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Rock And Roll 101: The Pirates

The Pirates 1978

You can consider this kind of a prequel to my previous post on Dr. Feelgood.  Legend tells us that Dr. Feelgood got their name from Johnny Kid and the Pirates recording of an old  blues song by Piano Red.  It’s also immediately clear that Wilco Johnson’s guitar style was influenced by Mick Green.  I mention this connection because I love history and following the threads of style and influence.  I can easily hear a song at breakfast and then blow several hours on wikipedia reading about the band and everybody they were ever associated with. Johnny Kidd Moving right along…  … Continue reading

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Rhythm Guitar Rules!

Robert Johnson

Hands of the rhythm master Redefine Rhythm Guitar Have you ever been talking to a guitar player and they say something like “aw I just play rhythm” in a slightly embarrassed tone?  Or even worse is when somebody refers to you as “just the rhythm guitar player” as if you’re second rate.  It’s a commonly encountered view that rhythm guitar is somehow inferior to lead.  Like anybody who is content with rhythm guitar just isn’t capable of playing lead guitar.  As if only beginners play rhythm. Well, I call bullshit on that.  Rhythm guitar is a totally separate skill that … Continue reading

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Rock and Roll 101: Dr. Feelgood

Dr. Feelgood

The London Pub Scene Back in the early 1970′s, among a variety of British music scenes, the phenomenon known as “pub bands” had it’s day in the sun.  These bands were generally rhythm and blues outfits who plied their special brand of rock at a specific group of London pubs.  One of the best pub bands was called Dr. Feelgood.  The first time you hear one of their classic songs you feel a pang of embarrassment that you haven’t been a die hard fan all along. Back to Basics Dr. Feelgood had a sound unlike the ubiquitous grandios rock bravado of the time. … Continue reading

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