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Recommend me acoustic Western music

Discussion in 'Arts & Entertainment' started by LightSpectra, May 13, 2011.

  1. LightSpectra

    LightSpectra me autem minui

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    Stuff with slide guitars, harmonicas and violins (same instrumentation as gypsy jazz, but more of an American western feel). Don't really know the name of the genre or anything beyond composers for shows/games I like.


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  2. Plotinus

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    Now I'll have the Firefly theme tune going round my head all day. It's a great piece.

    For a bit of rootsy acoustic blues not entirely unlike this sort of thing, try Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee. Then try Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi Fred McDowell. I'm sure searching for these names on YouTube will throw up some good hits.

    For slide guitar you should definitely seek out some Blind Willie Johnson.

    You could also try early Muddy Waters (i.e. just him and Little Walter) - that might fit the kind of thing you're thinking of.
     
  3. Sofista

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    I saw the title, and was coming in armed with the likes of Incredible String Band, but maybe Kaleidoscope are more what you might be looking for:


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    Ah well, I love the ISB so much, I'll give you this to try:


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  4. Plotinus

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    This isn't really what you're asking for, but it occurred to me that you might appreciate this song by my good friend Rev Simpkins:


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    And something that is probably closer to what you're after, my favourite Rainer song:


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  5. rugbyLEAGUEfan

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    I highly recommend Hot Tuna
     
  6. Specialist290

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    You might want to try looking into some older Appalachian folk music (like the ones that were compiled into the Roud and Child ballad collections). I don't know of any specific bands to recommend, but I'll link you to a particular favorite of mine:


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    Early (pre-Highway 61 Revisited) Bob Dylan might be right up your alley, too, if you can get past the man's incredibly nasal voice.

    You might also want to look at some Irish folk music. It's probably not exactly what you're looking for, but it's pretty powerful stuff if done right. I'd specifically recommend the Clancy Brothers and the Dubliners.


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    (Note: "Fields of Athenry" is fairly new as far as folk songs go, but I included it because it's pretty representative as a ballad.)

    Finally, for acoustic blues, three recommendations in addition to those already listed: Robert Johnson, Kokomo Arnold, Elmore James, and Blind Will Dukes. Blind Willie Johnson has already been mentioned but gets a particularly enthusiastic second.


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  7. rugbyLEAGUEfan

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    A fine selection Specialist 290:goodjob:

    I like all the examples of the genres you chose , and think all the genres are well within the sphere of what the OP requested
     
  8. Plotinus

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    Dark Was The Night is a very famous track and well worth posting, but I must point out, the image used in that clip is of Blind Willie McTell, not Johnson!
     
  9. Specialist290

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    D'oh... I blame the original uploader.
     
  10. Blue Monkey

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    Somewhat different from the other suggestions -but the first thing that came to mind reading the OP:

    Try some Western Swing.

    Bob Wills-Steel Guitar Rag (1936)

    Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys - Faded Love


    Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Silver Bells (1938)

    Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Yearning Just for You (1938)

    Tex Williams - Smoke Smoke That Cigarette

    Is it obvious that Bob Wills is the Django Reinhardt analog?
     
  11. rugbyLEAGUEfan

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    @Blue Monkey . You are probably aware , but there is even a song by Waylon Jennings called " Bob Wills is still the King"
     
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  13. LightSpectra

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    I heard a really good one on Pandora Radio. It's called "Love, Devils and the Blues" on the album of the same name by Stefan Grossman. Also I heard Etta Baker, who is awesome.
     
  14. rugbyLEAGUEfan

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    Another vote for Old and in the Way . For something easily accessible try their cover of The Rolling Stones "Wild Horses"
     

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