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Friday, September 10, 2010

Do You Know About Roy Buchanan? 'xpect Not. 'xpect You Wish You Did

The Best Unknown Guitarist In The World

11 comments:

misterarthur said...

You could probably include Danny Gatton in that list. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyjtW-rvWoQ

dick said...

Outstanding. Wonder why I never heard of him before.

Charles said...

Buchanan was the best white man playing guitar until his untimely demise....not sure who that would be now...maybe Duke Robillard?

There is a youtube clip of Buchanan jamming with Albert Collins and Lonnie Mack, almost as good as the clip of Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles and Fats Domino playing together...

Charles said...

WOW!! Just listened to Danny Gatton's version of Harlem Nocturne. Don't think I've ever heard it played quite like that. :) Thanks for the heads up!

Jim said...

'xpect I already did - for a couple of decades already. Sorry. :o)

Roy's great.

misterarthur said...

Charles, You might enjoy another "unknown" Telecaster Player, Guthrie Trapp. (Click on the video on the upper right).
http://fender.com/artists/artist.php?id=99

Mike said...

So stuck in traffic the other day, I realized I had no Roy Buchanan on my ipod. I was thinking about digitizing my old vinyl.

Just showed it to me 13 year old. He seemed genuinely impressed.

It's hard to impress my 13 year old these days.

Andy said...

I'm sure this will be considered sacrilege but it is American, right?

I suppose Buchanan is good in a Jimmy Vaughn kind of way. But sometimes grit cannot be substituted for technique. The rarified air of that club is accessed by the few and far between. For me personally, I don't think Buchanan qualifies. Definitely, he has that white guy/Delta soul thing going on, but to me he's a bit ham fisted.

Albert Collins -or maybe BB, but that is such a given- is the only one that I can think of that can legitimately get away with substituting technique with unadulterated funkiness.

Just sayin' is all.......

Andy
www.smokingtoaster.com

sofa said...

Roy was great.

Dan D said...

Oh my, Andy, you are so, so mistaken. Roy Buchanan was capable of just astounding technique, but almost always employed it to deliver the soul of the music. His recordings were spotty, Second Album was probably his best, but I saw him on two occasions in the early '70s where he rose above his somewhat pedestrian band to deliver wonderful music.

Many blues, rock, and jazz guitarists held him in the highest esteem, from Jeff Beck to Mundell Lowe.

Check out the youtube library, especially his German appearances from the early '80's, though he was best experienced live in clubs and concerts.

Jim - PRS said...

Vocal could use a bit of work. :-)