The first two songs on Gary Clark Jr.'s EP are killer!
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Sorry to hijack, but don't you find it strange that there seem to be so few African-Americans in the new crop of blues guitarists?
I can't figure if it is some strange cultural shift, or if the record labels don't believe that they are marketable and that the audience for this art form is primarily young and caucasian.
Sonny Landreth is a great call. The guy's fingers are longer than my arms - which doesn't hurt when you're playing. For an added bonus, check out his very, very early stuff with the Zydeco singer Zachary Richard. Less flahsy than his later material, but great, great music.
Other good players include Joe Bonamassa, John Mayer (yep, that one - with Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino in the JM Trio), and Lance Keltner.
Well I picked up a couple of Melvin Taylor discs today, I went to my favorite used record store looking for some of the suggestions and all I came up with was the Melvin Taylor music, and from just what I've heard so far I'll be looking for some more of his stuff, thanks Wildoats. I'll have to look online for some of the Sonny Landreth albums, and others, I like to give the local used music stores the business if possible.
I will follow up with a couple of specific suggestions. Try Ronnie Earl live in Europe and Kirk Eli Fletcher's My Turn. Ronnie is very prolific, but this live disc is a great sampling of his skills. You can check it out on amazon if your local store does not have it. Kirk Fletcher is more recent. He is a well known session player and really steps up on his solo outings. Good luck and let us know what you find. This is a very rich timeless genre with lots of artists going back 50 years.
Another excellent blues guitarist UTR is Tommy Castro. He has a unique vocal style and his band is top notch.
We recentlty saw Matthew Stubbs in the Charlie Musselwhite band. WOW! He could have easily taken ove the show if Charlie hadn't reined him in. If Charlie is passing through your town, don't even think about - go see him. I was catching flies for days after.