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  posted on 4/12/2016 at 02:10 PM
I'm sure this has already been covered in a previous thread. I apologize for my redundancy, but I just discovered this guy and since he recorded his latest disc at the Big House, there is that ABB connection.

I really like his sound and his power trio - nice and raw. Great big fat tone and his songwriting ain't bad either.

First read about him Guitar Player a couple of months ago. I know I'm late to the party, but I'd appreciate hearing other people's thoughts.

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  posted on 4/12/2016 at 02:50 PM
He's really good!.
 

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  posted on 4/12/2016 at 02:52 PM
I too had read about him, saw he was in playing in Bham in early February, and went only having seen a few youtube videos. Ended up being me and about 20 other people.

And it was just a fantastic evening. Full speed ahead blues rock.

IMHO, his slide playing is not too sophisticated, especially compared to the ABBers - I much preferred him playing standard. I mean, he ain't Geoge Thorogood, but he ain't no Derek Trucks, either.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2016 at 03:09 PM
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He's really good!.


I thought so too. Would LOVE to see him live, but every time I go somewhere it's like he was just there or will be there right after I leave town.i

 

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  posted on 4/12/2016 at 05:44 PM
He's the "anti" bonnamassa
 

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  posted on 4/12/2016 at 05:52 PM
Here he is with Jack P. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4NUwe1Upg4&nohtml5=False
 

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  posted on 4/12/2016 at 06:26 PM
They opened for Deep Purple at the Ryman back in the summer and were super impressive live. JD played Duane's goldtop at that show.



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  posted on 4/12/2016 at 07:00 PM
A previous thread: http://www.allmanbrothersband.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=XForum&am p;file=viewthread&tid=138388#pid3152871
 

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  posted on 4/12/2016 at 09:08 PM
Saw him open for Gregg at the Ryman a few years back.

Met him behind 3rd and Lindsley while waiting for Warren to come out a few months ago.

Great player and seemed like a great guy as well.

 

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  posted on 4/13/2016 at 06:19 AM
By coincidence i just saw them last night (Spirit of '66 music club in Belgium). First if all i would like to state that i saw "them" because this is a power trio avant le lettre with excellent and powerful drum and bass playing. J.D. himself dislocated one of his knees during their first gig of this European Tour in Paris, France. He played the entire gig while sitting on / leaning against a gear case and the bass player did the same. Fantastic concert with awesome guitarwork. I guess about 100 - 150 people in attendance. Just like on their debut album plenty of catchy and relatively short songs combined with a handful of lengthy "workouts" / jams. My favorite was a very extended "Long May You Sail". Hope the see them again in the summer. Strongly recommend seeing them.
And i agree with pops42 that "He's the "anti" Bonnamassa". Normally a pointless reference but promoters over here kinda try and "sell him" like the new Bonnamassa. I certainly enjoyed last nights show more than the last 2 times i saw mr. Joe "Are my shades, hair and jacket still look fine and dandy" B.

 

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  posted on 4/13/2016 at 07:09 AM
It looks like Bonamassa is losing his hair, so it will just be the suit and shades that he will need to be concerned about.

Well that and merchandising every possible thing with his likeness on it.

 

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  posted on 4/13/2016 at 10:06 AM
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It looks like Bonamassa is losing his hair, so it will just be the suit and shades that he will need to be concerned about.

Well that and merchandising every possible thing with his likeness on it.


And taking over what seems like 100 vintage guitars on the road with him, changing guitars on EVERY SONG (how utterly NON-blues) and listing every one he uses on each CD - surprised he doesn't list the appraised value alongside the year, model and serial number.

 

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  posted on 4/13/2016 at 10:07 AM
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By coincidence i just saw them last night (Spirit of '66 music club in Belgium). First if all i would like to state that i saw "them" because this is a power trio avant le lettre with excellent and powerful drum and bass playing. J.D. himself dislocated one of his knees during their first gig of this European Tour in Paris, France. He played the entire gig while sitting on / leaning against a gear case and the bass player did the same. Fantastic concert with awesome guitarwork. I guess about 100 - 150 people in attendance. Just like on their debut album plenty of catchy and relatively short songs combined with a handful of lengthy "workouts" / jams. My favorite was a very extended "Long May You Sail". Hope the see them again in the summer. Strongly recommend seeing them.
And i agree with pops42 that "He's the "anti" Bonnamassa". Normally a pointless reference but promoters over here kinda try and "sell him" like the new Bonnamassa. I certainly enjoyed last nights show more than the last 2 times i saw mr. Joe "Are my shades, hair and jacket still look fine and dandy" B.


Thanks for the review, Dutch. Man, I would LOVE to see him in a small club in Europe....almost sounds like a fantasy of mine. You're a lucky man!

 

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  posted on 4/13/2016 at 10:16 AM
I'm apparently out of the loop-this thread got me to check them out. I like them!

Turns out they are playing a festival I'll be at in May-here's hoping for a good slot, and no schedule conflicts.

 

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  posted on 4/13/2016 at 10:49 AM
For what it's worth to not rip on him too much, I like a lot of Bonamassa's work... just never liked the posturing and the merchandise machine that he became over time.


However, Simo needs to get someone like Bonamassa's manager and Kevin Shirley pushing them.

 

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  posted on 4/13/2016 at 11:15 AM
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For what it's worth to not rip on him too much, I like a lot of Bonamassa's work... just never liked the posturing and the merchandise machine that he became over time.


However, Simo needs to get someone like Bonamassa's manager and Kevin Shirley pushing them.


I respectfully disagree. Shirley would sanitize Simo's sound. One of the problems I have with JB - who I saw for the first time with Bloodline in about '92 at Schuba's in Chicago with BO jr. as well as Waylon Krieger and Miles Davis' son (he was 17 and Smokin' Joe back then) is that his recordings are WAY too slick. Shirley's production just sucks all the life out Bonamassa's sound.

Obviously I am in the minority on this - after all, who can argue with success? And JB is nothing is not successful - probably the understatement of the year. But I just can't stand the REO (who Shirley used to work with) - type production of his discs for my taste. And it extends into his live sound - I've never liked his bands, in particular his drummer, Tal Bergman. The guy's a hack of a drummer. But he's also a producer and I think he helped open doors for Joe back in the earlier days.

That said, I totally respect Bonanmassa's work ethic. The guy WORKS HIS ASS OFF and has earned his success strictly from a paying dues standpoint. His stamina, focus and drive border on the superhuman.

But I really don't like his calculated, paint - by - numbers, check - the - box approach to the Blues. Works for him, for sure, but it doesn't work for me as a listener.

Simo is RAW and REAL to my ears. Someone like Shirley would absolutely ruin that.

 

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  posted on 4/13/2016 at 11:22 AM
I wasn't really talking about Kevin Shirley specifically, more Simo needs their version of Bonamassa's team to works endlessly to promote the band and their music. Bonamassa has built a great machine and they worked hard to get where they are. If Simo (or any young band/artist) could build that kind of infrastructure it would be greatly helpful in getting recognized and building momentum that can break an artist.

I do agree that Bonamassa is a little too slick, and while he's not my favorite, but I do like a lot of his stuff.

 

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  posted on 4/13/2016 at 11:25 AM
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I wasn't really talking about Kevin Shirley specifically, more Simo needs their version of Bonamassa's team to works endlessly to promote the band and their music. Bonamassa has built a great machine and they worked hard to get where they are. If Simo (or any young band/artist) could build that kind of infrastructure it would be greatly helpful in getting recognized and building momentum that can break an artist.


Agreed. Point taken and accepted.

Like I said in a previous post, I really enjoy reading your posts, WERK. They are always well written, thoughtful and very interesting.

 

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  posted on 4/13/2016 at 11:34 AM
I appreciate it. I am mostly full of rambling snarky comments, but occasionally I can come up with a gem.

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I appreciate it. I am mostly full of rambling snarky comments, but occasionally I can come up with a gem.

[Edited on 4/13/2016 by WarEagleRK]


Well, keep on ramblin' then...

 

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  posted on 4/13/2016 at 11:45 AM
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Man, I would LOVE to see him in a small club in Europe....almost sounds like a fantasy of mine.



I hate to admit this but I had a ticket to see them in London last week and didn't go!

It's an age thing, I think - motivating myself to venture out on a cold, rainy evening to take two trains and a 10 minute walk to the venue - to see a band I may not like.

I'll try to catch them next time!


 

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Man, I would LOVE to see him in a small club in Europe....almost sounds like a fantasy of mine.



I hate to admit this but I had a ticket to see them in London last week and didn't go!

It's an age thing, I think - motivating myself to venture out on a cold, rainy evening to take two trains and a 10 minute walk to the venue - to see a band I may not like.

I'll try to catch them next time!




I'm sure he'll be back. But maybe not in the same size venue.

 

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  posted on 4/13/2016 at 12:12 PM
A youtube excerpt from last nights show. The sound is...well youtube-ish but that big fat tone on slide shines through!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_k8DZpV8fg

 

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  posted on 4/13/2016 at 12:16 PM
Here's a cool 12 minute + jam from last night with a fantastic drum solo (certainly not a bathroom moment!):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxXGFHr6SXc&nohtml5=False

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  posted on 4/13/2016 at 12:23 PM
Thanks for posting the video, Dutch. I really like his slide playing...just the right amount of bite. And his tone....just awesome.

Can't wait to see this guy. Another road trip looks to be in order.....

 

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