Today, we're introducing you to Mix #35. If there is one thing you should always expect, it is to assume that musicians will always find a new way to make noise. The practice of playing slide guitar has been around since the very early days of the delta blues and Robert Johnson. Even though their songs were just one guitar and one singer, using a metal tube to press the strings created a whole new element to their playing.
This week's playlist dives into what the great bluesmen inspired through the years. The sound has commonly been associated with blues acts, but musicians will always find a new way to make noise. We begin with modern slide virtuoso Derek Trucks and his original "This Sky", although Trucks may have had a head start on the rest of this playlist - his dad was in the Allman Brothers Band and always took Derek to practice so he got to learn from the southern rock masters firsthand.
We also see rockers like ZZ Top and Foghat, as well as frontier electric bluesmen like Rory Gallagher and Johnny Winter featured to show the depth in which playing the slide can produce. Make no mistake about it - playing the slide is one of the hardest things to do on guitar. These folks have talent.
We hope this list will motivate you for the next hour to help you do the best work of your life.
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