Talkin' Blues: The Visionary, Pioneering Soloing Style of Johnny "Guitar" Watson
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A mere decade after T-Bone Walker established the template for electric blues guitar in the mid Forties, the sound of the instrument was already beginning to evolve into something louder, faster and more out of control. On the cutting edge of guitar mania was a 17-year-old lad from Los Angeles known as Young John Watson, a player whose ferocious, no-boundaries style heralded the coming of age of the first generation of guitarists to be raised on electricity.
Watson burst out of the gate in 1954 with “Space Guitar,” an instrumental that was clearly inspired by Gatemouth Brown’s 1953 release “Boogie Uproar,” which we looked at in last month’s column.
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