Let There Be Rock!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Allman Brothers..

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.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Angus at 96?

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..

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Eric Johnson.. Alien Crossing.

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.”

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Les Is More..

Les Dudek is probably another one of those in a long line of guitarists that you have probably never heard of- but would no doubt enjoy immensely if you had. But that’s the tricky part, you probably HAVE heard him but didn’t know it. He has after all lent his considerable talents many times over to a host of other prominent musicians ranging from Boz Scaggs to the Steve Miller band, and once was even invited to play in a little group called; “Journey” and even did some studio work with The Allman Brothers Band on their “Brothers and Sisters” album. He has worked on other projects as well such as Maria Muldaur’s 1978 album “Southern Winds” and in 1980 collaborated with Dave Mason on the album; “ Old Crest On A New Wave.”
A road that lead to other collaborations with the likes of Cher And Stevie Nicks, contributing a significant amount of music to the soundtrack for the 1984 Cher Movie; “The Mask” So, while his name doesn’t quite roll of the tongue you more than likely have heard him play. As far as Les Dudek’s solo career goes, he has done a few studio albums. two of which were minor hits “City Magic” from his 1976 self entitled debut album and “Old Judge Jones” from the 1977 album “Say No More” I personally didn’t discover Dudek’s talents until 1979 one full year after the release of the album “Ghost Town Parade.” ( my personal favorite by the way) the Video Widget below contains Two nuggets from the “Ghost Town Parade” album, “Central Park” and “Falling Out” so now that I’ve completely butchered the timeline of his stellar career, in closing, let me take this opportunity to introduce to you Mr. Les Dudek. I hope you enjoy his music as much as I do.

~Adieu.. Scratch~

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Forgoing Credibility.. (Not that I had any to begin with)

My occasional bouts with mental irregularities aside, I am actually a pretty normal guy- (Don’t laugh.. It’s not THAT funny)- When I’m not at odds with the numerous imaginary entities and people that exist solely within the confines of my cramped cranium. That being said, It was my self appointed task this early morning to set about finding a follow up to the Rory Gallagher post on this very blog. So how does one follow up after such acts as Gov’t Mule and the great Rory Gallagher? Well it was then that a picture began to form from the mist swirling within the dark recesses of my mind. It has to be someone- a single person or band on the very fringes of fame and fortune, but not quite there yet. Somebody… different.. And that my friends is when the psychosis that I am so noted for.. kicked in… Ladies and gentlemen of the jury I give you… Southern Culture On The Skids.. I shit you not.. That is their name. sometimes known as; “SCOTS” Southern Culture On The Skids is a band that was formed in 1983 in Chapel Hill North Carolina by God only knows who but now consists of Guitarist/vocalist Rick Miller, Bass guitarist/Vocalist Mary Huff, Percussionist Dave Hartman and a second Guitarist named Tim Barnes. My personal impression is however you take their music, love it or hate it is always upbeat and dare I say bordering on the cheerful side. And whoever writes their material appears to like Sex, corn liquor and fried chicken. So in closing, I offer no further excuses for this post other than I am over due for my medication.. So until my complete sanity returns- (And that might take awhile) - - please enjoy my latest offering. I have to go now.. The men with the pretty butterfly nets are here.

~Adieu- Scratch~

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Rory Live.. Rock & Blues Bomber.

Aesthetically speaking, Rory Gallagher wasn’t one of those types of rockers that would make your little sister sit up and go all; “wow.. His voice! His sound.. He are soooo beautiful!” nope aesthetically speaking Rory Gallagher’s sound was more of a make you want to open a bottle of beer and chug it, or roll and smoke some doobage while shaking your clinched fist at the sky or ceiling. (Not that I would know anything about such activities) while Rory Gallagher wasn’t and probably still isn’t likely to be the first name that might come to mind when you think of accomplished Rock & Blues musicians, but you may take my word for it, he was every bit as accomplished as any of his contemporaries before or since. Born in Ballyshannon Ireland on march 2nd 1948, Rory Gallagher grew up in Cork City and became at an early age a gifted multi instrumentalist who would form his first band at the age of thirteen. The most prominent in the 60’s being his tenure in a band called; “Taste” before embarking on a solo career in the Early 1970’s. while his early studio efforts never garnered him much in the way of commercial success, his albums at present have sold over 30 million copies world wide and his reputation as a charismatic stage performer would make him someone who had to be seen live to be believed. Rory Gallagher died in London England on June 14th 1995, at the age of 47 due to complications following a liver transplant and was laid to rest at St. Oliver‘s cemetery in Cork City Ireland.

~On a side note I must say that I was thrilled when I came across some of these videos of a few of Rory Gallagher’s live performances. The Video player itself has a few minor bugs but I went back in and listened to each one to see if they were hanging up anywhere I found two that did stop in places and went back in and replaced them. I think it works ok now, at least I hope so. Hope you enjoy the Music and the Vids as much as I did. Please let me know if you had problems. P.S. I‘ve disabled the auto start function of the Gov‘t Mule Widget in the side bar but left it up just in case Rory isn‘t your cup of tea. You can stop the videos and listen to the mule by starting the widget manually if you so choose. Have a great Sunday!~

~ Blessings - Scratch. ~

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Rumble Young Mule Rumble..

Now after seeing and possibly hearing what is playing on my latest music widget right now, you may be thinking oh great another Gov’t Mule Post. But listen again, listen closely. I rifled through another pile of Mule tunes to find these incredible gems in the Mp3 files on I listened to this play list for almost an hour and I found this particular music to be both beautiful and soulful. And I realized that what I had thought of this band is even truer than what I initially imagined. There is nothing that these guys aren’t capable of. They can play anything, one minute they’ll rock your ass off and the next Warren Haynes will pick up an acoustic guitar and totally blow your mind. On this play list alone the Mule does two of my all time favorite Van Morrison tunes; “Into the Mystic” and a tune called; “And It Stoned Me.” I love it when a band that I’m into totally surprises me by trying something different from their norm, but on this occasion I really can’t say as I’m all that surprised. After all, it is Gov’t Mule we’re talking about here. And I know exactly what they are capable of.

Eric Clapton.

Sometimes whenever the mood strikes me, I'll use just any old excuse to listen to Eric Clapton. I got the itch to hear this song tonight so I went searching. they had two versions of it at YouTube but the sound was exceptionally crappy and offensive. I went to Mixpod and was met with equal disappointment but for different reasons. most of the stuff there is from live performances some sound good and some of it sounds like something that someone tried to upload from a bad version of the guitar hero video game. So you really have to dig to find any decent studio stuff. finally I ended up at I tried it and wouldn't you know? the first search and I found the tune that I was looking for and the right clean crisp studio version. Its still a working playlist and I didn't really have a lot of time to add to it so I settled for the song that I was looking for and I'll go back and add to the playlist later. this song is called "Pilgrim" and was featured on the soundtrack from the Movie; "Lethal Weapon 4" for some reason every time I hear Clapton play this I get this strange Haunting Feeling. Its a beautifully sculptured piece of music really.