Watch the Blues Rock Riff online guitar lesson by Jasper Mortier from 50 Blues Bass Licks You Must Know
This is a straight Blues Rock Riff, Johnny Winter style. In Johnny Winter's version of 'Rock Me Baby' the lick is not played during the vocal verse and chorus. The singer switches between singing and playing the riff. The bass follows this, playing a more pumping pattern during the vocal. It's not per se something completely different than more traditional styled blues. But it's presented with a different attitude so to speak: power, in your face, more explicit. I think in general you have to expect a higher stage volume. This is due to the guitar being cranked up to get that distorted sound, followed by a drummer that's trying to match that sound and feeling. That alone will result in a different feel than with a more relaxed way of playing. Johnny Winter is of course known for his cooperation with the Muddy Waters in the late 70-ies. This shows his admiration for the more traditional 50-ies based Chicago blues. His own first albums date from the late 60-ies. In this time period a lot of people still had to find out about that whole revolution that took place in the 50-ies. Hearing the Rolling Stones in the mid sixties was often the first time a lot of people found out about the blues! Johnny was already taking it to the next level and combining blues with the high energy coming from rock bands like Jimi Hendrix, the Free, Led Zeppelin and the Who.