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Walter Stettner


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Post Posted 4 Oct 2017 9:43 am     Reply with quote

Always amazing to see what a unique genius he was:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hWHLLpce5I

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Frank Freniere


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Chicago, IL
Post Posted 4 Oct 2017 10:37 am     Reply with quote

That's a keeper, Walter!
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Ian Rae


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Redditch, England
Post Posted 4 Oct 2017 12:01 pm     Reply with quote

That's extraordinary - I had no idea! Smile
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Bill Ferguson


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Norcross, GA USA
Post Posted 5 Oct 2017 5:43 am     Reply with quote

Thumbs was one of the greatest guitar pickers to ever live. Met him and became friends at the ISGC when Buddy Emmons brought him there.

Ironically, when Thumbs passed away, Herby Wallace called to tell me about the funeral arrangements.
Wound up that he lived only 2 miles from my cabinet shop. Whew.
Herby was the only "known" person to attend the funeral and then about 8-9 of us GA boys.
His family was so poor, that his daughter came to the funeral without shoes.

Sad
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Chris Bauer


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Nashville, TN USA
Post Posted 5 Oct 2017 11:05 am     Reply with quote

And then there's a current 'lap style' master as well...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7kNkfU0LHs.

(And if you don't know Rory, not only is this the just the tip of his guitar skills but he also plays piano, mandolin, accordion, sax, and harmonica as well.)
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Walter Stettner


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Post Posted 5 Oct 2017 11:41 am     Reply with quote

And to add to Rory - consider that he can't see. What an outstanding artist!

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David Mason


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Cambridge, MD, USA
Post Posted 10 Oct 2017 2:03 am     Reply with quote

Am I right in "seeing" that Thumbs Carlisle played in standard tuning and Rory (A NEW ONE!)* is playing in straight 4ths, like Stanley Jordan, E A D G C F? Gee Whiz, I wonder if they play slide guitar... cackle cackle.

*(Yes my luck is holding... One new genius a week for years now, I don't EVEN have to read about how there's "no good music anymore." Breeding like swamp mosquitoes.)
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Earnest Bovine


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Los Angeles CA USA
Post Posted 10 Oct 2017 8:35 am     Reply with quote

David Mason wrote:
Am I right in "seeing" that Thumbs Carlisle played in standard tuning


No, Thumbs always had a capo on fret 1 and the tuning was an E chord, like the first one you learn on guitar. Without the capo the open tuning would be and E flat chord.
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Earnest Bovine


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Post Posted 10 Oct 2017 11:17 am     Reply with quote

Earnest Bovine wrote:
Thumbs always had a capo on fret 1


Actually the capo wasn't always at fret 1. He did move it around from time to time. But I never saw him take it off the guitar.
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Larry Lenhart


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Ponca City, Oklahoma
Post Posted 17 Oct 2017 10:04 pm     Reply with quote

First time I ever saw Rory was at the Chet Atkins convention in Nashville sometime in the 90s I believe...his playing is astonishing. BTW he does play the thumb style also like Chet and Merle..then I went downtown to Broadway, walked in one of those joints and there he was sitting with the band tearing it up on accordion ! As stated, he plays a lot of different instruments, all well ! An amazing musician !!
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Dennis Olearchik


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Newtown, PA
Post Posted 28 Oct 2017 8:53 am     Reply with quote

The late, great Jeff Healey comes to mind after watching the late, great Thumbs Carlisle. And of course, Rory is just amazing!
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Walter Stettner


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Vienna, Austria
Post Posted 5 Nov 2017 12:51 am     Reply with quote

Here's an interview with Rory:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzRFuOUpOgE&t=190s

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Roy Thomson


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Wolfville, Nova Scotia,Canada
Post Posted 13 Nov 2017 12:43 pm     Reply with quote

What a great thread. Amazing musicianship!!!
Thanks to all for their input and clips.
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