Who are your influences?

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Stan, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. DW_Dillinger

    DW_Dillinger Country Gent

    In no particular order...

    Cliff Gallup
    Keith Richards
    Tom petty/Mike Campbell
    Johnny Ramone
    Mike Ness
    Eddie Cochran
    Robbie Robertson
    Kurt Cobain
    Carl Perkins
    Blake Schwartzenbach
    Elmore James
    Joe Strummer/Mick Jones
    Hank Williams
    The Reverend Jim Heath
    Buddy Guy
    Bob Stinson/Paul Westerberg
    M. Ward
    Bruce Springsteen/Steven Van Zandt
    Chuck Berry
    John Haggerty
    Brian Setzer
    Bob Mould
  2. razor

    razor Synchromatic

    Sep 26, 2009
    Hamilton, Ont, Canada
    Haven't seen him mentioned yet, so honorable mention to Dave Edmonds.
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  3. Nice to see Husker Du and Replacements fans here - who knew?

    This forum is so cool!
  4. vulture

    vulture Banned

    Jun 26, 2010
    Tucson, AZ
    read closer
  5. hawkins

    hawkins Electromatic

    Jun 6, 2008
    Memphis, TN
    Too many to mention, but it all started with George Harrison....
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  6. razor

    razor Synchromatic

    Sep 26, 2009
    Hamilton, Ont, Canada
    Stand corrected Vulture, and great call on the Flammin' Groovies!
  7. workknot

    workknot Country Gent

    Feb 15, 2009
    Brainerd, Minnesota
    Chet Atkins, Scotty Morre, Carl Perkins, Merle Travis.
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  8. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    C Santana, R Blackmore, A Young, E Van Halen, M Schenker, G Moore, J Hendrix, SRV, B Gibbons, J Akkerman, D Lademacher, and a few.
  9. gigatron

    gigatron Country Gent

    Oct 9, 2008
    There's a great scene in the movie The Commitments where Jimmy is auditioning for the band and he asks the applicants "who are your influences?"
  10. billyj

    billyj Electromatic

    Dec 26, 2010
    No. Lttle Rock, AR
    Chet and Merle. "Nuff said!"
  11. pilgrim

    pilgrim Country Gent

    Jun 15, 2010
    All influences are not good:
    Long before the fear, the media fixation, and cult of personality surrounding what we've come to know publicly as CHARLES MANSON, a 27-year old inmate at McNeil Island Penitentiary, dubbed "Little Charlie" by those on the inside, found true respite and solace in the form of a six string guitar. Late-blooming aside, MANSON took to the guitar like a fish to water. This initially came much to the surprise of his first guitar teacher, fellow inmate and legendary Ma Barker Gang heavy Alvin "Creepy" Karpis. Sympathetic to MANSON's tumultuous, institutionalized upbringing (which saw him in countless orphanages, reformatories, and prisons all throughout his young life), Karpis would later write it was time someone did something for him. And as Karpis would stick to his pledge, Charlie would not disappoint. By the time of his release in 1967 (some 6 years after his first lesson from Karpis), MANSON wandered into the streets of San Francisco already quite the accomplished singer and songwriter. He later hung out with the Beach Boys.
    Gee, the things you can learn from "influences"! Nuff said!
  12. jeffm1

    jeffm1 Electromatic

    Feb 28, 2011
    Steve Smith......now that's tone! I was playing bass in my first band and he was so horrible at guitar I swapped with him and the rest is history. If not for his sloppy chops I would not be the guitar player I am.
  13. spooky

    spooky Gretschie

    Oct 27, 2010
    None of mine are gretsch players, sorry.

    Scotty Moore
    James Burton
    Redd Volkaert
    Jesse Dayton
    Don Rich
    Dennis Fallon

    These are thr guys I look to on how and what guitar playing is to me
  14. tlsmith

    tlsmith Gretschie

    Mar 19, 2010
    I would have to count as influences: The Ventures (specifically Nokie Edwards), Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Duane Eddy and one I recently became friends with that has been around several years (was Kenny Prices Guitar player) Ray Cummins.
  15. LittleRedRooster

    LittleRedRooster Synchromatic

    Dec 10, 2009
    Falls Church VA
    +1 to Neil, Fripp, Daevid Allen, Jorma, Chuck, etc
  16. MickBones

    MickBones Gretschie

    Feb 20, 2011
    Eddie Cochran,Buddy holly,poison Ivy,Mick Jones,Brian setzer,jimi hendrix,BB King,Robert Johnson,Cliff Gallup,Duane Eddy,Link Wray,Scooty Moore.......so many other
  17. HypotenusLuvTriangle

    HypotenusLuvTriangle Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2010
    Whittier, Ca
    outside of my guitar instructors
    Dave Mustaine
    Brian Setzer
    Gunter Schulz
    Freddy King
    Chuck Berry
    Michael J Fox believe it or not

    those are just a couple off the top of my head. the major influences. Well, MJF not so much.
  18. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Country Gent

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Yes. Guitar players will be, or should be, studying him for years to come.
  19. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Country Gent

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    This topic was introduced 10 years ago. It would be interesting to hear what current influences might be, and if they’ve changed in the last decade.
  20. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    John McGeogh(Magazine)
    Matthew Ashman (Adam and The Antz)
    John Mackay (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
    Robert Smith (The Cure)
    Geordie Walker (Killing Joke)
    Robbie Guthrie (The Cocteau Twins)
    Johnnie Marr (The Smiths)
    Bid (The Monochrome Set)
    Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)
    none of them play guitar solos per se, but all of them make the guitar a kind of lead instrument through complex or unexpected often discordant riffs. I consider Matthew Ashman and John Mackay to have been my first teachers because I literally learned to play by listening to Antz demos and sessions and the first Antz and Banshees albums.
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