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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Fullerton Mike, Aug 17, 2020.
I'm not going to read 13 pages to see if anyone else mentioned Jose Feliciano.
Judging by some of these responses, the "elite" level aint what it used to be. I think people mistake what they like for elite level.
I was hesitant about suggesting him, but Jonny Lang is a pretty good guitarist and vocalist. Certainly "elite" in comparison to some of the other choices.
Vocals? Great guitar player!
I agree. Some choices don't seem elite on both sides. But, I considered certain players as elite in their genre. Some selections seem funny to me, like, Willie Nelson.
I love Willie, but I don't think he qualifies on EITHER side.
Has to be one of the best! Love his music.
Any mention of Brian Setzer yet?
I'm still not sure what elite means in terms of guitar skills, or for that matter what it means WRT vocals.
Seems like vocalists have been mentioned who made careers singing to packed stadiums but some don't consider their vocals elite level, I suppose because the voice isn't opera quality?
How about Louis Armstrong?
Suspend dismissal for a moment and consider how few star vocalists were/ are also star instrumentalists.
If we hold star quality or elite level to mean among the best singing voices ever or best instrumentalists ever.
The thing about the term elite, is that it doesn't mean highly skilled, it only means member of an exclusive class, and classism is not skills based.
So elite refers to social or financial status.
Could be popularity too, in which case pop singer players with modest abilities would be elite level.
Really, take the word elite at face value and we get Ed Sheeran.
Yep, I mentioned him earlier. One of the best guitar players I have ever seen live. Serious chops!
Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding!!!!! We have a winner here!! I know of no one better on vocals or guitar, period!
Marty Stuart is one of the best I've seen.
But then again I'm from Mississippi so I am a little biased.
twice a year, judging by tapes and videos, he sang in tune.
prince a capable guitarist? dude could flat out shred AND comp jazz. one of the top 15 of the last generation, actually. & vocal range? nah. he's also top of the list there.
Well, he's more than covered the guitar end of things. Personally, I think he struggles with vocals at times and is firmly in the average vocalist category.
Fair enough. Sting can play anything with strings on it, though.
Yep, pretty much how I was thinking of it.
Let's say you're producing a great album (I'm picturing Steely Dan's Aja...)and there's a need for a terrific guitar player. Who would you call?
And let's say Tower of Power is on tour and their lead singer became ill. You need to call in a fabulous singer to sing every lead vocal for the remainder of the tour.
Is there anyone you could put on both lists? In the jazz / R&B realm I'd pick George Benson. Pop stuff, Vince Gill or Keith Urban.