Tennessee Jedi wrote:
Mark Knopfler is in my team photo of favorite guitarists. That said if you listen to Dire Straits carefully I think you'll hear a wonderful layering of instruments that I don't think the GD could pull off in a live setting. And, no disrespect to Jerry, those subtle just aren't the fat mans thing. Now, the end solo he'd RIP!
Oh I gotta disagree 100 %
Of course they would give it a GD sound ... like Watchtower doesnt sound like Jimi ..... sounds like the Dead ....
But Jerry is a MASTER of playing behind vocals ...
The chicken picking fingerstyle of Knopfler is right in Jerry's wheelhouse !
Its pure Americana music - perfect for the Dead !
Firstly, Watchtower is a Dylan song and being a Dylan song it had lots of room to be re-interpreted and made greater.
Sultans, by contrast, is a perfectly layered song and doing re-interpretation would diminish the song not make it greater.
If by playing "BEHIND vocals" you mean at the same volume as the vocals and being the only instrument heard, then yes, he is the master.
But if you listen like a student to Sultans you will easily hear all instruments super clear and levels deep under the vocals. It's a fast and subtle song.
Furthermore, it has specific guitar responses at the end of each line, think Jerry would remember each of those and where they went?!
Those responses are not chicken picking. Dig in further and you'll see a flurry of notes almost sounding like 1.
And for the life of me I'll not understand you calling a Limey band (ha!) "pure Americana"