Saturday Matinee – Nate Smith, Justin Johnson & Ry Cooder


Nate Smith jams it. Betcha can’t spot the mistake.

Seems I heard Justin Johnson before, but only accidentally. Sure, it’s a compilation vid, but that there is some righteous awesome. Reminds me of this guy:

Ry Cooder took the slide guitar and shoved it right though my temporal lobes with his 1987 album “Get Rhythm.” It’s a must-have if you like Swamp Rock.

Have a great weekend, folks. See you tomorrow when the time is right.

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6 Responses to “Saturday Matinee – Nate Smith, Justin Johnson & Ry Cooder”

  1. Randy Says:

    I just went to a concert featuring Shemika Copeland and Matt Andersen. Shemika is the daughter of blues legend Johnny Copeland and is an amazing singer with a great band backing her up. However, I was utterly blown away by Matt Andersen. He played a solo acoustic set and was absolutely unbelievable. Fantastic voice and phenomenal guitar playing. If he ever gets near to you I recommend you go see him.

  2. Bunk Strutts Says:


    Thanks for the tip. I’m way past my concert-going days. Too expensive, too loud, and too many people that I don’t want to be in the same venue with. Gimme vinyl.

    One of my favorite albums is SHOWDOWN! featuring Johnny Copeland, Albert Collins and a young Robert Cray.

  3. Randy Says:

    I couldn’t agree more about avoiding concerts. The last one I went to was a Santana concert about 30 years and I just got over it last week. The show I mentioned above was actually in a real nice theater here in town and was attended by about 500 well-mannered people, some of whom I actually like.

    I’ve always like Robert Cray. I wasn’t as familiar with Johnny Copeland; I do like the YouTube idea you linked above. One guy that really surprised me was Steve Miller when he released his blues album “Bingo” in 2010. As far from “The Joker” and “Jungle Love” as you can get.

  4. Bunk Strutts Says:


    Robert Cray caught my ear with his song “I Wonder.” I liked the unusual shifts, morphing from blues to soul and back.

    Last concert? I think it was Little Feat at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. Or maybe Leo Kottke. Could have been The Beat Farmers.

    Steve Miller… he got so much radio overplay after “The Joker” that I couldn’t stand him. Couldn’t rhyme for *** either.

  5. Randy Says:

    I totally agree with your feelings about Steve Miller. That’s why Bingo was kind of a surprise when I first heard some of his songs on the radio.

    I have always liked Leo Kottke. I first bought an album of his in the early to mid 70’s. The first two I got were instrumentals. And then I bought the first album on which he sang. I remember the liner notes “quoting him” that said his voice was like the sound of geese farting.

    If you ever get out to Seattle there is a club called Jazz Alley that has a really great lineup of artists, including Leo on a regular basis. I think he was just here last month.

  6. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Randy – Seattle is one of the last places I want to get out to. 😀

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