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8-year-old guitar wiz has reason to play the blues
ap ^ | 8-12-08 | CARRIE ANTLFINGER

Posted on 08/13/2008 9:55:53 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB

ELKHORN, Wis. - When Tallan "T-Man" Latz was 5, he saw Joe Satriani playing guitar on TV. "I turned around to my dad and said, 'That's exactly what I want to do.'"

Three years and countless hours of practicing later, 8-year-old Tallan is a blues guitar prodigy. He's played in bars and clubs, including the House of Blues in Chicago, and even jammed with Les Paul and Jackson Browne. He has a summer of festivals scheduled and has drawn interest from venues worldwide.

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: 8; blues; guitar; kid; music; wisconsin
heard some clips of the kid. pretty good. not sure what the big deal is. Kids younger than him act in movies and such.(although some do turn our like Danny Bonaduchi or Todd Bridges) Lots of bluess and country players did play in bars and speakeasies as kids growing up and they turned out ok.

good luck to the kid.I hope he makes a ton of $.

1 posted on 08/13/2008 9:55:53 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB
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To: WOBBLY BOB

I would agree.


2 posted on 08/13/2008 9:59:50 AM PDT by svcw (There is no plan B.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Looks like a grownup guitarist narced on him to the child labor law bureaucrats.
3 posted on 08/13/2008 10:02:50 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

There have been other blues prodigies like this...I have done a longtime college radio blues show and just the other day I was playing Canadian Jimmy Bowskill, 14 at the time the
CD was recorded; and some have been as young as 12, 10,
or yes, even 8.

Boston area guitarist Mike Welch cut his chops as a young teen at local blues jams and appeared at the opening of
the first House of Blues (Cambridge). “We’re not calling you Little Mike anymore,” said co-founded Dan Aykroyd. “Now
we’ll call you Monster Mike.” Later, a 10 or 12 yr old
kid appeared in the movie Blues Brothers 2000 as a young
prodigy though I understand his harmonica playing was
actually done by John Popper of Blues Traveler.


4 posted on 08/13/2008 10:03:54 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: WOBBLY BOB

The name escapes me at the moment, but there was a kid in Massachusetts (around ‘96 or ‘97) who was also a Blues Guitar whiz, and at 16 his voice was as deep and gravelly as I’d ever heard.


5 posted on 08/13/2008 10:04:44 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: raccoonradio

That’s it. Monster Mike Welch is the guy I was thinking of. I have one of his albums.


6 posted on 08/13/2008 10:06:07 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Blues musicians are like Obi Wan Kenobi - Knock them down and they just have more fodder for their art.


7 posted on 08/13/2008 10:08:53 AM PDT by Sax (this idea was not a practical deterrent, for reasons which, at this moment, must be all too obvious)
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seconded....with a good teacher, classical guitar, and some practice, 'anything is possible'...here's another one (California Dreaming, by a 7 yearold)
8 posted on 08/13/2008 10:12:03 AM PDT by CRBDeuce (an armed society is a polite society)
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Kids gonna wind up with more moola than Limbaugh. p-ss off libs to boot.


9 posted on 08/13/2008 10:17:39 AM PDT by Waco (Rule with a gun, get more done. famous MAO slogan. Famous RAT dream.)
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To: raccoonradio

I like Popper. What ever happened to Blues Traveler? are they still around?


10 posted on 08/13/2008 10:18:07 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (Conservatives are to McCain what Charlie Brown is to Lucy.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
"I had the blues... before I didn't...

11 posted on 08/13/2008 10:18:29 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

The Cool Young Man

12 posted on 08/13/2008 10:20:18 AM PDT by Zakeet (Crime wouldn't pay if the government ran it)
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To: Zakeet

Hahahaha Joe Satriani is what turned this kid on?

Watch out...once you have been bitten by the Satch bug...you are infected for life.

Awesome!!!!


13 posted on 08/13/2008 10:21:38 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Peace Sucks. It means that somewhere there are terrorists that no one is shooting at.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I prefer Stevie Ray Vaughn, but yeah, he can play,too.


14 posted on 08/13/2008 10:26:13 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (Conservatives are to McCain what Charlie Brown is to Lucy.)
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I think they still may be. Popper had to lose weight (and he did, big time; he was almost 400 pounds at one time)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blues_Traveler

>>The band’s latest release is an acoustic “remix” greatest hits album called Cover Yourself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Popper

>>In 1999, he suffered a near-heart attack brought on by years of compulsive overeating. (He had been diagnosed with diabetes a few years earlier.) Doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center performed an emergency angioplasty which saved Popper’s life: he had 95% arterial blockage.Popper later underwent gastric bypass surgery and lost a significant amount of weight.


15 posted on 08/13/2008 10:32:38 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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"Lots of bluess and country players did play in bars and speakeasies as kids growing up and they turned out ok."

Very true. At least my wife thinks I turned out OK ;o) I played my first paying gig at 12 and the last one at 17. It was great fun and I'm glad I went for it and got it out of my system at an early age.
16 posted on 08/13/2008 10:33:43 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

He’ll be singing the blues about his stolen bicycle, bad school lunches, playground bullies, a mean older sister and being grounded.


17 posted on 08/13/2008 10:47:28 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (Conservatives are to McCain what Charlie Brown is to Lucy.)
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To: raccoonradio

Monster Mike Welch is fantastic - another one of my favorites is Joe Bonamassa, who opened for B.B. King when he was 12 years old and is now hugely popular amongst the blues set.


18 posted on 08/13/2008 10:53:07 AM PDT by dainbramaged (the Tree of Liberty needs watering)
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To: raccoonradio

Saw Popper on some Sunday morning A&E interview. He was 1/3 of the size. His voice wasn’t quite the same. Strong, but I think part of his original sound was due to the weight.


19 posted on 08/13/2008 11:00:08 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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I wonder if he’s still a big time firearms collector.


20 posted on 08/13/2008 11:06:43 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (Conservatives are to McCain what Charlie Brown is to Lucy.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

My favorites:

Alex Lifeson - Rush
John Petrucci - Dream Theater
David Gilmour
Jason Becker
Joe Satriani
Eddie Van Halen
Steven Wilson - Porcupine Tree
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Jeff Healy
Eric Johnson
Jimmy Page - Zep
Paul Gilbert - Mr.Big/Racer X
Steve Clark - Def Leppard
Brian May - Queen
Jerry Cantrell - Alice In Chains
Dimebag Darrell Abbott - Pantera/Damageplan
Trevor Rabin - Yes
Tom Scholz - Boston
Neil Schon - Journey
Chris DeGarmo - Queensryche


21 posted on 08/13/2008 11:25:25 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Peace Sucks. It means that somewhere there are terrorists that no one is shooting at.)
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To: dainbramaged

Gonna see JoeBo for the fifth time in few years on Monday night!


22 posted on 08/13/2008 2:31:03 PM PDT by sjm_888
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