have the push of the line on you!" says Rory Gallagher — who else could
be expected to phrase it like that — when he speaks of the influences
that Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly and the Blues have had on him.
has had just about every music business cliché laid on him.
'Rockin’ Rory', the man who can’t turn a gig down and who always
arrives in check shirt and plimsolls, carrying his battered guitar. The
musician who ousted Clapton from his residency as Britain’s No.1
guitarist, and who ended up being one writer’s "Man of the Year" for
he went to the States for six weeks and ended up staying God knows how
many months. When I spoke to him he’d just got back and had —
hard-working geezer that he is — gone straight into the studios to cut
his next album.
to say we talked about his influences and, although I wouldn’t normally
dwell on those, they are relevant to a musical about-turn that seems to be occurring
in Gallagher’s playing.
first got into music through Lonnie Donnegan and skiffle and folk. Then
there was a progression into the Stones, when he became "the Chuck
Berry of the Fontana Showband", although that was just a taste (no pun
intended) of the future, for, as he says, "You have to go through
rhythm ‘n’ blues to find the real blues. Rhythm ‘n’ blues are gritty,
mean and hard. Blues bring out the true subleties of the music."
through diverse routes, Taste happened and went, and we were left with
solo Rory Gallagher, the last really successful guitarist from the
English blues boom of the mid-sixties.
something seems to be happening to Gallagher’s music. The frenzy of
Live in Europe may well be really toned down on the new album, and
acoustic numbers like ‘Going to my Home Town’ might be much more
guitar has lost a bit of its sanity, and I’ve got to the point where I
almost prefer playing acoustic. Perhaps that’s why I like playing
Germany….the acoustic guitar is much more appreciated there. If I go
out and see a guitarist, I’d much rather see a folk guitarist. Probably
my favourite guitarists are Martin Carthy, Bert Jansch and Davy Graham."
Rory Gallagher, the last of the old-style British blues-men, had said
"I want to be a singer, guitarist" and laid great stress on the fact
that his new album would be his best so far in terms of the lyrics.
is Gallagher on his way back to where he first stepped aboard the
musical train? Surely da blooze man from Cork ain’t about to get
that’s the way it seems it might be.
for the meantime the old Gallagher blues — interrupted occasionally by
a bit of acoustic and mandolin — are going to come belting out on
stage. With new sideman, Lou Martin, and Rod De’Ath — "a delinquent
with control" — Rory’s gonna keep on trucking up the motorways and
autobahns. "It’s a lot of fun ploughing away."
article comes from the February 1973 issue of "Let It Rock" Thanks to Patricia McGarity for
passing this article along.
reformatted by roryfan