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Mondays 10-Noon
Host: The Professor

In the words of the late, great Muddy Waters, “Everything’s gonna be alright this morning” as long as your tuned in. A little Blues, a little Rock, and maybe a dash of Funk makes for a great start to your Mondays. Join the Professor with a ton of new Blues artists, the weekly spin of Blue Vinyl and some classics.

Before the server crashed and stole my great posts on the subject, we had quite a good discussion going on the 10 guitarists most influential ON rock n’ roll. A few people missed the subtle points, but in general it was quite fun. The list, sadly minus the details and discussion, was/is:

1. Robert Johnson

2. Django Reinhardt

3. Eric Clapton

4. Duane Allman

5. Jimi Hendrix

6. Les Paul

7. Bo Diddley

8. Dick Dale

9. B. B. King

10. Chuck Berry

One can argue about the order, as it is kind of arbitrary, but it’s tough to argue against any of them and their incredible lasting influence. Since virtually all of them are based in the Blues, it seems reasonable to resurrect this list on my Blues page.

Runners up are many, but some of the more notable near misses: Charlie Christian, Link Wray, Buddy Holly, T Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, Albert King, and John Lee Hooker… no doubt there are many more, but we’re talking about people that built the foundation of rock, influenced it’s pioneers and are still inspirations today. There are people who carve a niche sound style, like Slash, or the Edge, but are not as influential on the entire genre as these giants that came before them. Feel free to comment and argue, it’s always fun to hear other opinions!

“… everyone was using tiny brushes and doing watercolors, while Jimi Hendrix was painting galactic scenes in Cinemascope. We are working in a field of mystical resonance, sound and vibration… that’s what makes people cry, laugh and feel their hair stand up … ” – Carlos Santana

“I’ve always wanted the sound of Muddy Waters’ early records – only louder ” – Eric Clapton

“I thought Eric Clapton was good. He still is. Not only is he good – he’s rock’s #1 guitarist, and he plays blues better than most of us” – B.B. King

“.. the guitar is just a wonderful instrument. It’s everything: a bartender, a psychiatrist, a housewife. It’s everything, but it’s elusive” – Les Paul

“I’d like to get something together – like a Handel, Bach, Muddy Waters flamenco type of thing…if I could get that sound, I’d be happy” – Jimi Hendrix

Listen to Django playing electric guitar later in life and see if you don’t hear a lot of the future of rock in there. And don’t forget Django only had the use of 3 fingers on his fret hand!

Listen to great guitarists Buddy Guy and B. B. King talking about Hendrix.

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