It is generally accepted that back in the 60s, the likes of Peter Green, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck were responsible for the “re-discovery” of the blues and likes of Muddy Waters, Freddie King, BB et al.
Having just watched the Joe Bonamassa documentary “Guitar Man” and been listening to the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s revisiting of “Layla”, it struck me that as those 60s icons have either departed or riding towards the sunset, we have the likes Of Derek Trucks and Joe Bonamassa that have taken up the baton as the next generation to keep the blues alive….
Both seem to be at the top of their game, and whilst they are not apple to apples comparatively (Trucks being more a slide guitar proponent, Bonamassa being more of a shredder?), watching this clip from the Freddie King Hall of Fame induction, who do you rate more highly ? Personally, whilst I like Bonamassa a lot, I sometimes feel he is a little too sterile, whereas Trucks has more of a “feel” (if that makes sense). BTW, if you are going to have great blues solos, you can’t do much better that having ZZ Top as your rhythm section !
I know that Blues is a many varied genre and its not all guitar based, but I guess that guitar is still the main focus of blues and most probably the instrument to keep it in focus.
So how do Joe Bonamassa and Derek Trucks rate compared with the Clapton/ Beck / Green / etc and are they worthy successors. Any others out there that should assume the mantle of “keeping the blues alive”