Tag: guitar

Johnny Winter RIP

Thursday, 17 July, 2014 0 Comments

He did finger-picking blues and rock-star riffs. Along with his younger brother Edgar, Johnny formed a band when he was 15 and they made an unforgettable impression as both brothers were born with albinism and they grew their white hair long. On his website, he’s described as “the clear link between British blues-rock and American Southern rock.” RIP


Welcome to Limerick

Saturday, 21 December, 2013 0 Comments

Given that we’ll be bound for Limerick later this morning, there can be no better way to start the day than with a sprightly slip jig from the Irish piping tradition in the form of O’Farrell’s Welcome to Limerick. The tune was published around 1800 in “O’Farrell’s Collection of NATIONAL IRISH MUSIC for the UNION PIPES, Comprising a Variety of the Most Favorite Slow & Sprightly TUNES, SET in proper STILE & TASTE with Variations.” Here, with variations, it’s interpreted by the tasteful Australian guitarist Steve Cooney.


Street Fighting Man turns 70

Wednesday, 18 December, 2013 0 Comments

“In late 1966, Keith Richards was hearing things. The Rolling Stones guitarist and songwriter had in mind a series of strong, bluesy chords and a melody line based on French police-car sirens. But he couldn’t quite reproduce the way he envisioned it sounding—dry and crisp, with a ‘garage’ feel. Then he purchased an early Philips cassette tape recorder and, using an acoustic guitar, created the basis for what would become ‘Street Fighting Man.'”

So begins a splendid article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal last Wednesday in which Keith Richards spoke about the origins of Street Fighting Man. In honour of Keef’s 70th birthday today, then, here’s a memorable 1976 recording of the classic song in which his direct, incisive Fender Telecaster playing is at its best.

“You’re sitting with some guys, and you’re playing and you go, ‘Ooh, yeah!’ That feeling is worth more than anything. There’s a certain moment when you realize that you’ve actually just left the planet for a bit and that nobody can touch you. You’re elevated because you’re with a bunch of guys that want to do the same thing as you. And when it works, baby, you’ve got wings. You know you’ve been somewhere most people will never get; you’ve been to a special place.” Keith Richards, Life


The wrought iron sound of Richard Warren

Saturday, 2 November, 2013 0 Comments

“Operating at the interface of rhythm and noise as punk-primitive, clearly finding his true self in the blues.” That’s what The Independent said of Richard Warren. And there’s this from WithGuitars.com: “The sound is stripped down to a wrought iron core, revealing an intriguing collision of country soul and primitive apocalyptic blues, Southern Gothic and English Romanticism.” Richard Warren’s new album, Rich Black Earth, will be released on the coming Monday, 4 November.


JJ Cale now knows what what it is all about

Monday, 29 July, 2013 1 Comment

The tributes have been fulsome and the better ones have captured a little of the man’s modesty: “Cale later claimed to have developed his eloquent, droll style on lead guitar from listening to rockabilly records, the single-string blues guitarists Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown and Billy Brown, Chet Atkins, Les Paul and Chuck Berry…Cale once said that he wanted his music to sound as though it had been recorded on the front porch of his home in Tulsa.” The Telegraph.

“After midnight, we’re gonna shake your tambourine.
After midnight, it’s all gonna be peaches and cream.
We’re gonna cause talk and suspicion;
We’re gonna give an exhibition.
We’re gonna find out what it is all about.
After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down.”


Somebody That I Used To Know

Saturday, 13 April, 2013 0 Comments

Before turning to the music of the phenomenal young English guitarist, Mike Dawes, we should mention one of his role models, Pierre Bensusan, a French guitarist from a family of Sephardic Jews that migrated from Spain to Morocco to Algeria. Much of the aesthetic that Dawes has incorporated in his playing can be found in Bensusan’s interpretation of “The Return From Fingal“, a march he learned from the piping of Séamus Ennis. Apart from Bensusan, the other finger-style players who have influenced Mike Dawes are Jon Gomm and Michael Hedges.