Friday, 31 October 2008

Hound Dog Taylor

Theodore Roosevelt 'Hound Dog' Taylor and The HouseRockers were not musically flashy, but they were fun. Also, they had no bass player. Hound Dog wasn't technical or smooth, but that's why it was cool!

An album link.

The music is mean-sounding, but really fun! it is not possible to talk about the music, without saying a little bit about the man. It's almost as though he was destined to be larger than life. He played electric slide guitar and sang. I don't care what anyone says; Hound had a fantastic style of playing and a real sense of humour, within his music! He was born in Mississippi, with six fingers on each hand! Later, he would use a straight razor to cut off one of his extra digits.

One of his influences, was fellow slide guitarist, Elmore James. I would recommend both men highly.

Like many blues musicians, Taylor was active musically for most of his life; from the 1950s, until his death in 1975.

1 comment:

Fitzgerald said...

Man, you know you got to love some Hound Dog Taylor. He was so real!!! Thanks for an excellent post on him.