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« on: December 03, 2009, 04:20:49 PM »

 
Hey everyone, I'm new to the forum here and was just curious as to what artist or group of artists set you off on your musical journey. I was born in '66, but a lot of my musical heroes are very different from most folks my age. I grew up listening to Peter, Paul and Mary, Bud and Travis, The Everly Brothers, Jim Reaves, Patsy Cline, Eddy Arnold, Johnny Cash, John Denver, and three of my absolute favorites Marty Robbins, Jim Croce and James Taylor. Kind of a strange mix I know. I really got into the songs of Croce and Taylor about the time I was a freshman in HS. I think that's what drives my love of more acoustic-style music today. Things like Alison Krause and Union Station, Nickle Creek, Tommy Emmanuel. Just curious as what got everyone's metronome ticking.
 
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2009, 04:40:51 PM »

Hi, and welcome to the forum.


Well, I guess I have a few inspirations.   James Taylor, Neil Young and Leonard Cohen were the first to spark an interest in songwriting.   I needed to learn to play a bit in order to write a few tunes so I picked up the guitar.    In the subsequent years there were a few players such as Johnny Winter, John Hammond, Muddy Waters and Roy Rogers who inspired me to learn slide guitar technique.
 
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2009, 05:00:29 PM »

  The very first songs I every played were the bass runs to Fire by Hendrix and the rhythm chords to 25 or 6 to 4 by Chicago.
                   Da da da da dum, da da da da dum, dadada,dadada, da da da da dum 
  Still from knowing nothing to playing barre chords up and down the neck in a few minutes wasn't a bad step.

       Hank Williams to Motown, to live Grand Funk, Bob Seger and countless garage bands and the British invasion, (of which The Moody Blues got me searching for the lost chord. And Dylan and Guthrie of course. C S N & Y.
       
            As well as others, but my longest lasting solo influence is Jackson Browne.
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2009, 05:01:45 PM »

Welcome!

Mississippi John Hurt.... bowdown bowdown

Nuff said!

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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2009, 05:08:11 PM »

Peter, Paul and Mary / Kingston Trio / The Limelighters

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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2009, 05:33:21 PM »

Peter, Paul and Mary / Kingston Trio / The Limelighters

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                             The Boxer... now that was an influence. ie. Paul Simon
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2009, 05:46:05 PM »

Van Gogh, Monet, Rembrandt ...  oh wait, you mean guitar players? Why didn't you say so?  
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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2009, 07:35:01 PM »

1st 2 songs...Gloria, House of the Rising Sun.  When I couldn't afford an electric and amp, I learned Donovan songs....Catch the Wind, Colours, Universal Soldier...etc. Later...Neil Young.
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« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2009, 08:42:37 PM »

All kinds of stuff from folk, to folk rock, to rock and blues and jazz sparked my interest. When I finally got off lazy butt and started playing around 16, It was mainly Niel Young, Dylan, Beatles, mixed with blues and attempts at Allman Bros and Hendrix.
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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2009, 11:37:31 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2009, 03:01:13 AM »

It started with the Beatle's,then the Monkee's.On to Hendrix,CSN+Y,Allman bro's,Marshall Tucker,C Danials,Cowboy and ON and ON.
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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2009, 05:11:56 AM »

For guitar - U2's 'I Will Follow' got me hooked on guitar, simply because I could play it without taking a single lesson.
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« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2009, 05:52:36 AM »

 welcome and thanks for the 

JT without a doubt.
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« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2009, 06:01:34 AM »

It started with the Beatle's,then the Monkee's.On to Hendrix,CSN+Y,Allman bro's,Marshall Tucker,C Danials,Cowboy and ON and ON.
Rob admits he liked the Monkey's! Of course they really were good songs written by good song writers and a list of great musicians did the recordings. I liked the Monkeys too.
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« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2009, 12:48:27 PM »

Beatles, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Cat Stevens, Jimmy Page, Pierre Bensusan, Leo Kottke, John Renbourn...and many, many others
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« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2009, 04:23:41 PM »

11 years old, listening to CBC on my transistor radio at night when i should have been sleeping... heard Bert & John doing "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat"....
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« Reply #16 on: December 04, 2009, 04:42:28 PM »

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« Reply #17 on: December 04, 2009, 04:50:18 PM »

Who sang Bimbo? Oh yeah, Jim Reeves. Then there's Hank Williams. Jimmie Rodgers. Elvis. Then some new comers from England came along.
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« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2009, 05:21:14 PM »

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« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2009, 01:34:41 AM »

Who sang Bimbo? Oh yeah, Jim Reeves. Then there's Hank Williams. Jimmie Rodgers. Elvis. Then some new comers from England came along.
   There's something we have in common. (maybe not Pelvis)
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