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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Billy Price Presents A Tribute To Roy Buchanan at The Birchmere








Renowned Soul-Blues Singer Billy Price Presents:
A Tribute To Roy Buchanan Featuring Special Guests
 
THE BIRCHMERE - Sunday, September 22 - 7:30PM







 
  (Alexandria, VA) - Renowned soul-blues singer Billy Price, presents a Tribute To Roy Buchanan featuring an array of special guest musicians,  at The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Sunday, September 22. 7:30pm. Tickets are $25. Info: (703) 549-7500 or visit http://www.birchmere.com.

   Price was the vocalist on two of the late Buchanan's albums, That's What I'm Here For and Live Stock. Among the Special Guests for the Roy Buchanan Tribute: Award-winning Blues-rock guitarist Mike Zito, also co-founder of new label Gulf Coast Records, who recently released Price's critically-lauded new album, Dog Eat Dog.


          ~Billy Price: Some Background And Info. About Dog Eat Dog~

  New label Gulf Coast Records releases Dog Eat Dog, the new album from longtime soul-blues vocalist, Billy Price. After the critical acclaim and Blues Music Awards nomination of his last album Reckoning, Price was excited and eager to get back into Greaseland Studio in San Jose, California with Producer, Kid Andersen. Kid and Billy's mutual love for the music and commitment to making an original contribution to the soul- blues genre is evident in this new collection of recordings.

  Dog Eat Dog contains twelve songs, eight of which are original compositions. The album opens with "Working On Your Chain Gang," co-written by Price and longtime collaborator, keyboardist Jim Britton. Price and Britton also co-wrote the atmospheric "Lose My Number,"  "All Night long Cafe," and "Toxicity" (with Executive Producer, Guy Hale), while Britton wrote "Walk Back In." Price teamed with another longtime collaborator, French guitarist Fred Chapellier, to write "Remnants," a great new blues song, and the tuneful sweet soul track, "More Than I Needed."  Price worked with Bill Troiani, writer of Reckoning, on another catchy blues tune, "You Gotta Leave." The covers, in addition to "Dog Eat Dog," are Bobby Byrd's "We're In Love," Otis Rush blues classic "My Love Will Never Die," and "Same Old Heartaches," first recorded by The Impressions and written by Price's friends, the songwriting team of Melvin and Mervin Steals, best known for penning "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" by The Spinners. The Otis rush song, a staple in Price's live repertoire, was added after Andersen saw a You Tube video of Price performing the song and suggested recording a new version of it.
   
  Price and Andersen assembled a first-class group of musicians on Dog Eat Dog, featuring Price on vocals, Andersen (guitars and assorted instruments), Alex Pettersen (drums), Jerry Jemmott (bass), Jim Pugh (keys), Eric Spaulding (tenor sax), Jack Sanford (baritone sax), and John Halblieb (trumpet). Andersen added congas to most tracks, covered by Jon Otis (son of the great Johnny Otis) and Vicki Randle (Jay Leno Tonight Show Band, Mavis Staples). Randle also provided background vocals with Lisa Leuschner Andersen, Charlie Owen, and the Sons of the Soul Revivers gospel group. Dog Eat Dog also features guest appearances by Rick Estrin, Alabama Mike, and Mike Zito. Estrin plays harmonica on the title track, which he wrote and recorded on one of his albums. A big fan of Alabama Mike, Price was thrilled to share the lead vocals with Mike on "Dog Eat Dog." Gulf Coast Records co-founder Mike Zito also contributed a scorching guitar solo on "All Night Long Cafe."

  2016 Blues Music Awards winner Billy Price first attracted national attention during his three-year association with guitarist, Roy Buchannan. Price is the vocalist on two of Buchannan's albums, That's What I'm Here For and Live Stock. Since then, with the Keystone Rhythm Band, the Billy Price Band, and solo projects, Billy Price has recorded and released a total of seventeen albums, CDs, and DVDs. In April of 2016, Price was officially recognized and inducted as a Pittsburgh Rock 'N' Roll Legend at an awards ceremony. Price's album This Time For Real, with the late Chicago soul singer Otis Clay, received a 2016 Blues music Award in the "Best Soul Blues Album" category. Billy's last recording, Reckoning, released in June 2018, was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Best Soul Blues Album of the Year.  
                          
                           ~Billy Price/Dog Eat Dog: What The Media Is Saying~

"Billy Price made his bones with the legendary Roy Buchanan, singing lead on two albums. Since then he has released seventeen albums, either solo or with various bands, and now lands on one of the hottest new labels – Gulf Coast – with his new album. I’ve heard some really good albums this year, in many genres and forms, but this is classic soul, played with an awesome sense of the music and way out there ahead of most. Bloody wonderful." (5 stars out of 5).
                                        MUSIC-NEWS.COM

"There are those who have an incredible voice. There are those who have an ear for great R&B. Then there are those who have a deep soul spirit. Billy Price has all of that and more. Much more. Few can put it all together like he can."
                                     BLUES HIGHWAY US 61

"We are pleased to premiere the song “Working On Your Chain Gang” by the great soul-blues singer Billy Price...a light-hearted and humorous story of love that sure caught our attention with its funky blues groove. Billy Price does it again."
                                    ROCK AND BLUES MUSE

"They have carved out a niche for great soulful music, sweet harmonies, and music that can make you dance or break your heart. Dog Eat Dog is a fantastic album and one that will easily be on my Best of 2019 list at the end of the year."
                            PROFESSOR JOHNNY P'S JUKE JOINT



  


  Billy Price 'Dog Eat Dog' Tour 2019 - Live Shows/Special Events Itinerary


Sept. 13 (Fri.)         MOONDOGS                                    Blawnox, PA
Sept. 20 (Fri.)         HIGHMARK BLUES & HERITAGE FEST     Pittsburgh, PA
Sept. 21 (Sat.)        AN DIE MUSIK                                  Baltimore, MD
Sept. 22 (Sun.)      TRIBUTE TO ROY BUCHANAN          Alexandria, VA
Sept. 28 (Sat.)        THE MAINSTAY                                Rock Hall, MD
Oct. 4 (Fri.)            SELLERSVILLE THEATER                    Sellersville, PA
Oct. 11 (Fri.)          NATALIE'S LIVE MUSIC                      Columbus, OH
Oct. 19 (Sat.)         KNUCKLEHEAD'S SALOON                 Kansas City, MO
Oct. 26 (Sat.)         THE SOUNDRY                                  Columbia, MD
Nov. 2 (Sat.)           PEARL STREET WAREHOUSE              Washington, DC
Nov. 9 (Sat.)           BALTIMORE BOOK & LIGHT FEST       Baltimore, MD
Nov 14/17 (Thur/Sun) LUCERNE BLUES FESTIVAL                Lucerne, CH
Nov. 21 (Thur.)       RHYTHMS LIVE MUSIC HALL             Chapel Hill, NC
Nov. 22 (Fri.)          THE ROOSTERS WIFE                         Aberdeen, NC
Nov. 26 (Tues.)       ST. GEORGES COUNTRY STORE         St. Georges, DE
Dec. 21 (Sat.)         118 NORTH                                      Wayne, PA
Dec. 31 (Wed.)       GENETTI HOTEL                                Williamsport, PA

                                         *CD Release Party


      


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Roy Buchanan- Shredding The Blues - Live at My Father's Place 1978 & 1984 - Guest writer Stilladog - New release review

Let me preface this review by stating I am an unabashed fan of Roy Buchanan and have been since I was 18 years old. I have heard a lot of his recorded material both production and bootleg varieties. I've seen him play live numerous times, particularly during the time period of these recordings. So there's a degree of bias here. The recordings took place for tracks 1 through 7 during a gig at My Father's Place, a famous house of blues on Long Island, NY, back in 1978. The final 3 tracks were recorded in 1984 with a completely new band when Roy returned to that venue. I believe these recordings which come from the sound board were once available as bootlegs. There once was a Yahoo! fan group called Roy's Live Recordings which traded in non-production bootlegs of Roy's concerts. And that's where I think I may have first heard this stuff. But even that's been more than 10 years ago so I cannot be sure. Anyway, this is a production release by Rockbeat Records that you can buy at Amazon or wherever. The sound quality has been re-engineered well for being from old source (analog) tapes. Albums of this nature inherently suffer from weak source recordings to begin with and Shredding the Blues is no exception. The best part about this release which sets it apart from a truly weak offering marketed under Roy Buchanan's name, Shake, Rattle, and Roy, is that it actually accentuates Roy's guitar. On Shake, Rattle and Roy (which I believe is mostly Danny Denver and His Soundmasters featuring Roy Buchanan) you can barely hear what Roy is playing. Live at My Father's Place is none of that. The set starts out with a version of the Howlin' Wolf tune, I'm Evil. A few minutes in Roy warms up and unleashes a barrage of his classic licks and runs which sets the audience on edge. On this tune, and actually most tracks that Roy himself sings the vocal track is weak. Now if you've ever seen Roy sing you know it's was not his strong suit and he practically whispers the words anyway. But the guitar is fantastic! More guitar is featured on the second track, Soul Dressing. However the feature of this tune is a nice extended piano solo, something which is rarely heard on Buchanan's recordings. A very nice keyboard break is in Baby Won't You Tell Me Where You're At also. I'd like to tell who is playing it but personnel was not provided. I'm pretty sure Malcolm Lukens was in the depths of heroin addiction by 1978, or recovering, so it wasn't him. Most all the numbers feature Roy just lighting it up on the fretboard. He makes the Telecaster scream, he makes it cry, he makes it wah-wah without a pedal. Fast as your ears can follow to slow and easy in a heartbeat. Tone like nothing you will ever hear elsewhere. And of course there's a ton of "pinched harmonics" for which he is famous. On Hey Joe he thanks Jimi Hendrix, then ends the tune with an extended Foxy Lady riff. And the unparalleled Messiah Will Come Again is in there as well. The final three tracks from 1984 were songs in development for his albums When A Guitar Plays The Blues and Dancing On The Edge, Henry Mancini's Peter Gunn and the title track for When A Guitar Plays The Blues. This is a fair representation of what Roy sounded like when he played live back in the 70s and early 80s. Vocals are rather weak and crowd noise at times becomes a distraction. But if you want to hear some electrifying guitar work, you should check this one out. If you've never heard Roy play, this probably isn't the place to start (Livestock is a much better live album). But if jaw dropping axe work is your thing you're gonna love Shredding The Blues.  

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

New Blues Guitar Books from Hal Leonard

Roy Buchanan – Guitar Signature Licks
A Step-by-Step Breakdown of His Guitar Styles and Techniques
Format: Softcover Audio Online - TAB
Author: Dave Rubin
This exclusive book/audio pack features in-depth analysis of the songs and solos that made Roy Buchanan “The Best Unknown Guitarist in the World.” Though he never achieved stardom, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #57 on their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." With this pack, you'll learn 12 of his best licks, including: After Hours • Chicago Smokeshop • Five String Blues • Hey Joe • High Wire • I Won't Tell You No Lies • The Messiah Will Come Again • Pete's Blues • Peter Gunn • Roy's Bluz • Short Fuse • Sweet Dreams.
$22.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00696654


Best of Robert Cray
Series: Guitar Recorded Version
Format: Softcover - TAB
Notes and tab for 16 songs from this modern blues master: Baby's Arms · Bad Influence · (Won't Be) Coming Home · Don't Be Afraid of the Dark · The Forecast (Calls for Pain) · Nothing Against You · Phone Booth · Poor Johnny · Right Next Door · She's Into Somethin' · Smoking Gun · and more.     
$19.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00127184

Robben Ford Guitar Anthology
Series: Guitar Recorded Version
Format: Softcover - TAB
Iconic jazz/blues guitarist Robben Ford has played with a wide range of artists including Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, The Yellowjackets, George Harrison, and many more. This collection features guitar tab for 17 of his best-known songs, including: Busted Up • Chevrolet • Get Away • Homework • I Ain't Got Nothin' but the Blues • Mama Talk to Your Daughter • Nothing to Nobody • Revelation • Step on It • Tell Me I'm Your Man • You Cut Me to the Bone • and more.
$24.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00120220

T-Bone Walker
Guitar Play-Along Volume 160
Format: Softcover with CD - TAB
The Guitar Play-Along Series will help you play your favorite songs quickly and easily! Just follow the tab, listen to the CD to hear how the guitar should sound, and then play along using the separate backing tracks. The melody and lyrics are also included in the book in case you want to sing, or to simply help you follow along. The audio CD is playable on any CD player, and also enhanced so PC & Mac users can adjust the recording to any tempo without changing pitch! This volume includes: Glamour Girl • I Got a Break Baby • Mean Old World • Papa Ain't Salty • (They Call It) Stormy Monday (Stormy Monday Blues) • Strollin' with Bones • T-Bone Jumps Again • You Don't Love Me.
$16.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00102641
 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Green Onions - Roy Buchanan


And now we have a Booker T and the MG's song done by the greatest unknown guitar player in the world...Roy Buchanan. And I will dig out some of my concert photos of Roy eventually and post them..I promise! Hard to believe he's been gone over 20 years.
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Friday, January 20, 2012

Stop - Lonnie Mack


Lonnie Mack (born Lonnie McIntosh, July 18, 1941, Dearborn County, Indiana, United States) is an American rock, blues and country guitarist and vocalist.

In 1963 and early 1964, he recorded a succession of full-length electric guitar instrumentals which combined blues stylism with fast-picking techniques and a rock 'n' roll beat. The best-known of these are "Memphis", "Wham!", and "Chicken Pickin'". These instrumentals established the standard of virtuosity for a generation of rock guitarists and formed the leading edge of the "blues-rock" guitar genre. Reportedly, the tremolo arm commonly found on electric guitars became known as the "whammy bar", in recognition of Mack's aggressive, rapid manipulation of the pitch-bending device in 1963's "Wham!".

In 1979, music historian Richard T. Pinnell, Ph.D., called 1963's "Memphis" a "milestone of early rock guitar". In 1980, the editors of Guitar World magazine ranked "Memphis" first among rock's top five "landmark" guitar recordings. He is widely regarded today as a pivotal historical figure in expanding the role of the electric guitar in rock. Despite a modest all-career recording output as a rock artist, he has been called "one of the great rock guitarists of all-time". Mack is also regarded as one of the finest early "blue-eyed soul" singers. Crediting both Mack's R&B vocals and his guitar solos, music critic Jimmy Guterman ranked Mack's first album, 1963's The Wham of that Memphis Man!, No. 16 in his book The 100 Best Rock 'n' Roll Records of All Time.

Mack released several singles in the '50s and '60s, as well as thirteen original albums spanning a variety of genres between 1963 and 1990. He enjoyed his greatest recognition as a blues-rock singer/guitarist, with productive periods during the '60s and the latter half of the '80s. However, an aversion to notoriety led him to switch musical genres and idle his career as a rock artist for years, even decades, at a time.

In 2011, he announced an upcoming self-published album of informally recorded compositions, including the recently released acoustic blues single "The Times Ain't Right".

Beyond his career as a solo artist, Mack recorded with The Doors, Stevie Ray Vaughan, James Brown, Freddie King, Joe Simon, Ronnie Hawkins, Albert Collins, Roy Buchanan, Dobie Gray and the sons of blues legend Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, among others.

Stan Szelest (February 11, 1943 – January 20, 1991) was an American musician, known for founding an influential blues band in the 1950s and 1960s, Stan and the Ravens, and then later as a keyboardist with The Band
Born in Buffalo, New York, in 1958 Szelest formed Stan and the Ravens, a blues group that became popular in western New York. By 1960 he started to work with Ronnie Hawkins and his backing group The Hawks, staying with them until the next year. Richard Manuel stood in for his place, and The Hawks would later leave Hawkins to form an act of their own, which eventually came to be named The Band. In 1967, Stan and the Ravens broke up, and two of its members, Calandra and Mallaber, joined the group Tony Galla and the Rising Sons, which in 1968 changed its name to "Raven". With David Lucas as producer, the new band recorded the song "Farmer's Daughter", written by Szelest, which helped the band to secure a contract with Columbia Records.

With Manuel's death in 1986, Szelest was called back to The Band when they got a new record deal with CBS Records in 1990. However, he died of a heart attack in 1991 while in Woodstock recording with Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson. Some of his work would later appear on The Band's album Jericho, released in 1993. Szelest was also in Lonnie Mack's band during the 1980s, and can be heard on Mack's album Attack of the Killer V; he can also be seen on several videos playing in Mack's band during that period.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sweet Home Chicago / Bye Bye Baby - Johnny and Shuggie Otis with Roy Buchanan

Johnny Otis was born December 28, 1921 in Vallejo, California. He grew up in a predominantly black neighborhood in Berkeley, California, where his father owned and operated a neighborhood grocery store. He began his musical career in 1939 as Johnny Otisa drummer with Count Otis Matthew's West Oakland House Rockers. In 1943, at the recommendation of Nat "King" Cole and Jimmy Witherspoon, he moved to Los Angeles to join Harlan Leonard's Kansas City Rockets at the Club Alabam. By 1945 he was leading his own band, and had his first big hit that year with "Harlem Nocturne". In 1948 he joined with Bardu and Tila Ali, and Johnny Miller to open The Barrelhouse in Los Angeles, which was the first nightclub to feature Rhythm & Blues exclusively. In 1950 he had ten songs that made the Top 10 on Billboard Magazine's Best Selling Retail Rhythm & Blues Records list. With this success, he went on the road with his California Rhythm & Blues Caravan, and became the hottest musical attraction in black America. In the early 1950's, remaining active as a writer, performer, and producer, Johnny began a radio career and became one of the most popular disc jockeys in southern California. His career in radio has now spanned almost 50 years. His early radio broadcast success led to a weekly variety show on television. "The Johnny Otis Show" was on TV in Los Angeles for eight years.

Johnny Otis discovered many legendary Rhythm and Blues singers such as Esther Phillips, Willie Mae "Big Momma" Thornton, Etta James, and the Robins (who later evolved into the Coasters), all of whom were at one time featured vocalists in his band. He also discovered Sugar Pie DeSanto, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, Jackie Wilson, and Little Willie John. He produced, and with his band played on the original recording of "Hound Dog" with "Big Momma" Thornton. He produced and played on Johnny Ace's "Pledging My Love", and produced some of Little Richard's earliest recordings. On his own Blues Spectrum lable, Johnny has recorded and played with Rhythm & Blues pioneers such as Big Joe Turner, Gatemouth Moore, Amos Milburne, Richard Berry, Joe Liggins, Roy Milton, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Charles Brown, and Louis Jordan. Johnny played the drums on Charles Brown's first major hit "Driftin' Blues" in 1946. He also recorded with Illinois Jacquet, and Lester Young. One of the many highlights of his long career was when he performed as a drummer with the great Count Basie Orchestra.

In the 1960's Johnny served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Mervin Dymally, whose career he followed from the State Assembly, State Senate, Lieutenant Governorship of California, to the U.S. Congress. His first book "Listen To The Lambs", which addressed the 1965 race riots was published in 1968. His next book, "Upside Your Head! Rhythm & Blues on Central Avenue" was published in 1993. Many of his paintings, sculptures, and wood carvings are displayed in "Colors and Chords - The Art of Johnny Otis" which was published in 1Johnny Otis and Louie Jordan995. His most recent book, "Johnny Otis - Red Beans & Rice and Other Rock 'n' Roll Recipes" was published in 1997.

Johnny Otis's song writing credits include "Every Beat of My Heart", (a song he wrote originally for Jackie Wilson, but was made a hit by Gladys Knight and the Pips), "Roll With Me Henry", (also known as "The Wallflower"), "So Fine", "Willie znd the Hand Jive" (which sold over 1.5 million copies), and many, many others.

Johnny has been inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame, into the Blues Hall of Fame and into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Archives of African American Music and Culture at the University of Indiana has cataloged hundreds of hours of his past radio shows for his interviews, comments, insights, and historical significance.

He has remained active in his recording studio and has put out 6 CD's on his label since the mid-nineties.
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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Roy Buchanan - The Messiah Will Come Again


The greatest unknown Guitar Player in the World!
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Roy Buchanan - P.B.S. Greatest Unkown Guitarist in the World 1971 [PART 3]


OK...here it is. The final portion of the 3 part video. Kick back and relax.

Happy Holidays

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Roy Buchanan - P.B.S. Greatest Unkown Guitarist in the World 1971 [PART 2]


Part two of this really super documentary. Again, I won't tell my story again but if you refer back to the archives, you'll find all of the history. I have probably seen Roy more times than any other band except Jeff Beck or Elvin Bishop (and Roy's been dead for many years).
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Roy Buchanan - P.B.S. Greatest Unkown Guitarist in the World 1971 [PART 1]


As most of you know (the story is available in the video archives under Roy Buchanan) ... Roy Buchanan was one of the first concerts that I ever saw as a young man... and will always be one of my favorites. This is part 1 of a 3 part documentary that I saw many years ago. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do. If you've never seen this... take the time!
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Down By The River - Roy Buchanan


Roy Buchanan , the worlds greatest unknown guitar player plays a little Neil Young.Don't get anxious ...he'll kick your butt!!

Enjoy!

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Peter Gunn Theme - Roy Buchanan



Roy Buchanan (September 23, 1939 – August 14, 1988) was an American guitarist and blues musician. A pioneer of the Telecaster sound, Buchanan was a sideman and solo artist, with two gold albums early in his career, and two later solo albums that made it on to the Billboard chart. Despite never having achieved stardom, he is still considered a highly influential guitar player. Ranked #57 on the Rolling Stone list "100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time," Guitar Player praised him as having one of the "50 Greatest Tones of all Time.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

When A Guitar Plays The Blues - Roy Buchanan


Roy Buchanan (September 23, 1939 - August 14, 1988) was an American guitarist and blues musician. A pioneer of the Telecaster sound, Buchanan was a sideman and solo artist, with two gold albums early in his career, and two later solo albums that made it on to the Billboard chart. Despite never having achieved stardom, he is still considered a highly influential guitar player. Ranked #57 on the Rolling Stone list "100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time," Guitar Player praised him as having one of the "50 Greatest Tones of all Time."
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Contributers Invited - Bman



As most of you know, I write and post most everything that is presented here. I would really love to have some correspondents who are attending concerts and blues festivals US and worldwide to provide a summary of the event with possibly some photos or preferably video. Our goal is to unify the blues world and expose everyone to great music and events.Right now I have one correspondent , Blues Ace, who covers some of the events in the Baltimore/DC area but I would love to have more

I would also like to have anyone who has an idea about a special column like my Tech Talk column, maybe just for a post a week or so. Look at a specific topic of interest like women in blues or harp players or the evolution of the blues, country blues, delta blues, chicago blues... let your mind wander.This is our blog... not my blog. I would love to hear your suggestions! Throw me a note with your ideas.... info@bmansbluesreport.com

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Roy Buchanan

I saw Roy at many times before his untimely demise. I may have to dig out some old photos!
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hey Joe - Roy Buchanan - THE GREATEST UNKNOWN GUITAR PLAYER IN THE WORLD


THE GREATEST UNKNOWN GUITAR PLAYER IN THE WORLD

Roy Buchanan (September 23, 1939 - August 14, 1988) was an American guitarist and blues musician. A pioneer of the Telecaster sound, Buchanan was a sideman and solo artist, with two gold albums early in his career, and two later solo albums charting on the Billboard chart. Despite never having achieved stardom, he is still considered a highly influential guitar player. Ranked #57 on the Rolling Stone list "100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time," Guitar Player praised him as having one of the "50 Greatest Tones of all Time."
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sweet Dreams


Roy Buchanan (September 23, 1939 - August 14, 1988) was an American guitarist and blues musician. A pioneer of the Telecaster sound, Buchanan was a sideman and solo artist, with two gold albums early in his career, and two later solo albums charting on the Billboard chart. Despite never having achieved stardom, he is still considered a highly influential guitar player. Ranked #57 on the Rolling Stone list "100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time," Guitar Player praised him as having one of the "50 Greatest Tones of all Time."



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Sunday, May 8, 2011

When a Guitar Plays the Blues


Not much to say... Roy Buchanan... a one in a million (odd to see him without his butterscotch blackguard though)! Here's Roy in your face...Enjoy!
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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Hey Joe - Roy Buchanan


Mind blowing guitar... oh yeah...did I mention Roy had the Blues?
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Wayfairing Pilgrim - It's just that thing


I remember the first time I heard Roy Buchanan. I was 16 years old and living 50 miles from nowhere. I was listening to "underground radio" and the advertisement was talking about a guy... Roy Buchanan and the Snake Stretchers coming to Pittsburgh. Now this was back when they talked between songs...not screamed. I'd never heard of him. Big deal... then this song is playing in the background and he gets to the solo... no..not the melody...the solo... this guy was making his guitar cry... scream... wail... it was making the hair stand up on the back of my neck! I called my buddy Anthony and told him to turn on the radio. We had never heard of him only a few hundred miles away. I of course went out and bought his album... song wasn't on it. Then the second album ...not there either. It showed up on a later album thankfully.

The concert was amazing. Here is this guy smokin' up the fretboard with his comb over, turtleneck sweater, plaid pants ... sitting on a bar stool and nothing moving but his mouth and his hands. Now this is like 1971 and he's Surrealistic! This was a small venue in Pittsburgh at Heinz Hall. This place was very small located on Pitt's campus. Maybe a year later he would appear at the now defunct Syria Mosque. Over the years it held numerous events such as Buddy Holly (4 times in 1957-1958), Bob Dylan in 1966, The Who in 1969, The Allman Brothers Band in 1971, Carly Simon in 1972, Pink Floyd in 1972, Frank Zappa in 1974, Genesis in 1976 and Count Basie's final public performance in 1983.

I was fortunate to see the Allmans there before Duane passed with an opening act of Taj Mahal. The Mosque was an amazing place all duded up like a real concert hall. I saw Roy at least 3 times before I left Pittsburgh as an adult. The 2nd time my date, Michelle, puked on my platform shoes. OK...I admit it... it was the 70's. I also saw Edgar Winter with Ronnie Montrose, Grin with Nils Lofgrin, David Crosby, CSN and Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd in this fine establishment. This was the big small hall in Pittsburgh at the time. You'd go to the Civic Arena to see the likes of Clapton, Led Zep or Humble Pie or the Stanley Theatre to see Jeff Beck and the Mahavishnu Orchestra or the New Riders of the Purple Sage. In any case I was fortunate enough to see Roy many times and through many iterations of his career both in Pittsburgh and now out west where I have settled. Hope you got a chance to see him before he passed. He was known as the worlds greatest unknown guitar player (a title later claimed by Danny Gatton) and there was a PBS special done on Roy during his lifetime named just that. Roy most always played a telecaster although did play a short stint on a Les Paul and even co designed /endorsed a tele like guitar called the Blues Master. If you are new to Roy, Check out the Livestock album. It's a good starting point.
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