Guitar gods (or guitarists I love to listen to) Part 2

This is part 2 of the Guitar gods posting. I decided to break them up so as not to overwhelm you with a long list of videos. Oh well, here we go.

Jimi Hendrix. (In a room full of Mirrors). Every guitarists would have him in their list of influences. I just finished reading his biography by Charles Cross. I feel his pain, and his music indeed shows it. Here’s another great video of him, a rare one. Jimi in his rawest and purest sound. “Hear my Train Coming” is a blues tune he plays from time to time. It is part of the Hendrix Blues collection, which I have somewhere in my collection.


Stevie Ray Vaughn. Texas’ great blues slinger. I’m lucky to have discovered Stevie. He plays a mean blues guitar, but he loves Jimi Hendrix too. So combining his blues and Jimi’s monster guitar sound, Stevie creates his own signature riffs and licks that I still can’t figure out to this day (sigh). This is a video of him playing Hendrix’s Voodoo Child (Slight Return) live on Austin City Limits.

Eddie Van Halen. 5150 and Eruption. I discovered Eddie quite late in the 1980s when a friend said I should listen to him instead of the disco tunes, hahaha. Okay. Eddie (who has had health problems lately) is another favorite. He was one of many reasons why my “older” guitar friends took up guitar. No doubt, he was the greatest during his peak. He was known for his two-handed tapping style. But what I love most from this player is his energy on stage. Watch this classic 5150 concert. (and I should add, Sammy Hagar is one of the greatest rock singers!)

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