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Re: Re: OT: Who do I remind you of?
On 9/3/2013 8:33 AM, Philip Clevenger wrote:
Am I the only one who hears a little Ry Cooder in Bill's playing?
I hear actually hear more Sonny Landreth and Daniel Lanois than Ry Cooder.
Of course, it's all subjective and it's all valid,
However, because I've grown up with Bill, I know how much he was
effected, early on, by Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana,
all the great lap steel electric players, John McLaughlin and the other
great fusion guitarists, the whole Windham Hill crew, Ralph Towner and
the other great ECM guitarists, all the great Central and West African
guitar players, Ali Farka Toure, etc.
And those are only the guitarists he's listened to, there are so many
other influences in the stew, of course.
What is amazing to me, though, is that he has really forged a unique
identity in his playing and doesn't sound
anything like those musicians. He really has forged a singular
style. I think that is exceptionally rare in the music world
today and is a testimony to how hard he's worked, how much he knows and
how talented he is.
Name checking people will just serve to get him out to more people so
that they can hear him
as opposed to identifying his style.
At least that's my take.