- Aug 17, 2002
I thought I heard that affectionately used a while back …nothing derogatory was meant
Do you have several Les Pauls or a PRS?"Blues Lawyer". I've seen this term tossed around the internet for years and never stopped to think about what it meant until recently. It appears that if you are an aging guitar player with good gear and have never made it professionally in music, then you are a Blues Lawyer. Am I correct?
If so, that's me.
Although never a lawyer, or even an attorney, I was a successful skilled tradesman that made pretty good money in my day. Not live in a mansion and drive a fancy car successful, but now in retirement doing just fine and am set up financially until the day I die successful.
I've played a musical instrument since I was 10 years old and have stuck with music as my main hobby and passion all of my life. I've taken serious music lessons in my late teens and early 20's, have done home independent study all of my life when I found the time, plus played with bands and in organized jams off and on since starting. At almost 68 my friends and family that have heard me play are always quite impressed at my skills as a musician. All this time while making a living working my ass off in a job that I really don't care for like most anyone else.
When I started out I didn't have the greatest gear but did own some nice vintage pieces while in my 20's before vintage meant anything. I regretfully sold most of my vintage pieces beginning in the early 80's but have consistently sold, traded and bought gear throughout the years, always trying to improve or update my collection. I am now sitting on about 15 guitars and 10 amps and a roomful of recording gear that is all getting a lot of use in retirement. All this stuff I would consider to be "professional gear".
So, what's your opinion? Am I a Blues Lawyer? Are you a Blues Lawyer? What is your definition of a Blues Lawyer?
A case in point, I've been watching on youtube of late old interviews with EC and one thing he says is........the mistakes he makes when doing recordings and the hours spent in the studio getting it 'right'.Whether it's the Blues or not, my playing often warrants a Lawyers defensive input.