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Johnny B. Gayden

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Andrew Jones, Mar 13, 2002.

  1. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Banned

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    Woke Up this morning ,put on a copy of SHowdown (Albert collins, Johney Copeland ,Robert Cray) And was reminded of how mutch this mans playing infuenced me:D Tone Taste time and most of all make it FONKY:cool: come on Give the man his propers

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  2. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Banned

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    Any One Know where Hes been since Albert Left us?

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  3. red-hot-bassist


    Sep 18, 2001
    nice dog ;)
  4. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Johnny B's playing on Albert Collins live albums is outstanding! He does the bassplaying on a lot of the Alligator catolog........great cat!
    Aloha, Jerry
  5. benc


    Jan 29, 2002
    Houston, TX
    Johnny is so cool. I met him once backstage at a downtown Houston festival. I shook his hand (the man has HUGE hands) and told him what a profound influence he'd been on me. He said, "Oh you play bass, too? Right on! Well, keep on groovin' then". I left it at that; I didn't really want to bug him anymore because he was breaking down his own gear.

    I was lucky to have seen Albert Collins & the Icebreakers several times in the late '80's and early '90's. The band smoked. That drummer played the most groovin' shuffles I've ever heard. The rhythm guitarist was so tasteful - the perfect compliment to Albert's style. A.C. Reed played killer tenor sax. And of couse Johnny layed down the bottom. Man, what a player. Groovin' lines and tasty tone for days.
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  6. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    Glad to see somebody give Johnny his due. I'm not much of a blues guy but what Johnny did with Albert borders more on funk than blues, IMO. Amazing groove and killer tone. I'd love to see him live ~ for some reason I'm under the impression he works out of Chicago but I could be mistaken.
  7. td1368


    Jan 9, 2001
    I 've only got a best of Albert Collins CD really admired his playing.

    Didn't he play on some Johnny Winters albums too.
    I'm almost sure the one where JW doesn't have a shirt on and is sporting his dragon tatoo. Uhh Nice?
    I'm pretty sure the albums Guitar Slinger.

    I think he also plays on Muddy Waters Hard Again

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    Andrew to answer your question,J.B.Gayden is currently living,and working in Canada.
  9. BASSethound


    Mar 19, 2002
    Buffalo, NY
    That cat has always been an influence on my playing. Showdown rules! I also have the video of Albert Collins and Danny Gatton at Austin City Limits. I'm not sure if that's the man, but he funks too.
  10. Blueswoman63


    Aug 27, 2012
    Johnny B. has never lived in Canada. He was in Chicago for many years, then a Detroit suburb (MI) and now Indiana. You can find him on myspace and facebook.
  11. Yup. He lives in Goshen, Indiana. (close to Elkhart, South Bend, Notre Dame)

    He is a bass instructor at a local guitar store and plays in a blues band and a cover band. I see him around fairly often and some of my friends got lessons from him. My good buddy even dated his step daughter, haha. Saw his cover band playing the monthly street fest Goshen has a a few years ago. He killed it.
  12. RCG1124


    Feb 23, 2014
    Saw him play last night in Mishawaka,Indiana in the cover band he plays in called The Whistle Pigs. Last week saw him at the Midway Tavern (also Mishawaka) with JR Clark and the All Star Blues Mob. Not only a great player but a great guy too.
  13. GrammarNinja99


    May 16, 2015
    Yup, Johnny is pretty cool. He's humble, too. :) I'm lucky to call the man my bass teacher!
  14. Johnny was living in the Detroit area and playing with Rob Noll in the late 90's.
    The last I've heard he had moved to Northern Indiana and was teaching and playing.
    I met him a few times in Detroit at a few jams, he's a cool guy and always rocked the house when popped in.
  15. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Cold Cuts!
  16. mdlewis

    mdlewis Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2005
    Boston Metro
    His playing on the AC Reed LP is inspiring. It's like the bass is poured out of a bottle!
  17. Did he play for Son Seals? Heard a couple of his songs on the iTunes Blues station and was blown away. The song Bad Axe sounds like Jaco was on it. Telephone Angel is another great one.

    I've never been much of a blues guy so I've been trying to discover more and am loving Son Seals.
  18. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Gayden is on both those albums, I have wait to dig the albums out for sure. If it’s the live Bad Axe I’m pretty sure that was Gayden too.
  19. Phat Nick

    Phat Nick

    Mar 14, 2018
    Great player! He’s also on a couple of tracks on Junior Wells “better off with the blues”. I played a couple of years with italian blues man Rudy Rotta (RIP)...he told me that he did an album in Chicago in the early nineties,and that Johnny played bass on it!

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