best acoustic slide player

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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby mean » Sat Sep 11, 2004 3:54 pm

In my humble opinion...

Blind Willie Johnson - for It's Nobody's fault but Mine

Son House - for Death Letter

Robert Johnson - for Preaching Blues
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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby badfinger » Thu Oct 14, 2004 9:40 am

"The Best"... whatever, usually translates to "The one what I like the most out of them what I have listened to..." (Unless it refers to "lines in a blues song", in which case many, if not most, proffered examples seem to be based on pre-pubescent double entendre, nudge-nudge, wink-wink, "Know what I mean..?")

Of course there is the matter of personal taste and inclination; and one has to allow for interpretation of the word "best" - or the really ambiguous "greatest" - both of which generally mean "famous" or merely "known about", with no real concept of "greatness" or quality.

I'm fairly certain that I was the first to mention on this site people like Brother Yusuf, Rollie Tussing, and Bjorn Berge, any of whom I would listen too in preference to Willie McTell, Willie Johnson, or pretty well any of the "greats". To add to these I'll suggest the following are well worth listening to:

Jimmy Vivino
Paul Geremia
Colin James
Tim Williams
Lance Harrison...

And hundreds of others.
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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby ricochet » Thu Oct 14, 2004 6:28 pm

And, of course, badfinger.
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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby stumblin » Thu Oct 14, 2004 6:49 pm

"And, of course, badfinger."

Ah, yes. Remember him?
Really though, where've you been BF?
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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby mardi » Fri Oct 15, 2004 5:51 pm

And of course Badfinger !!!
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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby stumblin » Fri Oct 15, 2004 6:29 pm

Hey Mardi, where've you been?
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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby mardi » Sat Oct 16, 2004 1:34 pm

Hi Stumblin'...

Where have I been ? It was kind of you to ask !

I've been preoccupied with a small business venture this summer and haven't had a chance to visit my favorite guitar forums ! Hopefully I'll be able to contribute a little more to the discussion groups in a month or so !


"Those who do not want to imitate anything,produce nothing"
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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby mgiubert » Sat Oct 16, 2004 10:02 pm

Hi Mardi

I'm glad to hear from you again .


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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby richard » Wed Dec 22, 2004 9:58 pm

all the rest, and i'd like to add:
kely joe phelps ( particularly on Lead Me On and Shine eyed Mister Zen) when he was playing strictly acoutsic slide.

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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby lightninboy » Thu Mar 24, 2005 3:37 pm

Blind Willie Johnson.
or
Roy Rogers.

Roys hot, but Willies vibrato is the ducks nutz.
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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby bighollowtwang » Fri Apr 15, 2005 5:07 pm

Re: Charley Patton

>If he didn't play lap steel how did he get the high notes
>like in bollweavel clean. I use my tumb to damb but I don't
>think he did it that way.

I believe he played slide "overhand" - not quite lap steel technique, but close to it. Even if you assume Patton was tuned high and not using a capo, the high notes that are played after every phrase of "Boll Weevil" would be located close to or over the soundhole of the 12-fret Stellas or Gibsons that Patton supposedly used.

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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby bruneau » Fri Jun 03, 2005 2:31 pm

Mississippi Fred McDowell.
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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby tom » Fri Jun 03, 2005 4:25 pm

Johnny Winter,without a doubt.
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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby pureindigoblue » Thu Nov 24, 2005 11:39 am

Have you ever listened to the slide work of Ry Cooder?
I've always been impressed with his slide.

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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby houndog » Thu Nov 24, 2005 10:53 pm

Yip Eric,
I'll go with Ry Cooder as the all round greatest slide player in the wwworld,not only for his slide which moves from the devine sublime as on the cat house drag from the "Jazz" lp to the transitor rawk of "All shook up" from "Get Rythym"...but mostly...because I cannot figure out what the hell he is doing ;) ..well I can figure out just a little bit of the physical stuff, but his tone,timing and melodic understanding are beyond me.

I just don't have that intensity,devotion or concentr

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