Who's the best singer/guitarist?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Colo Springs E, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. MileHiMojo

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    Now you're talking.

    For my tastes, also Paul Westerberg. As a player, he really came into his own on Pleased To Meet Me, and on the Replacements' last tour he was just torching "Answering Machine."

    'Course we're also talking here about the best songwriter of the 80s and the best one of the 90s...

    The mention of Springsteen seems astute to me too. Especially when you factor in songwriting, he's gotta be in the conversation.
     
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    Rik Emmett
    Vince Gill
    Bonnie Raitt

    Though if he had really worked at it I think it would have been Hendrix. I think I read somewhere that he never really worked at it and that's amazing when you listen to some of his stuff.
     
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    I gotta go with Richard Thompson as well. He's a monster songwriter, acoustic guitarist and, lest we forget, electric guitarist. And his stage banter is so dry and funny. Yeah, his voice is an acquired taste, but once you get it, no one else even comes close. I've seen him numerous times in various permutations and he never fails to throw an amazing show.

    I also gotta give props to Willie Nelson. I'd hate to be his bass player, what with his elastic sense of time and all, but man, if you're in the mood for heartbreakingly beautiful stuff that will bring a tear to your eye, he has any number of songs that will do the trick. And his leads are so freaking off the wall but tastefully phrased, nobody else can play like that. Get on the Utubes and find a killer version of Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain and tell me I'm wrong.
    -Mr. Natural

    P.S. That Bert Jansch that someone posted was fantastic. I love me some Bert.
     
  4. Daddy Hojo

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    Good point about westerberg. He was really rough (in a good punk rock way) on early stuff... Like "sorry ma..." but he's come a long way in a conventional sense.
     
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    I know I might not find a lot on here to agree:

    Jack White: sometimes a bit hit or miss, but never fails to put on an intense show.

    Dan Auerbach: great songwriter, top notch guitarist, not too bad as a singer either.

    I respect these guys that can fill all the gaps in two piece guitar-and-drums bands.
     
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    I dunno, from all the Hendrix interviews and other peoples' writings I've read, it seems all he did was work at it and that was his downfall. If he had concentrated a little more on business matters and avoiding drugs he might have done a little better for himself. Every source I've seen, including the man himself has him with a guitar in his hands practically 24-7. The recordings back this up. Listen to how far he progressed on playing, writing, producing and singing in just 4 short years.
    -Mr. N.
     
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    does he sing??

    Doesnt he play with a singer??
     
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    I think he meant from a singing standpoint. I've heard that Jimi would just bang around on an unplugged strat all day, every day.
     
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    Warren Haynes, because he's one of the few that I would be really impressed with his guitar playing if he didn't sing, or his singing if he didn't play guitar. Probably not the best at either, but to me he's absolutely the best at both.

    EDIT to include pre-throat cancer Tony Rice as well
     
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    I had a friend who said that Tom Waits sounded like he was gargling asphalt when he sang. I thought it was both funny and an apt description, baring in mind that I also loves me some Tom Waits.
     
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    I'd like to add the great Brent Mason. For the most part, one of the top guitar players in Nashville, but he can sure can sing a song.
     
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    My tastes are decidedly different from many on this forum but here goes,

    Frank Sinatra
    Bing Crosby
    Sammy Hagar
    Fogarty
    Orianthi
    Gilmore
    The woman who sings the screaming moaning part on Dark Side of The Moon
    Taylor
     
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    +1
     
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    Another vote for Coco Montoya. Tremendous combination of soulful voice and playing. Check out Chicago Line by John Mayall And The Bluesbreakers, Coco and Walter Trout in the same band!
     
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    Merle Haggard

     
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    John Mayer ftw
     
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    I've always gone with the less sophisticated "Cookie Monster" comparison. It is simple but uncanny. Maybe the man just really wants cookies!
     
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    yes the singing standpoint, i don't think anybody questions the playing
     
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    I'm gonna be the odd guy out and say Thom Yorke. Not just Bends-era stuff, but his solo album Eraser was incredible.
     
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