great guitarist....guitar solos...and performances

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  • MsMcDucket

    I really love their version of "Summer Breeze".

    Ernie Isley playing down at BB's
    Ernie Isley at the Guitar Masters One of the longest running acts in Rock and Roll history, The Isley Brothers have been around, in one form or another, for about a half century. A surprise guest at the recent Guitar Masters, Ernie has been playing around town, and STLBlues caught his act at BB's. Ernie spent a few minutes with STLBlues recently, here's his story!

    STLBlues: Where are you from?

    Ernie: I was born in Lincoln Heights (Cincinatti, Ohio) in 1952 into a musical family, the 5th of 6 boys

    STLBlues: When did you begin performing?

    Ernie: My first performances were in church

    STLBlues: Tell us a little about your musical history

    Ernie: My father died one week before release of "Shout", one of our of our first hits, but he was watching from a cloud. Jimi Hendix - we bought him his 1st Stratocaster, and he did his first recording with the Isley Bros, "Testify 1 & 2". He was with the band from 1963-1965, and lived at our house, before the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. I bought my 1st guitar in 1968. On the 1969 Issue of Fame, I played bass. On the 3 by 3 album "Whos that lady", our 1972 hit. Stevie Wonder recorded by day, and the Isleys recorded by night. When Paul McCartney was interviewed for his latest tour, he said "the Isley Bros are the musical connoisseurs"!
    STLBLues: What are some memorable music moments you've had?
    Ernie: One that stands out was in 1992, when the Isley Bros. were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Little Richard made our intro speech! Yahn Warner - Editor of Rolling Stone magazine - was one of the speakers, and said 'The Isley Brothers have enjoyed a long and successful career, with Shout in 1959, and Twist & Shout in 1962, more than enough to get them into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! No Billboard Artist has been on the charts more since the 50's".

    When we were going to visit the Rock and Roll museum, I called ahead and said "we have a show in town tonight, and we'd like to come by and see the museum. I spoke to a woman, Sharon, and she excitedly said "when will you by"? I said "in 10 mins". Sharon said "can you give me 15"? When we arrived, she gave us a personally guided tour, it was great!
    Ernie Isley at BB's
    Ernie Isley
    Beatle Bob's 'Twist & Shout'
    Beatle Bob's
    'Twist & Shout'
    Great sounds down at BB's
    Great sounds
    down at BB's
    Billy Barnett
    Billy Barnett
    Bob Lohr
    Bob Lohr

    STLBlues: We were witness to your performance at the 2002 Guitar Masters concert, a St. Louis Blues Society event (see top picture) . Will you be playing around town often?
    Ernie: I love the playing, without the confines of a format - John May of the Blues Society has lined me up to play a bit around town, at BB's & Fazios.

    STLBlues: What are your plans for the future?

    Ernie: We have a CD coming out in March, I'll be out touring behind the CD. Our music is the most sampled by the hiphop/MTV generation, Notorious Mr. Big, and more.
    STLBlues: We noticed your guitar seems very unique. Tells us a little bit about it!

    Ernie: Zeal is my custom stratocastor, and has seven hand-carved roses on the body, and two white doves at the 12th fret, with a hummingbird in abalone. Matter of fact, Zeal is Miss January in the Fender custom guitar calender. I'm hoping for a possible signature series with Fender!

    STLBlues: Ernie, thanks for taking a few minutes to talk to us, and we wish you continued success!

    Ernie: You're welcome!
    Kevin Johnson's STLToday article "Ernie Isley's doing the Town!"

    Ernie Isley, he helped to get Jimi Hendrix started.

  • hillary_step


    If you have not got 2hrs to spare watching the PFM video, move the slider bar to 1hr 37 minutes, here Franco does the solo 'Alta Loma Alta' from the 70's 'Cook' album.


  • MsMcDucket

    Johnny "Guitar" Watson. I love the song "I don't want to be like the Lone Ranger".

    An excellent retrospective was released in 2005, called 'The Funk Anthology'.

  • MsMcDucket

    Ok, this is my last one!

    Chuck Berry

  • purplesofa

    Emerson Lake and Palmer............From the Beginning

    I like the laid back guitar piece in it.

    I am still working on getting all this guitar stuff together..........I cannot thank everyone enough for their suggestions and input. A new world has been opened up!!!!

    Oh I can't imagine being deaf.


  • Dave_T

    I think nobody mentioned John Frusciante (guitar) and Flea (bass guitar) in the Red Hot Chili Peppers. These guys are amazing.

  • Twitch
    I think nobody mentioned John Frusciante (guitar) and Flea (bass guitar) in the Red Hot Chili Peppers. These guys are amazing.


  • purplesofa
    Monte Montgomery

    And check out this guy. Guitar Player magazine voted him the best guitarist you've never heard of. Saw him at the House of Blues in Boston-amazing!!! He does things with an acoustic that'll blow you away.


    I agree.......he is great........Just got his stuff and listening to him now......thanks for the recommendation!!!


  • tijkmo

    i play guitar but i wouldnt call myself a guitarist (in much the same way as i play golf but...)

    i have no interest in players who can fly round the fretboard...about as interesting as a drum solo

    so my preference is for melodic guitar solos

    my favourite players therefore are those that played guitar within bands that wrote great songs...steve howe, steve rothery, steve hackett, mike rutherford, daryl stuermer, brian may, the edge, sting, david gilmour

    top 5 guitar solos

    firth of fifth - genesis

    comfortably numb - pink floyd

    i was only joking - rod stewart

    goodbye to love - the carpenters

    the year of the cat - al stewart

    (from out of the arch - the irony...ok thats 6)

  • purplesofa
    PFM are still going strong. In fact here is a google video of a recent performance in Japan

    Hillary Step,

    This is a great concert. Thanks for the turn on.....

    I hope that others have been able to get some of these great suggestions and check them out.

    I have been able to get most of everything that all have suggested.........but I am still working on it.

    6,700 downloads.......and now putting it all on external hard if anyone can't find something give me a shout.

    Again..........PFM .........awesome!!!!! Great listening after stressful day at work.


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