Junior Watson wisdom

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  1. mad dog

    mad dog Silver Supporting Member

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    Mr. Watson is not just a superbly talented and tasteful musician. He can be hilarious on stage. Saw him last night, and the in between song jive was as good as the music.

    On getting girls via music: "Don't get me wrong. I've had my share. Just not lately ..."

    On being an old guy: "Maybe it's time for me to go to the bathroom. When you're my age you know, that's all you think about. Going to the bathroom. I don't even have to go ... but I sort of want to."

    Such a treat to see this man play and hold forth. If you get the change, just do it.
     
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    soundchaser59 Thank You Great Spirit! Silver Supporting Member

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    You're using that word "wisdom" rather loosely.
     
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    Supremely jealous, as I have never had the pleasure of seeing Junior live. He’s been a big influence on my playing over the last few years. I just love the guy. Hoping to get him over to Texas one day. On his new album he covers an old Sam Lazar song Space Flight that I’ve loved for years. Had played it with my band on and off and was excited to hear Junior covering and it and really bringing a kind of obscure tune to the masses.
     
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    Great player. Has been a staple of the West Coast blues scene for decades.
     
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  5. mad dog

    mad dog Silver Supporting Member

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    Ayup.
     
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    He played it last night. Also an Elvis tune with crooning accomplished via stratocaster. Aside from wild, obscure tastes, Junior has such a great sound. Last night, an electric reverb edge on octal fat tone from old Gibson GA20. Such a pleasure to listen to sounds like that.
     
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    Huge fan, I bought a '59 Pro off of him in '94. He's a funny guy.
     
  8. mad dog

    mad dog Silver Supporting Member

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    Yes, Mr. Watson is an interesting and funny guy. I got to eat dinner with him, hang out and talk at a local NJ show last summer. It was such a treat to discuss early talents like Bill Jennings with Junior. He was hip to older influences a very long time ago, helped publicize and re-popularize some of the long ago players I'm just beginning to follow. Respect for a fascinating musician and a curious musical mind.
     
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    stevieboy Clouds yell at me Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm a harmonica player mostly.
    I lived in LA 98-2000 and got to know Junior a little bit, but not very well. A few years after leaving LA Junior was playing in Connecticut. I normally have a harmonica or two in my pocket in case I'm asked to sit in, but I thought "Oh, he won't remember me so I won't bother."
    At the show over the mic Watson says "Hey Ryan, ya got any harps with you?"
    "No.", I replied.
    "Good."

    I really got to know him when he played on a couple of tracks on my second CD.


     
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    stevieboy Clouds yell at me Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm not sure of what happens when you try to post a link to a FB post--we'll see what happens! Might create a rift in the time/space continuum. But I just saw this one, shared, don't know the lady who posted it. Source is Bill Stuve, photo of Harman, Watson and Stuve.

     
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