Posts Tagged ‘blues’


Got the following in an email from Keith at Ernie Ball:

Ernie Ball, the premiere builder of strings, accessories, guitars and basses, has a new documentary series, Ernie Ball:The Pursuit of Tone on AT&T AUDIENCE Network (DIRECTV ch.239 or on AT&T U-verse ch.1114), that kicks off March 25 with blues legend Buddy Guy talking frankly about a wide range of topics  — from how he got his start with a 3-string guitar to Muddy Waters’ last words of advice.

Here are a few clips from Ernie Ball: The Pursuit of Tone (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpmXaiJ64_w) . In this clip Buddy opens up about his reputation as a wild and crazy guitar player, “I started kicking the music stands off the stage,” Buddy says at one point. Also, included is the official trailer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thQs9A0hWa8)  from the new series.

Unfortunately, if you don’t have DirecTV or AT&T U-verse, you can’t watch it. Hopefully, after the show airs, they’ll post it in its entirety on YouTube.

I’ll admit that I’m not a “blues guy,” but I do appreciate shows where icons of certain genres talk about their craft, and Buddy Guy is certainly an icon! I watched the clip on YouTube, and though short, you could just feel his passion for what he does.

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I was a bit of a latecomer to playing the blues, but I always dug Albert King. He had this way with playing single note blues that has had a real influence on how I approach playing blues runs. His style is so economical, and listening to him, you always hear a story as he plays. I just dig it! Here’s a great video of him the great song, “I’ll Play the Blues for You.” This video was shot later in his life. Even then, the man could just make that guitar sing.

And here he is with SRV… Amazing!

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