Friday BBQ Spotify 10/18/13
When it comes to music genres, there is no doubt that I love the blues. Quintessentially American like jazz – it’s free-form counterpart – I can listen to the blues when I’m happy or when I’m sad. Even when I just want to be happy, or conversely, when I just plain WANT to feel sad. But I’ve come to think that the main thing I like about the blues is the ever-present component of the slide guitar. Slide is without a doubt my favorite form of guitar playing. I bought an electric guitar solely to be able to explore the nature of slide. And the coolest thing about slide is how it permeates so many genres of music. Sure, you hear a lot of slide in the blues, but you’ll find variations on slide in country, R&B, rock and roll, and even gospel.
Slide guitar has such a major effect on any recording, whether it’s central to every riff like with Arlen Roth and Sonny Landreth on Tumblin’ and George Thorogood’s Bad to the Bone, or in a deceptively small way like how Josh Cunningham of The Waifs gently styles it on A Brief History. So I’m turning this Friday into a slideathon of sorts, a virtual slideapalooza of different styles meandering through different genres. The usual suspects of slide stars are there – Ry Cooder, Leo Kottke, Johnny Winter. Along with the unique country nature of Cindy Cashdollar and Josh Graves – even world music’s Karl Manx. Hey – the U.S. Congress decided to stop sliding us all down the drain for at least a little while longer – let’s teach them a different way to slide. Have a tremendous October slide guitar weekend everyone.