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  posted on 3/25/2016 at 02:46 PM
Got to thinking about this one with the top 5 piano players being bounced around.

Certainly Duane, Derek, and Warren. Definite top 3.

Who rounds out your top 5? I'm having a hard time narrowing it down. Elmore James, Lowell George, Luther Dickinson, Robert Randolph, Ry Cooder, JB Hutto, Hound Dog Taylor all in the running.

 
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  posted on 3/25/2016 at 03:26 PM
For me, there are two ways of looking at this. Those who influenced my playing and the sheer pleasure of listening and thinking "how in the **** does he do that"? Finding that middle ground is the tough part. Add to that, it is a disappearing art form that appeals to very few as far as the discipline of learning to play.... At one time, Duane was the man.....

1) No doubt, Derek Trucks
2) David Lindley
3) Duane Allman
4) Ry Cooder
5) Robert Johnson

 

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  posted on 3/25/2016 at 03:26 PM
No particular order for 5 of my favorites
Derek. His playing really moves me
Duane
Sonny Landreth
Mick Taylor
Johnny Winter
There are more but I'll leave it at five

 

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  posted on 3/25/2016 at 03:28 PM
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Sonny Landreth


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  posted on 3/25/2016 at 03:33 PM
When it comes to lists, I consider my favorite rather than "the best" since, as Dickey Betts says, playing music isn't a contact sport. My favorite slide players:

Duane Allman
Derek Trucks
Jack Pearson
Elmore James
Son House

Honorable mention: Furry Lewis, Dickey Betts, Jesse Ed Davis

 

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  posted on 3/25/2016 at 03:35 PM
I know a lot of people dig him, but I never really "got" Sonny Landreth. He always struck me as slide Eric Johnson or Joe Satriani type.

 

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  posted on 3/25/2016 at 04:22 PM
For me, it's Derek and Duane at the very top, then everybody else

Agree, Sonny Landreth is talented but doens't knock me out.

2 names not yet mentioned:
Jerry Wexler
Blind Willie Johnson

 

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  posted on 3/25/2016 at 05:23 PM
No particular order...

Duane Allman
Elmore James
Sonny Landreth
Bukka White
Blind Willie Johnson

 

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  posted on 3/25/2016 at 06:13 PM
This one is tough...

Duane Allman
Derek Trucks
Elmore James

would be my top 3, but beyond that there is a drop to

Warren Haynes
Johnny Winter
Ry Cooder
Blind Willie Johnson


As far as Sonny Landreth goes... I think he's a great player, but I could never get into his vocals or his songwriting. I love him with John Hiatt & The Goners though.



 

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  posted on 3/25/2016 at 08:46 PM
thats an easy one;
Duane Allman
Derek Trucks
Robert Johnson
Warren Haynes
Dickey Betts


 

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  posted on 3/25/2016 at 09:05 PM
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I know a lot of people dig him, but I never really "got" Sonny Landreth. He always struck me as slide Eric Johnson or Joe Satriani type.


Well, if this doesn't get you into Sonny Landreth, nothing will…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9yXgjcqH2E

 

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  posted on 3/25/2016 at 09:08 PM
Can't argue with anybody's posted choices, but I'd like to add George Harrison. Very sweet tone and a clear approach that always places musicality and the song above flash. I love the way he played slide.

 

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  posted on 3/25/2016 at 09:41 PM
Derek and Duane obviously.

Mick Taylor is a beautiful slide player. Love his slide with May all 1982-1983.

Joe Walsh is another great slide tone player. Fatter than fat.

A few of my favorite guitar players have done memorable slide work but are not full-on slide guys, but here goes: Jimmy Page has great lines on What Is and What Should Never Be, When the Levee Breaks, and In My Time. Tommy Bolin hits the note on Boom Ba Boom and Wild Dogs. Ritchie Blackmore does some nice stuff on the Rainbow instrumental with the German name I can't recall as well as Lady of the Lake I think. Steve Hackett conjures up some nice sounds on Fly on a Windshield.

 

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  posted on 3/25/2016 at 10:26 PM
Good call on David Lindley, BigV. I don't know a ton of his stuff (I saw him once with Rayo X at a reggae fest), but his work on the song "Running on Empty" alone should immortalize him. I still get goosebumps.

Here is a one hit wonder slide qualifier: there was an 80s song called "Lunatic Fringe" by a band called Red Ryder that had some really wild, vivid, jumping-out-of-the-speakers slide. Huge sound.


For that matter, add "Sleepwalk" and "One of these Days" to the list.

 

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  posted on 3/26/2016 at 12:03 AM
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I know a lot of people dig him, but I never really "got" Sonny Landreth. He always struck me as slide Eric Johnson or Joe Satriani type.


Well, if this doesn't get you into Sonny Landreth, nothing will…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9yXgjcqH2E


Well, that may be the least mass of notes I've heard from him, and the technique is undeniably impressive. But it's still more noise and technique than is just not my style. I hate to say it isn't soulful, because that is subjective and he digs it, but it is awfully clinical to my ears. But, all the more for others here to enjoy.

 

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  posted on 3/26/2016 at 01:22 AM
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I know a lot of people dig him, but I never really "got" Sonny Landreth. He always struck me as slide Eric Johnson or Joe Satriani type.


Well, if this doesn't get you into Sonny Landreth, nothing will…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9yXgjcqH2E


Sonny w/ John Hiatt & the Goners "Memphis in the Meantime"
https://youtu.be/lOKEQ1GtviI

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  posted on 3/26/2016 at 01:30 AM
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Good call on David Lindley, BigV. I don't know a ton of his stuff (I saw him once with Rayo X at a reggae fest), but his work on the song "Running on Empty" alone should immortalize him. I still get goosebumps.



https://youtu.be/tr3Jp_aF1Ok

"Mercury Blues"...Possibly one of the best Live bands in the 80s..... David Lindley and El Rayo X

 

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  posted on 3/26/2016 at 01:47 AM
Duane Allman
Derek Trucks
Warren Haynes
Luther Dickenson
Bonnie Raitt

 

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  posted on 3/26/2016 at 04:57 AM
All great players have been noted, how about

Rod price-Foghat
Rory Gallagher

 

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  posted on 3/26/2016 at 11:22 AM
did I miss it or has no one yet mentioned Lowell George?

 

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  posted on 3/26/2016 at 01:38 PM
Great choices, but no females? I'll add Bonnie Raitt to the list.

 

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  posted on 3/26/2016 at 02:07 PM
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For me, it's Derek and Duane at the very top, then everybody else

Agree, Sonny Landreth is talented but doens't knock me out.

2 names not yet mentioned:
Jerry Wexler
Blind Willie Johnson
Jerry Wexler???

 

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  posted on 3/26/2016 at 02:17 PM
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For me, it's Derek and Duane at the very top, then everybody else

Agree, Sonny Landreth is talented but doens't knock me out.

2 names not yet mentioned:
Jerry Wexler
Blind Willie Johnson
Jerry Wexler???


I saw that and thought the very same thing, ....Jerry Douglass from Alison Krauss fame is a Monster...

 

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  posted on 3/26/2016 at 02:20 PM
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For me, it's Derek and Duane at the very top, then everybody else

Agree, Sonny Landreth is talented but doens't knock me out.

2 names not yet mentioned:
Jerry Wexler
Blind Willie Johnson
Jerry Wexler???


I saw that and thought the very same thing, ....Jerry Douglass from Alison Krauss fame is a Monster...

Yes he IS

 

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  posted on 3/26/2016 at 02:33 PM
Duane Allman
Jack Pearson
Derek Trucks
George Harrison
Warren Haynes


 
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