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  posted on 9/1/2005 at 10:38 PM
I'm a big fan of acoustic guitar music, having played it for many years, and of course the ABB's Little Martha is a favourite. Prodigal Son by the Rolling Stones is another fav, as is Gasoline Alley by Rod Stewart...all in D or E tuning btw...the acoustic version "Liz Reed" is cool too... there's lots of great acoustic songs.

I was wondering what songs you guys thing of, when you think of a great song on the acoustic guitar.


Just as an aside, a newer player{2001} in the acoustic scene is fast becoming one of my all-time favourites; Jack Johnson. Heard of him?

He's put out three great albums..imho...

 

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  posted on 9/1/2005 at 10:58 PM
The acoustic Layla always comes to mind, as well as more folkish stuff, like Dylan and Joni Mitchell.
 

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  posted on 9/2/2005 at 02:49 AM
If you haven't heard Monte Montgomery, you guys need to check him out. He's outta of Texas and he blows away alot of these guitar players out there nowadays.

 

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  posted on 9/2/2005 at 04:09 AM
For me when I think of acoustic guitar playing I think of the hot bluegrass and old time flatpickers. Tony Rice, Norman Blake, Richard Bennet, Cody Kilby, Bryan Sutton, Doc Watson, etc.

Here are some absolutly essential recordings...

Norman Blake..."Whiskey Before Breakfast" and "Live at McCabes".

Doc Watson..."On Stage" and "Portrait"

Tony Rice..."Guitar" and "Church St Blues"

"Blake and Rice" and "Blake and Rice 2"

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  posted on 9/2/2005 at 05:39 AM
Craig Chaquico from Jefferson Starship-Airplane. If you want to just chill? This is what to listen to.

 

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  posted on 9/2/2005 at 05:44 AM
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I was wondering what songs you guys thing of, when you think of a great song on the acoustic guitar.



Friend of the Devil - The Grateful Dead

 

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  posted on 9/2/2005 at 06:11 AM
Dust in the wind!
 

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  posted on 9/2/2005 at 07:47 AM
Wow, some eclectic responses already...I'll have to check some of these names out.

FOTD by the Grateful Dead is a classic tune to play on the acoustic...even sounds good solo.

Jerry used to do shows on acoustic solo, and with John Kahn...great stuff. His work with David Grisman also bears mention.

So I gather no one yet has heard of Jack Johnson?

 

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  posted on 9/2/2005 at 07:59 AM
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Dust in the wind!


with Will Ferrell singing..( by Blue's grave in Old School)

 

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  posted on 9/2/2005 at 08:56 AM
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So I gather no one yet has heard of Jack Johnson?


I've heard of him. He gets airplay on the public radio station, WXPN in Philly. He's doing a show in Philly in a week or two and I think its sold out.

 

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  posted on 9/2/2005 at 09:11 AM
I am a huge fan of Stefan Grossman and a project he heads up called the "Guitar Artistry Series." On that you'll find all of his own recordings as well as those of many other acoustic guitarists in a variety of styles. - Sam Mitchel on slide, Ton Von Bergeyk on ragtime, Duck Baker on jazz, Bert Jansch and Davey Graham on British and Celtic styles, some northern European dudes with these cool names (Lasse Johansson & Claes Palmquist) on a wide variety of styles, mostly ragtime, etc., etc. A treasure-trove of great music.

I'm also a big fan of Dave Von Ronk (rip )

 

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  posted on 9/2/2005 at 10:17 AM
Check out Grateful Dead "Reckoning" and Jorma Kaukonen "Quah!"
 

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  posted on 9/2/2005 at 10:19 AM
You should check out Dickey's "Collectors Vol. 1" CD. There is some very fine pickin' on these recordings. Dylan's "Tangled Up In Blue" is my favorite song on the disk.


 

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  posted on 9/2/2005 at 10:21 AM
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So I gather no one yet has heard of Jack Johnson?


I've heard of him. He gets airplay on the public radio station, WXPN in Philly. He's doing a show in Philly in a week or two and I think its sold out.
yep... I like his first two albums... haven't heard the last one... he doesn't change much IMO... I like his style though...

He used to play guiter for Ben Harper... I saw Jack open For Ben here in Cleveland two years ago... Ben always rocks... I will never pay to see Jack live again... just a very boring show...

 

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  posted on 9/2/2005 at 10:35 AM
I've always enjoyed Tony Rice's guitar playing. Keller Williams does a lot of his work with acoustic guitar, and a good deal of it is very impressive.

As for Jack Johnson, my girlfriend really digs his music, so I've heard quite a bit of it. It's OK, but all very similar IMO. We left one of his shows early because it was (as Ross said) boring. The rhythyms and singing on his songs all tend to run together to me, but if you're looking for something mellow and easy to listen to, his albums are great.

I also think that Dave Matthews has done a lot of impressive composition on acoustic guitar.

 

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  posted on 9/2/2005 at 11:09 AM
Jorma Kaukonen's "Quah" & his most recent "Blue Country Heart". All of the acoustic Hot Tuna discs are great. Love the "Furthurmore" disc. (Anyone notice the color photos are NOT taken at the Furthur Fest tour. They are taken at the dates when Tuna opened for the ABB in '99).

"Reckoning" by Grateful Dead is one of the all time classics I think. Saw Jerry & John Kahn in '85 do a fantastic version of "Friend Of The Devil" from the front row and later that night a "Bird Song" that was as out there as two acoustic players could ever dream of getting. "Ripple" from Reckoning has already been hand picked for my funeral when ever that day comes.

The IRSA disc by the Brothers is always getting play in my disc player. Very tasty,very classy stuff.

Another cool acoustic show is the very first Phil & Friends showhil,Jerry,Bob & Vince Welnick at the Berekeley Community Theatre 9/24/94 set list says it all:
Walkin' Blues,Lazy River Road,KC Moan>Dupree's Diamond Blues,River Run Deep,When I Paint My Masterpiece,Attics Of My Life!!!!!!!!,Cassidy,Bird Song>Throwin' Stones

 

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  posted on 9/2/2005 at 11:32 AM
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  posted on 9/2/2005 at 02:27 PM
Anything by Esteban. He is a god.
 

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  posted on 9/2/2005 at 02:29 PM
And I heard he also got a good deal on his car insurance.

 

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  posted on 9/2/2005 at 03:04 PM
Hey Musicalbeds....I love acoustic stuff too. And Jack Johnson is really really good. Funny you should mention him. A friend of mine's daughter lives in Hawaii and is a waitress at some little cafe where Jack Johnson hangs out frequently and she's gotten to know him and said he's a cool guy. Other acoustic tunes......

Amos Lee - The Arms of a Woman
Dan Hicks - I Scare Myself (w/ Ricky Lee Jones)
Pete Townsend - Pinball Wizard (solo acoustic version...kicks butt)
David Bromberg - Kansas City (killer)

Check these out. Thanks,

 

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  posted on 9/2/2005 at 05:45 PM
I put my acoustic guitar music into different catagories:

Bluesgrass / Flatpicking:
Tony Rice
Doc Watson
Norman Blake
Bryan Sutton
Dan Crary
Clarence White
Russ Barenburg

Folk / British
Martin Simpson
Nic Jones
John Renbourne
Martin Carthy
Stefan Grossman
Bert Jansch

 

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  posted on 9/3/2005 at 02:51 AM
trorrer,

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"Folk / British
Martin Simpson
Nic Jones
John Renbourne
Martin Carthy
Stefan Grossman
Bert Jansch"


Ever get into some of the wonderful Celtic fingerpicking players? Duck Baker has some awesome Celtic fingerpicking recordings.

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  posted on 9/3/2005 at 10:18 AM
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with Will Ferrell singing..( by Blue's grave in Old School)

Dust in the Wind was a finger exercise to warm up on the guitar, kind of like playing scales for practice. Steve Walsh put lyrics to it and it is one of the most famous songs in rock history. Kansas is a great band!



 

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  posted on 9/3/2005 at 10:20 AM
First song I learned fingerstyle. Blackbird was 2nd.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2005 at 10:39 AM
I only have two of his CDs and saw him just once before he died, but I think Michael Hedges's guitar playing is stunning.

I enjoy threads like these.

 

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