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Guitar Video Of The Week: Otis Rush – “I Can’t Quit You Baby”

For this week’s installment of the “Guitar Video Of The Week“- we’ve got the great Otis Rush with “I Can’t Quit You Baby.”  This blues standard was written by the late, great Willie Dixon and first recorded by Otis.  It’s been covered several times since, including by Led Zeppelin on their debut album.

Otis Rush official website: http://www.otisrush.net/

Remembering B.B. King – The King Of The Blues

The world has lost a true legend… B.B. King has passed away at the age of 89.   Riley B. King, known to the world as B.B. King- passed away late Thursday night in Las Vegas according to his daughter, Patty King.

Portrait of B.B. King in 1972. (John Shearer—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Portrait of B.B. King in 1972. (John Shearer—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

When I started playing guitar 29 years ago, I was into hard rock and heavy metal.  I didn’t care anything about listening to blues or jazz or any of that stuff.  People would tell me, “…the stuff you’re listening to- is based in the blues.”  I thought they were nuts!  Then as I started getting more into technique, I started to really appreciate players with great vibrato.  I’d read interviews with some of my favorite guitarists and when the subject of vibrato would come up, without fail- the first name they would mention would be B.B. King.   So, I gave in and asked a friend of mine which B.B. King album should I check out.  He suggested, Live At The Regal.

B.B.-King-Live-at-the-regal

It was like a light switch had been flipped on!  I had been chasing after the “play as many notes as you possibly can” dream… and it was then that I realized that you don’t have to play 1,000 notes if you can say it all with one or just a few.  Some people can make a guitar talk, but B.B. could carry on a conversation with his.   Listen to “Sweet Little Angel” from Live At The Regal:

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Greg Martin of the Kentucky HeadHunters

You probably know Greg Martin as the lead guitarist for the Grammy Award winning Kentucky HeadHunters, but he’s a lot more than that! Possessing what I believe to be the absolute best Les Paul tone I’ve ever heard, he’s also involved in some killer side projects and even hosts his own radio show. I was lucky enough to get the chance to talk with Greg recently, and we talked about these things and so much more.  He is one interesting cat!

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GREG MARTIN
(Photo by Rick Rhipps)

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Deren Ney of Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers

(Photo by Jason Charme ©2013

(Photo by Jason Charme ©2013)

Deren Ney is what I like to call a “guitarist’s guitarist.”  A player who obviously has the chops, but plays what fits the song.  The song comes first.  That’s not to say he can’t rip…He can!  If you have a chance to catch a Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers show, chances are you left there quite impressed with Deren’s playing.  He weaves in and out of blues, country, soul, rock, roots and back around again.  VTB was lucky enough to have a few minutes to talk with Deren between tour dates…

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