|EUGENE MARTONE VS. JACK BUTLER|
[NOTE: I am going to be out-of-state, looking for a new place to live while this voting is going on. I won't be able to respond to your comments but I will TRY to make it to everyone's BOTBs... somehow. I'll not be returning home here until 4 days before the next BOTB installment goes up (2/15/2015). My Comment Section is open, so you can post your votes through Feb. 7th. When I return, I will tally up the votes that were placed PRIOR TO FEB. 8th and announce the winner. Any votes submitted after the 7th will not be counted. Today's electric guitar extraordinaire is a reward to all of you who suffered through my two previous "TWISTED BOTB" installments.]
Today's "Battle" is between two dead Blues-Rock electric guitarists. If you're a fan of Blues-Rock then you damn sure know who Stevie Ray Vaughn was, because he was a GIANT in this genre of music. Here's what Wackypedia sez 'bout 'im:
Stevie Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990), was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of blues music, and one of the most important figures in the revival of blues in the 1980s. AllMusic describes him as "a rocking powerhouse of a guitarist who gave blues a burst of momentum in the '80s, with influence still felt long after his tragic death." ...
Vaughan received several music awards during his lifetime and posthumously. In 1983, readers of Guitar Player voted him as Best New Talent and Best Electric Blues Guitar Player. In 1984, the Blues Foundation named him Entertainer of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist of the Year, and in 1987 Performance Magazine honored him with Rhythm and Blues Act of the Year. Earning six Grammy Awards and ten Austin Music Awards, he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2014. Rolling Stone ranked Vaughan as the twelfth greatest guitarist of all time.
OK, let's hear Vaughan playing a classic Blues recorded live at Carnegie Hall.
'THE SKY IS CRYING' - STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
|GODZILLA VS. KING KONG|
Gary Moore (4 April 1952 – 6 February 2011), was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer and virtuoso guitarist. In a career dating back to the 1960s, Moore played with musicians including Phil Lynott and Brian Downey during his teens, leading him to memberships with the Irish bands Skid Row and Thin Lizzy, and British Band Colosseum II. Moore shared the stage with such blues and rock musicians as B.B. King, Albert King, Albert Collins, George Harrison, and Greg Lake, as well as having a successful solo career. He guested on a number of albums recorded by high-profile musicians. ...
Aiming to become a musician, he moved to Dublin at the age of 16. Moore's greatest influence in the early days was guitarist Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac who was a mentor to Moore when performing in Dublin. Green's continued influence on Moore was later repaid as a tribute to Green on his 1995 album Blues for Greeny, an album consisting entirely of Green compositions. On this tribute album, Moore played Green's 1959 Les Paul Standard guitar which Green had lent to Moore after leaving Fleetwood Mac. Moore ultimately purchased the guitar, at Green's request, so that "it would have a good home".
After becoming a close friend of Blues legend Albert King, Gary Moore's music became particularly drenched in the Blues and nearly nightly he played a tribute to his friend titled 'King Of The Blues'. That song kicks butt!
So let's hear Gary playing the same song Stevie Ray Vaughn did. This comes from his live album 'Blues Alive'.
'THE SKY IS CRYING' - GARY MOORE
After voting here, I suggest - actually I insist - you pop over to the blogs of the other 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' participants to see which songs they have chosen and vote there also. (If their ‘BOTB’ blog bits aren’t posted yet, pour yourself two shots of ‘Grand Marnier’ over ice – do it twice – and then return to their blogs to
Voice Your Vote @ ‘FAR AWAY SERIES’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘DISCCONNECTED’ by clicking HERE.
@ 'BOOK LOVER' by clicking HERE.
@ 'MIKE'S RAMBLINGS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'CURIOUS AS A CATHY' by clicking HERE.
@ 'THE SOUND OF ONE HAND TYPING' by clicking HERE.
@ 'DCRELIEF - BATTLE OF THE BANDS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'THIS BELLE ROCKS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'ALEX CAVANAUGH' (when BOTB falls on a Mon., Wed., or Fri.) by clicking HERE.
~ Stephen T. McCarthy