Thursday, August 21, 2008

A Few Musicians Worth Checking Out

I have been looking around for new music and came across these bands. Most I have heard of but never really listened to. Check them out.

Ross William Perry - A young guitar player from Minneapolis in the style of SRV, but with a more refined vocal style. His guitar playing is very good, and he tours quite a bit around the midwest. He has opened for a number of big name acts and has gotten quite well known locally.

Shannon Curfman - Shannon was another one of the young music prodigies to come out of Fargo years ago, after Johnny Lang. She was a teenager when she first came out into the music scene. Here is a quote from her website which sums it up: "At 14, Shannon was praised for her blues-driven songwriting, gritty, soulful voice and her scorching guitar. Now 20, Shannon 's back on the road honing a new set of songs featured on her new release, "Take It Like A Man". With age and experience, the music has evolved and the genre has moved slightly away from funky-blues towards rock & roll. "

She has a very mature voice - the road weary, smoky bar type - for being only 20. Her MySpace page features a few of her songs.

Jason Becker - Jason was very well known in the guitar world back in the late 1980's, when he was chosen to be in David Lee Roth's band and was featured on his album. He was an extreme shredder, in the Malmsteen-style. He was an incredible guitarist at such a young age. Jason's career was sidetracked by ALS, which has left him paralyzed for many years.

However, he is still around making important music and is an inspiration to anyone who faces adversity. Check out some of his soundclips and videos from before his illness. There is one of him playing "Blackstar" at a high school talent show. If only I could have played like that when I was 17!

Jim Weider - Jim was the guitarist for the second version of The Band, during the 1980's and 90's. He also appeared with Richard Manuel.

"Jim Weider is a master of classic telecaster and traditional blues slide guitar techniques. He is one of a select group of musicians to have an endorsement from Fender, and has build an international reputation among fellow musicians world wide."

Agreed. Jim is an incredible guitar player and well worth checking out.

A list of who he was worked with:
The Band, Bob Dylan, Los Lobos, Robbie Dupree, Doctor John, Taj Majhal, Mavis Staples, Paul Butterfield, Scotty Moore, Keith Richards, Hot Tuna, Bob Weir/Rat Dog, Kim Wilson, Paul Burlison, Lee Rocker, Graham Parker.

That is quite a list. Check out his new release, PERCoLAToR. I plan to.


Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Thanks! I have been introduced to so many great musicians lately! I just checked out Jason Becker on "iLike" do you use that? and Last FM so I can hear some of his music.

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