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I finally figured out why I don't like Joe B.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by soulgeezer, Sep 17, 2018.

  1. soulgeezer

    soulgeezer Poster Extraordinaire

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    Last night, I watched bits and pieces of Joe Bonamassa's "British Blues Explosion" special on PBS. While watching, a light bulb went off and I finally figured out why I don't him or his playing...

    Ostensibly, Joe B. plays the blues. Yet, his blues are so perfect and antiseptic that they have no soul. That, combined with his reeking of pretension, sucks any joy out of the music.

    Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Albert King -- None of these guys played so technically. They played what they felt and rocked the house. Joe B. - to quote an old guitar teacher of mine, who didn't like the soullessness but technical precision of Japanese shredders - is all technique and technical prowess.

    That's it -- To me, Joe B. is akin to a blues shredder.

    This is not a slag on Joe B. It's just my opinion and me trying to figure out why I don't enjoy his music, considering how good he really is.

    Obviously, YMMV!
     
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    And here we go again ...
     
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    Are you saying that this topic has been "done to death"?
     
  4. soulgeezer

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    Again, this is not a slag thread. It's just something I realized while watching TV last night. If you feel it's dead horse beating, feel free to move on. It wasn't my intention to rehash the myriad why "Joe B. sucks" threads. Again, I acknowledge how good he is. This is about me finally realizing why I don't enjoy his music, that's all.
     
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    I don't believe there's such thing as too perfect. He's not perfect at all, or he'd be good, and we'd all like it.
    I dont think its blues. Its rock.
     
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    I've had it with negative threads. There are enough bullies in the world

    I'd much rather read a "check out this cool guitarist I stumbled across" thread.
     
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    <sigh> This is NOT a negative thread. Just a personal observation. <banging head quietly against wall>
     
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    He’s got the Wallstreet Bankers Blues thing going on...
     
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    Ah, but your observation involved "don't like". I predict it will inevitably become a typical negative thread.
     
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    Yes. All guitar forums you can think of.
     
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    One of my favorite guitarists is Robben Ford, and he can seem "too perfect" at times, but I guess that doesn't bother me.

    One man's sterile can be another man's soulful expression, to each his own, so on, and so forth. ;)
     
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    I only know of a few, and only spend a little time on a couple, and not much time at that.
     
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    It doesn't exactly help matters when Joe and his band look like chartered accountants playing at their firm's annual dinner.
     
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    I like Joe B, I have listened to him play live for more than two hours non stop, no way I could not listen to the guys you mention for more than like five minutes. The first two guys you mention, I can't listen to all, just not my thing. Albert King sounds like an advertisement for Motown records to me. I dunno, I guess I just don't really get the real blues anyway, I'd way rather listen to Merle Haggard than all of the them. I'm an Okie from Muskogee who came by way of Alabama. I'd rather listen to SRV play the blues if I'm gonna listen to the blues, and he's dead.
     
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    I find them very refreshing to look at because bands usually look like they are just in from off the street where they leaned their will work for food signs up by the door. :eek::lol::lol:
     
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    JB is a nice bloke but he's not a perfect guitarist- what is that?
    Also, IMHO,he plays heavy rock, not blues, or, again MHO his version of blues music.
     
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    Taking JB out of the Blues guitar player category and putting him in the shredders category, I'd say he's one of the better shredders.

    Guthrie Govan is still my favorite shredder though.

    BB King played awfully precisely and perfectly much of the time, does that not bother you?

    Really, the thing that bothers me about Joe B is his face.
    And also he makes too much money playing guitar outside of pop music.
    Plus his vintage guitars that he puts in danger to please his audience.
    And that audience...
     
  18. Toto'sDad

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    Joe B is you know, a bluesman fit for high society.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I distill my distaste thusly.
    If you are going to be lionized as a great player, should one not have one’s own, distinct original voice?
    Methinks JB has all of his/our hero’s voices.
    None of his own.
     
  20. telemnemonics

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    Complete with veiled political innuendo?
     
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