Who is THE acoustic blues king?

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Who is THE acoustic blues king?

Postby drmojo » Fri Aug 16, 2002 3:15 pm

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How to choose?

Postby mikedev » Mon Aug 19, 2002 11:36 am

This is Tuff!

How do I choose who is best from such different styles?
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RE: How to choose?

Postby ernest » Mon Aug 19, 2002 1:19 pm

I'm glad that the palyers aren't in the list because that would make it even harder.
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RE: How to choose?

Postby ernest » Tue Aug 20, 2002 3:54 pm

I mean the blind players
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ha

Postby grendelvs » Fri Jan 09, 2004 12:03 am

it is right and just that Son House have twice as many votes as anyone else.

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Postby allanlummox » Fri Jan 09, 2004 12:12 am

Well, I think that if this poll was being voted on by every one who EVER PLAYED acoustic blues, they'd mostly VOTE for Son House.

If you don't love his sound, you don't really like Blues that much.
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Postby david » Fri Jan 09, 2004 7:52 am

Wouldn't it be great to have a quality recording of Son House and Blind Willie Johnson (who didn't make the list!)?
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Postby bluesmcgoo » Fri Jan 09, 2004 11:01 am

>Well, I think that if this poll was being voted on by every
>one who EVER PLAYED acoustic blues, they'd mostly VOTE for
>Son House.
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>If you don't love his sound, you don't really like Blues
>that much.

Love Son House - no question - one of the gods of the genre, but...I think most of the people who did play acoustic blues during the heyday (including Son House), would have voted for Charley Patton.

"The Great" Charley Patton gets my vote.
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Postby dcblues » Fri Jan 09, 2004 2:53 pm

As great as Son House was, his guitar playing was primitive compared to Blind Blake and Lonnie Johnson. You can't really pick just one "greatest" or "king." Some were better singers than others. Some were technically better players than others. And there are all kinds of styles or prewar blues. Or is this poll about who the most influental prewar player was? There was an interesting article in Living Blues a couple of issues ago arguing that Leroy Carr was the most important prewar player.
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Postby bluesmouse » Fri Jan 09, 2004 4:19 pm

Just picked up a compilation of Scrapper Blackwell and Leroy Carr from my local library a few weeks ago- I'm really digging it.
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Postby allanlummox » Fri Jan 09, 2004 4:53 pm

House's playing is primitive and that's the point.

As great as Patton is, House's music is JUST the blues.

As great as anyone else's playing may be, no one plays music that is Bluesier than Son House - he's the whole genre, distilled to it's basic elements. He makes Robert Johnson sound like Al DiMeola.

Not criticising any of the other blues greats; I'm not even saying that House is my favorite, because I love too much of the music to really have a favorite.

I'm just saying that Son House owns.
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Postby costa » Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:03 pm

>As great as Patton is, House's music is JUST the blues.

>I'm just saying that Son House owns.

Can't argue with that. First prize MUST go to House.

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Postby boz » Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:16 pm

Ya gotta wonder though...
If there were as many (any) films of Mr. Johnson as there is of the other guys......
How that would influence any fav.
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Postby allanlummox » Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:17 pm

Well, Boz, I don't listen with my eyes.
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Postby boz » Fri Jan 09, 2004 6:12 pm

Although ya gotta admit Allan that most people have seen an are extra inspired when they can acctually see some of those guys play.
Just to see where the hell they are on the guitar (position).
I KNOW I was just gob smacked when I seen Eddie do "Death Letter" for the first time.
How the hell did that National keep from "sploden" whilst he played that?
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