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best acoustic slide player

Postby ernest » Sat Aug 10, 2002 2:24 am

My favourite slide players are blind willie johnson, fred mc dowell and Johnie lewis, and maybe charlie patton (or is he a lapsteel player?)
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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby blueswriter » Sat Aug 10, 2002 2:37 am

Papa Charley was knowm to clown around quite a bit back in his day; throwing the guitar up in the air, straddling it like it was his "rider," and lots of other stuff, but he didn't play lap steel. That be a whole 'nother bird entirely. :o

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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby laughing boy » Sat Aug 10, 2002 3:13 am

I think Blind Willie Johnson is my favorite acoustic slide player. "Dark Was The Night- Cold Was The Ground." Nuff said. Once again I love Son's 1930 stuff for the pure slide insanity. "Preachin' The Blues" if you can cut through all the Paramount records crap pressing/ancient single copy of 78 surface noice, then you have what I consider one of THE greatest slide masterpieces. Booker White rules as well. "I Am In The Heavenly way" from 1928, there is significant string snapping and slide work simultaneously. How does he do it? 2nd guitarist? And then there's Patton, king of the talking bottleneck (in my book.) Spoonful Blues like Fahey said "should be psychoanalyzed, prodigious!" He doesnt ever miss a beat with the bottleneck. Oh Death sounds like the grim reaper talking instead of his guitar, that song is crazy. Mississippi Boweavil, Im Going Home, just the intro to Prayer Of Death, Banty Rooster etc.

I also love John Fahey's slide work. "Dance of The Inhabitants of The palace of King Philip the XIV" (or whatever numeral it was) is killer. As is "Banks Of the Owchita", and "I Am The Resurrection" oh man I love that tuning.

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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby ernest » Sat Aug 10, 2002 11:31 pm

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.
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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby tele_caster _ » Thu Nov 07, 2002 3:41 pm

Robert Johnson And Sonny Landreth
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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby mgiubert » Thu Nov 07, 2002 10:59 pm

My list would be too long...but at the top there are:
1-Ry Cooder
2-John Hammond

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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby mojo » Wed Nov 13, 2002 1:21 pm

After the legendary names i like the most John Mooney ....
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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby kingfish » Thu Apr 17, 2003 3:44 pm

I don't particularly like his singing but Tampa Red's slide playing was fantastic. Kokomo Arnold's fluid playing is worth a listen too, although he didn't record much material.

For "modern" players, Johnny Winter has done some great acoustic slide stuff, as has Rory Gallacher (a "new" album of acoustic stuff is out soon I think). There's also a young English guy called Aynsley Lister who plays some mean solo slide sets - check out his album called "Supakev & Pilchards" - ignore the title, it's great stuff.
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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby jellyroll baker » Sun May 18, 2003 11:26 am

The list of names is gonna be long by the time this thread is finished:

I love the way Willie McTell makes the slide sing. A real knack for single notes.

Tampa Red could play solos that still sound modern today.

Son House 'cause he had bags full of soul.

Robert Pete Williams because of his freewheeling improv. technique.

Ditto Bukka White for his sky songs. Besides B.B. King has based his career on an attempt to get close to Bukka's sound.

Robert Johnson for the obvious reason.

Muddy when he plays acoustic because I always get the feeling that he's really enjoying himself.

I'm gonna stop now. I'll give you some more names later.
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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby ricochet » Sun May 18, 2003 5:34 pm

Taj Mahal's terrific!
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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby jellyroll baker » Mon May 19, 2003 2:18 am

Oh, and Bob Brozman for stretching blues guitar beyond the blues.

Ditto for Ry Cooder.

And again for Taj Mahal.

And Jeff Lang for being so goddam good.
The original Zoot Horn Rollo for making sounds that shouldn't make sense but do.

Guy Davis for remembering that slide guitar is about talking and communication, even if his playing is still #####-hot.

**catch a breath** more names top come...
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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby chick french » Tue Aug 26, 2003 12:17 pm

As far as newbloods go it's Luther Dickenson! If you ever get a chance to see The North Mississippi Allstars in a club, you won't be disappointed, promise.
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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby boz » Tue Aug 26, 2003 12:36 pm

Hey Everybody,
All them names are exactly right on...
How about the ladies?
Rory Block, man she ROCKS!!
Bonnie Rait (Fred showed her some secret)
an there was this one lady who played awesome gospel slide blues on a big white Gibson SG back in the early 50's (Can't recall her name).
The list goes on an on...

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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby resonut » Tue Feb 17, 2004 8:21 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Feb-17-04 AT 03:21 PM (EST)]>an there was this one lady who played awesome gospel slide
>blues on a big white Gibson SG back in the early 50's (Can't
>recall her name).

Sister Rosetta Tharpe (I think?).

Also like all the Oldies listed before.
as well as some of the Newer Artists-
Chris Whitley, John Mooney, Doug Macleod, Terry Garland & Corey Harris.

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RE: best acoustic slide player

Postby muddy waters » Sat Sep 11, 2004 5:37 am

id have to say:
Robert Johnson
Son House
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