George Barnes

The History of Guitar in America: Electric Guitar!!!!

Episode 7

Episode date - March 8, 2024

How Music Changed

    Our previous show featured the first use of a ‘pickup’ amplified guitar played through an amplifier, but this show takes us to the ‘modern’ era, as it features the earliest recordings of ‘electric’ guitars.

    George Barnes is surely the center of attention, not simply for being the first, but also for being one of the best and most diverse guitarists of all time. An entire series could be dedicated to the work of George Barnes, but I hope that our presentation will, at the least, inspire you to dig deeper. From here, the sky is the limit. 

    Featured tracks include:

    Countess Blues – Lester Young (featuring Eddie Durham)

    Love Me or Leave Me – Eddie Durham & Freddie Green

    It’s a Low Down    Dirty Shame – Big Bill Broonzy (w George Barnes)

    Bull Cow Blues- Big Bill Broonzy

    Key to the Highway – Big Bill Broonzy

    Restless Guitar – King Curtis (w/ George Barnes)

    St. Louis Blues – George Barnes

    I Can’t Give You Anything But Love – George Barnes

    My Boy Blues – Janis Martin

    Jungle Drums – Sidney Bechet w/ Leonard Ware

    Channel 30 - The History of Guitar in America 1922-1962