A man and his blues
September 5, 2009 11:01 PM   Subscribe

John Campbell was a blues guitarist from Shreveport, Louisiana, mostly known for his skill with the slide guitar. His career was cut short in 1993, on the brink of national and international fame, when he died of a heart attack at the age of 41. Over on youtube, user louisianahaywire has uploaded some live footage from a 1986 performance: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9.
posted by Dr Dracator (5 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Sublime. Thanks for this bliss. Love his bottleneck too. Here in the last years of his life. Such an intense player. Here a brief interview. Reminds me of this:

Buffalo Bill's
who used to
ride a watersmooth-silver
and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat
he was a handsome man
and what i want to know is
how do you like your blueeyed boy
Mister Death

-- E. E. Cummings
posted by nickyskye at 5:30 AM on September 6, 2009

Man, I've been entranced with this stuff. I didn't think anything would break the death metal kick I've been on lately, but the quality of the recordings and his sheer talent have done it. I need to get some more of this.
posted by Dark Messiah at 5:43 AM on September 6, 2009

Wow. Thanks for posting this.
posted by marxchivist at 7:46 AM on September 6, 2009

The 1934 guitar: "It's got some stories inside of it I think." Reminds me of the song:

...Stared at that guitar in that museum in Tennessee
Nameplate on the glass brought back twenty melodies
Scars upon the face told of all the times he fell
Singin' all the stories he could tell
Ah, the stories he could tell
And I'll bet you it still rings like a bell
I wish that we could sit upon a bed in some motel
And listen to the stories it could tell

This is great; I had never heard of John Campbell. Thank you for finding and posting.
posted by frobozz at 11:10 AM on September 6, 2009

Excellent post, Dr Dracator - I was only marginally familiar with Campbell - this is a righteous post. That Devil in My Closet site is quite the tribute, a real labor of love.

I wondered what happened to his beloved 1934 National steel guitar that Lightning Hopkins used to play
- answered in the FAQs:

John's 1952 Gibson Super Jumbo is currently owned by Scott Van Dusen who purchased it from Dolly. The 1934 National Steel Duolian is still owned by Dolly Fox Campbell. Unfortunately, she no longer has possession of it. She loaned the guitar to Eric Schenkman of the Spin Doctors for a recording session. Eric never returned the guitar. Nice Guy!

We are trying to help Dolly retrieve the guitar. If you know Eric, please tell him to contact Dolly. She would like the guitar returned as soon as possible.

Wow, that seriously sucks
posted by madamjujujive at 9:12 AM on September 7, 2009

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