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  •  I would respectfully disagree... (1+ / 0-)
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    Azazello

    ...never heard a serious critique of Robert Johnson's technique. He was, and is still regarded as one of the greatest. Keb' Mo is fine for a contemporary blues artist, but he pales in comparison to his influences: Robert Johnson, Tommy Johnson, Son House, Charlie Patton, etc.

    •  Check out Alvin Youngblood Hart... (0+ / 0-)

      ...he does about the best traditional acoustic country blues I've heard from a living artist. Also, Robert Belfour of Memphis...Jimmy "Duck" Holmes from Bentonia, Mississippi are two great contemporary artists. Kenny Brown also mines the same vein in his music.

    •  Listen to Keb' play Love in Vain. (0+ / 0-)

      He plays it cleaner than RJ. It's true. Son House was never known as a guitar virtuoso, he literally flails at the instrument. It's the raw emotion in his gut bucket delivery that affects people. It's just a matter of taste, but I like Keb' better'n Youngblood Hart.

      The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

      by Azazello on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 03:31:28 PM PST

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      •  I've seen Keb' Mo numerous times over... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...twenty years. I would say that Keb's playing is mostly devoid of compelling or real emotion. But that's just my taste. I've booked Alvin for a couple performances and heard him at the same bill as Mo. To my extremely limited knowledge of blues music, I think Hart is far and away a better player.

        •  And, I apologize for commenting... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...obviously musical tastes are subjective, and I don't want to push my own tastes, 'cause I don't like it when people do it to me. Thanks for your interesting comments.

        •  Well we're talkin' two different things then. (0+ / 0-)

          If we're talking about emotion, you certainly have a point. I was talking about technical skill; precision and clarity. I still like Keb' over Alvin, but that's why they make Fords and Chevys

          The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

          by Azazello on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 04:26:38 PM PST

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