Watch the Slew Foot Stomp online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from 50 Country Masters Licks You MUST Know
This lick is based on the tune Pork Chop Stomp, which is a tune that comes from Grady Martin and his Wingin' Strings or Slew Foot Five released in the mid 50's. It's never clear which it was released under. I've seen it released under both names. Grady Martin was a top notch session guitarist of the 50s and can be heard on countless recordings. The band features Hank Garland on second guitar and Bud Isaccs on steel. This intro lick is played in harmony. The reason I picked this one, is that at the end of the lick it uses a whole tone scale over the V chord. This is an early example of the whole tone scale being used in western swing. It’s definitely one of the ear-catching aspects of this tune. The whole-tone scale is a scale that’s separated all with whole steps and gets used by quite a few modern country guitar players now, Redd Volkaert being one. Redd is a huge fan of the whole tone scale and uses it a lot when he is playing over western swing and classic country. More modern players, like Jim Campilongo, who is kind of a country jazz tele player also uses the whole tone scale in his soloing and his compositional writing.