NBC: Loud Alert

Jonny Meister bluesandbeyond@gmail.com
Sat Oct 27 15:29:24 EDT 2007

"  .. it was mostly white kids in from the suburbs with guitars and 
amplifiers that their parents had bought them for birthdays and 
Christmas. Their idea of soul was volume; they would crank it up..."

-James Taylor talking about his spoof blues song "Steamroller Blues" --

it's an old story at this point...


At 01:52 PM 10/27/2007, you wrote:
>    I went to see Coco Montoya last week and afterwards I commented that he
>was, at one point, loud enough to peel paint.
>    Well Coco was a mere whisper in the wind when compared to Scott Mckeon
>"15-year old blues prodigy" touring from England. Peel paint!? These guys
>peel the paint and destroy the bricks and mortar behind it. This is Weapons
>of Auditory Destruction.
>   There comes a tipping point when the ear can no longer process 
> sound, like a
>VU meter way over in the red. In this case with the needle bent and broken. A
>tipping point where all you can hear are ear farts.... BRRRRAPPP!!.
>   Now it could be that at 57 I am in my auditory dotage but I have some very
>good ear auditory plugs (I was tired of the next-day tinnitus).  I try not to
>use them as they do detract.. These guys hurt even through the plugs. The
>lead was overdriven to a point where it all became a blur.  The bass, when in
>the lower register, would often wash out the rest of the band, The Drummer
>had the elegance of a jackhammer stirring a fine china teacup. Black Sabbath
>on roids. It was FUGLY.

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