My second original started life with the intention of being a 12 bar blues and ended up something else. Back again with this song to have a go at a 12 bar blues and it ended up pretty much as intended.
The secret sauce and magic on this one is brought by Shane (@sclay) who kindly stepped in towards the end to contribute the lead guitar part. I intended to play that part myself but it certainly served the song better for me to put ego aside and ask for help. I hope you enjoy his playing as much as I do, some cracking licks and sweet tone.
For the rest, I found a midi drum groove to download as a start point for the drums, composed and programmed (no actual playing required) the bass and keys midi in a boogie woogie style. But I did play the rhythm guitar and sing
The song is a little long, so inspired by @LBro guess the mystery guitar player, the video includes pictures of a number of blues/rock 'n roll guitarists. All are players I enjoy listening to, some more frequently than others. See how many you know. The answers are hidden below, but why not have a go. And if you do, let’s hear how you did. But let’s not spoil the fun and name names, at least not until a fair few have had a crack.
Speaking of LBro, my thanks to him for his fresh pair of ears and feedback at various points along the way.
Hope you enjoy it.
The Guitarists, in chronological order as to when Google says they became active
- Robert Johnson, a great influence though perhaps not as significant in blues history as his legendary status suggests
- Muddy Waters, the first of many more modern legends of the blues
- BB King, might he be the GOAT
- Albert King, one of the Three Kings of the blues
- Albert Collins, the Ice Man of Texas
- Hubert Sumlin, perhaps not a familiar name but take a look at his resume
- Chuck Berry, who hasn’t ‘stolen’ his licks, pivotal in the birth of rock n roll
- Buddy Guy, a master of the blues
- Scotty Moore, Elvis was his vocalist
- Gary Moore, part bluesman part rocker, lost like many far too soon
- Johnny Winter, don’t know much beyond him being a fantastic listen
- Mike Bloomfield, many focus on the British Blues Invasion but should not ignore the Paul Butterfield Blues Band
- Duanne Allman, a modern master of the slide, another tragically lost
- Keith Richards, these are my picks so of course the Human Riff is in the mix
- Peter Green, one of three alumnii of John Mayall, what feel and tone
- Eric Clapton, picture taken from the time of Derek and the Dominos, with Duanne Allman on arguably his finest record Layla (and other assorted love songs)
- Rory Gallagher, more arguablies one of the most under-appreciated guitarists of all time
- Stevie Ray Vaughan, so much more than Hendrix/Albert King clone who arguably breathed new life into the blues
- Jimmy Vaughan, the less well known but equally enjoyable older brother, check out The Fabulous Thunderbirds
- George Thorogood, always delivers high energy rock n roll but not to be under-estimated, take a look at him playing an acoustic solo
- Robert Cray, another master of the art
- Gary Clark Jr, beyond up and coming now, watch him perform at the Clapton Crossroads festivals