Try Melvin Taylor, very versatile; I think he's much better than Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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You may want to check out a few of the following:
Ron Affif Trio/ Ringside
Jean Paul Bourelly/ Rock the Cathartic Spirits
Larry Coryell/ Lady Coryell/ Cause and Effect
Bill Frisell/ Blues Dream/ Gone Like a Train
Danny Gatton/ Cruising Deuces
Jackie King/ Moon Magic
Larry Koonse/ Americana
Richie Kotzen/ Electric Joy
The Mermen/ Food for Other Fish/ A Glorious Lethal Euphoria
Tony Purrone/ Electric Poetry
Blues Saraceno/ Plaid
Steve Topping/ Time and Distance
A little less safe:
David Fiuczynski/ Amandala
Gambale-Smith-Hamm/ Show Me What You Can Do
Groon/ Refusal to Comply
Scott Henderson/ Vital Tech Tones
Quazi/ Cookies of Discontent
Greg Howe/ Introspection
Harriet Tubman/ Prototype
Just got back from this year's Jazzfest in NOLA. Saw John Mooney & Bluesianna for the second time now, this time in a club. He stays a bit closer to the bluesy side of the blues-rock continuum, more so than SRV, but just as hard driving. Anyone who likes SRV would would definitely dig Mooney live, just amazing, muscular guitar work.
Can't comment on his cds tho since I don't own any yet, could be worth checking out a recent one. Don't miss him if he plays near you....
Another guy who blew me away a number of years ago when he was playing with Mayall was Coco Montoya. I got his first cd & it was disappointing, however he has released several since then, maybe better?
I'm always happy when listening to those ancient Peter Green/Fleetwood Mac tunes. I have the originals but, to me, his good stuff is dispersed over several albums from the very first to the final "Green Manalishi". Perhaps there's a particularly good compilation featuring his fretwork. He had a real nice take on blues playing.
On the jazz side I'm liking Russell Malone these days.
The clone of SRV is Kenny Wayne Shepared. If you want a jazzy instrumental jazz/blues sound like in Riviera Paradise, Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, he is the man. He is more jazz/blues like Rivera than versus the other SRV more blues/rock sound (for lack of a better definition) which is one of my all time favorite songs too. Rivera uses more cording on the guitar to create the song where Ronnie's playing is more playing along with the song and some cord based melody. The other guitarists you mention and that others have mentioned do not sound like Rivera at all. I can burn you a copy of a few CDs if you want, just email me.
NPR had a review of the Delmark album "Hoodoo Man" (Junior Wells with Buddy Guy on guitar) that reminded me how much I love that album (I have it on vinyl somewhere). It's been reissued recently. These two also have a great "live at Montreux" album as well, one of my favorites, which I unfortunately only own on tape.
Anyway, with blues, it's worth going back in time a bit. Buddy Guy really is one of the great guitarists of all time (I saw him in small clubs a few times before his recent stardom, he is mind-blowingly in control of his instrument, not mention the crowd). His recent albums are good (certainly check them out), but I prefer some of the older stuff, though it's not as consistent.
First off, everyone that "sounds like SRV" to me personally sounds like a rip-off. Anyone who really loves SRV, and who was brought to the altar of the blues guitar by him (as I was in my early teen years) will have to realize that the master is gone and he will never be replaced.
Kenny Wayne Shepard is good, but he needs to grow up a bit and develop his own style.
Try the new Ronnie Earl- i feel like goin' on-- he's dealing with his manic depression, and this sounds better to me than his last 4 albums--
Glad to see a plug for "little" Charlie Baty of Little Charlie and the Nightcats-- Captured live has some amazing work on it. Highly, highly recommended- there's also a "deluxe Edition" best of Lil' Charlie out there that I never leave home without. Baty is, IMHO, in the top 5 living blues guitarists.
Overall I'm amazed how many of my own favorites were already plugged by you guys-- good suggestions all.
Tab Benoit is great, too- especially his recent album with Jimmy Thackery, and Benoit's last solo album Wetlands. If any of y'all find a copy of "strike a deep chord: Blues guitars for the homeless" BUY IT. Benoit does a smokin' version of "nice and warm" and it's followed by a great instrumental piece that was recorded in a big echo-y room with a killer tube guitar amp -- a real hoot on a system that stages. The whole (compilation) album is great-
My other recommendations that may not necessarily sound like SRV, but are great for blues fans in general that like him in my experience:
Kid Ramos, Son Seals, BB King (of course), Junior Watson, Kenny Burrel, Otis Rush
Keep the suggestions coming, guys
There are a lot of great players mentioned here but the only ones that sound like SRV are Duarte and Kenny Wyane Sheppard. There is a Native American blues band Indiginous that nails the SRV thing. Albert King is the source of most of SRV's licks without the volume. THe live disk of the two of them togeather is way cool. Old Master, young lion jamming and BSing. They both know their place but they both seem to have a feeling who is going to rule the pack eventually. Room Full of Blues, Under one Roof has some killer guitar playing where swing mixes with the texas thing backed by a killer horn band.
Piezo... I think you hit it right on the head. SRV did
get most of his stuff from Albert King. Also i did
see Indiginous and the guitar player does sound quite a
bit like Stevie.. I was impressed... His sister wails on
the drums too. Pretty cool stuff. I also agree with you
on Kenny Wayne.. he's alright but just doesnt do it for me.
I just quickly scaned over artist listed on this thread... There's some great ones. The only i can think of that i dont remember seeing is Buddy Guy.
If you want to hear a texas tinged youn-un (at least he was when the cd was released) get a copy of the Ian Moore disc with blue sky on it. Not sure of the name It has a picture of him setting on a super with the band standing around. Great playing and tooo soulful. Buddy used to do it for me but Luther Allison would tear him up if he didn't pass on. Duke Robillard leans to the jazz side but he is killer. Tinsley Ellis, great guy, great showman, great singer, songwriter....way under rated. IMO he smokes ole buddy in a lot of ways too. You just can't lose with those blues.
Went out and got Ronnie Earl's latest all instrumental album, forgot the name. He is certainly talented and I love the album. I am going to pick up some more of his albums since I like his style.
Got a Kenny Wayne Shepard disc too, again forgot the name. I'm here at work and can't recall the albums. Kenny Wayne is good and has the Stevie Ray sound...but...it's just not the same.
Keep the suggestions coming guys, this is a great thread. I'll probably ending up looking into most of the artists mentioned here. I've been on a Jazz/Blues guitarist search and this is a great reference list.
SRV fan, I will say it again "ARC ANGELS". This is with SRV rhythm section of Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton, better known as Double Trouble. With Doyle Bramhall II and Charlie Sexton on guitars and vocals, produced by Little Steven, this could be close to what you are looking for. Go to Amazon or WinMX for more info.
It's been a while since I started this post and I have made several CD purchases based on suggestions posted. I must say of the ones purchased so far (Kenny Wayne Shepard, John Lee Hooker and Ronnie Earl) I am hooked on Ronnie Earl. I now have two Ronnie Earl CD's in heavy rotation, Language of the Soul and I Feel Like Going On.
Thanks to all. Can't wait to try some of the others mentioned here.