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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 02:01 PM
Name the best guitarist that maybe others here have never heard of. Include a line or two of the background so maybe others here can pick up on some "unknown" guitarist and give them a listen.

Tommy Bolin- James Gang and Deep Purple, to name a few. He did 2 very good solo albums called Teaser and Private Eyes. Unfortunately he died in Miami after a 4 day drunk/OD festival just about the time his solo career was beginning to take shape.

 

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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 02:10 PM
A lot of the older guys, guitarists, and blues and jazz afficianados probably know who this guy is, but for those who grew up on classic rock and are only now (thanks to the ABB) discovering blues and jazz-based guitar wizardry:

b. Robben Lee Ford, 16 December 1951, Woodlake, California, USA. A jazz, blues
and rock guitarist, Robben is the most celebrated member of the musical Ford
family. His father Charles was a country musician, and his brothers Patrick and
Mark are bluesmen, playing drums and harmonica, respectively. Inspired initially
by Mike Bloomfield and Eric Clapton, Ford's first professional engagement was
with Charlie Musslewhite in 1970. He formed the Charles Ford Band with his
brothers in 1971, then backed Jimmy Witherspoon from 1972-74. He toured and
recorded with Joni Mitchell (as part of L.A. Express) and George Harrison in 1974,
the resulting exposure bringing him a considerable amount of session work. In
1978, he formed the Yellowjackets with keyboards player Russell Ferrante and
also found time to record a patchy solo debut, The Inside Story. The early 80s saw
him performing with Michael McDonald and saxophonist Sadao Watanabe ; in
1986 he joined the Miles Davis band on its tour of the USA and Europe. The solo
Talk To Your Daughter was a triumphant return to his blues roots, and picked up a
Grammy nomination in the "Contemporary Blues" category. In 1992 he formed a
new unit, the Blue Line, featuring Roscoe Beck (bass) and Tom Brechtlein
(drums), augmented by Bill Boublitz (keyboards). The unit recorded three
acclaimed albums before disbanding in 1997. Tiger Walk was recorded with Keith
Richard's rhythm section, but lacked the urgency of the Blue Line set-up captured
on the following year's The Authorized Bootleg. Ford plays cleanly in an uncluttered
style (like Mike Bloomfield), but occasionally with the frantic energy of Larry
Carlton.

Text from Lycos - Music. BTW, he goes by Robben Ford (w/out the "Lee")

 

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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 02:21 PM
CHRIS DUARTE!!!!



Although he has made a name for himself, he does not get the recogition that he deserves. He is from Austin and plays Texas blues. He can flat out burn up a guitar. I think he is doing a midwest run here soon. He will be in Indy on July 21. Go see him if you get a chance.

 
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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 02:29 PM
Good topic.

Terry Kath-formerly, the guitarist of Chicago before they went Peter Cetera ballad band. The musical leader of the band, who received some might praise from the likes of Hendrix. Had a gun "accident", which took his life.... & the musical vision of what was the Chicago Transit Authority.....

 

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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 02:39 PM
Yes, I was very impressed with a Chris Duarte disc I heard recently, definitely a Fender devotee, also a SRV disciple & what a player indeed, nothing particularly original on the disc I heard, but no question about the quality of the guitar playing, he's the real thing.

 

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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 02:50 PM
that Nathan Shadley dude... he started off as a roadie for Deep Elm Blues- then he started playing and i heard soon he is going to have a telecaster and a Gretsch Jet II (Tobacco sunburst color)... i'm not sure if he's in any bands... i dont think so- but he likes jamming with friends

 

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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 02:50 PM
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Good topic.

Terry Kath-formerly, the guitarist of Chicago before they went Peter Cetera ballad band. The musical leader of the band, who received some might praise from the likes of Hendrix. Had a gun "accident", which took his life.... & the musical vision of what was the Chicago Transit Authority.....


Terry Kath was indeed a good guitarist. Just listen to the first album. CTA was a classic album. Peter Cetera is still sniffin Elton John's underwear somewhere in the wrorld tonite.

 

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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 02:54 PM
but seriously

i think Duane is unknown to most people... i was listening to a conversation in Crossroads (while trying out guitars- Crossroads is the local music shop) and this dude was telling the person working there that Clapton plays great on the Layla album and that he didnt know that clapton played damn good slide.... then i had to break the news that it was duane... i was talking to the person working there, Garret, later and he says he gets that often about the Layla album...

 

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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 03:00 PM
[quote Robben Lee Ford, 16 December 1951, Woodlake, California, USA. A jazz, blue and rock guitarist, Robben is the most celebrated member of the musical family. In 1978, he formed the Yellowjackets with keyboards player Russell Ferrante
BTW, he goes by Robben Ford (w/out the "Lee")



I've seen the Yellowjackets a few times, back in the 80's. I like Robben Ford!

 

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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 03:00 PM
Steve Kimock.....some know of his genius, many do not.

Gary Backstrom...of Boston's Jiggle and Zodiac Mambo.....simply one of the best guitarists I have ever heard.

 

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CHRIS DUARTE!!!!



Although he has made a name for himself, he does not get the recogition that he deserves. He is from Austin and plays Texas blues. He can flat out burn up a guitar. I think he is doing a midwest run here soon. He will be in Indy on July 21. Go see him if you get a chance.



I saw Chris Duarte about 7 or 8 yrs ago in Atlanta. He's great live!

 

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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 03:04 PM
**didnt know that clapton played damn good slide.... then i had to break the news that it was duane... **

Layla is overdub city!!

 

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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 03:09 PM
Kimrock is definitely a great player, but I can see why he might not be for everybody.... or didn't catch on.

I feel that way about John Fahey. The man is brilliant, but bordering on eccentric overdose. An odd man.... but what a guitar player. Really can hear where Leo Kotke gets it from.

 

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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 03:13 PM
Leo definetly has Fahey influence...love his album Greenhouse. Fahey passed away recently btw.
 

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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 03:15 PM
Roy Buchanan comes to mind as well. Poor guy killed himself a few years back. This cat could play the blues.

 

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Barry Richman, Atlanta, GA via Long Island. www.barryrichman.com

One of the best I have ever heard. Humbling. Check him out.

 

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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 03:17 PM
Yep, I've been seein' Barry Richman around Atlanta for many years.

 

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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 03:17 PM
Danny Gatton, too, OWO. Sheesh. Scary.

 

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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 03:18 PM
Here's a caveat . . . if you're going to check out Robben Ford, make sure you listen to some sound clips first . . . cuz while most times he hits the note . . . sometimes he doesn't . . . many long careers have off and on periods. Mostly I listen to his earliest stuff. Actually I think he and his band just did some shows with the Derek Trucks Band . . . that might be worth looking into.

And speaking of SRV disciples . . . in look, if not in sound . . . Does anyone have any opinions on Eric Sardinas? I bought his first effort, will probably buy the 2nd . . . but I still haven't made up my mind about that guy.

Finally, if you're into acoustic blues guitar at all, you've got to check out Stefan Grossman . . . . no, that's not two guitars, it's just him - unless of course you're listening to a collaboration album.[Edited on 7/2/2002 by TopDroog]

 

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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 03:18 PM
barry is unbelievable!!!
 

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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 03:36 PM
Yeah... when I saw the topic.... the first players to come to my mind were Danny Gatton & Roy Buchanan..... it's amazing how people that talented go so un-noticed.

lamdog, I had heard Fahey passing away before his labor of love, the Charley Patton box set was completed. Some of his album covers (drawn by him) & titles are WEIRD.

 

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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 03:48 PM
finsky, i think you said it best..."eccentric overdose"...
 

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As far as acoustic guitarist go, a guy named Jason Dennie from Ann Arbor MI is stunning. You can hear him on radio hittin' the web or snippets on his web site, jasondennie.com Qualified for the national flat-picking contest the first time he entered (in Kansas). He plays very melodic solo guitar work that will flat blow your mind when witnessed live.
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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 04:31 PM
Champ Hood, from my hometown, Spartanburg SC, he was in Uncle Walt's Band and did lots of other things, he just recently passed this winter. I didnt get into to him until after his passing so i never got to see him, but he was unbelieveable[Edited on 7/3/2002 by mtnjam217]

 

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  posted on 7/2/2002 at 06:33 PM
Marc Ford, formely of the Black Crowes. He's an amazing player. Never got enough credit for the impact he had on the Crowes sound. Just an amazing player.
 
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