Best Electric Slide Player

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Best Electric Slide Player

Postby edwin » Sun May 22, 2005 3:23 pm

We've had an acoustic discussion; now, how about your favourite electric slide player (and favourite cut).

For me, it's gotta be Duane Allman, on something like "Trouble No More" by the Allman Brothers. Possibly the most tragic death ever. I'm pretty sure (judging by his early stuff for Wilson Pickett, tracks with the Brothers and his work on Layla) he would have been as big as, if not bigger than, Hendrix.
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RE: Best Electric Slide Player

Postby jellyroll baker » Mon May 23, 2005 11:50 am

I'll throw in a vote for Hound Dog Taylor. I put on one of his discs and I can practically taste the sweat dripping off the slide.
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RE: Best Electric Slide Player

Postby lightninboy » Mon May 23, 2005 1:07 pm

I can't tell what the "best" is when it comes to music, but my all-time favourite slide song is "Rollin and Tumblin" with Muddy, Little Walter and Baby Face Leroy.
Its the ducks nutz. The vibe is too cool for school.
"I can't be satisfied", (Muddy, with Big Crawford on bass) is also great slide playing.

Ry Cooder is another of my favourites, and its hard to pick just one cut, but I really like "Get Rhythm".(Or any thing from the "Crossroads" soundtrack).
His tone is fat!!

Johnny Winter, ahhh couldn't be any whiter, but he slides the blues as good as anyone ever did. I like his version of "Black cat bone" on a bootleg recording I have,(amongst others).

Another guy I like a lot is Sol Hoopii!
While not really a blues guitarist, he still plays a few blues numbers, all being lap slide.
Check out "Hula Blues", "Farewell Blues" or my favourite "Hula Girl".
This guy is HOT.(Or was hot).

Derek Trucks and Sonney Landreth are 2 guys I respect as players also, but they have a long way to go before they should be mentioned in the same sentence as any of the guys above.IMO.
Derek seems to have a lot of taste for such a young guy.

After all that rambling on, I guess if I had to choose just one electric slide guitarist as my favourite it would be Ryland Cooder.
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RE: Best Electric Slide Player

Postby dcblues » Mon May 23, 2005 3:29 pm

I've heard many djs in the Washington DC area play the "Electric Slide." Just go to any wedding reception and you'll hear it. :)

Robert Nighthawk is probably my favorite.
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RE: Best Electric Slide Player

Postby jeffl » Mon May 23, 2005 3:49 pm

I like alot of the old guys, but I'm also gonna throw Bonnie Raitt out there, for tastefulness.
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RE: Best Electric Slide Player

Postby pentatone » Sun May 29, 2005 6:28 am

I´d vote for Jeremy Spencer of Peter Green´s Fleetwood Mac.
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RE: Best Electric Slide Player

Postby grady » Sun May 29, 2005 7:23 am

Gotta go with Eric Sardinas on this one.

The guy is terrifying.
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RE: Best Electric Slide Player

Postby jeffl » Fri Jun 03, 2005 1:46 pm

>Gotta go with Eric Sardinas on this one.
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>The guy is terrifying.
Eric S. is gonna be at a club about 80 miles from here, with Walter Trout and the Free Radicals, in June. Only $12.00! I'd have to get a motel and get the next day off work, but I'm goin', either with my wife or my jammin' partner.
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RE: Best Electric Slide Player

Postby houndog » Fri Jun 03, 2005 10:34 pm

>I'm goin', either with my wife or my jammin' partner.

Take your jamming partner, Mrs Houndog and I came to an agreement 20 years ago.

I wouldn't make her go to smokey bars and watch strange men in black torture Tele's to a 4x4 beat,and she wouldn't make me go and see French films about Nuns on bycycles in Ireland with unrequited love problems.

It has proved a remarkable amicable agreement.

adios,
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RE: Best Electric Slide Player

Postby stumblin » Sat Jun 04, 2005 6:11 am

Sounds like a very sensible arrangement 'Dog.
Anyhoo, back to the subject under discussion...
I'm not qualified to judge who's the best, but I can say that my current favourites are Hound Dog Taylor, Elmore James and J.B. Hutto.
Lightninboy, I'm a great fan of Sol Hoopii too, but I don't really see how he fits into this discussion.
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RE: Best Electric Slide Player

Postby nizer » Sat Jun 04, 2005 8:43 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Jun-04-05 AT 04:46 PM (EST)]Runner Ups (Runners Up? Batters Up? - take back the Jack, Drake):
Ry Cooder for taste, Hound Dog Taylor for impact

Winner: Elmore James, for that ONE riff... and it wasn't even his!
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RE: Best Electric Slide Player

Postby lightninboy » Sun Jun 05, 2005 3:07 am

>Lightninboy, I'm a great fan of Sol Hoopii too, but I don't
>really see how he fits into this discussion.

Stumblin, let me enlighten you.
Sol was one of the first people to play 6 string electric slide guitar,(1935),all be it laying on his lap, but still electric slide.
(Dave Hole plays the same way as a lap player, except he stands up).
Sol cut his teeth on blues and jazz.
He deserves a mention here because of his virtuosity, and influence on slide guitar in general.
He even invented his own tuning!
I can't think of many guitarists since that have the same flamboyant approach to slide.
He truly was a master of slide guitar.
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RE: Best Electric Slide Player

Postby stumblin » Sun Jun 05, 2005 6:44 am

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Jun-05-05 AT 02:44 AM (EST)]Well all right then.
The only photo I'd seen of Sol Hoopii showed him grinning a big smile and (standing up) playing an acoustic guitar.
But I guess there's no way he could get some of those incredible effcts out of a regular acoustic instrument.
Funnily enough, I just did a google image search and all the photos of him playing show an electric guitar. I must have confused his name with a picture of someone else on a record cover.
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RE: Best Electric Slide Player

Postby bluesmcgoo » Sun Jun 05, 2005 12:07 pm

Well I'll be...

I guess I don't know too much about him. Up until now, the only pictures I'd seen of him had him either holding, or playing, one of his Nat. Tricones.

You learn something new every day, huh?
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RE: Best Electric Slide Player

Postby ricochet » Sun Jun 05, 2005 3:13 pm

And he pissed off John Dopyera by promptly hocking one of those Tricones that he'd been given by National.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."
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