Style vs. Style..

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Style vs. Style..

Postby howlnwoof » Sun Jan 20, 2002 6:24 pm

How 'bout a discussion on your favorite style of blues ...why your'e drawn to a certain type , how you compare other styles..
and why some kinds don't appeal to you.......

let's hear it....Delta vs. Piedmont Vs. Chicago vs. Kansas City vs. jump vs. Texas vs. West Coast..etc.........



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RE: Style vs. Style..

Postby allanlummox » Sun Jan 20, 2002 11:37 pm

My favorite stuff is rough & raw & personal...
John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, the Wolf, hell yea, & a lot of the Delta stuff, Son House & Patton & maybe especially Skip James.

I like players who sound like they invented it all for themselves.

Elmore...& Albert Collins.
Not crazy for a lot of today's jump blues...don't really like contemporary swing, either.

Never thought much of British electric blues, but it's a reality of life that my more succesful bands are always me opposite a Strat-wrangler with a rock background.
(My current lineup includes an 80's metal speed demon, & the contrast is astounding & dramatic)

Anyway...

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RE: Style vs. Style..

Postby mikedev » Mon Jan 21, 2002 4:18 pm

My favourites styles are Chicago - Muddy, Wolf, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, JB Lenoir, Elmore James, etc, and Mississippi Delta - Robert Johnson, Sone House, etc, but I' like many others too, such as Mississippi John Hurt, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee, Lightnin Hopkins, BB King, Lightnin Slim, Slim Harpo

The lists go on & on!!!!
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RE: Style vs. Style..

Postby notsonhouse » Mon Feb 25, 2002 10:36 pm

Not sure if it's a style, but I prefer the acoustic blues over the electric. Guess I would have to say that Delta blues talks the strongest to me in all ways.


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RE: Style vs. Style..

Postby socal_blues » Tue Feb 26, 2002 3:47 am

I can't really answer that, because I focus more on the artist and a particular tune than a particular style. I can listen to R.L. Burnside, SRV, Albert Collins, Freddie King, J. Geils and Popa Chubby and not really say I like one over the other IN GENERAL. Specifically though I listen to Stevie and his influences - Albert King, Albert Collins And Hendrix. But my all time favorites are Freddie King and R.L. Burnside.

See what I mean? I can't really say. Next week it might be somebody else.
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RE: Style vs. Style..

Postby blueswriter » Tue Feb 26, 2002 7:42 pm

This one's hard, but a great thread. First and foremost, it'd be a tossup between the Delta stuff from the 1920's and 30's with Patton, House, Akers, etc... or 1940's and early 50's Chicago killers when cats like Muddy, Baby Face Leroy, Sunnyland Slim, Johnny Young, Johnny Williams, and all the rest were running around. Of course, you're just as likely to find me listening to Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Rory Gallagher, Barbecue Bob, or the Allman Brothers, as well as scores of others. As for the question about who was a good representative of the Kansas City scene... Jay McShann would probably be the major name people would recognize.


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RE: Style vs. Style..

Postby bosco » Wed Feb 27, 2002 8:42 pm

Great topic for some deep thinkin'. I suppose geography comes more into play than different era's for me. I lean more to the center of the country, not as fond of anything that has evolved from either coast. As for the music, the more melody the better for me.(would this be called happy blues?). I realize the roots are in the Delta but ya gotta be able to deal with a lot of pain and misery to listen to those tunes repeatedly.
From the deep south, I would say John Hurt, Slim Harpo, Gatemouth Brown and Freddie King are my favs.(see,lots o melody). From the north, a lot of 60's west side; Magic Sam, Otis Rush and anybody who played with Muddy. Also,of course, the southern transplants, Albert King, Albert Collins,and Buddy Guy. One last thought...anything with a tight horn section will usually catch my ear, Big Joe Turner comes to mind.

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RE: Style vs. Style..

Postby laughing boy » Thu Aug 08, 2002 3:50 am

blues aint nothing but a worried heart disease no matter where its from.

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RE: Style vs. Style..

Postby hashtaff » Thu Aug 08, 2002 5:07 am

>"blues aint nothing but a worried heart disease no matter
>where its from."
>
For me, Blues is a little bit like art (or pornography)... I don't know a lot about it.. but I know what I like!!

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they don't know where you been.
Looks like blues done got me again "
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RE: Style vs. Style..

Postby sandy » Thu Aug 08, 2002 10:46 am

>For me, Blues is a little bit like art (or pornography)...

Is that why they're called "blue films"?
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RE: Style vs. Style..

Postby jbird » Thu Jun 09, 2005 5:38 pm

I prefer acoustic stuff over electric most days (but electric guitar in Lighning Hopkins hands is some of my favorite stuff).
I'm definetly partial to the Piedmont stuff. I started listening to it many years ago before I even knew that style had a name. Second to Piedmont..hmmm toss up..delta stuff, and probally the Atlanta guys, like Willie Mctell.
Texas stuff? Well I like Lightin' Hopkins (who doesn't) and another of my favorites, Mance Lipscomb is a Texas guy, but I tend to group Lipscomb in as a Piedmont guy (even though He's not really, he just has that "Vibe").

Archie Edwards, John Jackson, Etta Baker, Mississippi John Hurt..That's the style of blues that moves me the most.

But, it's all good. (Except for Robert Cray...never cared for him..joke!!)
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Postby nizer » Thu Jun 09, 2005 11:53 pm

It depends on the artist of course, but for electric I have always been drawn to Texas and Louisiana sounds. T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, Albert Collins, Jimmie Vaughan - there's something about it that just GETS to me. And I love the laid back, swampy sound of Slim Harpo and Lazy Lester. Just makes me wanna pop a cold one.
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RE: Style vs. Style..

Postby lightninboy » Fri Jun 10, 2005 2:00 pm

Early Muddy Waters, when he first went to Chicago, thats the blues that I like most.
I never get tired of it.
I can listen to all styles of blues and really enjoy them.
However, my ears dont like the way some people play those styles.
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Postby Argentina Blues » Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:35 am

Piedmont and Delta.
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Re: RE: Style vs. Style..

Postby Slacker G » Sat Jan 02, 2010 3:09 pm

lightninboy wrote:I can listen to all styles of blues and really enjoy them.
However, my ears dont like the way some people play those styles.


Same here. I do prefer the polished blues picker sound as opposed to the banging on a guitar sound. I'm not that fond of blues vocals where the cat is singing so loud he doesn't really need a mike. I don't feel that volume makes anyone "Bluer" than someone who can express themselves in other ways. But that is just me. Bottom line to me is Blues is Blues. Blues are more of an attitude than a style in my book. But then I am a picker first and into lyrics second, vocals last. I often admire someones vocal skills while not caring at all for their presentation or style.
Purists or variety. I prefer the variety of a well rounded musician.
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