I'll get the ball rolling with a few of my favorites: Fred Frith, Evan Johns, and Eugene Chadbourne. Frith, out of the English Progressive into the World Avant Garde; Johns, irresistable barrelhouse rawk; and Chadbourne, somewhere inbetween and everywhere else.
Tara Key-Any Antietem Album
being from the d.c. area, i've been treated to some of the best around.[you would'nt think of d.c. as a music town, would you?] first off, as already mentioned, danny gatton, hands down the best live guitarist you will never have another chance to see.[deceased] next up, pete kennedy. forget the folk drivel he's been putting out with his wife muria, before he married, he had a band called "good rockin tonight" that blew the roof off bars in d.c. for years. this guy can really play. don't know the guys name, but there was a band around a few years ago called lips lackawitz and tough luck. wow, they were hot. saving the best for last, bill kirchen and too much fun. bill was the guitar player for commander cody and the lost planet airmen in the 60's. his band [too much fun] plays all around the country and records on blacktop records. miss this guy at your own expense. bill rocks. root rock to drink by. pick up hot rod lincoln "live". see bill live, be amazed. mer
... the late D. Boon of the minutemen. Started pretty scrappy, but by the last few records was really coming into his own. Double Nickels on the Dime features a few standout solos, but Three Way Tie for Last really shines: Just Another Soldier and the one about dropping bombs on Guatemala, in particular. Enduring strength and beauty....
. . . named Mike Keneally. He used to play "Stunt Guitar" in Frank Zappa's band at the end of FZ's touring career. MK was the guy that replaced Steve Vai. While he toured with FZ's band throughout Europe, the band fell apart after only a few gigs in the USA. Mikey is all over the live Zappa document Appropriately titled "The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life". He has also toured with Vai and on the G3 tours.
This guy is incredible. He has all the chops of the "Guitar Wankers" (a good term IMO) like Satriani and Vai, all the improvisational skills of Frank Zappa and the melodic subtlty of Howe and Hackett.
He currently has a blistering band called "Beer for Dolphins" which sells CD's only through his website-- http://www.mikekeneally.com/ --the guy just has this goofy DIY sensability about him. He's very accessable to his fans and is very much a "regular guy"
I just noticed that MK has just put a 29 minute real video live show from 1999 on his site which can be viewed here-- http://real.fullsail.com:80/ramgen/dc3/mike_keneally.smi --and this thing really rips. Go watch this guy shred, from the freeform jazz stylings of "Cardboard Dog" to the extremely Zappaesque "The Wreckage Was large" to the anthemic "Potato" to the Funky "My Dilemma". They guy is amazingly fresh and unfettered and it really shows on this video. He deserves your ears.
Why so few women guitarists? And even fewer that are known for chops? There's a whole 'nother topic for conversation; but I've been wracking my brain trying to think of Guitar Heroines and just about all I can come up with is Kristin Hersh. Oh, and of course, whichever Wiggins played guitar in the Shaggs.
Snakefinger, whose unique talents grace innumerable Residents releases, as well as his own excellent recordings; strongly recommend Night of Desireable Objects.
And Estil C. Ball, incredible picker from the back hills of godknowswhere, recorded by Alan Lomax in the 50's, still living and still testifying through song and nimble fingers.
The late & great Tommy Bolin.
It took some big shoes to fill Joe Walsh's place with James Gang. In which he did. (James Gang Bang)
Also replaced Richie Blackmore with Deep Purple when Richie formed Rainbow.
But when he made he title album Private Eyes it blew me away. Still today I listen to it at least once a week & it's one of my reference cd's
Don't let your mind Post Toastee: The Great Tommy Bolin
As amazing as his flamethrowing electric solos are, his acoustic playing is even better.
It's unfortunate that Ike's bad temper and abuse of Tina is what he'll be remembered for, because he was an immensely talented musician and a pivotal figure in the R & B / blues / rock 'n' roll scene around Memphis in the early 50s. Ike worked as a DJ, talent scount for Sam Phillips, and led his own bands as well as sitting in on sessions at Sun. He was a stunning guitar player with a distinctive style that Billy Miller of "Kicks" magazine described as "outer space guitar whangs". Ike was a pretty good piano player too, I believe he's playing piano on Jackie Brentson's "Rocket 88" that some (not me) call the first rock 'n' roll record. There are a couple of good compilations available of Ike's killer early stuff with his band The Kings of Rhythm.
By know means a God , but I think you have to include Paul Kossoff in this list. A fine player overlooked because he wasn't flash, very tasteful player his work with Free still sounds as good as it did nearly 30 years ago. Miss him.
Search on yahoo and amazon brings up zilch. Like to give it a listen.
Try a CDnow search for "Call of the Valley"; Kabra plays with Shumar
(Santur, a kind of hammered dulcimer) and Chaurasia (flute)--engaging
Now, Kabra has at least twenty albums on Indian vinyl, but it is
impossible to even find out what they are let alone buy them. I know
of two vinyl albums in the U.S., a release on World Pacific and one on
Celluloid, both long out of print. The World Pacific release is OK but
the Celluloid is astonishing and psychedelic beyond comprehension, a
once in a lifetime album. Both albums appear once in a while on eBay
but the final bid is always over $50.00. If you like "Call of the
Valley" and want to hear more drop me an e-mail. Regards,
All three are great and well known.Try Chris Cain.Vocals of a robust young B.B.King and excellent chops.On Blue Rocket Records if you can find him.YECH
Haven't seen Chris for years. He puts on a great show. Really energetic. When I first heard him I thought it was BB King after taking guitar lessons.
In some circles, anybody except Clapton and Hendrix are unsung and certainly obscure. But there are others who are real favorites in some places, and virtually unknown elsewhere, and I don't just mean the local heroes. For instance, in Toronto it's impossible to get into a Rory Gallagher concert unless you know someone in the biz. Since the mid 70's, his gigs are sold out long before the date is publicly announced, and he plays smaller places.
Chris Cain - the name sounds vaguely familiar. I wonder where I may have heard of him? I'll have a look for his stuff.
He died a few years ago from complications due to a liver transplant.
I saw him play at the Keywest Club in Detroit in April of 1991.15 feet from the left bank of speakers with an intimite crowd of about 800 fanatics.An amazing show that I will never forget.I heard he was afraid of flying and that's why he toured so rarely stateside.
I didn't know that, and very sorry to hear it. His performances were often called the best rockin show on earth, and I guess that's why they were pre "sold out" here. His fans were truly fanatics, least the ones I knew.
Last winter I just found out that Country Dick Montana of the Beat Farmers died 3 or 4 years ago.Duhhhh.
I have a few of Rorys concerts on bootleg video tapes.You are correct in his younger days he was quite the showman.I have one from the Montreaux Jazz Fest that is amazing.By the time I saw him his stage theatrics were nill.He had taken a fall from a stage sometime in the 80's and calmed down that aspect of the show.But his playing was still phenomenal.
I have one LP of his called "Fretmelt" from the late '70s. He plays acoustic 6 and 12-string in a vaguely new-age style (if he'd been a US artist rather than English, I'd have expected to hear him on the Windham Hill label). What's unique is his technique that creates the illusion of two guitars playing simultaneously.
Does anyone have any of his other albums they can recommend?
The dude can play. Have a friend from his home town. Dragged me down to see him when he stopped off in Houston.
Mostly he plays stuff he's written himself. Very bluesy stuff. Often covers Hendrix & SRV. He's also got that swagger strum that Stevie Ray had. I think he stole from him, but, he pulls it off.
Oh yes! "Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush Live" is an album EVERY
person should have. A true classic!
Frank's awsome!Check out www.wildwilly.com
Just a few of my favorite guitar slingers.There are so many to choose from!YECH
Don is an amazing picker--tasty, tuneful, and economical; I saw him
innumerable times in many incarnations at the Continental Club in
wondrous Austin many years ago. I find David Grissom technically
awesome but he doesn't move me like, say, Jessie Taylor, Joe Ely's
other picker over the years. Regards,
I shouldn't have been surprised,this is an asylum after all,but I really didn't expect anyone to know Don Leady.LeRoi Bros. and the Tailgators are my two old fav party bands.I agree with yer comments about Leady and can only dream of seeing him play live.
Yes Jessie Taylor is very good but I have allways enjoyed Joe Elys work with Grissom a little more.He seems to have come along at a time in Joes career when he rocked the hardest and when he left Joe went the mellower ballad route.Lord Of The Highway is a desert isle c.d./l.p. if there ever was one.Do you base yer comment on being moved more by Taylor by the live shows you may have seen?Joe Ely is on a very short list of people I must see soon.Have you ever seen Joe Elys video Live From Gruenn Hall?Good shit.YECH
Hang out in Austin long enough and you'll get to see all these guys.
You of course must be a Keith Ferguson fan, way underated bass player.
Way missed unfortunately.
My feelings about Jessie Taylor have a lot to do with the fact that I
have seen him a lot, like with Butch Hancock, Jimmy Gilmour, the
legendary Supernatural Family Band, and of course Joe Ely. I never have seen Joe Ely at Gruenn Hall, but I did see him in Lukenbach. And
I've not seen that video. What do you think of "Hi-Res"? Regards,
J.R.,You've seen some great musicans my friend.Yep I'm a big Keith Ferguson/T-Bird fan.Just listened to T-Bird Rhythym this A.M. as a matter of fact.I read he only gave interviews in Spanish.Sad to see him check out too early in life.The music biz seems to be hard on people.Late nights,booze,drugs.
Hi Res had a few good songs.The classic Cool Rockin Loretta,What's Shakin Tonight and one of my favorites She Gotta Get The Gettin.But the synths kind of turned me off and the other material was a little weak.Hope he tours somewhere in Michigan soon so I can see him.
If you like brilliant guitarists then you cannot live without Makin Magic by Pat Travers. One of THE BEST lp s buy anyone anywhere anytime.
The rest of his stuff is only okay but this album kicks yours, mine and anyone elses arse
I saw Pat open for AC/DC at the Aragon "brawl room" back on Bon Scott's very last tour. It was a rockin' show to say the least.
Pat currently plays small clubs quite frequently around here ( Chicago area ). It is not unusual to see his name at least a couple times a year on the marquis for a small southside joint. Haven't caught him there, but i know that some of my buddies have. From what i hear, Pat still likes to "party" quite a bit. It's really too bad his career went "up in smoke". Sean
His work with Emmylou Harris, The Everly's, Clapton, his own band Hands, Heads and Feet and many other proects and artists is amazing. He is fast, he's got style and he's a damn good fingerpinckin' guitarplayer for an English boy. He never got the credit he deserved.
Another favorite, although less 'unsung', is James Burton (Elvis, Lewis, Parsons, and others).
I'll second the vote for Albert Lee. He's technically amazing and he does justice to a variety of great songwriters (like John Hiatt and Rodney Crowell). I enjoy listening to his playing: musicality and technique without the attitude prevalent among some guitarists of lesser skill (Guitar Player magazine readers voted him "best country guitarist" 5 years in a row despite his never having had a hit record).
His song "Country Boy" sounds like it uses overdubbing to achieve the speed and clarity. Not so - I've heard him perform it note-perfect live and it's just his skill and nimble fingers. He's also not a bad mandolin and piano player.
Just about *anything* on the Axiom label amazes me. Skopelitis appears on a lot of Axiom releases. It doesn't take Oliver Stone to connect the dots here...
was fortunate to hear him while attending the Arlington Guitar show several years ago. Quite the local hero around there, as Danny Gatton was in D.C. I think he has a CD or two out. Just about the best bar band rocker around, IMO. Allan3.
Gatton has quite a few CDs out. Don't know if you know it or not, but he took his own life several years ago.
Yes, I was aware of Danny's demise, and have a few of his CD's. One of the fondest memories of Danny was on a show on TNN years ago called the American Music Shop(I think) hosted by Mark O'conner. Vince Gill was the guest host and the lineup also included Danny, and Albert Lee. All those flying fingers was almost more than I could handle. Sure wish I had taped it.
Was also into Roy Buchannon years ago, have quite a bit of his material on vinyl. Also a troubled man, unfortunately.
There are a slew of cds out now. Well, quite a few anyway.
In addition, I have always enjoyed, among others:
Jimmy Thackery (I know YECH will agree with this one)
Ya named one of my favorite party rockers.Tap that keg,throw on some Evan Johns and watch the party come to life.
I have the L.P. Rollin Thru The Night on Alternative Tentacle records(wasn't that a punk rock label?)and the self titled L.P. on Jungle Records.Last time I knew he put out two c.d.'s for RYKO.Any idea what he's been up to lately?YECH
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