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Author Topic: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)  (Read 5239 times)

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Offline Parlor Picker

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2008, 02:10:43 AM »
Although not heard on record (well it takes him about 30 years to get around to recording a follow-up), Roger Hubbard is no slouch on the old joanna.  He's recently written a couple of new blues on piano, entitled "I'm Stuck" and "Too Little, Too Late".  Great pounding, mean, barrelhouse piano - well it sounded like that at his house in a little Sussex village... Hope he gets them recorded before too long - I'm already on the case nagging him. ;)



The album is out (called "Out of my Hands"), but almost as expected, Hubbard wigged out and recorded them on guitar.  "I'm Stuck" features some funky electric slide.

Roger's website is currently in a state of transition, so you can't order the album there.  Anyone desperate for a copy (it's far from a pure blues album, featuring mostly "singer/songwriter" type stuff, but has plenty slide guitar and mandolin.  One track "Tin Star" is a 12-string slide instrumental) can send me a personal message and I'll put you in touch with Roger (his abode is also in a state of transition at the moment).
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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2011, 04:37:49 PM »
Hi all,
I believe Paul Geremia falls into this category, though I don't know how much piano he has played in recent years.  Ann Rabson also plays both instruments well. 
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Offline hortig78rpm

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2011, 10:00:17 PM »
lonnie johnson, isaac youngblood,tampa red,t-bone walker,forest city joe( harmonica),
just to name some other guitarists

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2011, 03:21:03 AM »
Tarheel Slim, Henry Johnson were a couple I recorded on piano.

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2011, 04:10:28 AM »
i'd be willing to bet that in a way similar to how we only got a sliver of 'blues' from performers who surely had much wider-ranging repertoires, we also only got a slice of their instrumental talents .. i'd bet many if not most of the highly skilled blues guitarists played more than one instrument. too bad we cant know for sure.

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2011, 04:12:18 AM »
Yank Rachell could play piano,you can find an example on the Sleepy John Estes "Newport Blues"cd on Delmark.
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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #21 on: February 22, 2011, 04:32:57 AM »
hakshaw harney, but poorly recorded and willie guy rainey from georgia

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #22 on: February 22, 2011, 04:43:28 AM »
according to this article Robert Johnson played piano and pump organ.

http://www.msbluestrail.org/_webapp_1389781/Robert_Johnson_Birthplace

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #23 on: February 22, 2011, 08:30:31 AM »
Blind Blake actually played piano (rather unconvincingly as I recall, certainly compared to his guitar-playing) on a track or two, didn't he? Can't remember which right now.

Blake played piano on Let Your Love Come Down with Bertha Henderson singing. It actually sounds pretty good to me!

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #24 on: February 23, 2011, 01:44:08 AM »
Don't think anyone has mentioned the person who started this thread - the great Prof. Scratchy.
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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #25 on: February 23, 2011, 01:50:36 AM »
To say I could play the piano (or the guitar for that matter) would be stretching the truth to make a point!

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #26 on: February 23, 2011, 03:00:42 AM »
To say I could play the piano (or the guitar for that matter) would be stretching the truth to make a point!
Wrong!
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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #27 on: February 23, 2011, 11:06:10 PM »
How could i forget Charley Jordan?.

whoops,sorry wrong thread ^-^.Maybe Charley could play piano though?.Who knows!?.
« Last Edit: February 24, 2011, 10:27:09 AM by Lyndvs »

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #28 on: February 24, 2011, 06:29:42 AM »
Just to endorse Chris's mention of Walter Roland.  He was not just one of the greatest piano players and singers to make records, but he also played and recorded beautifully sensitive guitar.  One of my all time all around musical idols.  I'm pretty sure some or all the guitar recordings are out on Document.

Gerry
« Last Edit: February 24, 2011, 06:35:21 AM by Gerry Clarke »

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #29 on: February 24, 2011, 07:07:27 AM »
Just to endorse Chris's mention of Walter Roland.  He was not just one of the greatest piano players and singers to make records, but he also played and recorded beautifully sensitive guitar.  One of my all time all around musical idols.  I'm pretty sure some or all the guitar recordings are out on Document.
Gerry
His daughter was still alive five or six years ago see Walter Roland tag entitled "Gutbucket Piano".
« Last Edit: February 24, 2011, 07:09:45 AM by Bunker Hill »

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