Sometimes you just do things without rhyme or reason.. But just because it makes you feel good. Sometimes I feel mellow and then other times I just want to pump my fist in the air and rock my ass off.. So now I ask you, could there possibly be a better bunch of guys to do a little head banging with Than Angus & the boys? I think not.. On a side note, since my Computer crashed a lot of shit that wasn’t working before is working fine now.. Kinda makes me wonder if maybe my browser was screwing something up somewhere.. Well it would have had to been happening with IE as well I couldn’t post anything to this blog before. And now …Voila!.. Uhhhh.. At any rate.. As a wise man once said.. LET THERE BE ROCK!!
Back in early June of this year while we were still in the middle of making things fit into a smaller shop when I was still working at UEM, we had a CNC programmer named Manny that got tickets to go see a guitarist that he’d never heard of that was playing at the Brewery Arts Center right here in Carson City. As I recall, Manny is quite the musician himself so if he’d never heard of the guy I didn’t really think anything of it. So he and his girlfriend went and I went to the movies instead as I recall. The following Monday I discovered who exactly the unknown guitarist was that Manny went and seen right here in my own back yard. It was Robben Ford and The Blue Line. Trust me, that will teach me to not ask for names next time. My butt was sore for three months for all of the constant kicking myself there that I was doing. Please come back anytime Robben… pleeeeeeeeeeassse??
When you think of a person that is a musical virtuoso you would normally think of someone who plays the Guitar, Violin, piano or any number of other instruments that seem to fit into the mainstream ideology of musicians and music fans everywhere. And while Bela Fleck could have easily became a virtuoso Guitarist he was drawn at an early age in the most unlikely musical direction when he first heard Earl Scruggs- (not a bad influence by the way)- playing the Banjo on the theme song to the Beverly Hillbillies television show. He picked up his first Banjo at the age of 15 from his Grandfather and enrolled in the Emily Dickinson school in Manhattan and later in the New York City High School of music and Art. His early career found him playing with various musicians who would continue to influence his playing and willingness to experiment with would almost be called a classical approach to the way he would come to play the banjo. He released a solo album in 1979 and toured the majority of the early 1980’s playing the bluegrass circuit with mandolin player Sam Bush , until he would eventually form the Flecktones in 1988. Since the inception of his recording career Bela Fleck has been nominated for all in all, 27 Grammy awards and has taken home the gold 11 times. He is widely considered by many to be the premier Banjo player in the world. There are times in life when Rock & Roll if even for a brief moment, infuses the faintest hint of staleness onto my musical palette, and I am curiously drawn to the unfamiliar and what can only be construed as completely different styles of music. Thankfully through a Blogstream friend- (Zappa Fan) during such a time, I was introduced to the unique musical style of Bela Fleck and The Flecktones. And I have been a fan ever since.
When I think back I suppose the first Pat Travers album that I have ever bought was; Crash and Burn. The howling tune that comes to mind would have to be; “Snorting Whiskey” although the haunting title track was the first Travers tune that I’d ever heard. Add to that the Albert King blues Standard; “Born Under a bad Sign” and you had one kick ass rock album. I quickly became a fan. Pat Travers, now there’s a name that always seems to float around in the back of nearly ever Rock & Roll junkies mind but you never seem to think of until it comes time to just rock your ass off. And our Canadian brother can Rock with the best of them.
One of my favorite southern rock bands has always been The Allman Brothers over the years a whole lot of talented guitarists, drummers, bassists and keyboard players have ventured in and out of their line up. and the music just keeps getting better and better. and hey.. am I crazy? or does that guy in the video playing that Les Paul look familiar? ohh whats his name.. Warren Something or another. ahhh well I enjoyed the videos.
I have a bone to pick with Rolling Stone Magazine. Ok I don’t put a whole lot of stock in all of the popularity lists that seem to be floating around. After all most seem to be subject to person preference and opinion. But every once in awhile, just.. Every so often.. I come across one that just sort of feels like a thorn in my ass. Such is the list of the 100 greatest guitarists ever. (According to those bone heads at Rolling Stone Magazine.) now I see something like this, and well I suppose that it is partly my own fault for even bothering to look at them, but I simply couldn’t resist. I always read from the bottom to the top starting at 100 so I didn’t read the whole thing. Now this isn’t the whole list mind you, this is simply the first part that got my attention. Pay especially close attention to 96.
90 Glen Buxton of Alice Cooper - Very good player.
91 Robby Krieger of the Doors - Hate the Doors but respect Kreiger.
92 & 93 Fred "Sonic" Smith, Wayne Kramer of the MC5 - On here for one song - Kick Out The Jams.
94 Bert Jansch - Never heard his work.
95 Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine - Like Sonic Youth, the wall of distortion and sound. Not technically impressive.
96 Angus Young of AC/DC - He's better than you think.
97 Robert Randolph - Pedal Steel player. Have not heard him.
98 Leigh Stephens of Blue Cheer - ????
99 Greg Ginn of Black Flag - Good punk guitarist.
100 Kim Thayil of Soundgarden - Pretty good guitarist.
Well now if you will excuse me, I have to be blunt here. Are you fucking Kidding ME ROLLING STONE? What kind of pot are you bone heads smoking? Ok, ok, OK! I promised myself that I wasn’t going to rant about this. So Instead in Angus Young’s defense. I offer this video evidence. So ladies and gentleman of the jury.. I ask you.. Does this sound like the 96th greatest guitarist of all time?… yeeeesh.. Boneheads..
As far as music goes, I tend to gravitate towards guitar players first. True there are great drummers, bassists, keyboard players and other very talented musicians, but the guitar playing is the one true tell for me, if the guitar playing sucks I probably won’t listen to the music. To call Eric Johnson a guitar player- (in my humble opinion) would be like calling Ludwig Van Beethoven a piano player. It simply doesn’t do the artist any justice. Born on August 17th 1954, in Austin Texas, Eric Johnson first musical instrument oddly enough wasn’t the guitar. He and his siblings would learn piano at a very young age, until at the age of 11 when he would take an avid interest in the guitar and would soon find himself influenced by a wide variety of musicians ranging from Eric Clapton to Chet Atkins. He would experiment with several different styles of music taking something from everything he’d heard and incorporating it into what would become his own unique style. In 1974 he would join his first band before striking out on his own years later. Today Eric Johnson is known throughout the guitar world as nothing less than a virtuoso, and his early influences in music are clearly evident in the way he plays and the one word that many would choose to use to describe him would undoubtedly be; “flawless.”
I'm still not sure if this is going to be something that I'll be sticking with over the long haul.. Blogger is still way too private for my taste and as soon as I can find a more suitable place to relocate this blog to I will. but for now at least I'm here.. Hope you like the music.
Does anybody really know what time it is? (Pacific STD.)