Fifty years ago today—March 13, 1965—guitarist Eric Clapton quit the Yardbirds. It's one of the best things that ever happened—period. Clapton, a self-declared blues purist, thought the band—which included vocalist Keith Relf, guitarist Chris Dreja, bassist Paul Samwell-Smith and drummer Jim McCarty—was getting too commercial.
For most of the past five decades, British guitarist Eric Clapton has been at the forefront of blues/rock guitar playing. Though he has incorporated many different stylistic elements into his music during his long and very successful career, Clapton’s legacy was forged long ago on his brilliance as a virtuoso soloist, and he will long be remembered as one of the most important and influential guitarists ever.
Guitarist Walter Trout has a resume that reads like a who’s who of rock and blues legends. From his days in Canned Heat, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers to playing lead for John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton and Bo Diddley Walter paid his dues and then some. I spoke with Walter to hear all about his new CD Blues For The Modern Daze, which was released April 24 via Mascot Music Productions.
Guitarist Mick Taylor, who is generally considered the most musically gifted Rolling Stone of all time, is heading to New York City next week to kick off a six-night run of shows at the Iridium Jazz Club at 1650 Broadway. The shows run May 9 through May 14.
Mick Taylor's path to glory started one night in 1965 when the guitarist in John Mayall's backing band, The Bluesbreakers, played hooky from a gig. A guitar and amp were present -- but their owner, Eric Clapton -- had somewhere else to be. Sixteen-year-old Mick Taylor, who was in the audience that night, asked Mayall if he could sit in. The band leader agreed, and Taylor, who was already familiar with Mayall's material, made a strong and lasting impression.