Talkin' Blues: The Aggressively Quirky, Knife-Edged Soloing Style of Pat Hare
The following content is related to the October 2013 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store.
With the recent passing of Bobby “Blue” Bland, American music has lost another major voice. While Bland did not play an instrument, his bands featured some of the greatest guitarists in blues, including Roy Gaines, Clarence Holloman, Wayne Bennett, Mel Brown and, briefly, an edgy, idiosyncratic stylist named Auburn “Pat” Hare.
Born in Arkansas in 1930, Hare moved to Memphis and joined Howlin’ Wolf’s first band when he was only 18. By the early Fifties, Hare was doing sessions for Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, lending his wild, distorted sound to such classics as Junior Parker’s “The Next Time You See Me” and James Cotton’s “Cotton Crop Blues,” as well as solo tracks, including the ominous “I’m Gonna Murder My Baby.” His recordings with Parker and Cotton displayed a mix of shuffles, country train beats and jump blues that anticipated rockabilly, and his aggressive use of distortion was an early signal of the future of electric guitar–driven music.
You Might Also Like...
7 hours 45 min ago
8 hours 24 min ago
Sterling by Music Man at 2014 Summer NAMM: Steve Lukather Signature, Ray34 Bass, Ray35 Classic Active Bass and More — Video9 hours 9 min ago
9 hours 12 min ago
9 hours 44 min ago
9 hours 45 min ago
Vox Launches Limited Versions of AC4C1-12, Night Train NT15C1-CL and Lil' Night Train Set Guitar Amps10 hours 16 min ago