Re: Jemsite Guitar Challenge February 2015 - Poll
Craig - the two things that impressed me the most about your entry (aside from that gorgeous guitar) were they way you did an excellent job mixing up different rhythmic groupings, and your use of double stops/full chords within the context of your solo. Neither of those is easy to do alone, and together the results are great. This is a really cool solo; you kind of did the same thing I did (play a blues solo, but try not to SOUND like you're playing a blues solo), but 180 degrees in the opposite direction.
FireEagle - you, on the other hand do the exact opposite - the opening of your solo is VERY authentic, right down to the ever-so-slightly-flat bends that somehow manage to still work. When you turn the gain up a little you lose a little bit of that, but when it then comes back down... Again, it doesn't sound at all like something I'd expect to hear at Jemsite. Very understated and tasteful.
Pirataz - you're not a Tom Waits fan by any chance, are you? 0:56 or could have come straight off Rain Dogs. Actually most of this could have come right off Rain Dogs. I don't know if many people would consider this a compliment, but I certainly do. I'm actually sort of sitting here with a grin on my face because none of this stuff you're doing - very percussive, angular, spastic licks that squeal and scream more than they sing - SHOULD work, yet it all absolutely does. Seriously, if you don't know that Tom Waits album, go buy it now, because you're going to dig the **** out of Marc Ribot's playing on that record.
Tough one - this is actually a really solid month for all parties involved, actually, as I think there's a credible argument to be made for why someone should vote for any single one of these. I'm going to go with Pirataz for two reasons - one, because for some reason he doesn't have a vote yet, and two, because I've never heard anyone else pull off that sort of angular, percussive vibe Ribot owns as well as you have here, and I couldn't do that at gunpoint.