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My only complaint here ... and I mean ONLY complaint is that the camera person didn't keep the camera on the fretboard 100% of the time. This is a masters class, still I'll take what I can geeeet mon. Way too much time wasted on a bass player who could not be heard anyhow .. but I understand .... was tryin to make art, capture the scene - but the REAL scene was what JW was a workin out on that Gib Firebird findgerboard - jeez what chops !
Where did this come from ?
Oh ... forgot to add ... best blues player .... ever
I found this shortly after getting my morning going - wouldn't have mattered when ... I found it ... I would have dropped everything to watch it and I'll visit this again .. and again ... and likely again. Man this is JW in the early years playing it simple and strong - its as pure as it gets. Don't let this albino freak fool you, he's a very, very old black man inside and always has been. He's the blackest white guy I've ever heard - and I've heard a few. Johnny was the first GREAT bluesman I ever heard live. I was at the Cellar one night with a friend watching some band no body knows the name of any longer (I think I was maybe fourteen years old - and definitely not supposed to be there, much less all night). The Cellar would stay open until 6AM in the morning back in those days, with a hord of giant pillows on the floor in front of the stage. You could lay down and watch the band - About 1 to 2 AM JW shows up, plugs in, and plays solo non-stop till 6AM ... after playing another gig somewhere in town. We were about to head home (and sneak back in so our parents didn't catch us) when Johnny Winters walked on stage. We parked it and didn't move until he left. Wish I had a video of that night - thanks for this posting .... its great mon ... really great. Excuse me ... I'm going to pour another cup of jo and watch it again - the Bo
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