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Just to be completely different - Are there any Musos out there - Any Blues Players, Singers, Who are your Favourite musician/s or favourite Instrument/s - Playing ability - Songwriters - composers - Lyricists - Recording studio programs used - Amplifiers & FX Pedals bought or DIY projects.

While I was not riding for those 20 years I managed to get into other things which included Amateur Radio & Electronics - I started building my own TUBE Amplifiers and building up guitars from kits, and likewise some FX Pedals as well as doing mods to amps & pedals for different tonalities and features ... and along the way I taught myself BASS Guitar, then 6 Stringers and had a lot of fun with building all tube amps NO SOLID STATE for me thanks - not in amps anyway ....  Best amp was a '58 5F6A Fender Bassman that I built from Scratch (NO Kits for me) - that amp with an electric digital reverb and other blues overdrive & fuzz  pedals I had sounded superb - Definitely blew the cobwebs out of the head - a couple of hours playing at a time was about the average every time I fired up the amp/s I would just lose myself in the music ... Playing a bit of lead guitar over a couple of blues backing tracks is a great release of stress - Take Heed, IT WORKS - almost as good as riding around a mountain road ...

I even had a stint with Tenor Sax for a couple of years and I loved that thing ...  but then I got into building amps and learning the 6 sringer/s ....

My Favourite all time guitarists are Lightnin' SAM Hopkins - fabulous guitarist and entertainer - a stage, a chair, a man & a guitar .. the BEST ...
and the other stand out guitarist for me would have to be David Gilmour of Pink Floyd fame ... He has had and has currently some great Solo Ablums.  There are way to many to list here but suffice to say I do like anyone who plays a guitar and plays the blues ...

I also write lyrics but haven't got the composing side of things and probably won't now that I have myself another bike ... but I still love my Blues music and listen every day for a couple of hours to either albums I have here or Streamed blues from the USA - mostly FM Radio or dedicated internet blues 24/7 ...
So, Thank You for reading this OFF Topic Subject - and  Ido hope that there are a couple of other Blues Fans out there to share with ....  or other musos to converse with or perhaps someone would like to discuss schematics of tube amps and the building thereof ...

Any Takers ???
Yours IN the Blues & Bikes -
frostbite (Greg)
COOMA NSW

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Well Greg, I cann’t sing or play any instrument... I cann’t even dance as they kicked me out of the dancing school age 15 after 5 lessons telling me: “you can come 5 more lessons or 5 more years of lessons, but you’ll never learn how to dance because your don’t have any feeling with music”... LOL

But what I do like is listening to music... al kind of music, it depends of the feeling of the moment... do you know the Jeff Healey Band?

Hi Gert -
I had heard of him some years ago but never got into a lot of his music - I supposed it broke away from the traditional 12 bar blues a little and well, like a lot of artists they develop their own style - He was a talented man for sure and his style of playing the guitar was certainly different but he had a good masterful grasp on what he was doing with the strings - a little to much high register playing for me - I like the more meatier style of blues but to each his own - that is what makes the blues what it is - music for everyone ....

I like some of the obscure artists - there was a band in the learly 70's called 'Ten Years After' - They were a different sort of band but well based in the blues as were most of the bands back then including the Beatles ...
The Lead guitarist and Singer is a guy called Alvin Lee - He is a great Bluesman .... I have a couple of albums of Ten Years After - A Space in Time and Stonehenge and an Alvin Lee & TenYears After album called Pure blues that was done in 1995 ....
The World is full of Great Music and it needs to be listened to often and by many -
I would encourage you to have a go at playing some sort of instrument - irrespective of what it is - You will never know if you don't have a go - there are a lot of cheap but good chinese guitars and numerous other instruments from the Blues harmonica (harp) to a full drum set to a Double Bass and everything in between - if you can string 4 notes together then you are more than capable of getting a 12 Bar blues happening - there are so many different types of instrument out there if you can't manage one then have a go at something different but have a go - you just might surprise yourself ...
It is all good fun and rewarding when you can put a little something together - I have only ever been a hack on the guitar but I sure do love it - and occasionally I string some licks together that just blow me away and I get it - I mean really get it - what music is all about - what a buzz ....
Good on you Gert - You might not be able to dance but you might be able to play .....
Cheers - Take Care - Enjoy your Music ....
frostbite ...

Hé Greg. I’ll start to listen to the band you mentioned and I don’t know. Always nice to find some new music! Thanks for that...

There is a Dutch guy who makes some nice music and maybe you don’t know him. That would be great, because maybe you also like it to listen to something “new”. Please listen to Julian Sas, for example the song named: a light in the dark... but he has many more great songs, at least... that’s what I think about his music!

Hi Gert - Thanks for the name of Julian Sas - What a great bluesman - I am just playing some of his stuff on YouTube now - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c01L4V1q1IU - I like your tatse in music bro' - we would have some great times should we meet ... Keep on rocking Gert - Take Care - Enjoy the Blues - It will do your souls good ....
frostbite...

LOL... I told you Greg... He's good isn't he?! About two years ago I used this song in a video I produced and add on the site. Here it is: https://youtu.be/pqkqagiP6oY
I did this vid after I returned home together with my wife Simone from a visit to Sweden to see my best friend Marek (Polssken on this site) and his wife Dana...

Hey Gert - I been watching youtube vids of Julian Sas most of the morning - I am glad I started this FUN side of biking here even just for that Name - what a brilliant musician he is - if you had not introduced his name to me I would have missed out on so much Great Blues - I am Much Better off for seeing and hearing him perform and to think I had never heard or seen the name before in my 64yrs on this planet ... That IS what Ilike so much about the Blues music it stretches so far and so wide that I think everyone at some point in their lives are touched by blues music - or at least I HOPE they are ...
I started going through the lyrics I wrote many years ago now and with his playing in the background I could see him doing a couple of my lyrics to music - I must try and get in touch with him and see if he might be interested in some collaberation for a couple of songs ..... I need a powerful player and singer to do my lyrics as they are strongly based and need better representation than I can give musically ... I have collaberated before for a couple of songs locally and one in the USA ....
He has similar qualities to the great blues musicians - like Gary Moore & others - He puts a lot of emotion into it - in fact all the Band does - they are all very tallented ... I am just Blown Away by them - Sensational - Why haven't I heard of hime before ....

Take Care my Friend - Ride Safe - Ride Free - Blues Forever I Say !!!
frostbite

Greg, here is another Dutch singer song writer. Oké, it's maybe no blues but I think it touches it... At least some of his songs. He was the lead singer of a Dutch band named Di-rect but he left the band around 2011 and started to write his own music and songs with a own band. This is just one of his songs... Music is something strange, it all has to do with the moment what kind of music you prefere. Sometimes I like to listen to his lyrics and this is one of them: https://youtu.be/AA7ljNg0m44
When he left the band his first own album was named Anno with a song named Nonzero https://youtu.be/G7fw1C1YdbE for example... Maybe you don't like it at all. No problem... Hé, different tastes is possible and nothing wrong with that, music in a way is a personal matter, but I wanted you to know his name and at least to listen to a few of his songs...
His name is Tim Akkerman.

And here is another Dutch guy, also singer songwriter named Micheal Prins. https://youtu.be/K_fekjQgo0Y Who knows you like it, I'm sure you've never heard his name or songs before! LOL

And Greg, this is another Dutch band named Racoon... I'm sorry Greg, but I like to listen to music... Please listen to this one... It's just a few of their songs:
https://youtu.be/sUJK2qDxuwI
https://youtu.be/lYVDcET5NX8
https://youtu.be/yLkJcAht56o

And this is a acoustic song just his song, voice and a guitar...
https://youtu.be/Px1mXgHoPXI

And Greg, when you still have some time left... You don't have to listen to all my shit in one day, you have to listen to this guy. Douwe Bob. Here is one of his songs: https://youtu.be/wM8Nx2SnKoE

But even when you don't like all the others, you found at least Julian Sas... LOL

Nice - but ballads aren't my cup of tea - too much soppy love stories type of stuff for me Smiley-laughing Nice for a change of pace though - If I am going for a change of pace I like listening to the King of Cool - May He Rest in Peace - JJ Cale ...
I'll check the others out soon - but you have gotten me Hooked on Julian Sas though - man he is terrific ... Smiley-laughing
ciao -
frostbite

Not sure about this guy - If he would project his voice a lot more he would be a far better singer - he seems to have good projection but just doesn't use it enough or properly - Just my honest opinion but again I am fairly critical but brutally honest by average standards - if you are going to do it then give it your all or don't bother in my book ...
To be good at what you do you must be self critical - some people just can't do that and are too fragile to be told by even their closest friends but they need to be so they can become better singers - He has huge potential for sure.
Not sure of what category he really falls into but 'folk music' springs to mind - he should listen to some guys like Woodie Guthrie to get a feel for folk music if that is where he is heading - Just sayin' - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woody_Guthrie -
ciao,
frostbite

Well, these guys are really good - Not Great YET - But man they have huge potential - tighten their routine up a little, and if the lead singer, who by the way has a tremendous voice and Does know how to project it, if he could loosen up a bit more it would flow out of him like a river of rushing golden silk .... that is no exageration either - he has a brilliant voice but he just needs to let go of the nerves thing on stage (not easy for some) - committ - release - be yourself - the audience will be behind you all the way ... with more exposure to larger audiences and a bit of time I feel these guys will be BIG - they reming me of a group called 3 Doors Down - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPU8OAjjS4k - I like them a lot .... they are on the list for me ....
Potential + PLUS + PLUS ....
ciao -
frostbite ....

These guys are OK - but not my cup of tea again - not into the 'country music' scene ....
Some interesting mix there Gert - but diversity is great, it is good to have appreciation of music - I just have happened to have found where I fit in and that is where I get the most out of it for me - Blues, Rock Blues and Rock & Roll and of course being an Aussie I do like home grown Rock like AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, The Angels, Jimmy Barnes, Cold Chisel and a swag of others - Early Years bands like the EasyBeats .... Stevie Wright (former Easybeat & now Deceased) song of 'Evie' parts 1, 2 & 3 - It doesn't matter where in the world we are we will always find music that means something to each and every one of us - and THAT can Only be a GOOD Thing ...
ciao -
frostbite.

... music... I think we like it... I’m only listening, but hé, that’s my way to enjoy music. It would be great to play but I never did and probably never will. I can understand you like it a lot to play some music... my brother does, he has a guitar.

The older music, sure... I’ve a lot and I still often listen to music from Ozzy Osborne (I like that guy!), Bob Dylan, a Dutch guy named Herman Brood (great rock music and also painter artist.. he died a few years ago way to young but he used lots of pills, drucks and way to much alcohol! He jumpt from the 9th Floor of the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel and killed himself). I like to listen to Stiltskin specially the song “inside”, (when you have time... try to listen this track and play it loud, right from the start!!! and don’t think WTF and turn it off but keep listening as it is a strange start of a song... https://youtu.be/tYkeeAVXD78 , and music from the band named Van Halen... and many, many more... But sometimes I also listen to for example Bach or Vivaldi or some Dutch singer songwriters like Boudewijn de Groot or Ramses Shaffy. Sounds strange maybe, but I can also enjoy that kind of music sometimes... it all depends on my mood at that moment...
Music is great Greg!!!

Hey Gert -
I like this version better - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuTVKO0RScI -
It's great to like variety in life - here is an oldie but a goodie - Arlo Guthrie, Motorcycle Song - the Significance of the Pickle - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvLtNBm1yyA - We used to listen to Alice's Restaurant a lot back in the early 70's along with Slade Alive, Ten Years After, Joe Cocker, Beatles, Black Sabbath, Canned Heat, and the like way back then - Canned Heat really stuck with me a lot - Getting ready for the boogie, what a fabulous introduction to the Blues for anyone ... "The Fried Hockey Boogie" - Blues in the RAW .... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7EPIYlyUIM - Memories are wonderful things - especially when they are of good times partying with your brothers ...
ciao for now -
frostbite ....

I like the blues off and on. My favorite concert I ever saw was seeing BB King. Saw him twice. He is a first class showman and plays the blues for the crowd. Also got to see Eric Clapton in concert. Jonny Lang when he was first starting out. Also listen some of the older blues artist, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin Wolf, Lightin' Hopkins, etc.

Thanks Greg for the song from Arlo Guthrie, didn’t know about him but really like his voice and will find some more songs from him, that’s for sure! And you knew about the song Inside, that’s wasn’t a new song for you...

Hé Randy, didn’t know you’re also in to listen to all kind of different music and artists and bands... I think it was great to be at a life concert of BB King. I saw Joe Cocker many times life when he washing Holland, I think about four or five times and also went to a life concert of Bob Dylan about 10 years ago. He played with his band in Rotterdam and it was great to be there!

BB King concerts would have been ACE - I have only seen some videos & doco's on the story of the Blues telling the story of some of the early great bluesmen- some of whom you mention ... I certainly respect anyone who plays a musical instrument which I include a persons voice in that as well, as it is an assett and something that they have been blessed with - Me - I am more like a cross between Lee Marvin & Joe Cocker Smiley-laughing I am just happy enough to bend a few strings when I can - great to cut lose and crank things up and let rip and go wild OR if the mood takes you just plink away at a couple of quieter melodies or just experiment with different chords and riffs.
Playing any instrument is a great feeling and can be very rewarding not too mention great fun too - very rarely do I not have a grin when I am playing or riding the bike ....
Cheers & Thanks for jumping in - Good to have some music lovers here - I think most people like some kind of music as it is good for the spirit/soul and great for releasing tensions ...
I must admit though the damn arthritis is buggering my hands and playing a bit thesedays - the old fingers just don't want to co-operate sometimes but I still have fun ...
Cheers & Ride Safe - Enjoy your music
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year ...
frostbite (Greg)

Hey Gert - no, I did not know about Stiltskin - But I do now and Thank you for the link to the clip - I like the original version the best - Interesting group and I like the song Inside - these guys play well together .... I like some of their quieter songs too ...
Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaraunt must have been one of his biggest selling albums ever - everyone down here had one - no matter where you went in the early 70's every one was playing it - because it was just something different and the same went for Bob Dylan - with the anti establishment political songs - I guess a lot of the whole music world exploded out out of Woodstock and the Hippie movement - but it was not all Peace & Free Love - but what I am trying to convey is that around that time there was Changes going on that really set a flame under the music scene worldwide and from it there were so many bands & musicians that developed and flourished and also died due to the use of some bad chemical/s and the overuse of ... sad and tragic circumstances that cut great musical lives down in their prime ....
Still, life goes on and their legacy lives on .... I certainly do like Janis Joplin songs - Piece of my heart - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJb7cBfrxbo - was and still is a fabulous song -
There are so many artists that it is mind blowing really, to know we have such diversity and so many talented people all over this planet singing and playing musical instruments of all kinds that are singing and sending messages of life ....
Cheers to you guys - Great to share with you some good music - Keep on playing it - LOUD or Quiet what ever you choose - after all music is what you play when your life needs a lift - or something that you find pleasing, uplifting, soulful, relaxing, partying - music is what ever you want it to be ...
Memories & Happy times - Ride Safe -
frostbite(Greg)

As they say it is music that calms the beast or certain music can rile up the beast. My riling up the beast in me is hip hop and really heavy metal music. Otherwise I listen to many different genres, blues and classic rock n roll being the top, then fair amount of popular alternative music, and every now and then some country pop tunes. My really calming meditating music is Native American flute music.

I was forgotten to mention you one guy I listen to on a regulair base lately. Seasick Steve... https://youtu.be/S-vSZFEWHlo This is just one of his tracks as an exemple, but he has lots and lots of what I think good songs... It’s Maybe a bit a strange guy, and his music is a bit different, but I like lots of his songs... You can find them on YouTube...

Hi Gert - Yeah, I like Seasick Steve - He is a Cool Dude and quite an acomplished slide player .... I just like basically anyone who bends & slides their way up & down a freetboard - OR a Rake handle or Shovel handle - I am going to make a couple of guitars next year - for a bit of blues pickin' & slidin' - Real Easy to play and a hell of a lot of fun - Have a go Gert - you might just enjoy it - I have enough spare parts here to build a couple of different 3, 4 or 5 string blues specials - using old shovels or rakes etc - whatever you can find in any junk store for a dollar or two ...
Plenty of info out there to DIY Blues Guitars - and I still have a small 10w all tube amp and a couple of overdrive/distortion pedals and an electric reverb to have fun with ... I can feel a couple of winter projects coming on already ... and if I have anough money I will be doing a Springer Front End job on the vulcan 900 during winter here as well ...
Always something to do here between rides Smiley-laughing
Cheers - Ride Safe,
frostbite (Greg)

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