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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Fullerton Mike, Aug 17, 2020.
I always thought he was a very good vocalist, better than Jack Bruce
Have to go with Vince Gill overall.
If you have not heard Tommy Bolin on his solo album Teaser, you should give it a go. Check out "Savannah Woman" and you will be won over. I was never a fan of the hard rock stuff he did, but his jazz fusion and jazz rock work was fantastic. His vocals were IMHO very good and his guitar playing was second to none. Jeff Beck thought very highly of his abilities and he would have likely gone very, very far had it not been for his early demise.
Brad Paisley can flat out pick a tele and while not Pavarotti, good enough.
lemme see - JW (Johnny & Joe) qualify, Fingers Felder can’t sing...another plug for Warren Haynes.
Ian Thornley (Big Wreck)
Jack Johnson (severely underrated)
Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas)
Has Roger McGuinn been mentioned yet?
Keith Richards can barely sing and is an average guitarist at best. The only elite thing about him is the elite way that he has survived his lifestyle.
Prince would be one. He can totally rip on guitar but also sings great. To me he sings way better than Hendrix, SRV, but he can keep up with them on guitar. It is really a pretty rare combination. Im thinking is there a Jimi Hendrix who sings as good as Freddy Mercury?
Trying to think of one that maybe hasn't been mentioned. Boz Scaggs is getting a little long in the tooth now, but as a younger fellow, he was a virtuoso in both areas.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
James Blood Ulmer
T Bone Walker
Johnny 'Guitar' Watson
You get a like, just for knowing who Neal Morse is.
While not a great singer, he was actually a well respected Jazz guitarist before he was a Country singer.
I agree 100%. And you said it a couple of pages before I did.
You guys (and gals) don’t seem to get the point of the OP’s question. This person should be able to WIN a real vocal contest AND play the guitar in a virtuosic manner.
Most of the players mentioned in this thread DO NOT qualify as great singers, let alone elite singers. And unless they are legitimatly “up and coming” and they aren’t a well-known name, they likely aren’t either one. They’re just your favorite.
Guitar beasts that can carry the day vocally too:
Doyle Bramhall II
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Okay, and with all due respect: John Mayer. His guitar chops are as good as his singing and
he's not "bubble gum". Different times. Deal with it. Rory Gallagher, his singing a little meh,
but his chops on many stringed instruments is excellent.
There are definitely bonus points due to artists that sing and play simultaneously. Even if it’s a rhythm or bass part. Lots of players can sing great and play great but far fewer can do both at the same time. I know when I’m strumming and singing on the acoustic my fancy picking is limited, but when I’m not singing oh boy watch me bend some strings and pick with authority!