My favorite players...surely to bore most folks

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  1. Manual Slim

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    That’s fine. I’m getting older every day too and only know what I’m talking about when I talk about myself, and even then sometimes I’m not so sure.
     
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    Steve Hunter, Dick Wagner and Snowy White come to mind. I have a broad taste in music and guitarists. These players seem to play to the song without too much flash or wankery.
     
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    James Burton, Doc Watson, Don Rich, Clarence White, Danny Gatton, Steve Wariner, Gary Moore, Larry Carlton, Eric Johnson.

    But those are just my favorites.
     
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    Both are remarkable players - I would add Eric Gale, Howard Roberts, and Taj Mahal as unique and gifted.
     
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    Wife # 4 lol you got balls friend. I was thinking after two wives it's pretty much flake territory, but you give me hope. Now I must go and polish my old strat, and replace a bone nut...
     
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    Wait a sec…is this thread about favorite guitarists, or, what makes ‘em great?!?!
     
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    Session /studio musicians are always the unsung heroes. I would add Waddy Wachtel to the list above.
     
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    Who would you rather take to the studio or on a tour? GE Smith or Eric Johnson? It’s a no-brainer for me. Show up on time and play what your supposed to play perfectly with no hassle or do 30 takes that sound exactly the same with analysis paralysis?
    Same question but Steve Vai?
    It would be a total nightmare to be in a band with a guy like that. Just play the notes. It’s not solo time yet.
    Guys like Smith who can play but more importantly can listen and comprehend the layers in music are rare and priceless. Rock’n’roll is a team sport.
    Nothing wrong with being influenced by a brilliant player who is also a team player.
     
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    I saw GE Smith a few years ago with the Masters of The Telecasters and he was great. Always enjoyed him when he was on SNL.
     
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    I love GE Smith, Steve Cropper and Mike Campbell.
    Also Mick Ronson, James Honneyman Scott, Elliot Easton and Rick Nielsen... just to name a few.
     
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    I always admired G.E. Smith's work with Hall & Oates. He really put his memorable guitar signature on so much of their stuff. Was excited to see them (when he was with them) in concert back in maybe 1990. G.E.'s stage presence and playing were excellent! Somewhat akin to the way John McFee enhanced the Doobie Brothers performances.
     
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    Reggie Young was the first name that popped in my brain, Steve Cropper second, and Andy Summers. All three were minimalistic but played some extremely tasteful parts that improved whatever songs they played on without trying to put themselves in the limelight.
    BTW, the intro to ‘Drift Away’ was a masterpiece created by Reggie Young. I wouldn’t call it simple.
     
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    In EJ’s defense, he added beautifully crafted solos and fills on songs by Cat Stevens, Christopher Cross, Rodney Crowell, and Carole King.
    GE is very much a “less is more” guy.
    Eric is generally a more is more guy.
    GE is a famous team player.
    Eric is a famous soloist.
    Sometimes you need a glass of water, sometimes you need an ocean.
    Both guys are brilliant, IMO.
     
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    Wow.... get on line (probably YouTube) and listen, listen, listen. Listen to the documentaries and interviews too. You'll have any number of "Holy sxxx; I never knew that..." monents and probably get a new sense of where the music came from. A whole lot of things you may have heard mentioned will probably come together for you.

    And its gonna be a good time!
     
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    Yes. I do not mean to suggest they aren’t brilliant players. I’d say the same thing about Jaco Pastorius as a bassist. If your a soloist play solos. If your a musician in a band support the song. SRV played rhythm wonderfully, for example. Same as Clapton and Beck, etc. It would be easy and painless to be in a production environment with GE Smith.
     
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    If you haven’t heard Cornell Dupree, you’ve definitely heard many guitarists copy him. He played with Aretha, Donnie Hathaway, King Curtis, Paul Simon, Joe Cocker, and many others. His style is evident on the tune.



    He’s the guitarist in the Aretha Franklin “Amazing Grace” film that is streaming for free on some of the tv/movie platforms.

    He was also co-guitarist in Stuff with the great Eric Gale.


    And as you can see, he had one of the coolest Teles ever.
     
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    I like both of those guys. Although cropper played games with everyone's money. A couple more guys the fly under the radar are Bill Kirchen and Redd Volkaert.
     
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    "Flying under the radar" . . good observation.
     
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    Brent Mason & Joe Bonnamassa are my favorites. Both are masters of their craft. Lots of others I love listening to also but those two are on a different level.
     
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    Paraphrasing some famous quote: 'If you can't explain it simply, you don't know it well enough.'
     
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