Thanks for all the replies to my question! I’ve got some ideas to pursue and experiment with in the next month. This is a great forum Tommy H!
I’ve got a Joe Pass Emperor II – Epiphone hollow body. I’ve also got an Epiphone 56′ Les Paul Gold Top. Thanks!
My favorite parts of the Buddy Merrill videos are when Lawrence Welk introduces him…….Anda now zumthing for da yunga people in our audience. Take it away a Buddy….. Priceless!
The Sun Box is really great stuff! I taped all the songs off the lps that a friend had. I’ve been looking to buy it on vinyl but it’s really costly on E-Bay – as Tommy pointed out. Any of the Sun stuff where Wolf has Willie Johnson on guitar is great – I have a couple of those CDs.
There’s so much great stuff out there. My collection includes a lot of vinyl + MP3s galore. Lately I’ve been studying and teaching lessons on the guitarists who played behind Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson. As a teenager, I got a hold of two vinyl LPs from the Chess Master Series on both these guys. Every time I listen to this stuff I hear something new – some subtle lick or chord idea that I hadn’t noticed. I also have the Howlin’ Wolf Chess LP from the same series with Hubert Sumlin on most of the cuts – more incredible guitar. The JB Lenoir, Jimmy Rogers, Lowell Fulson, and Little Milton LPS are also full of great blues guitar ideas for those of you who like the old school stuff. These are still out there on E-Bay — selling for around $30 each on average. I managed to pick up the Lowell Fulson and JB LEnoir LPS for around $15 each.
I’d like to see someone do an instructional video on the guitar players who played behind Bill Haley – w/ the Comets. I think they included Danny Cedrone and Franny Beecher. I’m interested in the 50s stuff – both before and after Rock Around The Clock. The pre-1954 stuff is fantastic! Some of the song lyrics are pretty corny, but the guitar playing is often fantastic! I hear a lot of Les Paul and other jazzy influences in these guy’s playing.
I think this is a great idea. I am a part-time musician and full-time high school teacher and I love pretty much all old-time music that has guitar (s) in it. I specialize in pre-1970s acoustic and electric blues and have a YouTube Channel where I give free lessons — I do accept small donations. In my neck of the woods it’s very rare to find anyone who likes this kind of music let alone plays it on guitar. All the guitar players I know are into Hendrix, Stevie Ray, and the contemporary rock-like blues guitarists. I’m looking forward to bringing my questions to you guys and reading your posts to each other. Thanks!