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Croce: "Do you believe the Festival marked a comeback in your own career?" Hurt: "I certainly don't think it hurt," he answered laughing. "Of course my career has seen more comebacks than a Friday night fish fry. I've been around a long time, you know. My first record was for Okeh in 1928" - December 1963, young Villanova student Jim Croce asks a question about the recent Newport Folk Festival in an interview of Mississippi John Hurt for radio station WWVU, from I Got A Name - the Jim Croce Story by Ingrid Croce and Jimmy Rock (Da Capo 2012)

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The Guitar Stylists--G Position, standard tuning
« on: March 07, 2021, 04:39:46 PM »
Hi all,
You know the drill:
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Re: The Guitar Stylists--G Position, standard tuning
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2021, 05:44:52 PM »
I think Blind Boy Fuller was pretty accomplished in G standard, as he was in several different positions.

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Re: The Guitar Stylists--G Position, standard tuning
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2021, 05:50:19 PM »
I would also put William Brown on this list. Even though he really recorded only 2 songs for Lomax and Work, Ragged a Dirty shows a strong musicianship in G position and I often point out that he manages to incorporate the entire chromatic scale, save the flat II note, in his arrangement. I imagine Mississippi Blues will get him on the A standard position list, too.

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Re: The Guitar Stylists--G Position, standard tuning
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2021, 07:33:34 AM »
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Re: The Guitar Stylists--G Position, standard tuning
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2021, 04:41:38 PM »
Memphis Minnie, especially during her "inter-marriage" period.

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Re: The Guitar Stylists--G Position, standard tuning
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2021, 01:24:35 PM »
I'd nominate Jesse Thomas for Blue Goose Blues.
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2021, 02:31:36 PM »
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Re: The Guitar Stylists--G Position, standard tuning
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2021, 12:43:48 PM »
Mississippi John Hurt has a few gems in G, especially the two songs played on Pete Seeger's Rainbow Quest show.

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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2021, 05:20:09 AM »
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Re: The Guitar Stylists--G Position, standard tuning
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2021, 05:50:17 AM »
Hi all,
Yank Rachell did some sensational playing in G position in standard tuning. It was probably the playing position he excelled in the most.
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Re: The Guitar Stylists--G Position, standard tuning
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2022, 02:24:49 AM »
Ishman Bracey on Brown Mama Blues and a similar arrangement is used by Charlie mc Coy backing Rosie May Moore on guitar, according to David Evans it is similar to Rubin Lacy s lost Long Lonesome Blues. Of course that is an unissued record but probably he heard it from Lacy himself. So I dont know if we can call Rube Lacy a stylist in G when all we know of him was recorded in E or cross note, but we can name Ishmon Bracy and Charlie mc Coy.

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Re: The Guitar Stylists--G Position, standard tuning
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2022, 11:20:13 AM »
Hi rein,
I agree about Ishmon Bracey and Charlie McCoy. Rubin Lacy's two releases were both played in E position, standard tuning, for what it's worth.
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Re: The Guitar Stylists--G Position, standard tuning
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2022, 02:36:41 PM »
Smokey Hogg, a lot in G (maybe everything).

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Re: The Guitar Stylists--G Position, standard tuning
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2022, 12:23:21 PM »
I did not mean the two surviving records by Rube Lacey which are in E position indeed (although Evans transcribes Mississippi Jailhouse Groan in cross note inthe Big Road Blues book, it might work either way, but it feels weird for me to make a definite claim in your presence, as I am very much in awe of your skill in decifering and playing this material) but I was referring to an intriguing quote in David Evans book on Tommy Johnson where he said that the guitar arrangements of Charlie mc Coy had licks from Lacey s Long Lonesome Blues. This song is on a record that has nt been found or may not even have been released from Lacey s first sesson, so I wondered if it was Rube Lacey himself who was the source of this information, since Lacey was one of Evans' sources for this book. Of course if I really wanted to know I should ask David Evans himself, all. Off course I left the little book on my desk somewhere just a short while ago but off course cant find it it right now to find where this quote was.
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Re: The Guitar Stylists--G Position, standard tuning
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2022, 04:03:48 PM »
''His playing reveals a large debt to Rubin Lacy, whose Long Lonesome blues used most of the guitar figures which McCoy plays in all four accompaniments'' -David Evans-Tommy Johnson ,1971 p.47.

 


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