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DukeofEarlJan 14, 2009 10:20 AM GMT
I had the opportunity to spend some quality time the other day with an old friend of mine (and former roommate) Watermelon Slim. He's embarking on a European tour coming up and I urge everyone within proximity of his shows to check him out. He's a monster singer, harmonica player, and lap steel player. His phrasing is impeccable. He also has advanced degrees and is the only blues guy I know who is also a member of MENSA. Quite a treasure.
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I missed him last summer, he was performing in Parma - italy at the Rootsway food and blues festival where we performed. What a pity, surely he's an enormous musician tout court
Jey Mark Great mention! I love Slim he's a friend of mine and actually got mentioned in one of our tunes on our new CD. He is great and a amazing all round musician...How bout we open this thread up to some other underated guys like
1.) Paul Linden
2.) Pat ramsey
3.) Michael peloquin
4.) Chris michalek
I'd love to see and hear more of James Conway and Mick Kinsella, both Irish-style players who can also play other styles. I've been checking out YouTube videos and found Ashok Bhandari, who's got an interesting style. I imagine there are many more deserving harp players in the world who don't play blues. What about Africa, the Middle East, South America? I can only think there is some kid in Ghana or Guatemala who can really wail. Speaking of YouTube, I really like the fellow who calls himself loveboxquartet...He's got an original style.
James Conway is SO ridiculously talented!
Most underrated is "Blind Owl" Alan Wilson. Sure, not amazing, but he had something good about him and his playing.
I don't know some of Alan's stuff was down right amazing to me...try that bugling thing from boogie chillun' # 2 and tell me there's not some technique there!
There was a cat by the name of Fred Neil, a Greenwich Village folkie who influenced Bob Dylan among others. He had a self-titled album in 1967 that featured Alan Wilson's harp on several tunes. Truly amazing stuff. Check out the song "Ba-De-Da" It shows what a great accompanist Alan was, too. Tasteful, subtle, and sweet playing that compliments Fred's mellow baritone.
Oh Jason, I meant amazing in a different way. I meant, like, playing fast. But, that song? Crazy! I love that record, too bad there isn't more. Canned Heat could really groove!
Mark,. I'll be looking.
Mark E: You nailed it when you said what a great accomanist he was! damn straight maybe the best....Long live the Blind Owl! or his memory anyway...
James Conway will be featured at the 2009 SPAH convention in Sacramento (August 11-15).
(Jason will be there, doing his blues blowoff in a nearby blues club on Tuesday, and hanging for several days at the convention.) Christelle will be featured in the SPAH Wednesday night concert
Al Price is a great player from Scotland.
Check out his moving version of the Kerry Fisherman's Lament.
Photos by Dennis Moriarty
Video production Emile Diggs D'Amico
Ask Little Al Price about his mate Ian McInally from Scotland