The Cumberland Post

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Great Guitar War

I know three or four chords on a guitar (everyone in Nashville does, it's a requirement enforced by the Chamber of Commerce). And long ago I wrote some songs (that's a CC requirement too). But I use my old 1967 Silvertone guitar mainly for therapy. Truth is, I'm not very good. Not very good at all. But I do enjoy banging around on the old 6 string from time to time.

Andy has a post up this morning on the great guitarist and entertainer, Jerry Reed. The video is of Reed's great country song, "Amos Moses." Andy ranks Mr. Reed very high up on the guitar playing chart.

Buck also has a music post up today featuring a guitarist named Armik who plays in what could be called a neo-flamenco style. Buck doesn't make any claims about Armik's greatness, but he does say that Armik's performance makes for "damned fine listening."

I agree with both Andy and Buck. Reed is great. And so is Armik. But, this morning's Cumberland Post music post features legendary blind guitarist Doc Watson. I will put Doc up against any and all comers in the Great Guitar War. What war you ask? The one declared here and now.

So come on Andy. Come on Buck. And anyone else who might be reading this blog. Give it your best shot. Let's see who you can put up to match Doc on "Black Mountain Rag." Stay with this video till the end or you'll miss it when he shifts his guitar into 6th gear and the turbo cuts in.


  1. IT'S ON!!! This is gonna be tough, Dan. I know that I have my personal favorite in Roy Clark. But, I've posted great videos of Glen Campbell (highly underrated) with James Burton (a Shreveport boy that can still destroy a 6-string)...and several others.

    We shall see what I can come up with...

  2. Well, I left a comment over at Andy's place saying I can't compete in the bluegrass genre. I didn't realize it was ALL genres until I read (and listened) to this post. We'll give this some thought... it might be what I need to get out of my hockey-funk.

    Thanks for the link!!