I think a box set everytone should have is the sun blues box by charly records. I bought this on ebay about 20 years ago. I remember seeing it on ebay for 100.00. It was literally my last 100.00 dollars. I let my auto insurance lapse to buy this box set. The things I could do before I was married and had kids. If I did that now I would be asking one of you nice folks for a couch to crash on. The book is awesome, and all the Willie Johnson stuff is killer.
Regarding Joel Paterson; here’s a sample that was posted to Facebook today.
I have always dug Joel Patterson. Killer player.
Whit Smith (Hot Club of Cowtown) is another player in the roots scene that I believe is just unbelievable. That is a man that has done his homework and made his mark. I think will always be one of the top Western Swing players.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfMSMS-zunc
Here is him with Frank Vignola ( another unbelievable player who can any style of music like a master of it. You owe to yourself to research him if you do not know him. ) The jam in the middle, where they all trade solos, will make you just want to give up. LOL.
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.
You can download the modern sounds hold it fellas/stomp stomp on the cd baby website. So killer, they cover so much ground. It’s all I have been listening to latley
Sorry i ment to say its free! I guess they decided to stop charging for it
Funny you bring that up. I was looking at the poster Nico gave me of all the jump players and I said. Who’s that. Well let the digging begin
Joel is on my top 5 contemporary musicians. The modern sounds are the band I want to model my own band after. I got lots of years to catch up, but to me, as an educator and performer, what he does really appeals to me.
Wile we are on contemporary guys here’s another amazing one ( was anyhow r.i.p ) . I owe a lot to Sean as he is how I discovered jump blues which led me to finding guys like Tommy and and all these great players we love. He covered a lot of musical ground also and at first I over looked at him as I thought he just played soul, even though I still enjoy that. Don’t be fooled though his blues smokkeesssss. Lots of great stuff on his records he did a few old standards too which are great, Big Beaver springs to mind. He also played on the last nappy brown record before nappy died with Junior Watson which has some cool stuff on it. Anyway if you haven’t heard him before or overlooked like I did to start with couldn’t recommend the guy enough. I wish he was still around so I could see him play and thank him! The records I would recommend for his blues are. Cuttin In and Seans Blues. There are some live bootlegs floating around the net that are great too.
Sean was great. He grew up in Atlanta which was not very far from me, so I got to see him play a lot. His playing really inspired me, as well as his age since we were the same age. He was awesome live. He reminded me of SRV in the sense that there was so much energy and passion in his playing that never got portrayed over to tape. He was the coolest guy. Very humble and always nervous before a show. 2 different people between normal Sean and Stage Sean. My favorite albums by him are Moanin’ For Molasses, and We can Get Together. I loved his writting which is why I like these so much, especially Get Together because there is only one or two covers.
This guy’s Youtube page has a lot of very cool Sean Costello videos. Here he is laying down some slow blues.
This guy Anders Lewen is another pretty slick contemporary player. Must be something in the water in Northern Europe to consistently put out guys like him and Kid Anderson.
Got to give props to my favorite. The whole reason I discovered the West Coast blues. A friend let me hear Gonna get Wild and it was all over for me. Guys like him that can just play a couple notes that penetrate you and then never leave you, those are my guys. He is a master of space, tone, and feeling. The best part is now he is backing one of my all time favorites and has finally brought the spirit of “Pops” back to her sound. Tommy you ever get me hooked up playing with this guy I will buy you a car or something. LOL.
One of my all time favorites for all things guitar. I love the comping, lead, mood, tone, everything about it.
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