More than anyone
else, Tom Petty had the ability to
repackage all the music I love and play it back as something brand new.
While unique and
original, each song arrived like an old friend you had somehow forgotten
about.Simple yet profound, each song
delivered a straight up truth:this is
me; this is us; this is rock and roll.
Tom Petty gave us
40 years of honesty, hope, joy and comfort.
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.
Buzz Hummer is a singer/songwriter living in Niagara, Canada.
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