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Author Topic: One of a Kind--and Great  (Read 13846 times)

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Offline Forgetful Jones

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Re: One of a Kind--and Great
« Reply #60 on: June 01, 2016, 09:51:50 AM »
I glad you enjoyed that song, Forgetful Jones.  If you like that one, look for another one by Jesse Thomas called "Another Friend Like Me".  It is another terrific number.
All best,
Johnm

Thanks for the suggestion Johnm. I like how all the solos in this song are completely different from each other.

Offline Forgetful Jones

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Re: One of a Kind--and Great
« Reply #61 on: June 01, 2016, 09:58:58 AM »
I hope this song qualifies as One-of-a-Kind...it's certainly great. The original recording of Sleepy John Estes "Special Agent" always seemed a little different to me. Maybe it's that killer signature riff?  I think it's cool the way he plays the riff differently the first time it comes around.

I've never really had much luck playing this song in any authentic kind of way. I sometimes struggle hearing what's going on when there are two guitars.

I know this song was also discussed in the vocal phrasing thread, so I know I'm not alone in my appreciation for this tune.


The last line of the song is one of my favorite in country blues: "I got to do some recording, and I oughta be recording right now"
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Offline Forgetful Jones

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Re: One of a Kind--and Great
« Reply #62 on: October 02, 2016, 06:26:34 PM »
I'm not sure if parts of songs that seem One-of-a-kind count, but John Byrd's Narrow Face Blues has a couple things that stand out to me. The first :08 of the intro is fantastic! The triplets sound like something more common with electric guitar. I also find it interesting that the washboard cut out only :25 into the song. That seems like it may be unique as well. Cool song all around.



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Re: One of a Kind--and Great
« Reply #63 on: October 03, 2016, 04:10:38 AM »
Seems like Washboard Walter is the singer on "Narrow Face Blues" (how's that for a weird title?). It doesn't sound much like John Byrd's voice, anyway:


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Re: One of a Kind--and Great
« Reply #64 on: October 03, 2016, 09:35:24 AM »
Nice pick, Forgetful Jones!  Boy, John Byrd was a powerhouse on twelve-string guitar.  That was Washboard Walter singing on "Narrow Face Blues", as frankie suggested.  In the first verse, is he singing?
   You can talk about grey liver, but narrow face is what I crave
All best,
Johnm

Offline Forgetful Jones

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Re: One of a Kind--and Great
« Reply #65 on: October 03, 2016, 01:01:59 PM »
Thanks for the information Frankie & John! This past year, thanks in part to this forum, I've come across so many great artists that I had never heard before. John Byrd is one of them. I just checked out another post that lists more of his recordings with other artists.

Offline Forgetful Jones

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Re: One of a Kind--and Great
« Reply #66 on: March 17, 2017, 08:25:31 AM »
Hello all. I took advantage of the recent sale on JohnM's instructional videos, and I fell in love with Peg Leg Howell's "Turtle Dove Blues" from the Atlanta Guitar vid. Wow!! This is absolutely one-of-a-kind and great. There are some beautiful sounds in this song that I've certainly never heard anywhere else. I'm fascinated by it, and it's really fun to play. I'm still hammering out the small details of the song, but it's coming along nicely. And it's in the key of F to boot! This is also an example of me "discovering" a song that I already had in my collection, but didn't realize what a gem it really is.
By the way, it's well known here but bears repeating... JohnM, you are truly an amazing player and teacher. Thank you for everything you do!

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Re: One of a Kind--and Great
« Reply #67 on: March 17, 2017, 01:42:43 PM »
I'm glad you're enjoying "Turtle Dove Blues", Forgetful Jones.  It really is a beauty, and so unusual.  Thanks for the good words, too.
All best,
Johnm