The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Pickers #1


Rory Gallagher

13 comments :

Mac said...

Thank you!

Timmy said...

A very similar player to the styling of Johnny Winter.
A great one, & a superb singer & songwriter as well.

Jimbospad@mindspring.com said...

Rory was the best...

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

A great start to a great category & with no shortage of great subjects -- as Collaborators #586 once pointed out, there are thirteen hundred and fifty two guitar pickers in Nashville alone.

estiv said...

Before I saw the name I thought it was Jesse Ed Davis. Who I guess I am now nominating for inclusion at some point.

Fred said...

Where's his famous cherry burst Strat which he played so much, he wore off the finish?

Anthony said...

SO looking forward to this series Gunslinger!

I'm a big guitarists fan in general but Hendrix is the top of the pile for me.

Heard a few Rory tracks but never really got into him. Essential tracks anyone?

Mac said...

There's a very well-put-together Best Of called "Big Guns:" Taste stuff, album tracks, live. Fly the flannel!

Jimbospad@mindspring.com said...

Anthony:

Check out Irish Tour '74...

Kreisler said...

If you were cool in 1972 you were into David Bowie. When I was 13 though I used to love Rory Gallagher. He played very fast guitar, he wore ordinary clothes and he seemed to keep away from anything to do with girls.

azfad said...

'Irish Tour 74' is outstanding i think. (i am writing from Cork aptly enough...)

swac said...

Hail to Cork! (My ancestral home)

Great choice to start the series, my friend Mike would agree (he named his dog Rory).

bill said...

Great photo!

I saw Rory in Indianapolis in 1982; it was a good show. I agree with the Johnny Winters comparison, he had the same headlong tumbling quality to his playing.

Looking forward to this series. Great idea, and a rich vein from which to draw. Jerry Reed? Link Wray? Bob Rich? T-Bone Walker? Freddie King? James Honeyman-Scott? OK, I'm getting too worked up.