CLICK ON THE PICK FOR WHO I THINK IS PERHAPS ONE OF THE
FINEST PLAYER OF THE 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, AND TODAY. HE HAS
PLAYED ON SO MANY THINGS, BEEN ON HIS OWN, BEEN WITH
FOLKS LIKE JOHN MAYALL (WHO ALWAYS SEEMS TO PICK
SOME OF THE WORLD'S FINEST PLATERS .... BUDDY WHITTING
TOO, WHO I ALSO MENTION HERE).
|Who I feel are the best guitar players
|Carl Verheyen - The best guitarist alive today? You decide. You have heard him whether you know it or not. Bottom line here .... one of the most
amazing, articulate, wide ranging guitarists ever. If you play a guitar or just enjoy hearing what is a tone and talent that any player strives to perform
his work is a must in your collection. I do not care what form of music you like, when it comes to guitar tone this is the man. Acoustic, classical, Texas
blues, hard rock, sixties, seventies, eighties, 2000, 2020 .... I don't care what your preference is, Carl nails the style, chops and has the tone in
spades. Not a guy with twists on a single basic style or foundation .... a guy with a huge book of styles and foundations. If you want to hear what
things sound like when done as close to perfect as possible listen to this guy.
Kal David - The player that has had more impact on my life than any other in my past had to be Kal David. I cannot think of too much that can happen
in my future that would be as drastic as some of what happened in my past. This is too involved to write here, so I have a PDF file with some pictures
too, and a more in depth portion of writing on Kal as a player, his styles, his influences over all of us today, and more.
Just CLICK HERE for the PDF file. CLICK HERE to head directly to a very cool website.
|There are many players today that impress me a lot. In the past, my top players were folks like Michael Bloomfield, Roy Buchanan, and a lot of other
folks that are long gone. Some of the real greats are still here such as Jimmy Messina (one of the most articulate players I have ever heard). For
those of you too young to remember Buffalo Springfield, Poco or Loggins & Messina just CLICK HERE. Jim is also an accomplished artist:
Jimmy also has a machine shop that is the envy on any metal worker to say the least.
Today, there are folks like the typical guitar heros which are almost household names. Below are some that I find are less then well known, but to me,
can play, arrange, write, and have the tone that kills ... live AND on record. For more on Jimmy's music, art, song writers workshops or touring
schedule as a performer CLICK HERE
Here is a bit I wrote on a response to a question of what the best amp for P90 pickups might be. I got off on a tangent, and I thought of this:
If you want to hear some great MAZ Sr Blues stuff with single coil pickups, listen to the clips here:
Buddy Whittington is perhaps one of the best players I have ever heard, and these clips don't do justice to the rest of the John Mayall "Stories" CD.
This is some of the finest tone I have ever heard from a remarkable player. It doesn't hurt that the other players are at the top of the A list, and who
can not get a little inspired from a B3 in the mix too.
John Mayall has put together better and better "Bluesbreakers" over the decades. In the old days there was Clapton (to me at the peak of his
playing), and things just got better and better with the Bluebreakers and John Mayall keep moving down the road of time. By the way, Kal David was
also with John Mayall at one point.
Buddy Whittington is also a pretty terrific song writer, and the songs on Stories are written in different keys, so a given guitar and amp will have a
different tone higher or lower up the fret range, to the song's advantage.
There is traditional blues, Chicago blues, Southern blues, electric blues, Texas blues, etc. Buddy Whittington is one of those players that can do it all.
Listen to "I thought I heard the Devil" ... a Texas Blues style. Listen to the articulation that is missing with the 6L6 or 6V6 based amps. It's those
EL84's and a front end that is very special in the amp he uses.
This is what blues is all about to me personally. P90s or Strats, or in Kal's case, a great Firebird .... great blues rigs.
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|The Blue Guitar nite
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Kal David and his band
Kal - yesterday and today
A bit more on Kal David .... this is in nicer format over on the Blue Guitar website by the way.
Kal David lives in Palm Springs & is still actively gigging & in July 1998 opened his own club ‘The Blue Guitar”.
1943: Kal David born in Chicago. Grows up listening to blues, gospel and R&B.
1961: Kal David and the Exceptions, featuring future Chicago vocalist Peter Cetera on bass, signed to VeeJay Records, the label of John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed,
Curtis Mayfield and The Beatles before their Capitol Records releases.
1962: Kal and the Exceptions learn the blues working the same Chicago clubs as Reed and Howlin' Wolf seven nights a week from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. with a matinee on
Sunday. They serve as the resident band at the Brown Derby in Chicago Heights, often backing up the Dells of "Oh What A Night" fame.
1965: Left the Exceptions early that year and played in a band with Verne Johnson and a bass player named Jim Towns in Blue Island, Illinois. Kal had the ability to
carry the guitar work and the vocals. After that he started sessions with Paul Cotton and formed the Rovin' Kind.
1968: Rovin' Kind change their name to Illinois Speed Press and move permanently to Los Angeles. (This was great from my point of view .... Myles)
1970: Kal and Paul's differing musical directions become evident and Kal leaves the Illinois Speed Press. (Paul Cotton went on to Poco replacing Jimmy Messina.
Jimmy Messina is a master engineer, producer, composer, but an ultra master guitar player ... who can do those double stop bends like Jimmy Messina? ..... Myles)
1971: The bearded, long-haired Kal records in San Francisco with Harvey Brooks former bass player for Electric Flag, Bob Dylan and Miles Davis. They form The
Fabulous Rhinestones and move to Woodstock, N.Y., where they play with friends like Chicago blues man Paul Butterfield and members of The Band. (The Electric
Flag was a very cool group .... Michael Bloomfield ... one of my other favorites. Part of the reason I could listen to Bob Dylan was that his studio band had Michael
Bloomfield playing. In the case the The Band, Dylan's on the road group, Garth Hudson, who was in The Band is a close personal friend, and to me anyway, the most
talented musician in the group .... Myles)
1977: Kal begins a relationship with Laurie Bono after seeing her sing jazz with Brooks in Woodstock. The Fabulous Rhinestones disband after recording three
albums, performing with John Lennon and Yoko Ono at a peace rally, touring with Stevie Wonder, War, The Doobie Brothers and The Allman Bros.
1978: Kal and Laurie move to Atlanta for four months, then head to Los Angeles, where David works as a session guitarist and sideman for such as Etta james, Al
Kooper and Johnny Rivers, who also uses Bono as a backup singer. ( Al Kooper ...Super Session, The Electric Flag .... and Michael Bloomfield, Harvey Brooks .... gee,
what ever happened to the magic of these sorts of groups of talent? .... Myles)
1981: Kal and Laurie form the 12-piece Dream Band, featuring trumpeter Steve Madaio and members of Doc Severinsen's "Tonight Show" band. They record a demo
with Woodstock founder Artie Kornfeld but it's never released. (So what's the big surprise here? Any band with Kal in it would be a Dream Band .... Myles)
1983: Dream Band folds when Laurie Bono becomes one of Bette Midler's backup singers, The Harlettes.
1985: Kal replaces ex-Rolling Stone guitarist Mick Taylor in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Tour U.S., Europe and Canada. (Like I always say .... John Mayall always
seemed to find, and still seems to find, the world's GREAT players, whether it be guitar, keyboards, drums, bass, or whatever.... Myles)
1986: Johnny Rivers co-produces Kal and Laurie live at Le Cafe in Sherman Oaks. Association with Rivers continues with tours throughout the U.S., Brazil and
Argentina and two albums, including "The Sun Recordings, " recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis.
1990: Kal and Laurie lead an L.A. club band between recording sessions and head the weekly Pro Jam at the China Club in Hollywood, featuring such rock stars as
Stills, The Eagles, Brian Wilson, John Entwhistle and Joe Walsh and blues greats like Sam Taylor and Floyd Dixon.
1994: Kal and Laurie record "Double Tuff" with the Tower of Power horn section. Rolling Stone Magazine gives it three stars.
1995: Kal and Laurie move to Palm Springs, where they play concerts and nightclubs dates between out-of-town recording sessions and performances at such
places as Mohegan Sun Resort in Connecticut and B.B. King's in Universal City.
1998: They open their Palm Springs nightclub, The Blue Guitar
2001: Still rockin' at the Blue Guitar. Live CD released - "Live at the Blue Guitar...by request".
There is a well known standard that is usually a part of any blues man's set list. The song is called "Sweet Home Chicago". Many artists can sing this song but few
lay claim to its contents. Guitarist /singer/songwriter Kal David was in fact born and raised in Chicago.
Kal's recording career began as a teenager when, as a member of Kal David and the Exceptions, he signed a contract with King Records and was later signed to Vee-
Jay Records. Another member of the group was Peter Cetera, who later became the vocalist for a band known as Chicago. Kal joined musical forces with guitarist
Paul Cotton to form the group, The Rovin' Kind. This band recorded for Dunwich Records, but following a name change to Illinois Speed Press and a move to Los
Angeles, Kal and Paul hit their stride, recording two critically acclaimed albums for Columbia Records, Illinois Speed Press and Duet.
Kal and Paul's efforts with Illinois Speed Press served them well, for as Paul went on to become guitarist for Poco, Kal moved to Woodstock, New York, where he
formed the Fabulous Rhinestones with ex-Electric Flag bassist Harvey Brooks. They recorded three well received albums: Fabulous Rhinestones, Freewheelin' for
Paramount Records, and Rhinestones for 20th Century Records. With the Rhinestones, Kal refined his talents as a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter to the point
where even today, long after its disbanding, the group is remembered with fondness and respect for its musical contributions.
A significant musical partnership began in Woodstock when one evening Kal, following the advice of some fellow musicians went to hear singer/songwriter Lauri
Bono perform at a local club. They have been partners ever since, making a move together to Los Angeles.
Kal made his true commitment to the blues idiom as a guitarist and as a singer/songwriter. In the studio or on tour, his commitment was evident in his work as a
sideman for Etta James and Johnny Rivers, with partner Lauri, and with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, where he inherited the lead guitar chair from Mick Taylor.
At this point in his career, Kal realized that it was time for him to front his own band, playing and singing the music which best showcased his abilities as a performer.
Kal put together his own group of musicians, also featuring Lauri as a vocalist, and recorded two albums for SoulCoast Records, Never a Dull Moment and Double
Tuff. With impressive record sales internationally and numerous television appearances, including a one-hour Kal David special in Germany, Kal's reputation grew
While living in Los Angeles, The Kal David Band, with Kal as Musical Director headed up the weekly Pro-Jam at the infamous China Club in Hollywood, playing host to
such guests as Stevie Wonder, Bobby Brown, John Entwistle, Larry Carlton, Brian Wilson, Stephen Stills, Joe Walsh, Paul Young, and Blues greats, Sam Taylor and
Floyd Dixon, and many more who would spread the word about Kal and his music.
Looking for a different creative environment, Kal and Lauri moved to Palm Springs, where they established themselves and formed a new band, Kal David and the
Real Deal. Kal's mastery of the blues guitar and charismatic blues vocals combined with Lauri's dynamic and provocative voice, backed up by the incomparable
Hammond B-3 playing style of Tony Patler, formerly Musical Director for Chaka Kahn, and Alan Diaz, formerly the drummer for Sergio Mendez, constitute the new
After living in Palm Springs for 7 years, Kal and Lauri realized that the only way to continue making music was to either go on the road or play in local clubs which
were not really set up to properly present their talents. They decided, rather, to open their own nightclub that would be dedicated to the proliferation of blues and jazz
presented in an intimate concert venue.
Blue Guitar came to life on July 14, 1998, to the delight of locals and visitors alike. It is situated on the second floor with a balcony overlooking beautiful downtown
Palm Springs. On most nights you'll hear Kal David and the Real Deal featuring Lauri Bono rocking the house, along with blues and rock greats like Johnny Rivers,
Finas Tasby, Johnny Dyer and a host of others who have graced the stage. "Blue Guitar Celebrates Diversity" is their motto and you'll find people from all walks of life
enjoying the high tech industrial design, beautifully appointed decor, excellent sound system and lights, as they are transported by a very special musical experience.
Kal and Lauri continue to go on selected tours including the top-rated Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Connecticut, other great clubs on the East Coast and B.B.
Kings Blues Club in Los Angeles, where the band always plays to sold out audiences. Blue Guitar is home now, however, the fulfillment of a dream for Lauri and Kal.
To fully experience Kal David and the Real Deal you must see them live exhibiting their tremendous talents. Hearing Kal's melodious and soul-baring voice along with
his blazing guitar playing, and at his side, Lauri, his sexy counterpart with her bluesy and soulful vocals, add on the heart and soul of his band, and you have an
unparalled electrifying performance.
ILLINOIS SPEED PRESS - ILLINOIS SPEED PRESS - COLUMBIA
DUET - ILLINOIS SPEED PRESS - COLUMBIA
FABULOUS RHINESTONES - FABULOUS RHINESTONES - PARAMOUNT
FREEWHEELIN¹ - FABULOUS RHINESTONES - PARAMOUNT
RHINESTONES - RHINESTONES - 20TH CENTURY
NEVER A DULL MOMENT - KAL DAVID - SOUL COAST
DOUBLE TUFF - KAL DAVID - SOUL COAST
LIVE AT BLUE GUITAR - KAL DAVID & THE REAL DEAL featuring LAURI BONO
ALBUM CREDITS - as singer and/or guitarist
Bonnie Raitt, Robbie Dupree, Peabo Bryson, Leslie Smith, Janis Ian, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers
Ringo Starr, John Mayall, Smokey Robinson, Johnny Rivers, Jennifer Warnes, Brian Wilson
"Cry Baby" soundtrack, Dallas" TV soundtrack, "Garfield" soundtrack (w/ B.B. King)
"Streets of Gold" soundtrack, "Earth Girls Are Easy", "Northern Exposure" (one of my personal favorite shows of all time by the way .... Myles)
Etta James Brooklyn Dreams
Al Kooper John Mayall (Bluesbreakers)
Johnny Rivers Sha Na Na
McDonald¹s Mattell Disneyland
Toyota Fresh Air Fund Skippy Peanut Butter
Goodyear Tires G.T.E. Telephone Chevy Trucks
Budweiser Carolina Rice Tony Roma¹s Ribs
Kirin Beer Busch Beer
Operation Support-Armed Forces Radio and Television
China Club Pro Jam
California Burn Foundation Benefit
A bit on Buddy Whittington ....
Some photos below from the John Mayall 70th BIRTHDAY CONCERT AT LIVERPOOL DOCKS WITH ERIC CLAPTON. A BENEFIT FOR
UNICEF-TO END CHILD EXPLOITATION. More can be seen at:
The four photos directly above are from Mark Good (m1911 on The gear Page). His commentary was:
Buddy used one of Scotty's rigs for their recent show in Mass. Attached are a couple pics including EXACT Amp
Settings....some of the guys may find interesting. Amp was a MAZ Senior and the Speaker Cab was a Z-Best that I
changed over to two Tone Tubby Original H-1 Speakers. You can post whatever you like.
CLICK ON ANY OF THE PHOTOS FOR A LARGER IMAGE.
|Jimmy - yesterday and today. Click
on any photo for a larger image.