Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Enjoying Toy Caldwell's jazzy guitar licks

I've been spending time refining a SOUTHERN ROCK playlist lately.
Fueled by guitars and rebellion (naturally), it provides an appropriate accompaniment for driving with the windows rolled down and the stereo cranked up.
One of the guitarists who has really caught my ear is TOY CALDWELL (1948-1993), who played for the MARSHALL TUCKER BAND.
Caldwell's solos were kept short and sweet on the singles versions of Marshall Tucker songs, but on live tracks and album cuts his fretwork really shined.
Caldwell received his early musical education from his father, a country guitarist who never used a pick.
Eschewing a pick himself, Caldwell developed a thumb-based soloing style closer in style to jazz great WES MONTGOMERY than rock contemporaries.
Guitarist and journalist Pete Prown described Caldwell's solos as "uniformly dazzling, blending fast jazzy phrases with a plethora of country-styled licks."
Caldwell's death at the age of 45 robbed us all of an outstanding talent.
I've really enjoyed listening to his efforts on my Southern rock playlist.

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