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As a geriatric blues bass player, I'd have to say Willie Dixon, Larry Taylor (Canned Heat, Hollywood Fats), Jerome Arnold (Paul Butterfield) and Jack Bruce are my greatest influences. I learned how to play blues by playing along with Butterfield's first 2 albums then expanded my horizons.

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Then Frank Marino. After that a whole slew of players from Schenker to Chris Impellitterri.

Ah! I haven't listened to anything from Impellitteri for a very looooong time. The sole album I have from him is the first one --was it "Stand in Line" its title? Anyway, I love Graham Bonnet's voice and style. Can you please recommend me something newer from Impellitteri?

Also major influences were guys I jammed with over the years who showed me stuff.

I should have also mentioned that. I've learned a lot from the players I've played with -- for example, Nick here got me into Randy Rhoads not so long ago.

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Hey Z: I have Impellitteri's greatest hits - called Best of Impellitteri. 2 CD set. Cost me about $20 to get cause it was only available from Japan where he lives.

I just checked ebay and they had it on there for over $40!

A couple of really kick ass songs on there though. You know I still have his instruction VHS. It was the first VHS I had devoted to speed technique. I just about fell of my chair the first time I saw it.

If you can get the song Warrior - that is my fav by him. The other one is Hungry Days. Both good songs.

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Hard to say, but I'll try

The Who was the first band I liked, other than the top 40 bubble gum crap I listened to up to that point.

Mick Taylor era Stones, But keef is prolly more of an influence, cause he's a rhythmn monster.

The Rev. Billy G. Early ZZ Top

Steely Dan had an huge influence on me, but I don't think you'd hear it in my playing, maybe thought process or writing

Jim Croce - there I said it. I don't like any of his mellow stuff, but stuff like "Roller Derby Queen", and "Don't mess around w/ Jim" I enjoyed from the first time I heard it when I was 8-9, and I still enjoy his more raucous stuf (I use that term loosely)

Rubber Soul and after era Beatles

More than one person has told me my playing style is Allman Bros.-ish. Odd because I'm not a huge fan. I like them OK, and I guess people are refering to Dicky more than Duane, as I rarely play slide.

Other than that, I've been influenced, in a big way by so many

I still hear stuff today that hits me, whether new stuff or just discovered, that immedietley impacts my approach to music, playing, thought, technique.

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Hmmm... Greatest influence? That's tough... there are too many... but... if I had to choose one...

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Guitar-wise, however, it's probably Richard Thompson or Brian Setzer. Unknown Hinson earns a very honorable mention.

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I'm very caught up in the spooky edge of roots rawk, as you might guess.

Grimm Dave

More than one person has told me my playing style is Allman Bros.-ish. Odd because I'm not a huge fan. I like them OK, and I guess people are refering to Dicky more than Duane, as I rarely play slide

Odd when this happens, as I constantly get the same comparison - I've had at least a dozen people compare my playing to Mark Knopfler. I rarely listen to Dire Straits and I've never owned an album. I have no problem with Mark (I do admit to liking his guitar tone, since the comparisons started - I guess similar taste in amps/guitars), but it always strikes me as weird that I "sound like him". I'm guessing that these types of situations happen due to common influence and taste.

Nobody misses (or gets wrong) the Tom Waits influence when I open my mouth to sing... err... caterwaul. :D

Grimm Dave

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Inspiration: Randy Rhoads, Vivian Campbell, Matthias Jabs, Ace, Dave Murry/Adrian Smith, Hetfield/Hammet, Mustaine, Marty Friedman, although I'm no where near that.

Influence: What I'm alot closer to is Billie Joe Armstrong, Noodles, Barry Stock, Paul Phillips, Dan Donegan.

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Jethro Tull, Joe Jackson, and Elvis Costello for how I wish I could write songs.

Pink Floyd and Cheap Trick for how I wish I could play guitar and bass.

Van Halen for how I wish I could play loud and be wild.

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CHRIS SQUIRE! (Yes in general, really)

...and Cheap Trick, Sparks, 10cc, Led Zeppelin, the Who, the Kinks, Kiss, Rush,

Queen, T-Rex, ELO, and David Bowie in no particular order. :D

Terry

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Musically: Lemmy, Jack Bruce

Onstage aesthetics: The Astronauts (Boulder, CO), the Bushmen (Atlanta, GA). Both '60s bands.

Real Life: My father; he'll turn 87 this year. Most honorable man I've ever known.

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As I was learning who I was on the guitar, I was most listening to Alex Lifeson, David Gilmour, Pete Townsend, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. I was most "influenced" by Pete, but play much more like Alex...Go figure.

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Probably Dave Meniketti, Steve Clark (Def Lep), Gary Moore, John Sykes, Scott Gorham........I'm an eighties teenager!!!

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Gilles Villeneuve and family.

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Randy California

John Cippolina

Gary Duncan

Paco de Lucia

Andreas Segovia

Esteban...just jokingLOL

Robert Johnson

Albert Collins

Allen Collins

Brian May

Eddie Van Halen (1977-1984 RIP)

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Ariel Bender

Big Jim Sullivan

Mel Bay

Wes Montgomery

Django Reinhardt

The Ventures

The Beatles

The Nice

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Jethro Tull

Jesus Christ

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Hey Yngwie308! You seem to be the full-packed ultimate shredder... There's a lot of REALLY GREAT stuff in your list, dude!

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