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Posted: Aug 19, 2005 7:46 pm
Who is the best guitar player in Memphis?
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 7:47 pm
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 8:01 pm
Charles "Skip" Pitts?
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 8:01 pm
There are so many...
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 8:07 pm
There are so many...

Posted: Aug 19, 2005 8:20 pm
Duckworth, Cropper, Chilton?
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 8:22 pm
shit, man, what do you want? who writes the best riffs? who can play the fastest? pretty-est improvised solo? knows most obscure jazz chords?
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 8:24 pm
Chilton is no where near the top, IMO. I don't think he lives here anymore either....
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 8:29 pm
I don't want anything.....Just bored and curious....


Best soloist
Best hardcore
Best ever
best song writer
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 8:35 pm
best rock soloist-Steveo McFadden

best riff writer-Paul McIntosh
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 8:38 pm
best riff writer is a tossup between Paul McIntosh and Jody Smith

still thinking over best rock soloist... though, I wouln't count Steveo out.
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 8:42 pm
Best soloist ==Jim Duckworth
Best hardcore ==Steve-O
Best ever ==????
best song writer==Chilton (Sorry Jack)
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 8:46 pm
Bob Holmes......Can't leave him out!
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 8:47 pm
Don't be sorry, just never really been my cup of tea.

There's also Steve Selvidge, Lilly Afshar, Mr. Eric, mattyb, Quinn & Justice, J. White, that Yarber guy is pretty o.k....
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 8:49 pm
Lilly Afshar is incredible---good call!!!! By far best classical and possibly best period!
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 8:51 pm
She all crazy, though...
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 8:51 pm
James Eddie Campbell aka Lamar Sorrento is a bad mother.....shut yo mouth.....hey I'm just talkin' 'bout Lamar....we'll we can dig it.
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 8:52 pm
And she don't rock, really...

But classical? Hell, she studied under Segovia or some such...
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 8:56 pm
What about Monsieur Jeffrey Evans? I don't live there, but I'm throwing that out there anyhoo...
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 9:08 pm
1. Rob Evil (Evil Army)
2. Jody Smith (Lewds/Sons of Bitches)
3. Jay Jay Reatard (Reatards/Lost Sounds)
4. Cey Mooney (Pezz/Akasha)
5. Elvis (Elvis)

these guys may not be the "best", but they are my favorites.
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 9:11 pm
Some of the Giboson Bros, stuff had great riffs("Mississippi Bol Weevil", "Whistlebait", "Dirt Preacher"), but since 68' Comeback has had so many guitar players, I'm never sure who should get the credit. Jeff is very good though.

Jay Reatard is definitely a talent and fav as well.
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 9:18 pm
I nominate myself for worst guitarist. I can make Johnny Ramone look like Yingyang Malmspeed.
O.k. Lily Afshar is really,really good, but i hear she's a superhardass slavedriver.
I've been told that Alex Chilton now lives in Hoenwald Tenn. (close to my home town. true? and also he calls that 70's show, that 70 dollar show cuz the producers give him 70 bucks for each use of that song, as a gift, because he doesn't really get royalties cuz that catalog was sold to Fantasy or something, anyone? Bueller?....Bueller?...
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 9:23 pm
I thought he was in NOrleans
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 9:26 pm
Monsieur Jeffrey Evans


Jay Reatard is definitely a talent and fav as well
Yes, and ain't he back in Memphis now?
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 9:30 pm
No offense, but JR would not crack my top 100.....good for what it is ..I guess?
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 9:34 pm
yes, jay's back.
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 10:59 pm
Historical Memphis guitar...Travis Wammack...probablly one of the fastest ever.
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 11:08 pm
Yeah, chilton was in new o for a while, but, i had heard he moved again.
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 11:13 pm
Obviously none of you know how to actually play guitar! DEE DEE (Doug Colvin)RAMONE never even lived in Memphis! HE'S DEAD AND HE ISN'T COMING BACK,SO GET OVER IT SHITHEADS!!!!
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 11:19 pm
no particular order ...

Steve Selvidge
David Cousar (sp??)
Calvin Newborn
Chilton for rhythm parts
Teenie Hodges for rhythm parts (is he still alive/in memphis?)
kid from Noise Choir does some cool shit
Me (haven't been in a band in like 3 years; some fools just couldn't hang)
Posted: Aug 20, 2005 4:01 am
Marlon Branch
Gerard Harris
Lily Afshar
Chip Henderson
Matt Burns
Steve Selvidge
Jody Smith
Jason White...
Posted: Aug 20, 2005 6:59 am
I always though Keith Douglas of Tora Tora had some tasty licks.
Posted: Aug 20, 2005 9:37 am
ROb Evil can dive
Jay can compose endlessly
Lily Afshar has a bigger ego than anyone
Steve Selvidge and RObbie Grant have FX down pretty good
Ricky SUggs compose
Eternal Notes award to John Garland and Patrick Pellican
Posted: Aug 20, 2005 11:50 am
Teeny Hodges

...played that opening lick on Al Green's Love and Happiness.
Posted: Aug 20, 2005 5:14 pm
"Littlemiss" is the best guitar player EVER!!!!!! I had to string up some drunk fool's guitar and show another one how to tune it last night.I bet even Joe Perry forgot how to do that .You people make me SICK!!!!!!!
Posted: Aug 20, 2005 5:25 pm
Smoking most crack while repeatedly playing mixalodian scale and aoelin scales with a whammy bar goes to Eric Geils

Me I cant play a lick
Posted: Aug 20, 2005 6:30 pm
charlie angel-slut
Posted: Aug 20, 2005 6:43 pm
Yeah,that guy is fun to watch!
Posted: Aug 20, 2005 8:01 pm
drew wood
Posted: Aug 21, 2005 2:00 pm
Saw Jim Duckworth playing with Greg Hisky at the Bucc Friday evening.

It's pretty much my reaction anytime I see him but . . .holy shit.
Posted: Aug 22, 2005 6:08 am
Theres only one duckworth (no pun intended) worth mentioning in this poll.
Posted: Aug 22, 2005 3:45 pm
Yes since he is the main core member and he is still alive and living in Memphis, I considered it Monsier Jeffrey Evans... I thought he at least needed to be added to this string, since most of the folks you guys have mentioned I have never even heard of --aside from Elvis. Elvis was just a great all around performer, I don't know that his guitar playing really stood out that much. Gotta give props to a man who drives a cadillac hearse at 25 mph city or highway...
Posted: Aug 22, 2005 4:36 pm
Gotta throw Doug Easley in there, too...
Posted: Aug 22, 2005 4:48 pm | Edited by: circuit city and the black dads
Memphis wouldn't be the same without Kevin Eubanks.
Posted: Aug 23, 2005 6:37 pm
Don't forget about Clint Wagner!
Posted: Aug 26, 2005 1:41 am
gotta throw Ron Easly in there too.
Posted: Aug 26, 2005 1:55 am
Big story about Shawn Lane in the Flyer this week. Course, he's dead now...
Posted: Aug 26, 2005 2:21 am
all great.... best i ever saw in person was little jimmy king. on fire. most probably, on crack. but destroying a tiny club. awesome.
Posted: Aug 26, 2005 2:34 am
Same with Eric Gales. Maybe there's something to that crack and guitar player thing...
Posted: Aug 26, 2005 3:56 am
Eric Gales. What a sad sad story. I like Jake Vest from Augustine too, he's coming up.
Posted: Aug 27, 2005 12:04 am
Phil from Issen fucking kills it.
Posted: Aug 29, 2005 5:21 am
GREG! -songwriter, I don't give a fuck about the technical shit, I just know that Greg O can make a guitar sound: Very Pissed, Very Country, Very Happy, Verry Sad, Very Pop...sometimes all at the same time! you can't fuck with that! NOt that many artist can have more than one sound without sounding like a huge pile of shit...i.e. Everlast from House of Pain!

(i'm not from memphis, so you can tell me to fuck off...)
Posted: Aug 29, 2005 4:56 pm
let's have a thrash off contest!
Posted: Aug 29, 2005 7:22 pm
How about Greg Erwin? He hasn't been in Memphis for some time...
But would he rank?
Posted: Aug 29, 2005 8:18 pm
metro waste guitar is fun to listen to,but mike dollally is Great.hello grayson.
Posted: Aug 29, 2005 8:22 pm
Not many people know this but Jerry Tate did some guitar work on the last Tora Tora record.You guys should check it out! He's a Great guitarist!!!!!!
Posted: Aug 29, 2005 8:29 pm
Mike Flemming is whithout a doubt the best guitar player in memphis.Hands down! I saw him do a set with Egypt Central at the stage stop! That dude played "erruption"with his tongue and every thing,then he smashed his guitar int his amp!Awesome!!!
Posted: Aug 30, 2005 4:45 pm
I'm the best guitar player in memphis!Better than Jerry Tate,better than Mike flemming,Steeve Selvidge,Sid Selvidge,Eddie VanHalen.......ANYBODY!!!!!!! I can make a guitar turn into a little dog,and fuck it right on stage!!!! I know It's Only Rock-n-Roll,But I Fuck it,Fuck It,Yes I Do!!!!!!!!!!
Posted: Aug 30, 2005 4:46 pm
Posted: Aug 30, 2005 5:02 pm
Well, Greg's a southpaw, and played a right-handed guitar (strung upside down!!!!) at our wedding reception, so he gets my vote ...

Other Keg & Nads faves from Memphis/area:

Jack O
Furry Lewis
Monsieur Evans
Travis Wammack (Night Train, oh my GAWD!!!)
Jack fucking whatsisface (oh, Taylor)
Chilton (obviously)
Teddy Paige (esp. on Hank, This Is It)
Chips Moman

Erm, I'll get back to ya ...
Posted: Aug 30, 2005 5:06 pm
Erm, that's SCOTT Taylor, am always drunk (instantly) when I think o'that fucker ...

I'm sure there's loads more, too ... But it's quality, not quantity, in my book, so NO SOLOS OVER FOUR BARS, says I ...
Posted: Sep 2, 2005 11:37 pm
duh- jeff gunn.
he taught me how to play.
Posted: Sep 3, 2005 2:26 am
I nominate Zac Ives. Anyone ever see Sector Zero???
Oh, and seeing Shaggy play "Ex-Lion Tamer" is one of my favorite
Memphis Memories. He was strummin' with the neck and his right hand.
Posted: Sep 4, 2005 7:29 pm
Memphis wouldn't be the same without Kevin Eubanks.

I'm gonna have to agree with circuit city and the black dads
Posted: Sep 10, 2005 10:43 pm
That's what shaggy,and mr. joe danger(love yall!(in a non- commited sleazy-make your wives,and girlfriends angry-kind of way))get for hangin' out with dirty,ole' miss linda.I'm glad my parents MADE me take guitar lessons so I could teach my friends to play the wrong way for FREE! some of them guitar lessons are expensive,and USELESS.GREG GINN USED TO BE THE BEST GUITAR PLAYER IN MEMPHIS,BUT ONLY 3 TIMES.
Posted: Sep 12, 2005 9:03 pm
It's Chef John Stivers of Impala, of course! He will be serving up the tasty licks and grooves at Electric Goneroo. All you thrashers, gay ragers, sweep pickers, tappers, and miss linda camp posse thugs should come prepared to take notes. Mmmm...mmmm...good.

<3 --- the "b" --- <3
Posted: Sep 16, 2005 11:17 pm
I can't wait,cause Impala is great.
Posted: Sep 21, 2005 6:49 pm
Travis Wammack, YES!! And he's STILL great!
Posted: Sep 27, 2005 6:46 am
If Shawn Lane were still alive they would all eat his dust...no doubt about it.
Posted: Sep 28, 2005 3:43 pm
If Shawn Lane were still alive today, he'd be fat as shit.
Posted: Sep 28, 2005 6:16 pm
If Shawn Lane were still alive they would all eat his dust...no doubt about it.
I don't know about that... There's always someone better.

If Shawn Lane were still alive today, he'd be fat as shit.
Funniest thing I've read all day.
Posted: Sep 30, 2005 10:33 pm
JEFF GUNN!!! and maybe Johnny Taylor
Posted: Oct 1, 2005 11:53 pm
reading some of these responses...makes me wonder..how much fucking crack is smoked in this city?
Posted: Oct 2, 2005 3:32 am
Posted: Oct 2, 2005 3:53 am
I gotta try this crack stuff...
Posted: Oct 10, 2005 11:38 am
Posted: Oct 11, 2005 2:40 am
Marlon Branch
Gerard Harris
Lily Afshar
Chip Henderson
Matt Burns
Steve Selvidge
Jody Smith
Jason White...

I take guitar lessons from Chip Henderson.
Posted: Oct 13, 2005 9:37 pm
steve-o kills.
Posted: Oct 16, 2005 9:08 am
what the fuck is Jeff Gunn doing these days anyway?
Posted: Nov 5, 2005 9:52 pm
crack is great! I'll do ANYTHING for crack. Gimmie some o that sweet sweet Crack!I'll steal purses down at the Cooper-Young area,I'll bust down your door late,late at night! I'll kill someone at the ATM!! I'll suck dicks down at the greyhound bus station!!!! Anything!!!!
Posted: Nov 5, 2005 10:11 pm
Miss Linda is the best guitar player in my living room. For whiskey and crack. Go Greyhound, girl.
Posted: Nov 10, 2005 1:03 am
I vote for Keith Sykes.


Steve Johnson ain't half bad. And Big Nick is the best guitar in the Tennessee Prison System....he's from Memphis.
Posted: Nov 10, 2005 11:20 pm
Sodomy to you ,stupid underling!I smash you like BUG!
Posted: Nov 10, 2005 11:21 pm
I rape you like dog!
Posted: Nov 10, 2005 11:37 pm
in fecal delecto
Posted: Nov 11, 2005 5:01 pm
Yeah....What he said too.
Posted: Nov 13, 2005 6:09 am
Jim Duckworth and David Pound- you can see them together in the Jim Duckworth Action Figures, or Hisky's latest band, I forget what they call it..
Dave also plays with Mike Vessey in Plywood Doghouse- Both bands have to be heard to be believed- just some unreal shit
Posted: Dec 22, 2005 7:32 pm
If Vito Bratta ever played in Memphis, he would be the best. Reb Beach has been here a few times. He would be up there too. John Sykes is a badass. That "Bad Boys" song off of Whitesnake S/T is one of the best things ever. If Yngwie hadn't cancelled at the Stage Stop, he would probably be the best. Everybody wants to be Yngwie. That's why he's so hated.

Well, Greg's a southpaw, and played a right-handed guitar (strung upside down!!!!) at our wedding reception, so he gets my vote ...

Albert King (a southpaw too) taught himself to play a right-handed guitar upside-down while keeping the strings strung for a righty. It's not easy to play chords like that. I think Little Jimmy and Eric Gales did that too.
Posted: Dec 22, 2005 7:35 pm
Dog raping to all of you!
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