been wondering why I don’t write as much about acoustic guitarists as their
plugged-in friends, because the music I listen to probably contains as many
acoustic guitars as electric.
Maybe it’s the
wow factor of the electric guitar.I
I don’t even have
a Top Ten list.Maybe it’s just too
I mean, where do
you start?You could fill the list with
the influential blues cats like Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Son House or
John Lee Hooker.You could fill it with
acoustic specialists like James Taylor, Bruce Cockburn, Cat Stevens, Harry
Manx, Paul Simon or Donovan.You could
easily fill it with players who also play a mean electric guitar, like Clapton,
Page, Knopfler, Bonamassa, Neil Young or Colin James.
Hmmm.Plenty of wow factor in all those names.
I guess there’s
the “defined the instrument/broke new ground” thing that gets applied to musicians
on other instruments.In that case, I
suppose my list would be: Leadbelly, Johnson, Broonzy, Taylor, Simon, Donovan,
Stevens, Cockburn, Young and Page.
But then I’d be
omitting artist I listen to – and wonder, “how did he/she do that?” – a lot.People like Clapton, Harry Manx, Arlo Guthrie and Bonnie Raitt.
To hell with
lists.I revere all the guitarists
mentioned – them, and a lot more.
Have your favourite cocktail, enjoy your favourite meal and bottle of
wine (if that's your pleasure), smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em, savour your favourite
after dinner drink. Listen to Hellbound Train by Savoy Brown.
Some bands grab
you right away, and never let go.The
Others are hard
to ignore but take a little longer for you to appreciate.For me, bands like CCR and The Band fall into
that category.They were there, in your
face, all the time.I just took a long
time for me to realize how much I dug them.
though, barley registered in my consciousness, and they sort of slipped on by
while I was busy enjoying the music I was already committed to.After all, you can only buy so much music,
once in a while, I go back and explore bands that I had been vaguely aware of,
but never really paid attention to.Often, the rewards have been richly rewarding.
These days, I’m
just as likely to put on Savoy Brown as Led Zeppelin.And when I do, I always ask myself how did I
miss these guys the first time around?Humble Pie, Spooky Tooth and Status Quo are other bands I really enjoy now
but more or less ignored until they were all but gone from the scene.
Your list will
differ, but exploration definitely has its rewards.
Yes, it’s a political song, but when I hear John screaming
“alright!” at the end of Revolution, I hear him saying: we already showed you we could do everything
else. Did you think we couldn’t handle
hard rock? We’re still punks, you know.
Buzz Hummer is a singer/songwriter living in Niagara, Canada.
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