Elmore James

Elmore James

Artist: Horace Panter
Medium: Archival Giclee on Heavy Paper
Edition: 75 prints worldwide


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Artist: Horace Panter
Medium: Archival Giclee on Heavy Paper
Edition: 75 prints worldwide


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Elmore James is best remembered for his signature slide guitar 'lick', hence the guitar neck on the lower part of the picture and the bronze metal slide placed strategically over the 12th fret, where his 'open E' tuning piece of voodoo took place. His most popular piece was a rollicking version of Robert Johnson's 'Dust My Broom' which is why those lyrics are included at the bottom of the print. (Elmore James is in the centre of the print). James's guitar playing was responsible for, amongst other things, inspiring a young Brian Jones to pick up a guitar and form a blues group which would take its' name from the Muddy Waters song 'I'm A Rolling Stone'. His trademark style was used by most of the Chicago players, Horace’s favourites being J.B. Hutto and Hound Dog Taylor. The first two Fleetwood Mac albums (back when they were a Blues band) are littered with Elmore James songs and stylings. His influence is justifiably huge. The 'lick' still sends shivers down Horace’s spine when he hears it. James’ 1952 recording of 'Dust My Broom' and its driving shuffle beat encapsulates all Horace loves about Chicago Blues.