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Offline GhostRider

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Re: Acoustic Blues Recording Artists?
« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2007, 09:06:30 AM »
Merry Christmas:

I'll second Tim Williams from Andrew. I know Andrew has great affection for Calgarians.

It seems as though Tim was considered, and rejected, for PT this year. Major bummer.

And I'll add one of my favs, Little Toby Walker.

Alex
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Re: Acoustic Blues Recording Artists?
« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2007, 10:01:21 AM »
Doug McLeod and Jorma Kaukonen also comes to mind.

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Re: Acoustic Blues Recording Artists?
« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2009, 09:44:05 AM »
Two here in Memphis:

Andy Cohen and David Evans.  Make that three: Andy Cohen, David Evans and William Lee Ellis.

Andy Cohen has been studying acoustic blues since his teens and has released almost a dozen albums/cds, including "Oh, Glory How Happy I Am - The Sacred Songs of Rev. Gary Davis."

Here is Andy doing the Rev's version of "Maple Leaf Rag:"



David Evans is director of the University of Memphis graduate program in Ethnomusicology and has published lots of books, articles, etc. on the country blues.  He was an early field researcher in the Mississippi delta region during the blues revival, and in addition to recording and performing solo he is also a founding member of the Last Chance Jug Band.

Here is David Evans doing Tommy Johnson's "Big Road Blues:"



Finally, Bill Ellis is bluegrass banjo notable Tony Ellis's son, and studied classical music until he met Andy Cohen.  He is now pursuing his own PhD under the direction of David Evans, writing his dissertation on the Musicology of Gary Davis.

Not much of Bill on YouTube doing country blues, but here he is doing his original song "How the Mighty Have Fallen:"



All three of these gentlemen are superb ambassadors and interpreters of country blues.

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Re: Acoustic Blues Recording Artists?
« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2009, 10:52:36 AM »
Hey DG, I cleaned up your post a bit. You don't need to use the "embed" text from youTube, you can just copy the URL directly above the "embed" text and enter it with no other protocol. Our forum software will automatically recognize the youTube page and embed it. If you want to see what I did select Modify from the upper right corner of your post and you'll see the text as it was entered.

Thanks for posting a pair of our old friends. Both Andy and David have taught at Port Townsend and are well known to many of us, as well as being academic colleagues of many other members here. And you thought they were just a couple of local boys? -G-

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Re: Acoustic Blues Recording Artists?
« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2009, 01:42:59 PM »
Thanks for fixing my post, John - I was hoping someone would do that!

As for Andy & David, yeah, they're just the guys next door.  I spend a couple hours a week at Andy's home, where he is attempting to learn me to play acoustic blues and rags.  I resist, he persists, and over time, who knows, maybe I'll learn something.   :D 

He has also taken to sending his guitars home with me when they need rehabbing - most recently I re-glued a loose brace on his gorgeously road-worn 1943 Gibson J-45, and before that I replaced some binding and fixed a pickguard on a turn-of-the-century Washburn that a friend had given him.  Since I started repairing his instruments he has stopped asking money for lessons, so now we are just friends, I guess, which suits me fine.

I've been to visit David at his office at the University of Memphis, and have allowed him to talk me out of pursuing a PhD in Ethnomusicology on at least two separate occasions (though he might not remember it the same way I do...)  My soon-to-be wife and I are avid dancers, and we follow his Last Chance Jug Band around to wherever they will let us in.

These guys are both great musicians and great entertainers.  I often stay at Andy's late until he throws me out, just listening to stories about the old guys who aren't around anymore, about his early days in music, about anything, really.  Incidentally, Andy and I had recently landed a gig at the Ground Zero Blues Club one block off Beale, where we were playing a CB happy hour set, me on Friday and him on Saturday, but when I walked in this past Friday I was informed that new management had decided to cancel happy hour music and play the radio instead.  Oh well, it was nice while we had it...

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Who's Who in the Contemporary Acoustic & Country Blues
« Reply #20 on: August 28, 2009, 09:13:29 AM »
Who-is-Who in the Contemporary Country Blues?

This is the list SO FAR as it appears on my website www.thecountryblues.com.
I am trying to build the definitive worldwide directory of EVERYBODY.
Your help is needed and appreciated.
If you are a musician who is not on it, or if you know one that should be on it, please pitch in. It's a lot of fun.
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Some are famous, others obscure (and some infamous)
Some are virtuosos, others just so-so.
Some fill concert halls, others play street corners.
Some tour internationally, others gig at coffeehouses.
Some have made riches, others play for spare change.
Some play it always, others play it sometimes.
But, all of them love the acoustic blues.
Hopefully this will develop into a comprehensive list of everyone active in the genre.
Pull this list out when they tell you the acoustic blues are dead!


Adolphus Bell
Alex Guitar (Spain)
Alice Stuart
Alvin Youngblood Hart
Amos Garrett
Anders Osborne
Andrew Winton (Australia)
Andy Cohen
Andy Kimbel
Andy Kimbel
Angelo Melasecca
Ari Eisinger
Aric Riley
Ash Grunwald (Australia)
Austin Charanghat
Axe Masterson
Barry Brenner
Ben Andrews
Ben Bowen King
Ben Harper
Bennett Harris
Benoit Blue Boy (France)
Bernie King
Bernie Pearl
Berryman & Bullet (Finland)
Beulah Mae
Big Bill Morganfield
Big Jack Johnson
Bill Abel
Bill Ackerbauer
Bill Bourne (Canada)
Bill Rhoades & Alan Hager
Bill Sheffield (UK)
Bill Sims Jr. and Mark LaVoie
Bill Wharton (Sauce Boss)
Billy Goodman
Blind Boy Paxton
Bluesboy Jag
Bob Brozman
Bob Dylan
Bobby Rush
Bodie Jarman (Australia)
Bonnie Raitt
Bottleneck John (Sweden)
Brad Webb & Blind Mississippi Morris
Bradley Litwin
Brent Jameson
Brian Blain
Brian Kramer
Brooks Williams
Brother Yusef
Brownbird Ruby Relic
Bullfrog Brown (Estonia)
C.W. Avon
C.W. Stoneking (Australia)
Catfish Keith
Catfish Hodge
Cathy Grier
Cephas + & Wiggins (God bless John Cephas)
Chad Nordhoff
Charley Musselwhite (guitar & harmonica)
Charley Parr
Chic Street Man
Chris Cotton
Chris Scott (UK)
Chris Smither
Chris Thomas King
Chris Wright (UK)
Cindy Cashdollar
Claude Bourbon (France)
Claus Boesser Ferrari (Germany)
Colin James (Canada)
Colin Linden (Canada)
Corey Harris
Craig ?Kingfish? Griffin
Craig Ventresco
D.B. Walker
D.W. Ditty
Dakota Dave Hull
Dan Bliss
Dan Dinnen (Australia)
Dan Livingstone (Canada)
Dan Stevens
Daniel Ballenger
Daniel Eriksen (Norway)
Danielle Miraglia
Danny Flowers
Danny Kane
Danny Kalb
Dave Arcari (UK)
Dave Kelly (UK)
Dave MacKenzie
Dave McGrew
Dave Mello
Dave Plaehn and Jeff Hino
Dave Speight (UK)
David Bromberg
David Essig (Canada)
David Evans
David Gogo (Canada)
David Hamburger
David Jabobs-Strain
David Kampmann (Denmark)
David Lindley
David Savage
Davis Coen
Del Rey
Delta Joe Sanders
Dennis Donnelly
Diamond Dac Charnley (UK)
Diamond Jim Green
Dion
Doc McLean
Doc Watson
Dom Flemons
Dooley Wilson & John Roundcity
Doug Cox & Sam Hurrie
Doug MacLeod
Dr.Werner ?Willie? Willms (Germany)
Drink Small
Ed Gerhard
Ed Vadas
Eli Cook
Elijah Wald
Emily Druce (UK)
Eric Bibb
Eric Bling (France)
Eric Clapton
Eric Freeman
Eric Noden
Eric Sardinas
Erin and Neil Harpe
Ernie Hawkins
Filisko & Noden
Fiona Boyes (UK)
Frank Fotusky
Frank Lee
Frank Morey
Franz Badinski & Rudi & Mudpack (Germany)
Fred Sokolov
Frutland Jackson
Geoff Muldaur
George Higgs
Graham Robinson (UK)
Greyhound George (Germany)
Guitar Nick and Blue Al (Bulgaria)
Guy Davis
 Hans Olson
Hans Theessink (Netherlands)
Happy Traum
Harlem Slim
Harry Manx (Canada)
Harrison Kennedy (Canada)
Hillary Kay and Kate Freeman
Homesick Mac (Sweden)
Honeyboy Edwards
Howard Emerson
Illionois John Fever
Izzy & Chris
J. Blues
Jack Cooke
Jackie Green
Jake La Botz
Jakub ?Littleroot? Korinek (Czech Republic)
James Blood Ulmer
Jeff Gonzales
Jeff Lang (Australia)
Jeffrey Ross
Jeremia Lockwood
Jeremy Lyons
Jeremy Wallace
Jerry Kosak
Jim Kweskin
Jimbo Mathus
Jimmy ?Duck? Holmes
Joan Crane
Joe & Vicky Price
Joe Louis Walker
Joe Luis Pardo
Joe McGuinness
John Alex Mason
John Dee Holeman
John Hammond
John ?Spider? Koerner
John Long
John Miller
John Mooney
John Renbourn
John Sebastian
John-Alex Mason
John Weston
Johnny Dickinson (UK)
Jolly Jumper & Big Moe (Norway)
Jony James
Jook Bourke
Jorma Koukonen
Jose Louis Pardo
Josh White, Jr.
K.M. Williams
Karen Tyler
Keb? Mo?
Keith B. Brown
Keith Knight
Kelly Joe Phelps
Ken Emerson
Ken Hamm (Canada)
Ken Mayall and Jim Bruce (UK)
Kenny Neal & Billy Branch
Kenny Sultan & Tom Ball
Kent DuChaine
Kevin Brown (UK)
King Rollo (UK)
Kinzel & Hyde
Kristina Olsen
Lance & Donna
Larry Johnson
Laurette Langine
Lee Bates & Billy Newton (UK)
Leo LaDell & Paul Southworth (The Resonators- New Zealand)
Leon Redbone
Leroy Jodie Pierson
Les Sampou
Lightnin? Wells
Little Johnny Kantreed
Lloyd Thayer
Lonnie Shields
Lost Jim Ohlschmidt
Louisiana Red
Lowry Hamner
Lubos Bena  (Slovakia)
Lurrie Bell
Lutz Sauer (Germany)
Marc Silber
Maria Muldaur
Mark Galbo
Mark Lemhouse
Mark Sterling
Markus James
Martin Simpson
Mary Flower
Matthew Fox
Melanie Mason
Michael ?Hawkeye? Herman
Michael Jerome Brown (Canada)
Michael Juan Nunez
Michael Messer (UK)
Michael Pickett (Canada)
Michael Roach
Michel Lelong (France)
Mickey Roger
Mike Dowling
Mike ?Lightnin? Wells
Miles Spicer
Mississippi Gabe Carter
Mister Doo
Mojo Stu
Moreland & Arbuckle
Murali Coryell
Nathan James
Neil Harpe
Nick Katzman
Olga
Olu Dara
Orville Johnson
Otis Taylor
Pam Bartolli
Pan Salmenhaara (Finland)
Papa George (UK)
Paris James
Pat Donohue
Pat Thomas
Pat Victor
Patrick Whelan
Paul Asbell
Paul Brasch
Paul Curreri
Paul Geremia
Paul Oscher
Paul Rishell & Annie Raines
Paul Thorn
Perry Foster (UK)
Peter Lang
Peter May
Peter Price (UK)
Phil Thorne
Pierluigi Petricca & Michelle Landy ?Papaleg ? (Italy)
Pino Daniele (Italy)
Pops Walker
Preacher Boy (Christopher Watkins)
Precious Bryant
Ray Bonneville (Canada)
Rev. Rabia
Rich DelGrosso
Richard Johnston
Richard Ray Farrell & Steve Guyger
Rick Fines
Rick Franklin
Robert B. Jones
Robert Balfour
Robert Cage
Robert Lighthouse
Robert Lowery
Robin Henkel
Rocky Lawrence
Roger Hubbard (UK)
Roland Malines (France)
Rollie Tussing
Ron Thompson
Rory Block
Roy Book Binder
Roy Rogers
Ruben Dobbs
Ruthie Foster
Ry Cooder
Samuel James
Scott Ainslie
Scott Davis
Scott Perry
Seth Walker
Sheila Wilcoxson
Side Street Reny
Skip McDonald (Little Axe)
Slidin?Slim (Sweden)
Sparky & Rhonda Rucker
Stan Hirsch
Stefan George
Stefan Grossman
Steve Cohen
Steve Dawson (Canada)
Steve James
Steve Mann
Steve Phillips (UK)
Steve White
Steven Gene Wold (Seasick Steve)
Stew Moss
Sue Foley
Suzy Thompson
T.J. Sullivan
Tad Walters
Taj Mahal
TBone? Ted Kastelic & ?Catfish Jon? Kessler
Terry Garland
Terry Robb
Terry ?Big T? Williams & Weley Jefferson
Tim Gearan
Tim Williams (Canada)
T-Model Ford
Toby Walker (formerly ?Little?)
Tokio Uchida (Japan)
Tom Doughty (UK)
Tom Malafarina
Tom Shaka (Germany)
Tomasina Winslow
Tony Furtado
Tore ?Rooster? Ruus (Norway)
Toshi Reagon
Walker T. Ryan
Warner Williams & Jay Summerour
Washboard Chaz
Watermelon Slim
Waymond Buttermilk Meeks
Waxwing John
Whitey Johnson
Willem Maker
William Howse & Jack Pearson
William Lee Ellis
Woody Mann
Zak (and his unhappy guitar) (Canada)
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Re: Who's Who in the Contemporary Acoustic & Country Blues
« Reply #21 on: August 28, 2009, 11:48:29 AM »
Who-is-Who in the Contemporary Country Blues?

...if you know one that should be on it, please pitch in.

http://www.grantdermody.com/index.html

Did I miss him on the list?

Edit to add:

http://www.babygramps.com/

http://www.ammonshotshots.com/home.html
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Re: Who's Who in the Contemporary Acoustic & Country Blues
« Reply #22 on: August 28, 2009, 01:58:20 PM »

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Re: Who's Who in the Contemporary Acoustic & Country Blues
« Reply #23 on: August 28, 2009, 02:06:42 PM »
Thank you Stuart and Slack.
I thought I had the Cheseborough guy in there, but evidently not. You guys are great.

I am really happy that Pan pointed me here.
This is a place where I feel like I can fit in and belong.
FM
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Re: Who's Who in the Contemporary Acoustic & Country Blues
« Reply #24 on: August 28, 2009, 02:08:53 PM »
Yeah Frank - I'm afraid you qualify as a fast track Weenie.   ;D

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Re: Who's Who in the Contemporary Acoustic & Country Blues
« Reply #25 on: August 28, 2009, 02:29:57 PM »
I suggest that you add Martin Grosswendt, an incredibly talented singer and multi-instrumentalist who is based in the Providence, RI area.  He doesn't play blues exclusively, but it's an important part of his repertoire and he does it brilliantly.  (I'll also suggest that any of you who haven't heard him try to get your hands on a copy of his CD, "Call and Response" -- and if you ever have a chance to hear him live, jump on it.)
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Re: Who's Who in the Contemporary Acoustic & Country Blues
« Reply #26 on: August 28, 2009, 02:41:03 PM »
Just a spelling correction. Michael Jerome Browne takes an 'e' at the end of his last name.

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Re: Who's Who in the Contemporary Acoustic & Country Blues
« Reply #27 on: August 28, 2009, 02:42:10 PM »
Also:  Richard "Big Boy" Henry, Antoine Payen, and the late "Philadelphia" Jerry Ricks.  ("Big Boy" Henry is one of many contemporary blues artists who have been recorded by the Music Maker Relief Foundation; you might want to check their website for others you may have missed.)
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Re: Who's Who in the Contemporary Acoustic & Country Blues
« Reply #28 on: August 28, 2009, 02:50:48 PM »
Hi all,
Jerry Ricks and Big Boy Henry are both dead, as is Laurette Langille, if that was who was being referenced.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Who's Who in the Contemporary Acoustic & Country Blues
« Reply #29 on: August 28, 2009, 02:53:15 PM »
Chris Berry -- hey that's me!

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