Lap-style bluesmen?

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Lap-style bluesmen?

Postby bignick » Wed May 17, 2006 7:32 pm

Besides Kelly Joe Phelps and Jeff Healy who is known for playing lap-style blues? I thought that Mississippi John Hurt played this way a little but I have never seen a picture of him doing so.

I have seen videos of Bukka playing that way with a screwdriver too.
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Postby allanlummox » Wed May 17, 2006 7:57 pm

The great Sonny Rhodes, and Freddie Roulette, are two Blues Steelers.


Back "in the Day", as they say, there was also the solo performer known as the Black Ace.
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Postby jeffl » Wed May 17, 2006 7:58 pm

Check out Charlie O. & the Houserockers at http://www.thehouserockers.net. Charlie is one of our old members and plays some wicked lap slide. Ian Diamond,another one of our members,produces and sells a Charlie O. signature lap slide. There are samples of the Houserockers music on the music icon on their webpage. The featured CD,"Trouble in the Southland" is some great listening.
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Postby allanlummox » Wed May 17, 2006 8:07 pm

And - not strictly Blues - but there's a whole bunch of contemporary Gospel music on lap steel by various artists, which has been released on compilations as "Sacred Steel"
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Postby louisianagrey » Wed May 17, 2006 8:13 pm

As well as the Sacred Steel compilations also look out for the Campbell Brothers and Robert Randolph.

And for blues steel there's Hop Wilson too.
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Postby jeffl » Wed May 17, 2006 9:48 pm

Our buddy Deferre's Hoodoogang also has a lap slider,I believe. You can catch summa dat on their website on "Her and You",offa their "Go Ahead and Scratch" CD. You can click on his band icon on one of his posts,or google on Hoodoogang and link to their site.
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Postby 5_iron » Wed May 17, 2006 10:26 pm

Watermelon Slim (You Tube link further down the page) and Junior Brown are 2 pretty mean lap sliders who can nail some Blues.
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Postby jellyroll baker » Wed May 17, 2006 10:33 pm

Contemporary? Jeff Lang
Traditional? Black Ace
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Postby bignick » Wed May 17, 2006 11:57 pm

Thanks guys. I have some recordings of Robert Randolph. He is great, I'm looking for something a little less "steel" and a little more dobro/reso and raw.

That Watermelon Slim video is great. I will have to locate some Black Ace recordings Matt. Any reccomendations?

Since buying my steel and Squareneck I have been listening to a lot of dobro music, but mostly Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes and they have brought volumes into my playing. It has been tougher finding actual lap-style blues (dobro) players though.
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Postby allanlummox » Thu May 18, 2006 12:50 am

Dunno about Matt, but the B. K. Turner or "Black Ace" Cd that I've got is "Boss Card in your Hand" - on Arhoolie.
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Postby louisianagrey » Thu May 18, 2006 7:33 am

If you're looking for more dobro-oriented stuff then check out Doug Cox - http://www.dougcox.org. He's even got an instruction DVD "Hot Blues Licks for Dobro". He's a very good teacher, I spent a week in his class at Easter this year.
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Postby De Ferre » Thu May 18, 2006 9:04 am

I do indeed a few songs on lap steel in every show. I'm still quite new to the instrument, though.

Another player I know is Son Henry, form Alaska. We work under the same label: Front Porch Records. His site: http://www.sonhenry.com/

Bob Brozman plays some blues on lap steel, Weissenborn or electric.

There's also a Norwegian guy, quite good, whose name I forgot, but I'll try to find him back on the net.
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Postby diamond » Thu May 18, 2006 1:28 pm

...that's gotta be the great Steinar Gregertsen from Norway - find him here:-

http://www.gregertsen.com - superb lap-slider!

Happy Slidin'

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Postby De Ferre » Thu May 18, 2006 1:39 pm

diamond wrote:...that's gotta be the great Steinar Gregertsen from Norway - find him here:-

http://www.gregertsen.com - superb lap-slider!

Happy Slidin'

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That's him!!!
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Postby ricochet » Thu May 18, 2006 3:12 pm

Steinar's an awesome player, and all-around good guy.
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