RE: Best (favourite) male blues voice

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RE: Best (favourite) male blues voice

Postby chillywilly » Tue Nov 13, 2001 4:51 am

If we can only choose one, in my view that would be Son House, no question. "John the Revelator" is a great example. Voice and handclaps. Try that sometime.

Booker White close second. Skip James too, probably.

Contemporary folks in this category might be Taj Mahal, Corey Harris, A.Y. Hart, and Chris Whitley.

and although you said "male blues voice", on the female side, Rory Block (check out "Gone Woman Blues" (no words, just sounds) and Joan Armatrading (although we haven't heard much from her in a few years and she's not really a 'blues' singer).

Good Question!!! I will be very interested to hear comments on this one!
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RE: Best (favourite) male blues voice

Postby howlnwoof » Tue Nov 13, 2001 10:46 am

old guys.......SON HOUSE

new guys.......Skeeter Brandon



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RE: Best (favourite) male blues voice

Postby slidnslim » Wed Nov 14, 2001 2:03 am

No doubt about Son House#1 next old lightnin Hopkins, as far as later stuff, no one comes close to Muddy in my book. Slim.
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RE: Best (favourite) male blues voice

Postby david » Wed Nov 14, 2001 7:02 pm

For deep blues: Elmore James.

Not many people can sing "The sky is crying" and it not sound silly.

The other side of this: I can't imagine him singing anything but blues.
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RE: Best (favourite) male blues voice

Postby allanlummox » Wed Nov 14, 2001 11:27 pm

Yea, Wolf for sure.
& absolutely Etta for the ladies...
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RE: Best (favourite) male blues voice

Postby howlnwoof » Thu Nov 15, 2001 6:02 pm

...........JOHNNY SHINES.........DUHHHHHHHH............




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RE: Best (favourite) male blues voice

Postby howlnwoof » Sat Feb 16, 2002 12:36 pm

You know....Luther Allison and Otis Rush are both extremely good vocalists , though they usually get put on everyones guitar list...


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RE: Best (favourite) male blues voice

Postby srvlives » Mon Feb 18, 2002 1:38 pm

I'll have to agree with Otis Rush and have to include Buddy Guy

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RE: Best (favourite) male blues voice

Postby socal_blues » Thu Feb 28, 2002 12:45 am

The Wolf would be my #1 choice. Luther Alison would also get a vote.
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RE: Best (favourite) male blues voice

Postby bosco » Thu Feb 28, 2002 1:30 am

Didn't expect anyone would mention COCO MONTOYA. The guy has one helluva voice for a former drummer turned upside down guitar player. His vocals have a raw quality while still being easy to listen to; you can listen to an entire album without getting bored. SHERMAN ROBERTSON get an honorable mention....

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RE: Best (favourite) male blues voice

Postby howlnwoof » Fri Apr 12, 2002 10:51 pm

.....within the context of what he does , I was amazed at how good a vocalist Tommy Castro is live !!!! But is it just me or does he sometimes sound eerily similar to Sammy Hagar ??


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RE: Best (favourite) male blues voice

Postby bosco » Tue Apr 16, 2002 2:21 pm

Nobody mentioned MAGIC SLIM...

While being a bit raw, he undeniably has the the most POWERFUL voice in blues today. Saw him about 7 years ago and he was singing about a foot and a half away from the mic with no dropouts! Try that sometime; if you're a musician you know what I'm talking about.

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RE: Best (favourite) male blues voice

Postby howlnwoof » Tue Apr 16, 2002 3:28 pm

.you want powerful ? Saw a guy named Eddie Burkes (thats probably not spelled right) several years ago at a festival . I was sitting about 45 ft. from the stage . He brought the band down a bit , walked to the edge of the stage and absolutely ROARED without a mic within fifteen ft. of him . It was the most hair raising , goosebump inducing sound I have ever heard , bar none ! He is without a doubt the most POWERFUL singer alive...


he's also a heck of a harp player too!!

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Postby blues boss » Thu May 02, 2002 6:30 pm

Older stuff - Muddy & T-Bone work for me.....

Later stuff - Luther Allison. Coco's okay (nice guy met him at a gig here in Seattle).... Curtis Salgado can sing (but is a little full of himself).... Try some Eddie Cotton..... Maybe a little Tab Benoit....

Or, check out Roomful of Blues now.....new lead singer is out of Seattle (Mark Dufresne) - this guy can sing.....
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RE: Best (favourite) male blues voi

Postby ernest » Wed Jul 10, 2002 11:16 pm

Sorry Í'm a little bit late.
My all time favourite blues singer will aways be blind lemon jefferson (also my favorite guitar player), and second ????, there a just to many good blues singers.
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