Allman Brothers was the right blues band at the right time with the right repetoire and attitude to rejuvinate the blues. Dickie Betts, Duane Allman and Greg Alllman were sweet musicians that didn't try to copy other blues artists. The Allmans Brothers repetoire mixed classic blues songs like "One Way Out", "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Stormy Monday" with long, heavenly jams like "In Memory of Of Elizabeth Reed" and "Mountain Jam" for magical blues concerts.
Anyone that saw an Allman Brothers concert - then or now - will say it's one of the best concerts they ever saw in their life. While Duane Allman is gone, Greg Allman, Dickie Betts and Warren Haynes have kept the spirit of the Allmans Brothers alive and the music vital... If you ever have a chance to see "The Allman Brothers" live - just do it!!
Bonnie Raitt - singer -songwriter feels like she's been around forever, playing slide blues guitar licks. belting out blues drenched love songs like "Nick Of Time", "Thing Called Love", "Love You Like A Man", "Love Letter" and more. Talk about women blues musicians, Bonnie Raitt performed with Eric Clapton and earned Grammy Awards for her blues compositions. The only thing better than hearing a Bonnie Raitt on CD or video is seeing Bonnie Raitt in person... it's a blues concert you'll always treasure.Read Bonnie Raitt blues profile
Rory Gallagher Taste - was an Irish blues and rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. Born in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, on 2 March 1948, he grew up in the city of Cork. Rory was based in London during most of his 30-year career; he toured extensively, sold 30 million records, and had a worldwide following of loyal fans.
In 1963 Rory Bought (second-hand) the famous '61 sunburst Fender Stratocaster, for 100 pounds, in Cork this was apparently the first Stratocaster in Ireland, The 'battered Strat' was to be Rory's most notable trademark over the next 31 years. At age 16 Rory joined the Fontana show band, Rory toured with the show band until a point where only three members of the band showed up for a specific gig, Rory persuaded the promoter that they could play anyway, the three piece line up then became Taste.
Taste toured until 1970 including a US and Canada tour supporting blind faith, and a headline spot at the Isle of White festival in 1970. At the end of 1970 Rory went solo, forming another 3-piece band the “Rory Gallagher Band” the line up changed over the years:
Carlos Santana was never accused of being a blues guitar player so why is he on "Blues for Peace"? Mainly out of respect for Santana's love for the blues and how many people got turned on to the blues. Also, Santana performed in major blues festivals as far back as Woodstock and more recently at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival. Guilty by asociation, Santana's tone, feel, intonation and rhythm, are the blues... Santana, we love you and your Latin licks.. now if only you'd make a "Black Magic Woman" inspired blues album... hmmmm???
Chuck Berry invented rock n' roll guitar as we know it to this day... the wild, screaming guitar solo's like "Johnny B. Goode" and "Roll Over Beethoven" were copied and inspired generations of rock bands. Just put on a Chuck Berry guitar solo, if that don't turn you on... you got a hole in your rock in roll soul... Some of Chuck Berry's greatest hits are "Johnny B. Goode", "Around And Around", "Maybelline", "Memphis, Tennessee" and "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Let It Rock".
Johnny Winter burst on the blues scene like the Lone Ranger, he could play blues that had just the right touch of rock in it to appeal to both blues fans rock fans.. not an easy thing to do.. but that's always been Johnny Winter's appeal and if that don't get you... his texas blues will knock you cold. Can you imagine playing with Muddy Waters? Much less recording an album with him? That's exactly what Johnny Winter did... recorded the album "Breakin' It Up & Breakin' It Down" with Muddy Waters.
One thing about Johnny Winter, he knows talent when he hears it! Johnny played in a a trio with Tommy Shannon on bass, before SRV snapped him up...Talk about timing.. Johnny Winter was on the first cover the Guitar World.. Some of his best albums are "Second Winter by Winter","Live Johnny Winter", "Still Alive and Well", " I'm a Bluesman" and "Captured Live!".
Sometime, when you're searchin' for inspiraiton for new songs, band arrangements and blues album concepts.. check out Johnny Winter's catalogue.. there's plenty of killer licks and funky ideas for your blues band.
B.B. King appeared on PBS TV in 1968, holding his trademark Gibson ES 355 - Lucille, hair slicked back, sweating profusely, singing and playin the blues. As a kid I remember people talking about B.B. King. They said, "Well you know, B.B. King, he's not really a good guitar player, all he can play is the blues." Twenty, thirty years later, I'm still trying to learn to play blues guitar like B.B. King!
B.B. King was the featured guest artist and spoke to the interviewer with a guarded tone to his voice and in humble way. The contrast between B.B. King's soft spoken words and wailin' guitar made a deep impression on me. I remember trying to catch the beat and couldn't because most of B.B. King's guitar licks started off the beat. Off the beat? Now there's a concept I'd never encountered as a fifteen year old guitar player.
It was also the first time I heard anyone bend guitar strings... and what B.B. King called "those funny little sounds that please me" - sounded out of tune to me! Yet something caught my ear and I was determined to try and figure out the secret to play like B.B. King. And twenty, ok, thirty years later, I'm still trying to figure out how to play the blues guitar like B.B. King!
B.B. King projects tremendous presence on the stage singing, playing guitar or just standing around. His style, developed in the Big Band Era, is similar to T-Bone Walker, playing off the riffs of the horn section versus blowing over the top. Many of B.B. King's licks come out of nowhere at the end of the horn parts. Other times you can hear B.B. 'comping' simple licks to the groove of the horn section.
Talk about the pentatonic scale, the blues scale ... forget it. Talk about the BB King Scale ... B.B. King just plays what he hears and often plays major thirds & major sevenths as well as wierd bends (flat 2nd up to minor third) that can't be taught.
Another unique aspect to B.B. King 's guitar style is his vibrato and the way he mixes phrases that start on the beat with licks that start off the beat. There are few guitar players that do this today ... just listen to a few BB King solos, count out the rhythm and see for yourself.
Sound wise, B.B. King's guitar is usually in the mix, not blowing out the band. Many of B.B. King's best records like crackle a soulful mix of B.B.'s vocals, blues guitar licks and audience reaction. I don't know about you, but I'v got a strong urge to hear a BB King CD!
By Johnny Mayer.
B.B. King Guitar TAB
Here are some cool books with B.B. King guitar tab. It's amazing when you actually get a few B.B. Kings licks under your fingers. It's best to learn to play by ear and these B.B. King guitar tablature books will help you play the blues from the heart - just like BB King.