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I feel that at the present time they are a niche band with their own sound that has yet to be accepted by the majority of music listeners.

I was surprised, after listening to many of their videos, that the 'likes' for each video is only about 5-10% of the total video viewers.

There is no doubt that the 'lead' as well as the 'first' can play a mean guitar.

For their sake, I hope they break out with a more distinctive, driving sound that will put them apart from the many "wanna-be' bands out there.

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Not bad, (if you really like a lot of volume :) ), but how about these three guys together. Tommy Emmanuel, John Jorgenson and Pedro Javier Gonzales doing their version of Mark Knopler's "Sultan of Swing".

The really good news is that Tommy Emmanuel is doing a western Canada tour next month and I have tickets to see him here in Victoria.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/EFDFpS9_ZWY

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Wow. Those guys are good. However, when I hear people playing like that it always reminds me of an old episode of the Andy Griffith Show.

Remember Aunt Bee? Andy Taylor's (Griffith)'s aunt is in an episode where a teacher from Raleigh, NC comes to Mayberry to work with Andy's girlfriend Helen. Aunt Bee assumes he is wanting to woo her and tries to make Andy look good. So Aunt Bee brings out Andy's guitar and tells him to play, but he says no and lets the teacher show what he can do. Of course, he knows how to play a classical flamingo number with lightenign fast fingers, to which Aunt Bee says....

"Just because you know a lot of chords and can play really fast, doesn't make you an expert".

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One of the things that went by the wayside in the last 20 or 30 years (improving lately thou) is how a band / artist sounded "live". Studio stuff was their forte...and how they actually sounded in reality was a very pale comparison...and quite brutal at times.

For reference, I give you someone who was exceptionally BETTER live...and the message is still valid.

 

 

 

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Almost all the comments below big wreck videos heap praise on Big Wreck for their originality and musicianship. I was a fan when they released their first album "In Loving Memory" and thought all was lost when they split after their sophomore effort.

It was good to see them back in fine form and earning deserved praise.

On a side note, Canada has really been pumping out some real six string talent of late. Nick Johnston, Ian Thornley and Ariel Posen are getting international attention. Pedal makers Page, Diamond and Radial are staples on the effects scene as well.

Must be the effect of being indoors 6-8 months a year with nothing else to do but play guitar:P

 

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Something for guitar players.

University of Alberta nanoscientists create commercial ‘molecular’ product for guitars

By Staff The Canadian Press
<img class="story-img" src="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/guitar-nanotechnology.jpg?quality=70&#038;strip=all&#038;w=282&#038;h=188&#038;crop=1" alt="Rick McCreery, left, University of Alberta chemistry professor and senior researcher at the National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) and Adam Bergen, a former post-doctoral fellow and now research officer at NINT, collaborate in the lab on October 7, 2016. " />;Rick McCreery, left, University of Alberta chemistry professor and senior researcher at the National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) and Adam Bergen, a former post-doctoral fellow and now research officer at NINT,  collaborate in the lab on October 7, 2016.

Rick McCreery, left, University of Alberta chemistry professor and senior researcher at the National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) and Adam Bergen, a former post-doctoral fellow and now research officer at NINT, collaborate in the lab on October 7, 2016.

Courtesy, John Ulan, University of Alberta
 

For years, serious guitar players have clung to their tube amplifiers, saying the rich sound is worth the hassle of old-school electronics.

Now, scientists at the University of Alberta have used the latest nanotechnology in a guitar pedal that duplicates that beloved warmth without the inconvenience and expense.

Chemistry professor Rick McCreery says his so-called “Nanolog” pedal demonstrates that electronic circuits that operate at the molecular level can work in reasonably priced, durable consumer goods.

“The guitar story is just a small part of the big picture,” McCreery said, adding the bigger picture is molecular electronics, something that first appeared on the scientific scene in the late 1990s.

“The two main questions we consider: ‘How do electrons move through molecules when the latter act as circuit elements?’ And, ‘What can we do with molecules that we can’t do with silicon, the standard material used in most consumer electronics?’ The guitar story is important because it demonstrates that a molecular device is practical and can do something that is very difficult with silicon.”

READ MORE: Prominent artificial intelligence firm to open 1st lab outside UK in Edmonton

He says it’s the first product of its kind and could lead to similar circuits replacing current systems in thousands of consumer electronic items.

The product is being introduced this week at the National Association of Music Manufacturers show in California, the largest such show in the world.

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Wow, excellent! I sure wish my guitar could do that. :(

Darryl Hall has done several of those. Look for "At Darryl's House" on YouTube. Fitz and the Tantrums is my favourite. 

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