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From the Kennedy Center Honors Sting. Recorded on December 7, 2014 at the John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

John Mayer

John Mayer – I Don’t Trust Myself

 

John Mayer – I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You) LIVE In Toronto

John Mayer rolls it out nice n easy. If you are looking to relax, this is defiantly a go to performance, not to be missed. This guy is so unbelievably talented he has earned his place among great R&B and Blues musicians. His ability to combine pop with R&B is spot on, and he can defiantly deliver the goods when it comes to The Blues.   Hope you enjoy this.  Let’s get right to it.

 

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Usman Riaz and Preston Reed: A young guitarist meets his hero

Percussion Guitar Diaz and Preston Reed: A young guitarist meets his hero

Usman Riaz and Preston Reed: A young guitarist meets his heroThis is a great video. Incredible guitar work. Percussion guitar. There are a few great players, Leo Kottkie,Kaki King, Andy Mckee, the late Michael Hedges and many more. But the style of these two performers is extrordinary. Please remember to use head phones so there is no loss of fidelity. I really hope you enjoy this. if you leave me a comment, I will continue to highlight these kinds of artists. Thank you for visiting and please enjoy!

 

John Mayer – Queen of California  (Live at the Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013)

This performance is bar none, possibly the best I have seen in a very, very long time.

I have been so focused on John Mayer’s undeniable blues guitar talents, this particular performance
even being somewhat old, 2013, totally caught me off guard! First off, John Mayer Queen of California is one of my all time favorites, this rendition absolutely pulverizes my previous view of John as a strictly Blues guitarist. The guitar solo, after his acoustic into, has a deep, thick flavor of the Greatfull Dead, Jerry Garcia, it just blew me away!

What I love so much about John Mayer is, he is so you and me. After getting his first guitar he did what so many of us wish we had done. He immersed himself in the study of the guitar greats, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert King, Buddy Guy, B.B. King and Eric Clapton. Just a kid from Fairfield Connecticut, waking his dad up early on Saturday morning so he could go to the local record store and buy a copy of an album of Albert King’s. I recently saw the movie Whiplash with J. K Simmonds about a young boy relentlessly practicing his drum solos till his hands bled. J.K Simmons played his conductor and grueling drill master, driving the young man to out perform himself. As I watched this video, and while I watched this performance by John Mayer it occurred to me that this was John Mayer, practicing over and over and over each of these guitar legends solos until their style to him was as natural as drinking a beer is to us.

John Mayer is a fantastic and accomplished guitarist and performer. He has played with many of those who inspired him. He has made his home state of Connecticut endear him as a true natural resource and guitar hero. He is only getting better with time. I truly hope you enjoy this live performance as much as did I!

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THE BAND – DON’T DO IT

So my son looks at me and says”There was a band called The Band, …seriously?
I have a problem with that. Just not acceptable.  These guys wrote classic tunes. They were back up band to Bob Dylan and Ronnie Hawkins. You see that guy playing lead guitar, Robbie Rodertson. He`s one of the top guitarists I`ve ever seen. You dont get this kind of chemistry but once in a blue moon. Yeah, U2, the Rollng Stones, the Beatles, but the band oozed American backwoods backbeat. They made you feel like Americans got chops. Sure they were Canadian too, but that was really cool! Even better. Made you know the Canadian border may be there, but, we got brothers in Canada. Loads of great musicians came from Canada. Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Brian Adams, the list goes on and on.

Even regarding history, there is no better Civil War song than The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. No better Ragtime song than Rag Mamma Rag,  And a true classic The Weight? There just in no, and never will be,  better song to sip Jack Danials to than music fron The Band`s Up On Cripple Creek she sends me.
If you don`t understand these guys and their music, your missing a link to help you lock into many forms and styles of American Music.
I will add a few posts to help you go there. I hope you enjoy these
 guys as much as I do, If you have a comment or some thing to add please do.

This is a great tune. Unfortunately there exists no current video with adequate audio to capture this performance which I think was their best of this particular song. Nobody really harkens back to Loggins and Messina. But they were the forerunners to a lot of truly melodic bands. This song captures the “Free Wheeling 1970s” They did many other songs such as Angry Eyes and Vahevalla, Long Tail Cat, and of couse House at Pooh Corner. Give this song a listen. You will enjoy it … a lot!

BACK TO GREAT TUNES Alright – Live From Daryls House Episode 68

Gotta get back to the good stuff.
Daryl Hall and Darius Rucker making sweet music together ! Lovin it !

Live from Daryls House a great place for great music and great people.lfdh.com

Driving down the coast road,   Route 1, in between Palo Alto and Monteray California  in a convertible seabring, , cliffs to my right, fresh sea air and great sunshine! Back in 1998 when I popped in a CD and , heard this awesome lady banging out tunes! If there ever was a woman that could raise your spirits up when you’re alone, it is this person right here. Great Guitar! Great rhythm? Great look! And man, can she sing Here are three worthy performances . I hope you love them like I do! Sheryl Crow. She has faced adversity and come out way ahead every time! The first two performances are not necessarily hers, But you can hear who I assume was one of her major influences.  In the first video “Let it Bleed” your are rewarded to hear the great Pianist Chuck Levell, He played with the Rolling Stones many times, not to mention stints with Allman Brothers, Charlie Daniels, Marshall Tucker, and his own band Sealevell, a great Jazz rock fusion band of the 1980’s.  He has chops! I love them both.

All Down The Line

Gasoline / Gimmie Shelter

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