Some travelin’ music to get us all home safely

We just spent a magical New England Christmas with my sister Lee Ann and her family, along with a gathering of the extended Bookman/Halunen clan. It was a perfect week, complete with a snowy Christmas Day, but life and home beckon. We’re now headed back to the ATL to kick off the new  year.

My brother-in-law and host, Reino, is among other things an avid amateur guitar player. In fact, one of the highlights of the holiday came when Reino presented a miniature electric guitar, complete with miniature amp, to his 5-year-old grandson, Nathan, with promises of guitar lessons to come.

Reino’s favorite blues guitar player is the late Gary Moore of Northern Ireland, best known in this country for his stint with Thin Lizzy. So in tribute to Reino and Lee Ann, and in thanks for their great hospitality, here’s Mr. Moore, performing one of his solo hits:


– Jay Bookman

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Fred ™

December 28th, 2012
11:30 am

Thanks Jay. Safe trip home. You look a lot like your dad (if that was him behind Savannah, and she is certainly a little cutie. Make it back, without you who would we, left right and independents, all agree to hate on. :D

Fred ™

December 28th, 2012
11:31 am

stands for decibels

December 28th, 2012
11:37 am

Jay, by “miniature” do you mean something like this, a 3/4 scale geetar?

http://www.amazon.com/FENDER-STARCASTER-STRAT-ELECTRIC-GUITAR/dp/B004XNRGSY

(I handed my own ABD something close to that–but the kid never took to it. probably shoulda thrown in a 3/4 scale Marshall stack.)

josef

December 28th, 2012
11:38 am

JAY

Be careful on the road…and a safe journey home.

Fred ™

December 28th, 2012
11:41 am

TBS

December 28th, 2012
11:41 am

TBS

December 28th, 2012
11:42 am

stands for decibels

December 28th, 2012
11:45 am

Reino’s favorite blues guitar player

Hey, there’s an idea for a sub-thread.

Who are your FAVORITE guitar players? And why?

Note I didn’t say “BEST”. big difference. I don’t even, at this stage, claim to know who is “best” or even in the Top Thousand. I just have my favorites.

I’ll start with someone heralded by the indie/punk rock set, but perhaps not known well to the regulars here–Richard Lloyd. Made his bones as the flashier, more technically proficient of the two string-slingers of Television. He’s since done some occasionally-great solo work and worked with Matthew Sweet.

Here’s my favorite solo of his, starting at 2:55 –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4s5bj5fZO8

TBS

December 28th, 2012
11:46 am

TBS

December 28th, 2012
11:47 am

josef

December 28th, 2012
11:49 am

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 28th, 2012
11:50 am

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

December 28th, 2012
11:50 am

Well, I can’t think of a guitar without thinking of Chet Atkins. I always wondered how he learned to play the bass and the treble at the same time in the same song. Anyway, have a good safe weekend everybody.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePqVs_Zs028

stands for decibels

December 28th, 2012
11:51 am

While waiting on some other folks’ favorites (I have a couple other guys I could go on and on about if prompted)–since Jay mentioned New England, and it’s winter, herewith my favorite song about New England in the winter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B00jK6TJ8aA

You know that summer’s comin’ soon
Though the Interstate is choking on its salt and dirty sand
And it seems the sun is hiding from the moon

Fred ™

December 28th, 2012
11:53 am

Wow dB, I had never even heard of Television before.

My “favorite” traveling song is the one below. When I was at Valparaiso college radio station did a show every week where they would read out students looking for a ride home (and where too) and student driving home willing to share a ride for gas. This was the background music, every time I hear it I want to go somewhere:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oidm5Zfw_SA

stands for decibels

December 28th, 2012
11:56 am

Redneck, while I never had that much exposure to Chet Atkins, seeing him with that hollow-body Gretsch reminded me that without Chet, the Beatles would have sounded very different.

TBS

December 28th, 2012
11:57 am

TBS

December 28th, 2012
12:01 pm

josef

December 28th, 2012
12:02 pm

SFD

Wheeew…that’s a tall order. My “favorite?” Well that would be hands down a contest between my Uncle Ralph and my Granny, This one comes immediately to mind in the popular arena because this particular one reminds me of Granny and Uncle Ralph “pcikin and strummin” for the love of music

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKxhsd4×5u0

contemporary?

These two…one for sheer talent alone, and the other? Talent abundant, but d*mn, that boy could park his moccasins under my bed any day of the week! :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v916En8ORvI

Corbin Sharpe. Baby Boomer...and Ban the Gun Thug!

December 28th, 2012
12:02 pm

stands for decibels

December 28th, 2012
12:03 pm

I had never even heard of Television before.

When I started seeking out interesting original music in NYC’s club scene as a young lad, Television and this other weird, artsy-fartsy band (which I enjoyed tremendously, mind you) had been closely linked–they used to play a lot of double bills. I saw them both and figured Television had the chops, the balls (they absolutely exuded confidence onstage), and the buzz. I figured that Other Band would be at best a footnote to rock history.

But, per usual, I was wrong about the marketability aspect, and the Other Band went on to relative fame while Television… well, their debut winds up on a lot of rock critics’ Top Albums of All Time, but that and two fifty gets you a ride on the subway, really.

josef

December 28th, 2012
12:05 pm

SFD

And since we can only put two links per post, I certainly don’t want to leave this one out…rather fond of his genre…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXeKFac2qSM

stands for decibels

December 28th, 2012
12:05 pm

josef, Roy Clarke gets spotted a few bonus points in my book for having guest starred on the Odd Couple.

Fred ™

December 28th, 2012
12:05 pm

Well if Corbin can have some Appalachia Blues, I can have some honey Suckle Blues…….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_3CvrKWQe0

TBS

December 28th, 2012
12:05 pm

stands for decibels

December 28th, 2012
12:06 pm

…and I’m diggin’ josef’s other pickers/grinners, as well.

Corbin Sharpe. Baby Boomer...and Ban the Gun Thug!

December 28th, 2012
12:07 pm

Josef,
When I heard your “wild Band of Indians” song, I just naturally thought of this guy…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0nHWAoIfxo

:)

Fred ™

December 28th, 2012
12:08 pm

Too cool dB. I love the Heads but have never seen them and you saw them while they were still “little people.” That’s a “once in a lifetime” deal for most people.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1wg1DNHbNU

TBS

December 28th, 2012
12:08 pm

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

December 28th, 2012
12:09 pm

I’m going to start with the easier first — My favorite guitarist:

Santanna: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpPb2cVswlI

Favorite BLUES guitarist? Wow! Toss up probably the late great Bo Diddley:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_Tdr-798D4

TBS

December 28th, 2012
12:10 pm

stands for decibels

December 28th, 2012
12:11 pm

Josef, just a point of information: you CAN do more than two links per post, but they have to be coded like, say, this. and this. and this.

But it’s kind of a PitA, obviously, if that’s not your usual posting MO.

stands for decibels

December 28th, 2012
12:13 pm

Not just when they were “little people,” Fred–while they were still a trio, David had this ungainly 12-string acoustic and a Fender electric and if he broke a string, well, you hadda wait…

TBS

December 28th, 2012
12:13 pm

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

December 28th, 2012
12:15 pm

Favorite old time Rock guitarist is Chuck Berry!!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNeEb7I3bwI

Favorite Jazz Guitarist Russel Malone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jvh-pxIEN7I

Fred ™

December 28th, 2012
12:16 pm

Best Blues guitarist is hard for me but I know two who top my list. Here they are together with a crap load of awesome singers including Etta James and Chaka Khan. As the guy mentions in his notes, look how SRV looks to BB for permission before busting into a solo…….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHFJJM6mJSs

Georgia

December 28th, 2012
12:17 pm

alvin at woodstock

stands for decibels

December 28th, 2012
12:17 pm

sorry, DDR, you gotta tell us WHY he’s your fave.

and i realize I never quite explained why Richard Lloyd is up there. wayy long ago, I called a NYC club to confirm that he was in fact on the bill.

Guy on the other end of the phone: “Is Richard Lloyd playing? Why SHOULDN’T Richard Lloyd be playing?”

Me: “um, i don’t know, I just heard…”

Guy on phone: “Did he catch a cold? Is he not feeling well?”

Me: “You’re… Richard, right?”

Got to hang out before the show as he did some guitar warmups, plugged into a Pignose. Mentioned that “Elevation” solo linked above, and he obliged by running through it for me. I mentioned that my crummy band covered one of Television’s tunes, but that I never could figure out this one tricky bit, and he patiently showed me, and handed me his Strat to make sure I had it down.

So, kinda hard for him NOT to be up there on the list.

Fred ™

December 28th, 2012
12:19 pm

Lot’s of great blues boys outta Texas……….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDEHZNirvF0

josef

December 28th, 2012
12:20 pm

anybody here remember this fellow….? :-)

He really gets to talking at about 1:20

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

Fred ™

December 28th, 2012
12:21 pm

And as a special dedication to our mystery meat liar who obviously ISN’T banned at Jays:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPWHfrU3PSQ

Corbin Sharpe. Baby Boomer...and Ban the Gun Thug!

December 28th, 2012
12:23 pm

TBS

December 28th, 2012
12:23 pm

stands for decibels

December 28th, 2012
12:23 pm

I hope Chuck lives forever. Maybe he will…

http://stlouis.broadwayworld.com/article/Chuck-Berry-to-be-Honored-at-St-Louis-Arts-Awards-20121212

gotta run. Back later, likely…

Fred ™

December 28th, 2012
12:25 pm

Here are another two favorites: I was looking for John Prine and stumbled on him in duet with Steve Goodman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOTbg39-I5Q

josef

December 28th, 2012
12:27 pm

SFD

Thanks…but, I’ll stick now with what I (don’t) know… :-)

CORBIN

:-)

getalife

December 28th, 2012
12:28 pm

Jimmy Hendrix, David Gilmore and Jimmy Page are my favorites.

I like to rock:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeBjhpw_Ee0

TBS

December 28th, 2012
12:28 pm

Fred ™

December 28th, 2012
12:29 pm

LOL Corbin, if you can have dancin’ blue, I can have “Runnin’ Blue:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ9X8q_JKEw

Fred ™

December 28th, 2012
12:31 pm

I’m surprised no one has popped out any Jimi yet……..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiOMn0FhLoU

ITS ALL BUSH'S FAULT

December 28th, 2012
12:32 pm

Vaya con dios Jay!

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

December 28th, 2012
12:35 pm

Why is Santanna my fave of all time?

Don’t know — i think it has a lot to do with HIM as a person and not so much his skills – although his skills ARE phenomenal.

My aunt, (who’s from VietNam), is a big Santanna fan – she told me she learned her Spanglish from listening to Santanna records and that during the early 70s everyone in “Nam” was into Santanna so she fell for him hard.

Anyway when she and I are together and spend some time hanging out, (they live in California now), we always go to all the old “record” stores and garage sales and estate sales looking for some Santanna vinyl and/or posters/paraphernalia so that we can “corner the market” on Santanna gear.

I don’t know WHY I like him the most — I guess its like my love of different genres of music in general — its a part of me that connects with different members of my family in some intrinsic way.

TBS

December 28th, 2012
12:36 pm

TBS

December 28th, 2012
12:37 pm

indigo

December 28th, 2012
12:38 pm

josef

Does this step on your widdle bitty politically correct toes?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPLCK0KT0YU

getalife

December 28th, 2012
12:42 pm

TBS

December 28th, 2012
12:45 pm

josef

December 28th, 2012
12:46 pm

Why do I love FNM the way I do? I was looking for something from that guitar master, Glen Campbell, and found this instead…yeah, I can see nearly half a million are there before me, but it’s news to me…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=QutLsCCY2yw&NR=1

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

December 28th, 2012
12:48 pm

I can’t pick a favorite blues song — I love too many! But this one song sang by two different and great artists; superbly I might add, in two totally different ways is up there in the top 10…..

Her Version and His version

BOTH versions are in my iPod …………

moonbat betty

December 28th, 2012
12:54 pm

Get on back, Jay. Quickly!

Space Truckin’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zGJ9N7c6pE

TBS

December 28th, 2012
12:55 pm

josef

December 28th, 2012
12:56 pm

getalife

:-) That guitar case! and, well if Kinky recommends it….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FY7RWJAtJQ

INDIGO
You gotta get up a lot earlier in the morning than you are now to step on my toes…

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

December 28th, 2012
12:57 pm

Wow! A LIVE version! thanks for that TBS!!!

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

December 28th, 2012
1:00 pm

Some Jazz — Listen to the guitar in this one — very smooth.

This is my theme song :)

josef

December 28th, 2012
1:02 pm

BIG DADDY

Maybe we could skip FNM and go to Friday Afternoon Music Experience (FAME?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW9×7OkwpxA

or

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

josef

December 28th, 2012
1:12 pm

DDR…

This one’s for you…

and sometimes the guitar and the singer are one and the same voice…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4eZ1DP__yY

Corbin Sharpe. Baby Boomer...and Ban the Gun Thug!

December 28th, 2012
1:16 pm

DDR, back in the day, I used to think this was my theme song, but my wife never would let me… :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A0wGO3c2T8

stands for decibels

December 28th, 2012
1:17 pm

its a part of me that connects with different members of my family in some intrinsic way.

Sounds like a great reason for fandom to me, DDR.

Towncrier

December 28th, 2012
1:21 pm

Sadly, there seem not to be any HQ recordings of Cream performing “Politician” on the Internet. But I found this rendition performed by Jack Bruce and the great Rory Gallagher (who seems to have been unfamiliar with the song before taking the stage to play it):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXk–eL5-kQ

stands for decibels

December 28th, 2012
1:22 pm

This guy might just be my favorite guitarist, period. A lot of metal guys will acknowledge a debt to his early efforts to bring distortion and noise to the Top 40; so, no Dave Davies, no Toni Iommi, no Johnny Ramone. No metal, no punk…

They had several great power-chord anthems chugging between a barred F and G, but this one has the sweetest guitar solo (and this one’s done live):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_AYM5hADHQ

You and me we’re free
We do as we please, yeah!

Amazed

December 28th, 2012
1:22 pm

Sooo, are we posting YouTube links?

godless heathen - Fiscal Cliff Dweller

December 28th, 2012
1:23 pm

He’s got all of his money tied up in guitars….

http://youtu.be/EA4oPNZ0dpk

josef

December 28th, 2012
1:30 pm

A theme song? This is one of mine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-ZIVNouSXs

And today in history in a very special year.

FOR Y’ALL KNOW WHO… :-)

“Don’t hate the Black, don’t hate the White. If you get bitten, just hate the bite.”

(not the song on the title BTW!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-yLQPO_8E0

josef

December 28th, 2012
1:32 pm

AMAZED

Hunh?

Towncrier

December 28th, 2012
1:32 pm

Well, there is this (from a 2005 reunion tour):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znXmZr8MiV0

But Clapton, though still quite capable and now a fine vocalist, is not the guitarist he once was.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

December 28th, 2012
1:33 pm

Wow! thanks josef! You’ve just furthered my education, (like a good teacher should)!

that took a while, (for me to get your link), cause I was wondering whether to sneak some Maria Callas into the mix and play some opera!!

Opera, iMO, is nothing more than blues for snobs! And i LOVE me some Callas and opera!

oh what the heck — some of the folks on here need some classing up! :wink:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLaY2VcIEqo

stands for decibels

December 28th, 2012
1:33 pm

Sooo, are we posting YouTube links?

New here? (not a snarky question.)

cuz if you are, that’s what happens on Friday afternoons at Jay’s. Lots of music talk and linkees. We put down the political battle axes and try to stick to non-political stuff. If you want to carry on about what’s going on in the news, the downstairs thread is open.

Paul

December 28th, 2012
1:34 pm

Thanks for the good wishes Jay. Same to you – hope you’re flying.

Towncrier

December 28th, 2012
1:36 pm

“A theme song? This is one of mine.”

Thanks for the memories, josef. I had a SatFS album as a young kid and really liked their music.

stands for decibels

December 28th, 2012
1:36 pm

Hey, any of the older folks here remember this guy?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Crane

…he’s mentioned in a notorious Phil Ochs tune, but I’d never heard of him before or since. Which is kind of amazing since he obviously had a pretty successful 60s TV career.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

December 28th, 2012
1:42 pm

Corbin @ 1:16 — I was REALLY liking that song — as a matter of fact I was getting ready to go to amazon and BUY the mp3 — then I noticed that in the lyrics, (which, THANK GOD the poster posted), they mention

A-L-A-B-A-M-A!!!

I almost cried when i saw that — they ruined a perfectly good song by putting those dang BAMMERS in it.

I may never speak to you again Corbin — you have broken my heart……….

Decatur Greg

December 28th, 2012
1:43 pm

Anyone remember Roy Buchanan? RIP Roy… your vinyl legacy lives on my turntable!

josef

December 28th, 2012
1:45 pm

DDR

The girl’s got class, she do… :-)

So, back atcha from another proud native of the benighted Magnolia State…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGfP38nd-U0

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

December 28th, 2012
1:50 pm

josef — love your theme song!

FYI — I saw a “Where is he now” thingie on Sly on TVone — seems that Sly was/is a crazed out drugged out freak!!

He had a girlfriend in the band, (the horn player), a wife, AND he was doing some other chick on the side. THEN to top it all off, they all got pregnant at the same time!!

I’m amazed he’s still alive! Anyway today he looks like someone’s crazy 60s love child still on drugs uncle. Sad really, they say the man was once a musical genius.

Corbin Sharpe. Baby Boomer...and Ban the Gun Thug!

December 28th, 2012
1:56 pm

DDR,
Sorry about the ‘Bama reference, but over the years I have just learned to ignore it… :)

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

December 28th, 2012
2:01 pm

Aida! josef! You made me cry!

That was so beautiful! Miss Leontyne Price was priceless!

OK that’s going into my iPod too! :)

Towncrier

December 28th, 2012
2:08 pm

“Anyone remember Roy Buchanan?”

Buchanan was a great guitarist – very influential and hardly known. PBS did a special on him, calling him the greatest unknown guitarist. I never knew about him as a kid. But there is no denying his greatness. The reason he was never well known I think is because he didn’t really care to polish and package his music to make it more palatable to the masses.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3ZfQ47sISo

williebkind

December 28th, 2012
2:09 pm

Yepper, got the pig ready for the pit, got the grill ready for the pig, got the wood stacked, got the beer on ice(really dont need any ice)and tonight we celebrate surviving the 2012 apocalypse with food, drink, and loud music. This is probably too southern for most of you but it sure is fun for us.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

December 28th, 2012
2:10 pm

They call Alabama the Crimson Tide

Call me Deacon Blue…………

Just RUINED a perfectly good song — I don’t know how you could ignore that blatant shout out to a BAMMER Corbin, but I may have to leave early cause all that BAMMER lovin is making me sick.

He should’ve said something like:

They Call Auburn the War Eagles

Call Me Deacon Blue!

Works better for me, AND it still rhymes, sort of. I may write Steely Dan with my idea……..

Road Scholar

December 28th, 2012
2:13 pm

Jimmy Hendrix, David Gilmore, Santana, Clapton,Lee and Jimmy Page…

but the best was Hendrix!

Road Scholar

December 28th, 2012
2:15 pm

Jay, look out for those crazies out there…on the roads in in your blog! Monday night, look out for the rookies!

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

December 28th, 2012
2:17 pm

TC — that Roy Buchannan link — I may have to change my mind about the best blues guitarist……he’s good, very good.

I could FEEL his pain through his playing — very, very rare.

Thanks for the link; sometimes you have to see something for yourself to believe it. Now! Off to amazon to see if i can buy up all of his music.

DownInAlbany

December 28th, 2012
2:17 pm

williebkind

December 28th, 2012
2:09 pm

Yepper, got the pig ready for the pit, got the grill ready for the pig, got the wood stacked, got the beer on ice(really dont need any ice)and tonight we celebrate surviving the 2012 apocalypse with food, drink, and loud music. This is probably too southern for most of you but it sure is fun for us.

Address, please?

josef

December 28th, 2012
2:24 pm

childhood memories…

has anybody linked this one yet?

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

Thulsa Doom

December 28th, 2012
2:31 pm

I almost panicked when I read where Fred said that 17 Bama starters would miss the bcs title game. Then I realized that our backups would still thrash the irish.

Thulsa Doom

December 28th, 2012
2:36 pm

I also figured I would send a nice dedication to keep and kam. My favorite song from my favorite rapper.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62Cd7C7F_3M

Georgia

December 28th, 2012
2:56 pm

Aida? Okay pet peeve here. Arias need to breathe. I would say the rule should be to hold all applause for at least five seconds, but I would prefer ten, (or no applause).

Then there this: Once, during Bellini’s Norma, the whole house was under the priestess’ spell and there emerged a palpable and viscerally-shared sustained moment of wet and dry, joy and sorrow, beauty and……BRAVA DIVA!!!!…….some pure idiot behind me yelled and startled the singer, who reacted for a beat and broke character…..and popped the bubble. The soprano was only near the end of the aria, not at the end of it. Where were the ushers? Then the soprano starts casting about her gaze for who the idiot was, and she settled on me as near enough. The daggers and asps I got from her in half-character were suffocating. If she woulda stayed in character I probably wouldn’t have made it out of there. No Joke. Don’t mess with a Druid Priestess.

Sagegirl

December 28th, 2012
3:00 pm

Lindsey Buckingham. The most under rated guitar player. Ever.

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

That Black Guy

December 28th, 2012
3:07 pm

Thulsa Doom

December 28th, 2012
2:36 pm
I also figured I would send a nice dedication to keep and kam. My favorite song from my favorite rapper.
_______________________________________________
Doomy, somehow I figured you would have posted Tupac’s “All Eyes on Me”.

BTW, 50 Cent’s not a rapper, he’s a “talker”.

Jay Z’s a rapper.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

December 28th, 2012
3:11 pm

Jay Z’s a rapper.

Word. Jigga, Pac, & Biggie Rapper/Poets.
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Georgia — You like opera too?!? Man! Curioser and curioser — It’s a small world!