Saturday Matinee – Harp Guitar, Graffiti Removal, Paint it Black, Black Betty

That’s a harp guitar, folks, being played by Andy McKee. This is the same Larson-Dyer version that I learned on; it was my great grandfather’s, and I still have it.  It’s got a wide fretboard with 6 strings and 6 free bass strings above (hence the “harp” moniker).  I’d never heard one played properly until I saw this video.

The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal.  [Found via here.  Related post here.]

Okay as long as we’re still talking about painting…

RamJam.  Amazing one hit wonder, based upon Ledbelly’s classic.

Whoa. Meatloaf covers RamJam’s version of Ledbelly’s classic.

And, um, Tom Jones did it, too.  Whoa, whoa, whooaa…

Here’s Ledbelly speaking for himself.

Author: Bunk Strutts

Boogah Boogah.

5 thoughts on “Saturday Matinee – Harp Guitar, Graffiti Removal, Paint it Black, Black Betty”

  1. daisy–

    Nice find! I like the way Hedges walks the bass strings. I doubt the instruments were played like that in the early 1900’s, though.

    I used to play some, barely good enough to fake rhythm guitar to fill in at a momo dance once. I’ve got a 1986 Rickenbacher bass, but I never kept on it. I’m better on harmonica.


  2. hedges had his own style, that’s for sure. Andy McKee (according to some of the youtube commentary) modeled some of his technique, but clearly held to the more traditional style. loved the links – and this has launched me back through much of my michael hedges collection. guy was a unique talent. gone way too soon….


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