Saturday, March 5, 2011

Blues Guitar Heroes

I recently purchased a collection of magazine articles from the publishers of the UK based Guitarist magazine called Blues Guitar Heroes.

Although a little on the pricey side (it being an import) it's a very entertaining read for the blues guitar enthusiast.

It begins with a brief history of the blues from it's Delta roots to the state of modern blues. The meat of this collection is the collection of articles and interviews of various blues guitar players spanning several generations. Many great players that you are familiar with are featured here as well as many you may not be so familiar with. It's always great to discover a musician that blows you away that was previously unknown to you. This collection is chalk full of such players.

The collection ends with a brief history of the slide guitar as well as a countdown of the greatest blues guitarists which is guaranteed to raise your blood pressure. Lists of these sorts always get on my nerves and spark debate amongst other blues fans- which is part of the fun I suppose.

Finally there's a brief look at some of the classic guitars that are responsible for the glorious notes that have flown from the fingertips of the great blues players over the years. A fitting end to a very well written and entertaining book. I highly recommend picking up a copy.


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