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How to Tell A Blues Band From A Rock Band

Many bands say they play the Blues.., but what you end up hearing is Rock. Here's how to tell if you're listening to a real Blues band or a Rock band. Here's How: 1. If the guitar player has one small amplifier, Blues Band. If he has a stack of them, Rock Band.. 2. If the keyboard player only plays piano or organ, Blues Band. If he's uses other sounds, Rock Band.. 3. If the guitar player breaks a string and changes it on the spot, Blues Band. If a roadie comes out with a replacement guitar, Rock Band.. 4. If the bass player's instrument has only four strings, Blues Band. More than four, Rock Band.. 5. If there are wives and children around the stage, Blues Band. Scantily clad women, Rock Band.. 6. If they play the same songs differently every night, Blues Band. Play the same songs the same way every night, Rock band.. 7. If they make up the lyrics as they go, Blues Band. Recite the lyrics verbatim, Rock band.. 8. If they arrive in a van, Blues Band. If they arrive in a school bus, Rock band.. 9. If everyone is drinking liquor, Blues Band. Drinking beer, Rock Band.. 10. If people dance together, Blues band. Mill about separately, Rock Band.. 11. If people clap their hands to the backbeat, Blues Band. Pump their fists in the air, Rock Band.. 12. If the male musicians are wearing Dockers, Blues Band. If they are wearing Spandex, Rock Band......

Sultans of Swing - Long Version

The band wanted to play this song so I threw the long live version at them and they loved it. I just recorded it to learn my parts..but it is a cool song.

The 90's

I spent most of the 90's in Houston, Tx playing in a rock and roll band called Powerline. My good friend T-Bone McNeal, great vocalist and guitarist that played with me in that band passed away a couple of years ago. I miss his energy and humor, not to mention his guitar skills. I put his pic in my pictures folder here at Reverb in his honor. He would have loved the RN world and the music he would be making. The bass man was Steve (Dragon) Lam and you can find his work here under "Night Wish" ... Then there was Wayne Pardo on drums... he is still around but I don't think he is making music anymore. The band was a great mix of rock and blues! Miss all you guys!

How to sing and play the blues.

HOW TO PLAY AND SING THE BLUES 1. Most Blues begin with: "Woke up this morning..." 2. "I got a good woman" is a bad way to begin the Blues unless you stick something nasty in the next line like "I got a good woman with the meanest face in town."

3. The Blues is simple. After you get the first line right, repeat it. Then find something that rhymes, sort of: "Got a good woman with the meanest face in town. Yes, I got a good woman with the meanest face in town. Got teeth like Margaret Thatcher, and she weigh 500 pound."

4. The Blues is not about choice. You stuck in a ditch, you stuck in a ditch. There ain't no way out.

5. Blues cars: Chevys, Fords, Cadillacs and broken-down trucks. Blues don't travel in Volvos, BMWs, or SUVs. Most Blues transportation is a Greyhound bus or a southbound train. Jet aircraft and state-sponsored motor pools ain't even in the running. Walkin' plays a major part in the blues lifestyle. So does fixin' to die.

6. Teenagers can't sing the Blues. They ain't fixin' to die yet. Adults sing the Blues. In Blues, "adulthood" means being old enough to get the electric chair if you shoot a man in Memphis.

7. Blues can take place in New York City but not in Hawaii or anyplace in Canada. Hard times in Minneapolis or Seattle is probably just clinical depression. Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City are still great places to have the Blues. You cannot have the blues anyplace that don't get rain.

8. A man with male pattern baldness ain't the Blues. A woman with male pattern baldness is. Breaking your leg 'cause you were skiing is not the blues. Breaking your leg 'cause a alligator be chomping on it is.

9. You can't have no Blues in a office or a shopping mall. The lighting is wrong. Go out to the parking lot or sit by the dumpster.

10. Good places for the Blues: a. highway b. jailhouse c. empty bed d. bottom of a whiskey glass

Bad places for the Blues: a. Nordstrom's b. gallery openings c. Ivy League colleges d. golf courses

11. No one will believe it's the Blues if you wear a suit, 'less you happen to be an old ethnic person, and you slept in it.

12. Do you have the right to sing the Blues?

Yes, if: a. you older than dirt b. you blind c. you shot a man in Memphis d. you can't be satisfied

No, if: a. you have all your teeth b. you were once blind but now can see c. the man in Memphis lived d. you have a 401K or trust fund

Just Another Cat With A Guitar
Just Another Cat With A Guitar  (over 2 years ago)

13. Blues is not a matter of color. It's a matter of bad luck. Tiger Woods cannot sing the blues. Sonny Liston could. Ugly white people also got a leg up on the blues.

14. If you ask for water and your darlin' give you gasoline, it's the Blues. Other acceptable Blues beverages are:
a. cheap wine
b. whiskey or bourbon
c. muddy water
d. nasty black coffee

The following are NOT Blues beverages:
a. Perrier
b. Chardonnay
c. Snapple
d. Slim Fast

15. If death occurs in a cheap motel or a shotgun shack, it's a Blues
death. Stabbed in the back by a jealous lover is another Blues way to die. So are the electric chair, substance abuse and dying lonely on a
broken-down cot. You can't have a Blues death if you die during a tennis match or while getting liposuction.

16. Some Blues names for women:
a. Sadie
b. Big Mama
c. Bessie
d. Fat River Dumpling

17. Some Blues names for men:
a. Joe
b. Willie
c. Little Willie
d. Big Willie

18. Persons with names like Amber, Jennifer, Tiffany, Debbie, and Heather can't sing the Blues no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.

19. Make your own Blues name Starter Kit:
a. name of physical infirmity (Blind, Cripple, Lame, etc.)
b. first name (see above) plus name of fruit (Lemon, Lime, etc..)
c. last name of President (Jefferson, Johnson, Fillmore, etc.)
Examples: Blind Lime Jefferson, Jackleg Lemon Johnson.

20. No matter how tragic your life, if you own a computer you cannot sing the blues

Joesf Glaude
Joesf Glaude  (over 2 years ago)

Excellent...absolutly enjoyed the blog!

magic marker
magic marker  (over 2 years ago)

hi cat please don't remove this ever it is the most useful " how to be blues worthy for dummys " i ever
read and to true to be ignored :) so hows this for a blues name "rebecca papaya nixon" or maby i just stick with magic marker and let the blues alone :)

Last Nights Gig

Played an outdoor gig last night in this Texas Heat! The fans were there in force and had a great time....made it all worth it!

You Told Me!

I was looking at my stats today and realized that after a few years of being on Reverbnation that the most played song of all time (on my charts anyway) Is "You Told Me That You Loved Me" --- I moved that tune off of the top spot over a year ago and it is still the most played song. Just goes to show you that Tommy Bolin is a much better song writer than I am...LOL

New Band

Started a new rock/blues band - Texas Blu-Catz - The guys are coming together nicely. It won't be long!



I recently went out to see a drummer friend from the 70's in high school play at a local club. We were in a band together back then that covered Chicago tunes. So in honor of my good friend Danny Elliot I recorded this tune in a smooth cat type way......


Black Magic Woman

While listening to Peter Green's version of Black Magic Woman I set out to record something more to the way he played it...but I just couldn't get Santana's version out of my head. So this one is a mix of the two...David Wilson sang it very well as he always does....thanks Dave.


Every once in a while I like to play my saxophone... :-)