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Old 02-03-2016, 04:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Clean tone instrumental blues guitar albums

Hello,

I am searching for blues albums or songs where the main focus is on the guitar. (So little singing and little background trumpets, organs,..)
I also prefer a clean sound or with a bit overdrive.

I love songs like 'Riviere Paradise' and 'Lenny' from Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Also the sound of BB King his guitar is beautiful, but the only instrumental album I found is 'Spotlight on Lucille'. (Man, what an album :p)

I love the guitar sound of Derek Trucks, but I didn't yet find an album without all the singing and background instruments, with just his guitar.

Same with Buddy Guy; beautiful guitar playing, but I'm still searching for an album with little singing and other instuments.

If you have some albums you can recommend, please let me know
Thank you soooo much
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Old 02-03-2016, 05:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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But you still are looking for blues played on an electric guitar? Of for acoustic blues? Or both?
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Old 02-03-2016, 07:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ah good question
Well, I was referring to the electrical guitar.
I never really found instrumental acoustic blues. But suggestions are always welcome
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Look into the Hellecasters. They have what you seek.
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There's singing here. And an indian influence. And Breit's guitar is actually pretty distorted.
What a terrible recommendation.
Yet I still feel like it might suit you.



But here's some honest to god instrumental, acoustic blues from the great Marc Ribot.

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Hello,

I am searching for blues albums or songs where the main focus is on the guitar. (So little singing and little background trumpets, organs,..)
I also prefer a clean sound or with a bit overdrive.
^ Welcome to MB, jann!
That's a style of music that I like too, so I'll be watching this thread with interest. First artist who came to mind was Roy Buchanan. Second Album is about as sparse elec blues as you will find, I think. It's an instrumental album, though these days it's on a cd with his self-titled album, which has vocals on about 4 tracks. None the less, well worth tolerating for Roy's killer guitar:-




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I love the guitar sound of Derek Trucks, but I didn't yet find an album without all the singing and background instruments, with just his guitar.
Why not try DT's Soul Serenade album, which only has vocals on one track ?

Mention "guitar" and "tone" in the same sentence, and the name Eric Johnson usually turns up. A fair amount of singing in his material, but it doesn't usually dominate the song. The album Live From Austen Texas is about 50/50 instrumental/vocal. Here's a vocal track from it to give you an idea:-



Almost forgot Danny Gatton, who also veers away from pure blues, but 88 Elmira Street is a guitar-led instrumental album (with some horns thrown into the mix occasionally):-



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Look into the Hellecasters. They have what you seek.
^ Maybe I never found the right song by these guys, Plankton. What I've heard by them seemed too fast and short to take seriously.
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Maybe I never found the right song by these guys, Plankton. What I've heard by them seemed too fast and short to take seriously.
They're Blues based, and their entire albums are based around guitars. Heck, even their name is based on a guitar, but yeah I guess it might be a little off. Speaking of fast:



I was gonna suggest some Eric Johnson too, but he only has a handful of bluesey instrumentals, but those few that he does are outstanding.

As for instrumental acoustic blues, it don't get much better than this:

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^ "They went to a studio but took their guitars to Hell!"

That's a pretty good Hellecaster track, and Tommy Emmanuel's performance is just extraordinary. He makes my acoustic blues choice, by Sam Mitchell, look rather tame:-

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That's a good Sam Mitchell track. How about some Leo Kottke:

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