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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by of this world, Aug 3, 2021.
I wasn’t attempting to bash JM.
Fwiw, heres my introduction/evolution into the blues, and it very much features Buddy Guy
* Early 89, messing about on acoustic with friend, neither of us knows an actual chord. Cooler next door neighbour in mid 20's whos family is close with my friend wanders in because he used to treating my friends house like his own and hears us making a racket and says piss takingly "listen to Stevie Ray Vaughan"...we have no idea who that even is....we're (obviously being Aussies) AC/DC types and into Van Halen etc
Several weeks later...
* In local record store, doing my usual cruise for all things Springsteen (who ive bene listening to since i was 4 years old, now *just* turned 50) when, from the depths of my rickety brain i remember the name, prolly because we're Aussies and dont have 3 names...Stevie Ray Vaughan...head to the V section and find a single album... In Step. I take it home and do what i always did on a new CD in those days, put it on random.....it lands on "Leave My Girl Alone" by Mr Guy, and my head is immediately blown...much like the sound of the amp in the track, to date i dont think ive heard amp pushed quite as hard in the same way. Thats the first blues track i hear in my life. I absorb the rest of the album. Next week im back and ordering the SRV back catalogue.
*I write away to Columbia Records here in Oz and get all the info they have on SRV. I read where he quotes his influences and credits the song writers on his albums. I start heading down the rabbit hole im still on to this day
* 1990 im devastated when im awoken from my sleep int he passenger seat of my mates car on the way to work, as he shakes me with one hand and says "i think theres a story on the radio about that guitar player you like". I was inconsolable for days afterwards. I just got to know Stevie, and now he's gone....
* I go to a specialised and larger record store in the capital city and the guy behind the counter, unlike the millennials now, knows about actual music, so i tell him where im at (SRV) ask him about a few of the names ive come up with and what he'd recommend. I leave with some Albert., BB and Freddie, gotta start with the 3 kings...oh and progressive blues experiment...Johnny Winter
* I go back weekly to get recommendations and continue my apprenticeship
* 1991 I buy my first ever guitar, a red Squier Strat. None of that acoustic beginner stuff for me, right to the Strat, and stayed there for 30 years, with the exception of a brief Tele and Ibanez foray...neither of which stick
* 1992 I see a documentary called Deep Blues, which features R L Burnside and Junior Kimbrough amongst others and im further entranced, by something new...country blues...which is about as far removed as can be for a white guy from the southside of Brisbane, Australia. I find and order several paperback books (long before theres Amazon, and it takes 6 months for them to arrive) about Delta blues and while everyone else is listening to grunge and chilli peppers, im heading backwards in time.
*1992 I'm watching the real live Buddy Guy at a well known pub destroy any notion i had id ever be a great guitar player. SRV's wish when he won his last Grammy, that "we need to get Buddy Guy one of these" has come true. Given his was the first track, via SRV id ever heard, its only fitting he's the first i see live. He's playing out of his skin, behind his back, with his teeth, the full treatment is being given, The entire time, he's got that Buddy Guy smile on his face...which is about the best smile ive ever seen in my life, he's grinning like a Cheshire Cat, knowing the room is prolly full of guitar players who know the folklore of Hendrix turning up to record his shows. If you can look at Buddy Guy, see that smile and not lose whatever the **** ails you, then theres no helping you friend. He was tremendous, and warm. I fully understood a comment Eric had made around the time that Buddy was the most dangerous blues guitarist on the planet. I still tell people to this day that what i saw matched Eric's comment.
*1994 I'm with my sister, also by this time a blues tragic, 4th row stage centre watching B. B. King. First concert of my life (i have aspergers and the outside world, and crowds are generally not my domain) and first time ive ever left home without my cigarette crutches...ive been buzzing for a week in the lead up. It was like church, reverential. To this day its still the greatest night ive ever had. The man is worthy of every accolade and your worship, hes warm, funny and you sense his love of everyone in the room, and hopefully he feels it back.
Now ive been an SRV tragic since 1989, but he was my entry way into the blues rabbithole, and due to the person he was, he always quoted his sources and wanted recognition for those he loved and he felt he owed his love of the form to, and perhaps really that was his greatest gift to everyone who went on to enjoy blues music. Ive had my moments with John Mayer over the years, but he comes from the same place i started, and with the same teacher and gateway drug known as SRV, and im really loathe to find an issue with that
Anytime i see Buddy Guy smile is a good day....
I went to a Buddy Guy concert in a more quaint place and was excited to be able to see him. I am an SRV fan and Stevie always talked about Buddy, being at Antone's in Austin, etc. Anyway, Buddy came out and began his set. When I left, I was so disappointed with him. His playing was excellent, but his overbearing persona when he has an audience is nauseating. I kept wishing he'd shut up and just play. Towards the end he gave kudos to all those who he admired and played with and do you think he brought up SRVs name at all, hell no! Especially when Clifford Antone and Stevie brought all those bluesmen back into the forefront again. Conceited, loud mouthed, arrogant and boring is Buddy Guy to me. JMO
n! If only I could give you 10 likes for that post.
I met R.L. Burnside at the Tulsa Blues Festival some years ago. It was in the Cain's Ballroom and he had finished his set. I went to get another beer and there was R.L. Burnside sitting at the back of the ballroom, and he did have a whiskey. He was alone and i talked to him for about 10 minutes. He was very friendly and gracious to a complete stranger. Besides Burnside, Robben Ford and Bugs Henderson were the real standouts for me at that festival.
I really like Buddy Guy but can take or leave John Mayer. I like some of his stuff. I don't really like his vocals and as famous guitarists go, I find him average. I know he's famous, but his musical abilities by themselves don't impress me.
You say that until he does and then you would wonder what TF was I thinking?
He has a weekly show on KCRW here in LA and my wife and I used to listen to it while preparing dinner. It was an ongoing joke with us that he would play some track and *rave* about it but then mention that unfortunately you couldn't get it because it was a Finnish single he picked up during a recent tour of Finland, or it had been gifted to him by a Norwegian metal band he encountered during a tour of Germany, or it had been mailed to him by a fan in Upper Volta. It got to the point where he would play a track and immediately afterwards my wife an I would turn to each other and say "But unfortunately *you* can't get it." Good times ;-)
He is a really good guitar player. He can sing too.
Agree about the playing. I just can't get into his voice. May be a great singer, It just makes me cringe.
He chased his dream and caught it !
Right. Lots of performers I'm not hot about, but they did in fact get where they wanted.
Well, if what he wanted was to get in a lot of beds, I think he succeeded.
So did I, just too ugly.