In praise of the “unknown” guitarist and the bands.

How can someone this good be so little known? If you’re in your 60’s or 70’s, and are fans of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, BB King, and you want to hear an amalgam of all their styles made uniquely his own, you need to listen to Dave Clempson, known as Clem Clempson. The best known band he was part of was Colosseum, and he is on most of their albums. Go to YouTube and search on Clem Clempson, or Colosseum. There is an entire Colosseum concert in the Rockpalast, in Germany. The Germans really get the blues. In between numbers, drummer Jon Hiseman explains how the song came to be. It’s living blues history.

Or go to his official website, listen to some of the tracks, but especially So Many Roads! If you like blues, the licks will blow you away. On YouTube there are also lots of videos showing Clempson playing with Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Billy Cobham, Chris Farlowe, Jeff Beck, et al. Go ahead and listen, you’ll thank me.