Who are some masters of the bass blues shuffle?

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  1. Billyzoom

    Billyzoom Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Bay Area
    I’m still really working on my timing trying to nail down a grooving blues shuffle rhythm. Got me wondering who you think some of the best players are that do this. I think most pro blues musicians are pretty solid at it but I would say Tommy Shannon for me is the first one to come to mind…any others you can think of?
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  2. bholder

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  3. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    The Chess catalogue is classical music .
  4. 31HZ

    31HZ Glad to be here Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

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  5. ArteK

    ArteK Supporting Member

    Duck Dunn's playing on, of all things, the Blues Brothers' Briefcase Full of Blues, is basically a clinic in playing classic shuffle blues.

    And I second Shannon's playing, and some of it is really unique (the waaaaay behind the beat approaches to Pride and Joy and Look at Little Sister come to mind).

    Any of BB King's bass players sounded great on his shuffles.
  6. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

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    Gerry McAvoy, who played with Taste and Rory Gallagher.
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  7. AGCurry

    AGCurry Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    St. Louis
    The shuffle isn't really something a bass player does; it's something a rhythm section does.

    That said, there are two basic ways for a bassist to play the blues swing shuffle:

    1. Play the one, one-and, two, two-and, etc. (what I would call "double shuffle"); or,
    2. Just play quarter notes.

    If the double shuffle can't be played cleanly, the simpler second method will sound better, as long as a rhythm guitar or keyboard is there to handle the "ands." Here's B.B. King's "Everyday I Have the Blues" live. It's too fast for the bass to play the double shuffle, but the drummer hits the "ands" with the snare drum.

    Calvin "Fuzz" Jones, who played with Muddy Waters in the 1970s, was not the greatest technical player, but his feel was great.

    Listen to B.B. King's "Just a Little Love" from the "Live and Well" album. Val Patillo on bass.
  8. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    Listen to the various bassists on Keb Mo records, starting with Reggie McBride. Then checkout Hutch Hutchence playing with Bonnie Raitt.
  9. bholder

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    There's that name again, need to check him out more....
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  10. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
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    Roscoe Beck, And Willie Weeks!
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  11. Lee Rocker on some of the Stray Cats bluesier numbers.
  12. Tommy Shannon.
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  13. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Keith Ferguson & Dusty Hill.
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    Jan 7, 2020
    " Berry Oakley, with the Allman Brothers Band . " G.J.
  15. Larry the Mole Taylor.

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  16. Can’t go wrong with Tommy Shannon. Played with Johnny Winter as well as SRV.
  17. bassbully

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

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Duck Dunn and Tommy Shannon are masters of the shuffle.
  18. ctxbass

    ctxbass Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    Central Texas
    Johnny B Gayden played for years with Albert Collins. Together with Casey Jones on drums they were a killin' rhythm section.
  19. David76112


    Feb 19, 2012
    Boz Burrell. Chris Campbell. Ron Blair
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