Travelin’ Music from the Delta, by way of England

There are music stars, and then there are musicians. Eric Clapton, I think, fits comfortably in both categories, but it’s in his unplugged, mode that his musician side comes through most clearly.

I love his ability to strip something down to its basics and then play with it, adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing. And there’s an underlying theme of melancholy in all his work that really glistens when he goes acoustic.

Like this:

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Adam

May 27th, 2011
4:20 pm

Adam

May 27th, 2011
4:20 pm

Eric Clapton is awesome. Good choice Jay

Adam

May 27th, 2011
4:27 pm

Jay will Monday also be an off day for you this weekend?

AmVet

May 27th, 2011
4:29 pm

Some years ago I took a friend to that year’s Clapton tour, Nothing but the Blues Tour.

He enjoyed it but kept lamenting where were all the “hits’”

For my buddy, Alan…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaTkHCSGn1k

ByteMe

May 27th, 2011
4:30 pm

Yes, the acoustic version is amazing… but still doesn’t get the blood going like Dwayne and Eric in the original amped-up version turned up to 11.

Peadawg

May 27th, 2011
4:31 pm

Logical Dude

May 27th, 2011
4:33 pm

Now How can someone from England play the Blues??? ;)

AmVet

May 27th, 2011
4:35 pm

L Dude, Rundgren referred to it as “white kids ripping off the black culture”! Thank gawd above they did!

And he relays an interesting story of how the ships from Mobile, New Orleans, etc brought over American black music to Liverpool and London.

Jay, to me, this song perfectly illustrates that marriage of music star and musician…

(NOT to be played at low volumes.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt2qBm4qS4w

Jay

May 27th, 2011
4:36 pm

Logical, maybe this guy has your answer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0mBDm3J28E

Jay

May 27th, 2011
4:37 pm

And Adam, yes Monday is a day off, but I’m sure I’ll post something to mark the day…

moonbat betty

May 27th, 2011
4:38 pm

Logical Dude

May 27th, 2011
4:41 pm

Good answers Amvet & Jay.

I also like U2’s “When love came to town” with BB King.

AmVet

May 27th, 2011
4:45 pm

Super sweet, monster Alvin Lee, Jay! I saw him once, back in the 70s, in a rinky place in Lakeland, and he was one of those guys it was hard to take your eyes off of…

And that Ten years After LP A Space in Time was a must have. Pretty much everything on it was great, including this smash hit…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzrUqAtUcpU

Mudfoot

May 27th, 2011
4:47 pm

Gotta love the Blues movement to England back in the 70’s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bkjv9SscotY

Jay

May 27th, 2011
4:49 pm

Yes Amvet, it’s great to see how people took the blues tunings, techniques, etc. and updated them into new material like that.

And then somewhere it just stopped.

Peadawg

May 27th, 2011
4:53 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f831LG6pr9E

Santana & Jonny Lang – “I Ain’t Superstitious”

Great blues song!!!!!!!

Jay

May 27th, 2011
4:57 pm

of course, this other Albert wadn’t bad neither …. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpzxeF_1BzU

Logical Dude

May 27th, 2011
4:59 pm

Jay: And then somewhere it just stopped.

It did? Didn’t you just present Adele in a recent Friday Travelin Music tune? She’s very bluesy.

Jay

May 27th, 2011
5:01 pm

That’s true, Logical.

AmVet

May 27th, 2011
5:02 pm

What great memories from the insanely fine LZ, Mudfoot. Thanks.

Although the blues will never go completely out of favor – as is true for soul music – a new generation, by and large, seems very disconnected from it.

For a lot of kids, this was the blues/bloke crossover song that started it all…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh4n1bZi4d8

pogo

May 27th, 2011
5:10 pm

Amvet you have impeccable taste in music (if not politics!!!). Alvin Lee. Saw TYA three times and they never failed to deliver. In my opinion out of all of them, Stevie Ray Vaughn was probably the ultimate man with the blues based ax. Even Clapton gave him distance (and credit). Billy Gibbon’s is the next. Even Hendrix praised Gibbons as the most soulful blues guitarist he had ever seen. And coming from Hendrix, that is about the ultimate praise one could be given.

Judging and comparing excellent musicians is like trying to figure out which kind of apple taste the best, isn’t it? My take on it is we should enjoy them all for the variety they provide us no matter their musical muse and style. And then again, hip-hop sucks. I can’t get past that one no matter how hard I try. It is not music. It is electronic, low frequency sine wave pulses accompanied by some very poorly written ryhmes by supposed “street poets”. Performed live, it is totally incomprehensible and irritating and it inevitably evolves into nothing but a bunch of people screaming indecipherable words into a microphone. One has to look no further than to the Black Eyed Pea’s live performances to prove this. No, it isn’t music. It is slick marketing to a public that knows no better.

AmVet

May 27th, 2011
5:13 pm

Thanks pogo! (My Utopian/TR buddy!) You’re no slouch yourself!

And yes, I’m hopelessly politically lost, huh? LOL.

The aforementioned, Gibbons-fronted, little ol’ band from Texas, with a bluesy thing that I always adored…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYfMKHPSAk8

Normal

May 27th, 2011
5:16 pm

Never did like “Slow Hand” :shock:

But on the other hand, this is my kind of “Blues”…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFJLBOAuD7k

Fred

May 27th, 2011
5:18 pm

interesting Jay. I never liked that version. After it came out i called his metal his young coke days version and this one his old heroin days version.

Funny how tastes differ.

Normal

May 27th, 2011
5:22 pm

However, I did like some of the bands he played with…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwGL5LDb4u8

AmVet

May 27th, 2011
5:23 pm

Brother Normal!

I’m sure I wasn’t the only guy who scratched my head when the American blues/rock world was first partially dominated by a bunch of NY Hebes!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kpz-1qpNBw

Fred

May 27th, 2011
5:23 pm

ONE of my favorites by Clapton. He kicks some blue ass in this one…….. There is a live version I saw on youtube, but I haven’t listened to it so I didn’t link it.

Saw Clapton playing on the beach in Fort Walton back in the early 80’s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf-O2Fi5nMI

Normal

May 27th, 2011
5:24 pm

AmVet

May 27th, 2011
5:26 pm

My bad. Butterfield is from Chicago. I guess I get all those big cities mixed up!

BTW, he met the white, blues loving Elvin Bishop, when EB was a physic student at the Univ. of Chicago.

Cool…

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

May 27th, 2011
5:27 pm

1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W536Tm6IfGY (You have to tap your feet !

BTW: What do Mickey Gilley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart have in common?

2) Headline: “Aussie student finds universe’s ‘missing mass’ ………. ”

Man, am I relieved. I have been looking for that since I got back from Nam.

3) Headline: “How Oprah spent her first day off”

Uh, …………………….. like we should give a rat’s a** to the one who thinks she is God’s gift to the world?

Fred

May 27th, 2011
5:30 pm

Actually got to jam with this “blues wannabe.” I know he ain’t white, British, or Jewish, but he could play a blues a little bit…………..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuaFLgRx0EY&feature=related

Fred

May 27th, 2011
5:33 pm

Normal @ 5:24: That’s the theme song of my life. I watch that video all the time. It’s on a couple different playlists of mine on youtube.

jt

May 27th, 2011
5:34 pm

I like the blues…………..and I used to enjoy seeing concerts.
.
I also like smoking natural god-given hearing enjoyment-enhancing herbs before concerts.
Although my wife(a woman that I love,respect,and cherish) would never be so foolish as to tell me what I CAN’T or CAN DO,………….she has a praying mantis-like stare that makes one feel like a wingless fly with broken legs.
.
It usually isn’t worth it.
.
hence the lack of excitment when my wife scored free tickets to ARS at Wildbills a coupla weeks ago.
I just couldn’t get excited.A little trepidation on my part considering that there would be no trail of rubber, beer cans, male intoxicating comradirie, BS,mooning with full goats, perplexed police,and smoke left on the road to the Venue……………….I was going with my wife.
.
To make a long story short………………….WildBills didn’t frisk us, no BS reserved seating, you could buy beer,smoking was allowed,Atlanta Rythym Section Jammed, ………………for awhile………….my wife and I was back in a time when America was still free……….for a few hours.
Good time had by all.

Shout out to the openers, ,……….”Shuffle Junkies”. They did a DAMN good “knockin on Heaven’s Door”….”Ate up with the Blues” was also MGM grade.
.
I know its old..and maybe worn out…………but they don’t call them classics for nothing……that night we saw a BASS GOD,………….and legends perform………………
It was cool to have at least a thousand people singing along with this song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYYBC5LZm9Q

AmVet

May 27th, 2011
5:39 pm

Fred, you’re right about that piece. Gotta real deep soulful feel to it.

Took me a lot of years, but I finally bought that Blind Faith album. Normie. Notwithstanding that strange cover art. And I’ve also watched that youtube a couple of times. Outstanding and very Woodstock like…

md

May 27th, 2011
5:41 pm

In honor of our GW believers…….and olive branch……

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEgPS4qxU6A

@@

May 27th, 2011
5:41 pm

godless heathen

May 27th, 2011
5:42 pm

What phase was Clapton in when he did that insipid “I Shot the Sheriff”?

Me

May 27th, 2011
5:43 pm

Try yourselves some Peter Greenes Fleetwood Mac. Definitely not Stevie Nicks!

Fred

May 27th, 2011
5:44 pm

So who was singing jt since Ronnie Hammond died in march, and who was the schitzo dude who checked out a few years ago with a gun to his head?

Fred

May 27th, 2011
5:45 pm

Are you drinking @@?

Fred

May 27th, 2011
5:47 pm

Oh and jt? Thanks for that link THAT one is my favorite ARS song. I can play it over and over.

@@

May 27th, 2011
5:52 pm

@@’s a drink? Never heard of it, Fred.

getalife

May 27th, 2011
5:56 pm

AmVet

May 27th, 2011
5:57 pm

Just gotta call from a friend I hadn’t talked to in ages and he invited me up to his place. Not all that bad considering he lives on Lake Arrowhead.

jt, great story. And you didn’t disappoint at all with that choice. Hilly D and I have gone back and forth with some serious ARS a couple of times.

heathen, good one!

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

May 27th, 2011
6:00 pm

Well, since no one seems to care I will tell you anyway:

Mickey Gilley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart are first cousins.

AmVet

May 27th, 2011
6:03 pm

Scout, niiice.

Before I read your post carefully, I thought that Gilley sho did sound a whole lot like The Meatman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn0OlxWldLU&feature=related

Hillbilly D

May 27th, 2011
6:05 pm

jt @ 5:34

Paul Goddard was playing at the show you saw?

The “Unplugged” thing was a misnomer. Every one of those acoustic guitars were plugged in.

jt

May 27th, 2011
6:08 pm

Fred-

It was some guy with a Patch over one eye……………Not to discount him.
He was faithful to Ronnie.
.
Also……………some dude named Cox jammed with these guys. Do you know who he is?
Everybody acted like he was famous or something.
.
Gotta cruise to little ceasers………………….later.
I’ll leave with a tune that IS the Blues……………………(if not booze or money………it is………..
.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmh1Z3Em-Ok

Hillbilly D

May 27th, 2011
6:09 pm

Also……………some dude named Cox jammed with these guys. Do you know who he is?

Could possibly be Wendell Cox of Travis Tritt’s band. He’s from Cumming.

http://www.myspace.com/wendellcox

Mighty Righty

May 27th, 2011
6:24 pm

Defrocking Department

May 27th, 2011
6:27 pm

Will Bishop Eddie Long please come out of the closet ?

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

May 27th, 2011
6:35 pm

AmVet @ 6:03:

Yep …………… and ………… the other is also the same style:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IRHLxQKmp0&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfYUCSaZSTQ&feature=related

By the way ………….. God forgive’s ANYTHING except rejection of His plan of salvation ………… !

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

May 27th, 2011
6:36 pm

Defrocking Department :

That’s the problem …………… he did.

AmVet

May 27th, 2011
6:36 pm

getalife, my chemically enhanced brother, that live version of the JJ Cale classic smokes! The treble is just piercing.

For Me (@5:43)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWa2nHsOx7M

And alas, for me, I can’t find FM’s killer cover of For Your Love.

so…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qizYULIYEj4&feature=related

St Simons - we're on Island time

May 27th, 2011
6:50 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fk2prKnYnI

What the Olds think of the cons now….

AmVet

May 27th, 2011
6:52 pm

That JS is a solemn, holy version of the same sound, isn’t it, 1811? That’s great…(BIG smile.)

You’ll chuckle, but I’ve sung some of those songs and hymns. I’ve always thought that singing to god was kinda cool.

I tell you who else left us
Passed on down to heaven no longer with us
Johnny Cash, JFK, that guy in the Stones
Lou Gehrig, Einstein, and Joey Ramone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9eQ8_T1ytU

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

May 27th, 2011
7:01 pm

AmVet:

Yep ……….. it would be kind of neat to hear/see them sing/play the piano together.

I don’t know if they even get together informally.

N-GA

May 27th, 2011
7:05 pm

Dallas, Texas…many years ago. Getting ready to turn 40 and the Mrs. got 4 tickets to see Eric Clapton. Friends from Atlanta flew in and after several beverages off we went.

Eric played his first number to crazy applause. A couple of riffs into his second number another guitar intruded into what was already a terrific show. Even Eric showed genuine surprise when Mark Knopfler strolled onto the stage accompanied by his distinctive guitar sound. For almost three hours we were entertained by these two legendary musicians/singers/songwriters.

“Money For Nothing” was hot at the time and they played it with their last encore. Eric sang Sting’s intro and they brought down the house with an insane rendition of the Dire Straits classic!

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

May 27th, 2011
7:06 pm

P.S. to AmVet:

Here is why you like singing to God (just take it one step further ……. He’s waiting with open arms).

http://www.topical-bible-studies.org/28-0001.htm

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

May 27th, 2011
7:10 pm

Hey guys ………. (and Jay) ……. it’s good I guess we don’t live there !!

BANGKOK – Thai authorities said Friday they arrested an American citizen on charges he insulted the country’s monarchy, in part by posting a link on his blog four years ago to a banned book about the Southeast Asian nation’s ailing king.

AmVet

May 27th, 2011
7:12 pm

Psalms 33:3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.

Right on, baby. And thanks, Scout. (I know you’ve got the Holy Spirit in ya!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV5ioewi4pk

wet wiccan

May 27th, 2011
7:21 pm

This ain’t unplugged, but it is stripped down. Another guitarist that I put on the same level as Clapton, Pete Townsend…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfL4MlEIB4Q

Mighy Righty

May 27th, 2011
7:31 pm

One of the all time best. Lindsey Buckingham!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naAWX6OsHVI

Hillbilly D

May 27th, 2011
7:31 pm

When this guy used to play Atlanta, all the Macon players would come up to hear him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On5372UztI0

SOUTHERN ATL

May 27th, 2011
7:33 pm

Jay

May 27th, 2011
7:42 pm

NGA, that sounds EXCELLENT!

josef nix

May 27th, 2011
7:43 pm

josef nix

May 27th, 2011
7:47 pm

Hillbilly

@ 7:31

WOW!!!

Hillbilly D

May 27th, 2011
7:49 pm

For the other baseball fans out there, see if you can do the scoring on this double play by the New Britain Rock Cats, Minnesota Twins AA affiliate, of the Eastern League. (You’d be better to go full screen when you watch it).

http://blogs.thehour.com/sportsminute/?p=1933

Jay

May 27th, 2011
7:54 pm

I’ll second that WOW!

(But mine’s for that second play. Double A baserunning at its best!)

SOUTHERN ATL

May 27th, 2011
7:56 pm

Hillbilly D

May 27th, 2011
7:58 pm

Jay,

I saw that on MLB Network, they gave the scoring but I forget what it was. There were 7 different fielders involved in the play. I think 2 of the outfielders were the only ones not involved.

Jay

May 27th, 2011
8:00 pm

Love the MLB Network, HD. It’s on all the time.

Jay

May 27th, 2011
8:05 pm

HD, remembering the scoring on that one would be like reciting your Social Security number.

Recon (2nd.and 3rd.)

May 27th, 2011
8:06 pm

AmVet

May 27th, 2011
8:14 pm

Funny, HD! Not me. And I’ve scored plenty of games.

SA, that first one had a distinct Prince feel to it (in parts). The second one, was just plain sexy. (A bit like Steely Dan.) Dug them both.

Awesome Buckingham, MIGHTY.

I’ve always though the was amazing. Pop or rock, that guy was the real deal. (In deference to Me.)

I got nothin’ but time
No time for living
I used to be somebody
But that was so long ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2ammYGQyhQ&feature=related

And some of that previously referenced Tulsan…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLFCK-C_tO0

Hillbilly D

May 27th, 2011
8:15 pm

If it wasn’t for MLB Network, the History Channel, Discovery Channel and Book TV, I’d hardly ever turn the TV on. Well, I do watch the Weather Channel but that’s mainly because of Kelly Cass.

And hey, not only can I recite my SS number, I know Daddy’s, too. (It’s that memory blessing/curse thing)

josef nix

May 27th, 2011
8:20 pm

For the folks out in Joplin…yeah, we know Langston Hughes is your most reknowned…but he didn’t sing…now, this lady… how could my generation EVER forget her Top 100 smash hit… thanks for the happy days :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw07CDid0JM&feature=related

Hillbilly D

May 27th, 2011
8:24 pm

josef @ 8:20

They say there’s only 13 notes of music but I think she found several new ones!! :lol:

We won’t even mention staying in time.

josef nix

May 27th, 2011
8:26 pm

SOUTHERN ATLANTA

Thanks…Man, that was smooth!

Hillbilly

Speaking of those channels, did you happen to catch History’s segment on Mississippi on “The States?” Did a good job of being positive about the state’s greatest contribution to modern culture…the music….

Hillbilly D

May 27th, 2011
8:32 pm

josef

I’ve seen several of those but didn’t catch Mississippi. Most of the ones I’ve seen were well done, I thought.

josef nix

May 27th, 2011
8:41 pm

This Mississippi King had a lot to say in that segment…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4OXrmxDp44

AmVet

May 27th, 2011
8:42 pm

Mississippi? I been to Mississippi. A BUNCH a times. And let me tell ya, it was a hoot. And a holler! A buncha hicks, not much different from me.

A neighbor from Lake Charles…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpP11qYuhg8

And the original…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPsbB952ewI&feature=related

TnGelding

May 27th, 2011
8:48 pm

Think of those that HAVE TO work on Monday. Especially those on missions for our president(s).

Happy Memorial Day, America!

God bless planet Earth!

Hillbilly D

May 27th, 2011
8:48 pm

A few years back, B B King did a long interview on satellite radio. It was really interesting and at the end, they let people call in and ask questions.

One caller was a guy who said many years earlier, his Dad had promoted a show with B B, and due to poor weather, almost no one showed up. He said B B asked his Dad if he was going to make any money and he said, no, he was going to lose a lot. The guy said B B told his Dad, just to pay him his expenses and forget the rest. The radio host asked if it was true and B B said that he didn’t remember but he hoped that it was.

The other one was a young boy, about 8-10 years old, who told B B that he was a big fan of his and that he was learning guitar. B B spent about 5 minutes talking to him, telling him to stay in school, practice guitar, and that he should learn piano because it would help his guitar playing. I was impressed with that. He could have said thank you and blown him off but he didn’t.

He was a total gentleman to everybody he talked to.

TnGelding

May 27th, 2011
9:02 pm

josef nix

May 27th, 2011
9:08 pm

B. B. is a true Southern gentleman of culture and breeding, all right…what he’s given in time and resources to promoting all the arts in Mississippi is incredible…

and from his neighbors right up the road…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HanwLunJau0&feature=related

In an interview once the guy asked “where are you from?” Pop answered, “Main” The interviewer looked like he didn’t believe him, “Maine?” “Yes sir, ” Pop says, “the Main Part of Mississippi!”

Jay

May 27th, 2011
9:15 pm

Josef, just watched the Dr. Hall video. If you have thoughts/reaction, go back channel on it. Not the time or place here.

josef nix

May 27th, 2011
9:16 pm

TN GELDING

Some Americana back atcha…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAsV5-Hv-7U

josef nix

May 27th, 2011
9:17 pm

JAY

Will do…

Hillbilly D

May 27th, 2011
9:17 pm

TNGelding already played a version of this but I think Pop adds a lot to it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjCw3-YTffo

I’ve always thought Levon had as much “feel” in his voice, as anybody I’ve heard.

TnGelding

May 27th, 2011
9:19 pm

josef nix

May 27th, 2011
9:27 pm

JAY

Caught it and will get back with you later…and as for tonight? L-rdy! my 9:16 was certainly prescient, eh? :-)

Hillbilly D

May 27th, 2011
9:27 pm

Take Don McLean and what I think is his best song and throw in a Certified Guitar Player, this is what you get.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeR4G8519vI

josef nix

May 27th, 2011
9:33 pm

TN GELDING

Tried to tell him, but would he listen….nooooo

Oh, well, bet he’s singing in the shower about now…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEMjeYPfqSg

TnGelding

May 27th, 2011
9:39 pm

Hillbilly D

May 27th, 2011
9:41 pm

Fred

May 27th, 2011
9:51 pm

@jt: Just damn son, you hit another homer with that “rare” Zep tune. It was never on an album, it was a b side tune on a 45 and I never heard it until like 1983. A most bodaciously awesome tune. Thanks. It’s now added to two of my playlists, classic rock and favorites. Feel free to peruse my playlists on youtube. I’m Bubb2112 there. I think you may find some stuff you like and may have forgotten about. You may even find some new stuff.

As to Cox (ARS) are you sure they didn’t say COBB? As in J.R. Cobb? He was an early member of ARS and co-wrote several of their songs.

As

Fred

May 27th, 2011
9:58 pm

N-GA: Money for nothing was probably one of the lowest songs Mark played as far as difficulty and talent level were concerned, yet he won awards for it because it was hot on MTV (back in the day when MTV actually played music). It was a cool video nonetheless. No doubt about it though, Mark Knopfler is without a doubt one of the best guitar players to ever grace this planet earth and to see him and Clapton on the same stage was a rare treat. I’ve seen them both live (apart) a few time and can barely imagine how great it was to see them both together.

I can’t find exactly what I want on youtube, butthis one will suffice for now;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLVFPAzG0Wg&feature=related

Hillbilly D

May 27th, 2011
10:10 pm

(back in the day when MTV actually played music).

I’m so old I remember when MTV played music, the History Channel had history programs, you always knew what station the Braves were on, and you could tune in the Weather Channel to find out what the weather was like. :lol:

Music from a gem of a movie. (And I’m not really a movie buff).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMwcGPjYAIk