Saturday, January 11, 2014

Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine Does Seattle



The current issue of the Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine includes a large section on the Seattle blues music scene. I think that the cover photo (above) is very representative.

Commenting on this content wouldn't be prudent.  Not gonna do it!  Well, on second thought, I do have one question, and just one tiny comment:

First, who in the heck is Seattle guitarist Jim Allchin, and why is he being credited with "blazing a path in contemporary blues?"  True, I see that he has one of the basic requirements of all the great blues guitarists nailed down - he is a retired Microsoft executive. Plus, he has released some vanity CDs. But has anyone ever seen him actually perform outside of a studio?  In a nightclub or a concert?  Anywhere?

Second, I  absolutely love this photo of Bobby Murray, Robert Cray, and a tiny dog:



You can find out about the band I play in, the Boneyard Preachers, here.  See you at the nightclub!

9 comments:

Michael Lynch said...

Hey Tony - We can't see the Starbucks logo on your cup. You're in BIG trouble, Bro!

Anonymous said...

I feel I can comment on the BC Rhythm and Blues article...it was a crock of shit.
Most of those "artists" listed might be fine musicians but almost none of them were blues players.
You're correct, this Jim Allchin dude doesn't play blues, and doesn't even gig. He is a Microsoft exec who released a "vanity" CD. I've been following the blues for years in the Pacific Northwest, and I can tell you, someone at BCRB didn't do their homework...

Michael Lynch said...

Anonymous - There are many things I didn't like about this piece also. Did you see that long time Seattle harp man and band leader Steve Bailey was identified as a bass player?

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Fast-Strings said...

I don't see what was so bad about that article--I'm a blues player myself, man...I've got all the Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joe Bonamassa recordings, as well as a great ZZ Top and Led Zeppelin collection.
You should see my pedal board..I've got 46 different effects, and two of them say "blues" right on the pedal.So that proves it!
Anyway, what's so wrong with playing rocked-out, mother-lovin' blues, anyway, huh? Billy Gibbons is a great blues guitar man, and so is John Popper...I once saw Buddy Guy a few weeks ago, and John Mayer sat in. Now that dude is really a blues guitarist...

Michael Lynch said...

Man, having our leg pulled so hard hurts! Stop already! ;-p

Anonymous said...

@Fast-Strings - Oh you think you so smart! Well you didn't even mention Seattle's best-known blues guitarist, Jimi Hendrix, did you?! You may have pedals up the ying-yang, but I bet you don't play your fiddle behind your head, back, or between your legs, right?

Seattle fans totally play dead for that shit - and walk on the bar? Fuggedaboudit! Until you can play a note-for-note rendition of Little Wing while dancing around the stage like SRV, you ain't goin' nowhere, pal!

Fast-Strings said...

Oh yeah, Anonymous? Well, have you ever heard of Frank Marino and Mahogoney Rush? Those guys killed at blues!! I bet they influenced Jim Allchin.
And by the way, Jim Allchin did gig once, outside the recording studio, at a Microsoft party. He's got more pedals than I do!! And, he plays a killer version of "Little Wing" except he does it as a medly. You know what that is? That's where you get to the middle of the song, and can't remember the rest of it so you start playing sumpin' else.
JA throws Stairway to Heaven in the middle of Little Wing, which proves he's stone British blues,man!!

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