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Robben Ford and the Blue Line has been in regular rotation in my listening room since about 1992. This is a GREAT record!!
My current favorite Blues Rock tune is by a 22 year old kid from Placerville, California named Jackie Greene. I recently saw him on tour with Susan Tedeschi (also good blues rock) and Solomon Burke and was blown away by this kids talent. His new record called "gone wanderin" sounds like Neil Young at times, but his version of "Messin'With The Kid" is an incredible blues rock tune. Makes me jump up and boogie every time!!!
This kid is talented, playing quitar like SRV, blowin' harp like Neil Young, plays piano and Hammond B-3, plays banjo, and writes all of his own material (messin' is a cover). If it were up to me, he would be the "next big thing"!!!!
I got an autographed CD at the show, but you can buy his record direct from www.digmusiccd.com.
If you like Dire Straits then you will love JJ Cale. Start out with his cd/album "Troubadour." You'll recognize some of his songs that were covered by various artists (After midnight, Cocaine, Traveling light, They call me the breeze). He is obviously a great writer but his musical arrangements are spectacular; part blues, part Chicago jazz, part Texas swing with wonderful guitar work on every song.
An up and coming blues star is Derick Trucks. He plays the slide with the Allman Bros. right now and also has his own band called the Derick Trucks Band. His band has a really cool sound. Allong with his slide work is a flute and some great percussions.
It occurs to me that all these recommendations don't do a hoot of good if you never get to listen to the tunage ... So (thanks to the wonders of modern technology), as a brief intro to RBBS you can click the following RBBS Amazon link and scroll down to "Listen to Samples" to hear snippets of the first 4-5 tracks using Real Player, Windows Media Player or whatever ... Personal faves are "Baby" (the minor hit) and "You & Me" following. Okay - so not as good as a listening booth experience, but it'll give you a taste.
Think I'll do that for all recommendations from now on.
Unsound, if you enjoy Ten Years After, Alvin Lee's girlfriend was one April Lawton. April's band, which made two albums, was called Ramatam. The first, eponymously named, album featured none other than ex-Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell. It is worth seeking out as a neat album and as a chronicle of one of the few female axe slingers.
Thanks, everyone. I am enjoying jj kale and also the arc angels,and will continue to explore others you recommended.
I looked at the current top "blues albums" list, and was surprised by the name at the top of the list--John Mellencamp! Yup, good ole' Johnny Cougar. It's called 'Trouble No More." I highly recommend it, but then I've always liked John. I've seen him live in concert a number of times.
Gary MOORE ....Blues for Greenie
Gary MOORE ....Still got the Blues
Allman Brothers..Hittin the Note
In so far as the first two choices are concerned I find them HIGHLY musical and listenable over the long haul...The Allman Brothers CD has been gracing my CD Player for about the last two months - they're back being fronted by two outstanding guitarists namely Warren HAYNES and Derek TRUCKS. (and Greg ALLMAN's vocals aren't too shabby either)
After listening to Steve Winwoods new album,which I think is a very groovy album, i would recommend just about anything by Steely Dan, some 1970's Gino Vanelli, maybe Sade
and the Album "Slow Down" by Keb Mo...none of these artist are what you'd call blues/rock maybe blues/jazz/funk with some Latin grooves thrown in???
Reubent did mention Robben Ford in his 10-03-03 post. I 2nd him on this one. I recently got hold of a Robben Ford CD "Talk To Your Daughter". Nice blues rock. Best parts are when his guitar speakes rather than his vocals. Vocals are good too (don't get me wrong!) but the guitar is even better!
You must get some early Fleetwood Mac. Anything with Peter Green who has been called the greatest white Blues guitarist. Peter can sing and play and its hard for me to think of a group that played together as well as the original Mac.
For studio stuff, Then Play On, or Albatross, are classic. For live, Get Live at the Boston Tea Party Part Three. Some great Jams.
I also like the Mac albums with Bob Welch. More pop oriented, but still with a Blues Bent. Future Games, Bare Trees, and Mystery to Me, are all excellent IMO.
I grew up playing with a phenominal blues guitar player named Dave Viterna. Dave is still playing some of the tastiest blues I've heard with his band New Rage. He has two CDs available..."Take A Good Look", and "104 Blues". If you're a fan of blues based guitar from the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Hendrix, then I suspect you'll love Dave's music. Here's a link to some Sound Bites, but pick up a copy of one of Dave's CDs if you can. The sound quality is terrific, and the sound bites don't do his music proper justice.
Tinsly Ellis is the blues/rock king IMO, too much soul for any one guy. Jimmy Thackery is right up there with him. Ian Moore and Gary Moore (not related) are also good choices. Coco kills but look to his earlier stuff would be my recommendation...his first disc is great but i'm spacing on the name right now.