History of the Slide PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 March 2010 12:15

Blues bottleneck slide guitar originated in the early 1900's in the Mississippi delta where it was made popular by such great blues players as, Willie Brown, Son House and the legendary Robert Johnson . In the late 1940's Muddy Waters along with others took a new technology , the electric guitar , and adapted it to the blues. The use of the bottleneck slide created a new style and sound which is still mimicked by today's modern musicians.

Slide guitar has been played with everything imaginable, from table knives and beer bottles to socket tools and cold medicine bottles. The most original and consistent performer among all sides, though, is the bottleneck slide made famous by Mississippi bluesmen such as Elmore James, Lonnie Pitchford, Charlie Patton, and Robert Johnson.

Although bottleneck slide playing has been around for over 100 years it has never been more popular than it is today, spanning all genres of music.

Great musicians such as Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooter, Derek Trucks, Keb Mo, Warren Haynes and Luther Dickinson, to name a few, are keeping the tradition of slide guitar alive.

In the words of the late Willie King

The blues is a feeling
That you feel
When you feel it.