What? Was: ITIN: Slick Ballinger

Ricky Stevens deltabluz@hotmail.com
Mon Oct 13 09:29:30 EDT 2003


Not being a mind reader, I can't presume to answer for Mr. Tweed.

I will say that I have heard Daniel "Slick" Ballenger play solo acoustic and
as part of a three piece group and in both styles he plays a very
traditional style.  Nothing flashy or fancy, just solid picking and delivery
of standards and originals with an older sound.  The phrase "guitar slinger"
does not apply here.  If I had to pick a label, I guess "blues player" would
be the one.

Now, for MY take on the line "Definitely not the same old blues crap."

I've heard I don't know how many "blues bands" made up of people with no
concept of the music beyond learning note for note covers of a couple of
songs by SRV, Wolf, and Muddy along with Brown Eyed Girl, Freebird and
Mustang Sally.  Don't expect that show from Slick 'cause it ain't gonna
happen.

Some folks got it and some folks don't.  Slick's got it.

Ricky Stevens
Arkabutla, Mississippi


----- Original Message -----
From: "bluesfantom" <bluesfantom@dc4pc.net>
To: <BLUES-L@LISTS.NETSPACE.ORG>
Sent: Sunday, October 12, 2003 7:07 PM
Subject: Re: What? Was: ITIN: Slick Ballinger


> Tweed wrote in part:
>
> > Definitely not the same old blues crap.
>
> What would you consider that to be?   Muddy Waters?  Howlin' Wolf?  Or
more
> contemporary, ie, living types: Henry Townsend?  Phillip Walker?  Otis
Rush?
> Or is it something else?  I am quite interested.  Hell, I may have been
> listening to the same old blues crap and didn't even know it.
>
> Or is it this current crop of brat wannabes?  Anybody here get a load of
> Joss Stone?  Sean Costello is pretty darn good in my book.  How come he
> doesn't get the same attention as Master Jonny?  Thinking of Jonny, what
> ever happened to Shannon Curfman?
>
> Disclaimer:  This is not meant as an attack or flame.  I'm just finding
the
> thread asinine in nature and outcome.
>
> Sorry.
>
> tom
>
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