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kudzurunner
3448 posts
Aug 19, 2012
1:09 PM
How did I miss this sensationally weird and edgy video? Johnny Childs is a blues guitarist who apparently got pissed off at having his CD snubbed by the Blues Music Awards when Tommy Castro got six nominations. So he decided to call him out, big-time and nasty, in a video. This rarely happens in the contemporary blues world. What I'm intrigued by is the mix of blackface minstrelsy--the classic form, involving costuming, hair, dance forms, masking--and real hip-hop creativity, all in the service of saying "Tommy Castrato, you and your music blow! I'm the real show!" in two dozen different ways. I don't know if Johnny Childs has any talent as a blues guitarist, but he's got a heck of a lot of audacity and big-a** balls. Check it out and discuss. Watch it all the way through. He keeps upping the ante, and some of the "I can't believe he SAID that!' lines come late:

Last Edited by on Aug 20, 2012 3:24 AM
kudzurunner
3449 posts
Aug 19, 2012
1:19 PM
Here's another video. Young blues guitarist Samantha Fish has left three aggrieved comments on the vid within the last day. And I'll say this for Childs: for better or worse, he is trying something new. He's not making nice. He's not glad-handing. He's trying a flanking move. Actually, more like a frontal attack. Like it or not, he's responding creatively to the situation in which he finds himself. This sort of beef happens all the time in the hip hop world, but the blues world has been amazingly friendly--until now. But of course it's all in fun, sort of:

Last Edited by on Aug 19, 2012 1:21 PM
kudzurunner
3450 posts
Aug 19, 2012
1:25 PM
Here's his official music video. I like this guy:

Miles Dewar
1395 posts
Aug 19, 2012
1:22 PM
It sounds like he is doing a version of an Eminem song.
TheoBurke
70 posts
Aug 19, 2012
1:29 PM
Johnny Childs is a technically adept at the blues, but his style, which strikes me as a shotgun marriage of what Danny Gatton and Jeff Beck have done, is a better as concept than in execution.
The rap was funny and clever--I especially like the line "I play my axe like it owes me money" (money being the most blues-creating institution there is)-- but for someone to make these brags about his own chops had best bring it when called out. What he reminds me that in any town with a decent live blues scene you will find dozens of guitarists who are well schooled in the blues and know their way around the frets but who are otherwise unremarkable. Shines is no Johnny Winter, no Harvey Mandel, no Stevie Ray. He is good, but not that good.



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kudzurunner
3451 posts
Aug 19, 2012
2:58 PM
Theo, after viewing the video you've posted, I'll agree with you: it doesn't do much for me. He actually falls out of time with his band a few times, and that's surprising.

By the same token, I love his "Walk the Floor" video. There I think he creates an absolutely singular combination of deep old grooves and weird, impossible-to-copy spider-fingered stuff; he hits a lot of notes, like Buddy Guy (although at a much lower intensity level) that aren't on the guitar; weird microtone stuff. Great combination, one that excites me.

But yes: the live video ain't no way in Danny Gatton's class, or Little Charlie Baty.

More to come, I'm sure.
TheoBurke
71 posts
Aug 19, 2012
3:35 PM
Johnny Shines is someone that merits watching because I agree with yoiu about "Walk the Floor"; it is sort of the blues guitar version of William Burroughs "shotgun painting" technique. Burroughs would place different color cans of paint against a thick old board and then would blast away at them with a 12 gauge; it was violent and beautiful. At his best Shines is likely a guitarist who could convince you that someone has just walked over the plot of land where you'll be buried; those microtonal fillips and twilightish shadings are ghostly, for sure, and wrenching. At his less interesting, he is at times a ham handed technician. I suspect strong material makes the difference.

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Frank
1012 posts
Aug 19, 2012
4:30 PM
Iv'e seen Tommy numerous times and always left feelin like I seen a KICK ASS show and the ladies are happy too! The "yo tommy" vid is hilarious...I always liked this james brown type tune here he does...The whole CD is good...

Last Edited by on Aug 19, 2012 4:33 PM
FreeWilly
298 posts
Aug 20, 2012
2:00 AM
@Miles: he is. It's the beat + some lyrics (Fuck this battle I'm outty) of the last battle in Eminem's film 8 mile.

I hope this Castro dude makes a reply vid! Good stuff
Steamrollin Stan
522 posts
Aug 20, 2012
3:09 AM
RAP IS CRAP, JUST SH#T GARBAGE. Thank you.
kudzurunner
3452 posts
Aug 20, 2012
3:23 AM
Hey Stan:
BLUES IS CRAP, JUST SH#T GARBAGE

ROCK IS CRAP, JUST SH#T GARBAGE

Ah.......no. Not on this website. All of us have strong feelings about specific things, including genres of music, but--as per the creed--we try to tone down the hatred + profanity a little for the sake of getting along. This ain't a high-toned joint, but it's a public forum. Please respect it. Thanks.

FYI, I just removed the word "sh#tload" from my OP. I happen to believe that occasional profanity in the service of a positive comment is more acceptable than occasional profanity in the service of trashing something--it's the difference between "F#ck yeah!" and "F#ck you!"; enthusiasm vs. fighting words--but I see how my enthusiasm might have licensed your hatred and thus I'm willing to tone it back.

Last Edited by on Aug 20, 2012 3:26 AM
Zadozica
208 posts
Aug 20, 2012
6:11 AM
I will pass on the blues war but I am interested in the name of the movie with the devil in it. Anyone know the name?
Frank
1018 posts
Aug 20, 2012
7:07 AM
I think it's called "REVELATIONS"
kudzurunner
3454 posts
Aug 20, 2012
8:18 AM
It's called Crossroads (1986).
Frank
1019 posts
Aug 20, 2012
8:30 AM
Don't quote me, but I think it starred ChaChi from HappyDays fame?

timeistight
794 posts
Aug 20, 2012
9:43 AM
"Sensationally weird and edgy"? Puhleeeease.

Childs thinks he's some kind of blues badass? There are guys at my local jams who play better.

Childs is just lame: lame playing, lame whining, lame videos, lame rapping, lame wig.

Last Edited by on Aug 20, 2012 9:54 AM
kudzurunner
3455 posts
Aug 20, 2012
10:02 AM
I should have qualified my initial point: It's sensationally weird and edgy for a blues video.

But hey, I could be wrong. Maybe there are lots of other blues videos out there that are more sensationally weird and edgy. Please post them here! I want to know what I'm missing.

My experience has been that blues videos tend to be extremely conservative, working over the same set of tired tropes: gunslinging cocksmanship w/a grimace, dusty back porches, the occasional graveyard, chickens scratching in the front yard, etc. Relative to them, Childs's willingness to engage in lame rapping while wearing a lame wig, and to showcase himself f--king up guitar licks in frustration, struck me as innovative--and, yes, weird.

I also can't remember a single blues video in which a player on the contemporary scene repeatedly calls out a current star by name. That strikes me as an edgy thing to do. Some might say it's a deliberate act of self-sabotage, since the contemporary blues world--the administered blues world of Foundations, Cruises, and the like--is a pretty clubby place. Again: edgy.

Samantha Fish agrees heartily with you, though.

Last Edited by on Aug 20, 2012 10:06 AM
Frank
1024 posts
Aug 20, 2012
10:37 AM
"I also can't remember a single blues video in which a player on the contemporary scene repeatedly calls out a current star by name".

He is the Paul Ryan of the blues music world...

Last Edited by on Aug 20, 2012 10:39 AM
timeistight
796 posts
Aug 20, 2012
11:32 AM
@kudzurunner: I can't think of a single blues video that features baton twirling or synchronized swimming, either, but I don't think that would make a baton-twirlling, synchronized-swimming blues singer edgy (though, I have to admit, it would qualify as weird).

As for white men playing the fool in nappy wigs, that's been old hat for almost two centuries.

Last Edited by on Aug 20, 2012 1:59 PM
Frank
1027 posts
Aug 20, 2012
11:39 AM
Is this Johnny...



One of Johnny's wardrobes that did'nt make the cut for the "yo tommy" video...

Last Edited by on Aug 21, 2012 4:46 AM
BrokenComputerBlues
12 posts
Aug 20, 2012
2:14 PM
Frank, huh, I never noticed it before but Chachi and Daniel-son do look a bit a like. :)

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Silvertone
124 posts
Aug 20, 2012
11:07 PM
Heres the whole Crossroads movie. I watched it many times back in the 80s. 1:20

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NDAaRRFuTs&feature=related
Joe_L
1991 posts
Aug 21, 2012
9:25 PM
This came across facebook earlier this evening.



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Greg Heumann
1748 posts
Aug 21, 2012
9:57 PM
dude can't play. Kid Anderson is playing blindfolded, upside down on a left handed guitar, and STILL kicked his ass.

But if the guy is going around the country challenging popular blues guitarists like this as a publicity stunt, its working.....
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timeistight
799 posts
Aug 22, 2012
12:12 AM
"But hey, I could be wrong. Maybe there are lots of other blues videos out there that are more sensationally weird and edgy. Please post them here! I want to know what I'm missing."

Here's a sensationally edgy video in which a harp player on the contemporary scene calls out a galaxy of current stars by name. It also features "has music, drama, romance, violence, celebrity appearances, you name it!!"

Bb
319 posts
Aug 22, 2012
2:14 PM
Could Johnny Childs be the reincarnation of Andy Kaufman? This kinda reminds me of the pro wrestling he did with Kevin Lawler.
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Joe_L
1992 posts
Aug 22, 2012
2:50 PM
It was Jerry "The King" Lawler.

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Bb
320 posts
Aug 22, 2012
6:54 PM
@ Joe – Yes. This strikes me as strangely similar.
-Bob
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