It’s spring, and time to rock’n'roll!

I love guitar anthems, and “Seven Nation Army,” by the White Stripes, is one of my modern favorites. You hear that opening riff, and you’re hooked. I’m not a musician, so I have no idea how he does it, but there’s something unique about the sound that Jack White gets out of his guitar. Any song he plays can be identified as his. (I particularly like his collaboration with Loretta Lynn on their album “Van Lear Rose”. He treats Miss Loretta with the utmost respect, as of course he should, but he also pushes her to stretch musically which she seems to enjoy. The result is great.)

Anyway, on this beautiful spring day — maybe that’s why the guitar anthem theme hit me? — here’s Jack and Meg:



– Jay Bookman

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TBS

March 15th, 2013
3:32 pm

Jay

That is always a great tune to CRANK IT UP……………. cool choice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKhTk0IynHM

TBS

March 15th, 2013
3:34 pm

TBS

March 15th, 2013
3:37 pm

stands for decibels

March 15th, 2013
3:39 pm

No denying this outfit’s power, and Jack White is a certifiably cool guy.

Never became a superduper fan of the Stripes but I always seem to like what I hear.

here’s Jack and Meg

For what it’s worth, it appears Jack would re-form that group in a heartbeat if she’d say it was ok. He’s said repeatedly that even though she’s not a technically “accomplished” drummer, he can’t quite get that sound from anyone else.

Or that’s what he’s said when I’ve heard him interviewed.

Peadawg

March 15th, 2013
3:39 pm

EXCELLENT choice to start the weekend! Jack White is such a fantastic musician.

Here’s Jack White and Alicia Keys’s song for ‘Die Another Day’. Such a neat combination.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hM5UJvnbbuY

TBS

March 15th, 2013
3:39 pm

Peadawg

March 15th, 2013
3:40 pm

And if you haven’t gotten Jack’s new solo album, Blunderbuss…you really need to. Especially if you like jazz/blues!!

TBS

March 15th, 2013
3:41 pm

stands for decibels

March 15th, 2013
3:42 pm

Yeah, PD, a friend played me the vinyl release of Blunderbuss on a fairly high-end system. It’s pretty awesome.

Almost feel like an mp3 album won’t do it justice (but of course that’s what I’d buy.)

getalife

March 15th, 2013
3:43 pm

A great two piece band and watched a documentary of their tour overseas .

A very hectic schedule and both were exhausted but they work well together.

He can jam.

Peadawg

March 15th, 2013
3:44 pm

TBS

March 15th, 2013
3:45 pm

Peadawg

March 15th, 2013
3:47 pm

TBS

March 15th, 2013
3:47 pm

Peadawg

March 15th, 2013
3:50 pm

Jay, my 3:47 is in mod for some reason…

Erwin's cat

March 15th, 2013
3:52 pm

Love Jack and the Stripes

TBS

March 15th, 2013
3:54 pm

St Simons

March 15th, 2013
3:59 pm

oh hell yes, Jack White.
Jack’s been here. He has a fascination with the number 3. Weird dude.

He plays a Kay (pawn shop) guitar through an old
Silvertone (Sears & Roebuck) lo-fi transistor amp. I can’t tell
if its the worst tone or the best tone I’ve ever heard.

TBS

March 15th, 2013
3:59 pm

stands for decibels

March 15th, 2013
4:01 pm

Any Ted Leo / Aimee Mann fans out there? (I love the latter, know next to nothing of the former.)

They’re teaming up, I’m sure the result will be worth a listen. Something about all that here:

http://www.mtvhive.com/2013/03/11/ted-leo-both-interview/

/drive-by

TBS

March 15th, 2013
4:02 pm

stands for decibels

March 15th, 2013
4:03 pm

one mo’ thing

. I can’t tell
if its the worst tone or the best tone I’ve ever heard.

He’s also obsessed about recording to analog, only doing the last touches digitally. Probably doesn’t make a discernible difference in what I am hearing, but I suspect it’s that attention to detail that makes his guitar sound so identifiable.

Also, he used to be an upholsterer. For what that’s worth.

josef

March 15th, 2013
4:03 pm

Something from this millennium worth listening to…good choice…

TBS

March 15th, 2013
4:05 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 15th, 2013
4:07 pm

TBS

March 15th, 2013
4:10 pm

TBS

March 15th, 2013
4:17 pm

Class of '98

March 15th, 2013
4:17 pm

Listen to Torche. Best band on the planet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN1Q6tAmJzk

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 15th, 2013
4:23 pm

Mick

March 15th, 2013
4:29 pm

Guess everybody has their favs…here’s mine-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lps9AJvZgrM

TBS

March 15th, 2013
4:31 pm

St Simons

March 15th, 2013
4:35 pm

it’s gonna be 80 down here boys –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz1dpvE7wv4

don’t hate, immigrate

JamVet

March 15th, 2013
4:37 pm

Spring time rock’ n ‘roll indeed!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y4Xt-Rw85c

And with that, I bid you all much musical success and joy tonight!

I’ll be sure to check out the tunes tomorrow…

josef

March 15th, 2013
4:38 pm

K’CHAK

@ 4:23

Nice…mark of a real musician/singer? Does it translate to acoustic…if it does, well…

TBS

March 15th, 2013
4:38 pm

josef

March 15th, 2013
4:39 pm

He-ne-ha

To each his own…great tune, though…

St Simons

March 15th, 2013
4:42 pm

Does it translate to acoustic… — that is so true, josef

Rick C

March 15th, 2013
4:43 pm

Jay, he uses an octave pedal so that the pitch comes out an octave lower.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 15th, 2013
4:44 pm

josef

I’m a big fan of the unplugged movement.

Never did particularly care for this band, but they did a damn fine job with this Bowie tune unplugged.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fregObNcHC8

josef

March 15th, 2013
4:45 pm

josef

March 15th, 2013
4:49 pm

K’CHAK

Never a fan either, but that cut was “ear catching…” Thanks

TBS

March 15th, 2013
4:50 pm

Grasshopper

March 15th, 2013
4:50 pm

Great choice on Love Interruption Peadawg.

Did someone mention Portland, Oregon with Loretta Lynn yet?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuC_l3ymXhM

Mick

March 15th, 2013
4:58 pm

TBS

March 15th, 2013
4:59 pm

Mike

March 15th, 2013
5:03 pm

a little taste of “The Boss” for a Friday evening

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGU0z1DGO8E

Erwin's cat

March 15th, 2013
5:04 pm

stands for dB – Probably doesn’t make a discernible difference in what I am hearing, but I suspect it’s that attention to detail that makes his guitar sound so identifiable.
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to us with an untrained ear yes…but I have a friend with a recording studio and to those types..it’s night and day….i’d agree with Simons…he’s using some old old cheap stuff to get his tone..I have a modern tube amp

josef

March 15th, 2013
5:08 pm

GRASSHOPPER

The first time I heard/saw that one…gave me a whole new respect for both of them…

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 15th, 2013
5:10 pm

josef

March 15th, 2013
5:11 pm

Mike

Great minds…had this one pulled up…probably my all time favorite of his…simple, straight forward, a balladeer without being showy…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idnJnjV_8rg

TBS

March 15th, 2013
5:15 pm

Mike

March 15th, 2013
5:15 pm

Josef

Saw him live in Houston, Tx in fall 1978 on the “Darkness on the edge of Town” tour.
I will never forget it. I was so saddened when Clarence died. He was the man too.

TBS

March 15th, 2013
5:16 pm

Grasshopper

March 15th, 2013
5:21 pm

Love the opening of Truth Doesn’t Make a Noise

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS96JiM2Ju8

josef

March 15th, 2013
5:22 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 15th, 2013
5:23 pm

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 15th, 2013
5:33 pm

Hrrmph: I got your spring theme ROCK ANTHEM: 20:07 minutes of green grass.

http://youtu.be/nag0L231uL4

josef

March 15th, 2013
5:40 pm

TBS

We don’t get a lot of Billy Joel on FNM, but that boy was waaaay ahead of his time…ever since I first heard this one, I’ve been a fan…I don’t care what the critics say…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDk78al5Uvc

TBS

March 15th, 2013
5:44 pm

josef

It is a little on the “darkside” but I do love me some Captain Jack
Great call…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fed8-0tjcQ0

josef

March 15th, 2013
5:45 pm

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 15th, 2013
5:47 pm

Can’t be a real rock anthem without a drum solo. And some may like seeing Thomasson and Jones fingering each others’ frets. ;)

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 15th, 2013
5:50 pm

josef @ 5:45. A show tune!

TBS

March 15th, 2013
5:50 pm

Tall

March 15th, 2013
5:51 pm

Bum bum bum bum…blah blah blah blah………

TBS

March 15th, 2013
5:52 pm

getalife

March 15th, 2013
5:52 pm

TBS

March 15th, 2013
5:54 pm

get

I was playing some harder ole skool rock tunes for you earlier. Did you check any of them out?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 15th, 2013
5:55 pm

Billy Joel?

This one doesn’t get played much, even at xmas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4lh4Ahl46E

TBS

March 15th, 2013
5:55 pm

For Jam as well, but since he checked out early……… I will say for you

TBS

March 15th, 2013
5:56 pm

josef

March 15th, 2013
6:02 pm

TBS

Yeah…one of the reasons I like(d) it so much…

and here’s one that translates well into the live performance, but I still prefer the album version…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XScLbJmO6s

barking frog

March 15th, 2013
6:03 pm

Soothsayer

March 15th, 2013
6:05 pm

josef

March 15th, 2013
6:16 pm

matti

If you check in, a little Billy Joel for you and you know who I’m thinking of….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PThPI1kLGU8

indigo

March 15th, 2013
6:16 pm

TBS

March 15th, 2013
6:22 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 15th, 2013
6:26 pm

TBS

March 15th, 2013
6:30 pm

TBS

March 15th, 2013
6:37 pm

TBS

March 15th, 2013
6:40 pm

Being a huge Steely Dan fan it is hard to pick a favorite, but this one might qualify if I had to pick one

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

St Simons

March 15th, 2013
6:47 pm

does it translate to acoustic? Here’s two acoustic groups, locals
from de island mon. See if it does. I know everybody in both of
these. Josef knows the bottom ones. wait, who’s that in the tribal hat?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tQe4Gfxw3Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=456aaEtmvAs

YouLibs

March 15th, 2013
6:52 pm

st. simons

“He plays a Kay (pawn shop) guitar through an old
Silvertone (Sears & Roebuck) lo-fi transistor amp. I can’t tell
if its the worst tone or the best tone I’ve ever heard.”

He has to be getting his tone from pedals then, although Kay did make a few decent guitars. Decent, I said. Especially their archtops.

Silvertone made an amp in the fifties that was integrated into a guitar case. I’ve heard they sound pretty good. Probably a lot like the little two-tube Fender Champ I play through here at home. It’s basically what Eric and Duane used to record Layla.

We’re about to head into Athens to see Tommy Talton (Capricorn artists “Cowboy” and Jimmy Thackery (The Nighthawks). I met Tommy at a friend’s house back in December; we enjoyed a wonderful meal together then Tommy and his kb player regaled us for the evening. It is one of the best, most intimate evenings of music I’ve ever enjoyed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnkB1cLZArk

josef

March 15th, 2013
6:56 pm

He-ne-ha

Good stuff there…

Yeah, and Pete’s got his car keys… :-)

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

March 15th, 2013
7:05 pm

Well, I don’t hold much with alot of modern music, meaning anything that come out after 1969. Anyhow, they just put a new golden oldie on the jukebox up here at Billy Bob’s. I’m playing it for all the women out there that dumped me and missed out on life with a beer truck driver. This one’s by Ernest Tubb and the Texas Troubadours, back when there was real music. Have a good weekend everybody and eat your heart out, all you girls that made a foolish choice:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtgH5_oPr0U

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 15th, 2013
7:09 pm

St Simons: That Honey Blue gets 2 thumbs up from the heathen.

You don’t see many cuties playing the washboard anymore.

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 15th, 2013
7:12 pm

Since the trump suit has been broken, EC on Letterman last night.

http://youtu.be/C4v80w7aeas

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

March 15th, 2013
7:18 pm

He plays a Kay (pawn shop) guitar through an old
Silvertone (Sears & Roebuck) lo-fi transistor amp. I can’t tell
if its the worst tone or the best tone I’ve ever heard.”

Well, Silvertone made some good stuff. My buddy Jim Earl got a Silvertone guitar back when he was 9. He’s still got it after all these years.

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 15th, 2013
7:20 pm

josef

March 15th, 2013
5:40 pm

My Billy Joel fav: Takes me back.

http://youtu.be/vxBjKa8KcW0

Soothsayer

March 15th, 2013
7:21 pm

Redneck: what does these other women know anyhow! The missus is the only smart one of the lot and look at what she got! A great guy with a big heart!

Soothsayer

March 15th, 2013
7:23 pm

Just a few more weeks now. The Masters begins the week of April 11. I can hardly wait. I just hope the azaleas don’t bloom early like they did last year.

YouLibs

March 15th, 2013
7:48 pm

Redneck

If he found the right market, y’all might could fund a trip out to Bransford to see Slim Whitman if he sold it.

Silvertone, Danelectro, and Sears got together to sell these things. They were the most cheaply built American products when America produced such good products our worst were better than most people’s best.

Back when you were a Dem and people like Dwight Eisenhour and Barry Goldwater led the Republican Party and people like William F. Buckley were the big thinkers.

Yeah, it was a long time ago.

moonbat betty

March 15th, 2013
7:49 pm

You got that right, Sooth.

Masters marks the coming of Spring just as much as Spring Training for baseball. IMO.

moonbat betty

March 15th, 2013
7:51 pm

Ooops, song… a little blues, heavymetal, country funk soul brotha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgSdqXXA1OE

j/k

Fred ™

March 15th, 2013
7:54 pm

St. Simons? How is The Sea Palms? Do you recommend someplace else? Hell I’m happy at a Holiday Inn Express but you know wimmins……..

http://www.seapalms.com/

Jackie

March 15th, 2013
7:57 pm

Mike

March 15th, 2013
7:58 pm

keith

March 15th, 2013
8:00 pm

Erwin's cat

March 15th, 2013
8:00 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl9bvuAV-Ao

i don’t want to cause a fuss….but can I buy your magic bus

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 15th, 2013
8:01 pm

Their tour video of podunk towns in Canada is worth a watch. The expressons on some of the Canuk’s faces is priceless. It’s called Under Great White Northern Lights.

keith

March 15th, 2013
8:01 pm