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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by TheToneRanger, Feb 14, 2012.
Jesse Ed Davis, Cornell Dupree pre-'90s), Fred James, Kenny Neal.
Explorers or Firebirds?
In his last interview Mick Taylor said he used the Tele on every cut he played slide guitar on with the Stones and it was set up for that exclusively. These days he's playing them alot too and he's a blues player in my opinion.
But for me and why I chose the Tele for blues was when I saw a virtual nobody play one in this little bar in a tiny little town out in the middle of the middle of nowhere.
To this day he's one of the be4st players I've ever seen and interpreted all the great blues tunes I'd ever loved. He played slide as good as he did regular guitar and used the very same 70's yellow/blonde whiteguard tele for every song he played.
As it turned out, I came to find out he was the music teacher at the loacl High School in this town where I saw him play at the town brewery. He had a band assembled of locals that were just okay, but he made them great. This little town with the population of about 800 peeps, got to enjoy him most every weekend and they had a little pick up band evefry weekend at the brewery. Ieven got to sit in once while there on vacation with my wife.
I don't think there was a patron that went in there that didn't at least sing a tune. Even my wife got up there and sang one, which was her first and last performance of her life-LOL. But it was a coll setting and this player just could play so damn good it blew me away. I often wonder if he still plays there, But if I learned anything from wathcing him, it was that the Tele is a perfect guitar for blues.
Went and saw Tab Benoit at The Space in Chicago Il. He played three sets over three hours. A really great show. Here are a couple of the songs he played.
Drowning on Dry Land
Baltimore's finest-Robert Frahm!
You should have waited one more long year.
Hey..red knob Twin, not too shabby! I wanna throw my hair like that....wish I had some
Five years ago, when I was living in the US, I was able to go to South-by-Soutwest in Austin TX. I met with an american mate of my mine and some of his friends. We didn't do any of the official stuff, we just hung out on 6th street, toured the bars, went to Stubbs etc.
I remember us seeing some good hip-hop Das Racist, EPMD then also just some amazing lesser known bands. I saw Bahamas, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, some more but I can't remember.
On the Sunday my american friends had flown home and SXSW was over. But my fligth wasn't until Monday morning. Austin was returning to 'normal'. I went back to 6th street, now with traffic going down it, just to find a bar to have a bite to eat in. I was drawn in to a bar called Friends. It's still there:
A guy there was playing his Sunday night residency. It was still early, so maybe only 30 people in there, but he played with passion, skill and great showmanship. Great charisma.
He played two sets of at least two hours each, backed by a bassist and drummer, with a harp player sitting in occaasionally.
He played his own material plus lots of Chicago / Texas blues standards plus some soul and then they would extend songs into jams where he would doff his cap to Hendrix, SRV. All on a Tele.
I have found this video of him playing Baby Please Don't Go, live in friends in 2011:
JT Coldfire is his name.
I just found this video to show you folks this amazing player. But then I noticed the fist comment on the YouTube video is "JT Coldfire will be missed greatly. RIP". From 3 months ago. I had no idea
Piecing together the story, some folks played a benefit for him in November 2015
He must've passed soon after this. I can't seem to find the details online.
I feel very lucky to have seen him that night in 2011. Looking back it was one of the best gigs of my life. All in this little bar. I also hadn't thought about getting a Tele until that night, but after seeing him play for all those hours close up I just wanted to get one.
I believe B.B. King started with a Telecaster.
Buddy Guy- Esp telecaster