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Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Mel Brown takes you crosstown

What a shame that this fellow died a few years back at the unripe age of 69. In his heyday, he had some nasty licks and played with such blue-minaries as B.B. King, Albert Collins, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and T-Bone Walker.

Plus, any man who writes a song called, “Eighteen Pounds of Unclean Chitlins” is all right in my book.

Nice close-ups of Mel’s left hand in this, doin’ what it does best.

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4 comments on “Mel Brown takes you crosstown

  1. ericjbaker
    May 3, 2014

    I love these old blues and jazz videos you post. They always inspire me to practice. Something about the fret board and the inlays fascinates me, especially on an old hollow body or a semi-hollow. It’s like when other guys look at engines of old cars.

    • Kevin Brennan
      May 3, 2014

      Yeah, they are definitely fetish objects, those old axes. I love, on this one, the signs of wear and tear around the knobs. On Wes Montgomery’s you can see where the finish is worn away at the spot where he rested his right hand. It takes a lot of playing to wear through the varnish…

      • ericjbaker
        May 4, 2014

        Wes Montgomery….

        **me bowing in surrender and exaltation**

        Part of the appeal of Stevie Ray Vaughn is the chipped lacquer on the body of his Fender. As I’ve probably rambled in the past, Gibsons and old Gretsch guitars hold more allure for me than a Fender, but I’m sure fender people get the same feeling from those guitars.

        Anyway, keep the videos coming.

      • Kevin Brennan
        May 4, 2014

        Will do. Every Saturday, if I can find good ones.

        I have a Gibby ES-175 that’s a little too pristine, but I’ve been playing the hell out of it so maybe it’ll start to show the signs of being loved too much… Off to practice now!

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