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Tele players that changed your life!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by skinny ted, Sep 26, 2006.

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  1. nuju

    nuju TDPRI Member

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    "DC is the telecaster town"

    I grew up in the MD suburbs of the Nation's Capitol.
    I lived about a mile from "the Crossroads" club in Bladensburg, and in hindsight swear that it was Roy Buchanan who cut my hair a couple times at the Bladensburg Barber School...

    When I became addicted to learning the Pedal Steel, succumbing to the lure of the honky tonk, the scene in which I found myself was filled with monster Tele pickers, dominated by Roy B and Danny G.

    Roy was the "patriarch"... Danny was the 900 lb gorilla. Almost every player I worked with or heard in other bands in the area was influenced by one or both.

    Mike Dennis, Gantt Kushner, Sid Hudson, Dave Chappel, TDPRI's own Chris S... and so many others...Randy Leith used to make my head spin...Then Bill K came to town...

    my Steel playing was influenced by all of them...

    If I hadn't been on drugs that decade I might even remember more names.


    Because I had access to so many of the finest ever tele pickers, for some reason I never til recently attempted to play a tele myself... but then I got the Buck Owens Ranch videos, and Don Rich sealed the deal...
     
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  2. byrdbrain

    byrdbrain Tele-Afflicted

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    Hey, too much talent tends to dilute the strongest dram.
    Yeah, I remember being floored by Muddy's solo on "Strange Woman"
    from Live at Mr. Kellys. Very oriental in a way, and very strong.
     
  3. Durtdog

    Durtdog Poster Extraordinaire

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    Some dude who came through my hometown of Charleston, SC about 1973. He was staying at some cheap motel, laying low because of some divorce troubles.

    A friend introduced me to him, super nice guy, and played the ever lovin' grease out of a Tele. Never heard anything like it before nor since. Didn't use a pick, fingerstyle only and just wailed.

    I have no recollection what his name was, but that was a turning point for me.
     
  4. TELECASTERbstrd

    TELECASTERbstrd Tele-Afflicted

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    These guys changed the way I aproach a Tele and still do to this day.
    I can't play as good as any, but the tone and licks run through my head constantly.

    Ray Flacke.
    Forest Rodgers.
    Pete Anderson. (way back when he played a Tele)
    Will Ray.
    Almost forgot... Brad Paisley. I only own one CD, maybe that's why.

    Maybe in order of top to bottomness, Maybe not.
     
  5. backmantele

    backmantele Tele-Meister

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    Albert Lee no doubt.
     
  6. robsp88

    robsp88 TDPRI Member

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    Pete Anderson
     
  7. refin

    refin Friend of Leo's

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    "Livestock", Roy Buchanan's live album.The front pup tone on that album is just plain silly.
     
  8. frank6v6

    frank6v6 TDPRI Member

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    AMEN to that!

    The title of this thread is SO apropriate, because Brad did, literally change my life. Prior to even knowing who the guy was, I was your standard 80s hair band guy...playing EVH licks till I was blue in the face...and not feeling very happy about it anymore.

    Brad opened up a whole new world of playing guitar in a way I never knew was possible...and he's got that 'even the mistakes sound amazing' thing going that Eddie had in the 80s....which just infects my very soul.

    As a result of brad, I've opened up myself to players like Danny Gatton, Brent Mason, Keith Urban, Merle, Redd, etc....

    and I'm a changed man as a result!
     
  9. Fourth Feline

    Fourth Feline Tele-Holic

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    In chronological order:

    Johnny Moore (Player in a home town band that got me into the blues )

    Albert Collins

    Steve Cropper

    Albert Lee

    The various Tele bashers with 'Dr. Feelgood'.

    Marc Ribot :cool:

    :D
     
  10. DougieLove

    DougieLove Tele-Afflicted

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    I don't know about changing my life, but the 2 artists that made me want a Tele:

    Daniel Ash and Robert Smith.

    I always saw Daniel Ash playing Telecasters. Robert Smith, I first saw the Cure in 1984 (10,000 Maniacs opened) and he played a Tele. Then "In Orange" came out and I studied that video. That's what hooked me.
     
  11. Gunslinger

    Gunslinger Tele-Meister

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    there are so many but the main guys that turned me onto teles were:

    Brent Mason
    Albert Lee
    Brent Rowan
    Greg Galbraith
    Dale Watson

    Cheers
    GS
     
  12. mark53

    mark53 Tele-Meister

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    Saw an ad in the paper one day. Said Roy Buchanan, he can tell you his life story without ever saying a word. Went to see him that night and about 30 times after that. I was hooked and still am. Mark53
     
  13. woodman

    woodman Grand Wazoo @ The Woodshed Gold Supporter

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    Robbie Robertson
    Dominic Troiano
    Kenny Loggins
     
  14. refin

    refin Friend of Leo's

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    Wow,nice to see Dominic mentioned! I first heard him with the James Gang,and then some of his solo albums.What a player!He had a bucker in his main tele,didn't he?
     
  15. Home Grown Tele

    Home Grown Tele Tele-Holic

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    Just in case you haven't found it by now:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv5oR-sv1tY

    Cracks me up evey time I see it!!
     
  16. Geo

    Geo Poster Extraordinaire

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    James Burton on the Shindig TV show made me take notice and also
    find out just what a Telecaster was. Who is that guy? What kind of
    guitar is that he is playing?
    I'd seen him on Ricky Nelson but he played much more leads on Shindig
    as a member of "The Shindogs" and wasn't so much in the background.

    From there I began noticing other Tele players and listening to
    ones like Jeff Beck (Esquire mostly), early Mike Bloomfield, players in
    popular country bands, those "unknown" studio players pictured in
    Hit Parade magazine, Steve Cropper, Jesse Ed Davis, Gerry McGee,
    Reggie Young, Roy Buchanan and others on up through the years.

    James though was the catalyst although it was more his playing and sound
    that dazzled primarily then the Tele along with that.
     
  17. Telesaurus

    Telesaurus Tele-Meister

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    I was a late comer to Teles, being strictly an LP man for years. Don't remember what brought me to them other than R&R, but I can remember the exact song that started me on the Tele...."Highway 40 Blues", by Ricky Skaggs. I heard it on the radio & went out that same day and bought the album & found that it was Ray Flacke that was doing, what at the time, was something I hadn't heard before....couldn't get that sound/tone on my LP.:eek: :lol:
    >Ray Flacke< is the only reason I started listening to country music & was able to find a lot of great guitarist I probably would have missed. I'm not sure if he has listen much to Flacke, but Brad Paisley sure seems to have some Flacke influence.
     
  18. lagerhead

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    Jesse Dayton...

    Seeing Jesse Dayton live made me want a tele...and led to my rediscovering all the old school pickers + discovering Redd V, Dale Watson and others...thanks JD!!!
     
  19. Indiana

    Indiana Tele-Meister

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    Thanks Home Grown


    Wow! I thank you and some of my Keith Richards lovin' friends thank you. Do you think Keith's guitar went out of tune after he clubbed that guy and kept on playing?
     
  20. Telemarkman

    Telemarkman Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Those words are so true !

    Wish I had a chance to see him live..... :(
     
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