarists. Granted, my search has primarily consisted of digging through samples of albums at Amazon on the '...also bought this' list after looking at Todd Wolfe albums, but most of what I'm finding seems to be either way too slick and over-produced or have the same generic SRV/Black Sabbath blues knock-off sound.

Keep in mind that I'm going to be listening to this stuff on an eleven hour a day driving job so jamming is most definitely appreciated.

By the way, while I'm primarily looking for modern stuff I haven't heard before, I have no problem with recommending old warhorses I should dust off and listen to. I'll post a list of stuff I've got on tap later to help with recommendations.

 
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  posted on 4/18/2011 at 07:41 PM
Check out Robin Trower's recent albums

 

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  posted on 4/18/2011 at 07:44 PM
Check this guy out. Press play...and turn it up!


http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/song_details/2204681

http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/song_details/2204686

He does a great cover of All The Kings Horses too.

 

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  posted on 4/18/2011 at 07:53 PM
I would recommend Matt Schofield. His studio release Head Tails and Aces is great.

 

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  posted on 4/18/2011 at 08:02 PM
Joe Bonamassa - Dust Bowl
 

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  posted on 4/18/2011 at 10:15 PM
Here's what I have on tap, currently, though some of these aren't quite blues rock:

ABB -- Beginnings, Fillmore East 2 disc edition, Eat A Peach
Cream -- Wheels of Fire, Live Cream Vols. 1 & 2
Stoney Curtis -- Cosmic Conn3ction
Rory Gallagher -- Calling Card, Irish Tour
Led Zeppelin -- How the West Was Won
John Mayall -- Bluesbreakers with Clapton
Muddy Waters -- Hard Again trilogy, Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live 2 disc (I'm also a fan of electric blues as driving music)
Todd Wolfe -- Delaware Crossing, Todd Wolfe Band Live


Thanks for the recommendations; I had seen Joe Bonamassa's Dust Bowl album on Amazon but hadn't given it a proper chance. Based on the samples it is something great. Matt Schofield and Sean Chambers aren't what I'm looking for, though they both can clearly play.

By the way, does anyone know what Todd Wolfe's recent studio output has been like? I'd think that someone who could put out something as great as Delaware Crossing would have more up his sleeve, but the fact that nearly half of the songs on his new live album are from DC makes me wonder.

[Edited on 4/19/2011 by DarkStar234]

 

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  posted on 4/18/2011 at 10:41 PM
Luther !!!

 

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  posted on 4/18/2011 at 10:42 PM
I'd recommend the 2 Mayall albums after the one you cited, which are A Hard Road (w/Peter Green) and Crusade (with Mick Taylor). The Bluesbreakers 1982 Reunion live album is also amazing.

Fleetwood Mac in Boston (3 CD set) is primo live Peter Green, as is the Fleetwood Mac at the BBC disc, and Fleetwood Mac in Chicago also.

Alvin Lee? Leslie West? Mike Bloomfield? Jimi Hendrix? I'm afraid I'm only good with the names of older guys....

 

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  posted on 4/18/2011 at 10:45 PM
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  posted on 4/19/2011 at 01:13 AM
Tommy Bolin.

 

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  posted on 4/19/2011 at 05:11 AM
Check out Blues Review magazine. You can pick it up at bookstore. All sorts of articles on bands/ artists as well as events. I usually hit my local music store a day or two after picking up this magazine.
 

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  posted on 4/19/2011 at 05:58 AM
Walter Trout & Coco Montoya
 

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  posted on 4/19/2011 at 06:18 AM
Check out Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam, he has to great albums out there.
 

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  posted on 4/19/2011 at 07:13 AM
For Bolin at his bluesiest, grab either "Tommy Bolin and Friends: LIve at Ebbets Field 1974" or "Zephyr LIve: Arts Bar & Grill" - both are bootleg quality but certainly great music.

I assume you have some Mule!

 

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  posted on 4/19/2011 at 07:25 AM
Matt Schofield

 

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  posted on 4/19/2011 at 08:26 AM
Davy Knowles.
 

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  posted on 4/19/2011 at 08:34 AM
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  posted on 4/19/2011 at 08:55 AM
Walter Trout
Mighael Burks
Coco Montoya
Jimmy Thackery
Popa Chubby
off the top of my head

 
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  posted on 4/19/2011 at 09:08 AM
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Check out Blues Review magazine. You can pick it up at bookstore. All sorts of articles on bands/ artists as well as events. I usually hit my local music store a day or two after picking up this magazine.


If I was fortunate enough to be living in an area with a book store I would most certainly do that. That said, I'm also reasonably certain that anything I found in that mag would have to be acquired through Amazon, because the music stores in San Antonio (last place I lived that had book stores) do not have a good blues selection.

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For Bolin at his bluesiest, grab either "Tommy Bolin and Friends: LIve at Ebbets Field 1974" or "Zephyr LIve: Arts Bar & Grill" - both are bootleg quality but certainly great music.

I assume you have some Mule!


Thanks for the tip. I've been meaning to check out Bolin ever since I heard the Atomic Bitchwax's cover of Crazed Fandago.

Yes, I have some Mule, but not right on hand. (I'm in location B, the Mule is in location A.) I need to re-access it because ...With A Little Help From Our Friends four disc edition and Deepest End definitely seem fitting for the task at hand.



Also, for those making recommendations of guitarists, I am not adverse to having favorite albums named.

[Edited on 4/19/2011 by DarkStar234]

 

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  posted on 4/19/2011 at 09:19 AM
Wishbone Ash's 40th anniversary reissue of Argus. A great studio album packaged with an FM broadcast of a Memphis concert from a year earlier. Real good playing on both discs.
 

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  posted on 4/19/2011 at 10:03 AM
Pick up a copy of Rendezvoux With the Blues by the Prisoners of Love. See what you think about Jack Pearson's work.

 
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  posted on 4/19/2011 at 12:24 PM
I have to say, having been a member here some years back I was expecting this place to result in some recommendations, but I didn't expect to be overwhelmed like this! Looks like I've got at least fifteen acts I need to check out. I'll try to give some updates once I've had a chance to hear some more material.

That said, based on the guitarists I've checked out so far, I have to admit that Todd Wolfe is a real treasure; he has that perfect combination of heavy metallic-tinged riffing, bluesy soloing and style, and psychedelic tone and willingness to jam that makes for an amazing blues-rock guitarist. I may have to start a new thread about him one of these days to make sure he's getting proper appreciation 'round here....

[Edited on 4/19/2011 by DarkStar234]

 

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Walter Trout
Mighael Burks
Coco Montoya
Jimmy Thackery
Popa Chubby
off the top of my head


Nice choices. I'd add Sean Chambers.

 

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I have to say, having been a member here some years back I was expecting this place to result in some recommendations, but I didn't expect to be overwhelmed like this! Looks like I've got at least fifteen acts I need to check out. I'll try to give some updates once I've had a chance to hear some more material.

That said, based on the guitarists I've checked out so far, I have to admit that Todd Wolfe is a real treasure; he has that perfect combination of heavy metallic-tinged riffing, bluesy soloing and style, and psychedelic tone and willingness to jam that makes for an amazing blues-rock guitarist. I may have to start a new thread about him one of these days to make sure he's getting proper appreciation 'round here....

[Edited on 4/19/2011 by DarkStar234]


Tood Wolfe has guested with the ABB at the Beacon a few times.....mostly around '01-'03, I think. Not sure if you knew this but he has a new live CD and DVD out:

CD : http://www.amazon.com/Todd-Wolfe-Band-Live/dp/B004HI79KK/ref=pd_cp_d_1_img

DVD: http://www.amazon.com/Todd-Wolfe-Band-Live/dp/B004FIAR3I/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&a mp;ie=UTF8&qid=1303241496&sr=1-1

If you lived in San Antone, you should know about Lance Lopez, a WICKED blues/rock guitarslinger from TX. He sounds somewhat like SRV but is no copycat and writes his own stuff and has a great voice as well....you can pick up his CDs on amazon - LIVE is his best, I think : http://www.amazon.com/Live-Lance-Lopez/dp/B000XHBGBW/ref=sr_1_5?s=music& ;ie=UTF8&qid=1303241604&sr=1-5

as well as his new CD/DVD from Rockpalast (which I don't have yet but can't wait to see/hear): http://www.amazon.com/Salvation-Sundown-Lance-Lopez/dp/B003B4WBA3A/ref=sr_1 _1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=130321604&sr=1-1

Happy hunting...

[Edited on 4/19/2011 by brofan]

 

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