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john fogerty premonition live concert best of creedence

John Fogerty Premonition Live Concert Best Of Creedence

The first concert I ever attended was with my sister and brother-in-law who brought me – a full-of-energy kid fired up by the flame of all things rock and roll – to the Fillmore East Auditorium in New York City, to see Creedence Clearwater Revival. The year was 1969, and the warm-up band for CCR was a group called Spirit, whose big hit was I Got A Line on You. Spirit is also known for Tauras, a song they later claimed was lifted note-for-note and used by a band known as Led Zeppelin. You may remember them. Anyway, Led Zep called that little ditty Stairway To Heaven. 

Suffice it to say, CCR blew me away that night.

Bands do not get any more American than this one. John Fogerty gives us precision guitar work that I would rate right alongside the great Eric Clapton’s, except Fogerty does it with a smile on his face. He puts his whole soul into this wonderful music, makes you wish you were sitting somewhere Down on the Bayou, listening to the bullfrogs calling to their lady-loves. He takes you down Green River and out to Centerfield. And maybe he ain’t no Fortunate Son, folks, but he can sure belt out his admiration for Proud Mary as she takes you for a ride on the river. John just keeps the excitement Rockin’ All Over The World.

These songs are hymns to America, written with love in his heart. I believe our guys and gals in the Armed Forces know how home itself lives in a CCR tune – that it’s one of the great things that have kept many of them going, giving their all over in some desert hot-spot.

It is to honor John Fogerty’s American spirit that I proudly post this tremendous concert. I know we’re all short on time, but I hope you’ll listen to his words. Listen and and watch his guitar fingering, and I believe you’ll thank yourself that you did.

All John Fogarty wants to do is rock and roll for us. Life is too short not to enjoy it. Thank you John … Rock on, buddy!

If you don’t belive me about John Fogerty, listen to what this guy says about him, Click here

 

The Blues Did Not Die And Never Will! BB KING R.I.P.

TRIBUTE TO THE KING

Thanks to a musician from the Mississippi Delta, we can all get up in the morning,  put one foot in front of the other and go off to work.  As BB King once described it, ” The blues is like a tonic, it is good for whatever ails you”.  Crafted in the cotton fields, and on the plantations of the American South, it’s a sound that sticks – that makes you feel better. R&B is the channel that so many people can count on to say, “hey, it’s cool, I can deal with this problem at home, at work, in sports or all through my life; this too shall pass and we will feel better.” We always have the Blues to turn to. The Blues influenced soul music, weaved its way through Motown, gridded Rap and Hip Hop, and bloomed into a foundation that has supported mankind all over our planet. You feel bad? Do some Blues. Feel better.

 

BB KING ELEVATED THE BLUES

Most of us never met this guy, or his guitar Lucille,  some of us can say we saw him in concert.  Some say, “I lost a good friend”. But did we lose more than he gave? No way. None of us today remember the dark days of the deep South. This guy did, and yet he brought forth a cure for depression without a prescription.  When you’re down,  turn to the Blues. That will help you get back up, help you laugh a little.  Crack a smile no matter what they’re  puttin’ on you. Well, though the volume was turned down today, BB King made sure there was an exit strategy. He made sure there were competent Blues stringers in all walks of life to carry the torch for The Blues. BB King did everything in his power to bring forward The Blues, from boosting Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, and Albert King, to linking rock and Blues through rock and roll greats like U2, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Taj Mahal, Paul Butterfield, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Keith Richards & The Rolling Stones and Bonnie Raitt, then inspiring modern day blues men like Ray Clark Jr., John Mayer, Eric Bibb, Keb Mo and Johnny Lang.  B.B.King, Etta James, Aretha and Johnny Winter kept The Blues right up there in your face. They never, never, ever let you down.   Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King’s performances locked in  legend. See below the video, a list of blues artists found in Wikipedia.

We highlighted this video post earlier in this website and in an older blog because aesthetically it is very appealing plus it covers the rehearsal and precise pre-planning necessary. The performance was so well-edited between the rehearsal and the actual performance we felt it carried the full weight of all the artists performing the song, which remains, to us,  one of the best performances BB King ever did. And the song represents what we all are waiting for, “When Love Comes To Town”.  Well, it’s here, Love.  Unfortunately for us, in the here and now,  BB King took that train out to the next station where lots of people, his colleagues and friends such as Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Healey, Albert King, Janis Joplin, Duane Allman, Roy Buchanan and many, many more await his arrival.  The Blues did not die and never will! BB KING R.I.P. 1925 -2015.  Lenny Kravits said it best on Twitter today: ” BB, lots of people can play thousands of notes and never say what you did with just one”   But Lucille, his guitar, said it even better for a long time.

When Love Comes To Town

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List of Recent Blues Artists Wikipedia

This guy is just absolutely amazing. A One Man Guitar Army.   The music your about to hear,  Michael Hedges Aerial Boundaries, will just  blow you away.  If you have never heard of Michael Hedges, you need to.  His talent with all styles of acoustic guitar are simply astounding.  Unfortunatly he passed away on a few years back, so the video quality may be a lot less than some may expect.  But it is about the music not the the visual. For best experience try to use some form of ear phone or headphones,

Michael Hedges – Aerial Boundaries

 

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According  to Wikipedia

Background

Hedges’ life in music began in his hometown of Enid, Oklahoma, where he flirted with various instruments before focusing on flute and guitar. He eventually enrolled at Phillips University in Enid to study classical guitar, but more importantly, to study under the tutelage of his compositional mentor, E. J. Ulrich. Subsequently Hedges was a composition major at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Marylandwho applied his classically trained musical background in combination with various unusual techniques to the steel-string acoustic guitar. He covered a wide range of musical styles and was considered an extremely dynamic performer in concert. Hedges made ends meet playing and singing in pubs and restaurants in the Baltimore Metro area during his tenure at Peabody. In 1976 to 1977 he played electric guitar and flute for a local jazzy folk rock group called Lotus Band, which he left to start performing solo acoustic. In 1980, he made plans to move to California to study music atStanford University. Hedges was contracted in February 1981 byWilliam Ackerman who heard Hedges performing at The Varsity Theater in Palo Alto and immediately (using a napkin from The New Varsity) signed Hedges to a recording contract on the Windham Hill label.[1] He was married to flautist Mindy Rosenfeld but the couple divorced in the late 1980s.

Recordings

Hedges’ first two recordings forWindham HillBreakfast in the Fieldand Aerial Boundaries—were milestones for the acoustic guitar.[2]He wrote nearly exclusively inalternate tunings. His early recordings and most of the ‘Breakfast in the Field‘ album were recorded on the Ken DuBourg guitar and his Martin D-28 “Barbara”. Some of the techniques he used include slap harmonics (created by slapping the strings over a harmonic node), use of right hand hammer-ons (particularly on bass notes), use of the left hand for melodic or rhythmichammer-ons and pull offs, percussive slapping on the guitar body, as well as unusual strummings. He also made extensive use of string damping as employed in classical guitar, and was known to insist strongly on the precise duration of sounds and silences in his pieces. He also played guitar-variants like the harp guitar (an instrument with additional bass strings), and the TransTremGuitar. He was a multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, percussion, tin whistle, harmonica, and flute, among others on his albums. Bassist Michael Manringcontributed to nearly all of Hedges’ records.

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