Originally Posted by Will2007
I haven't seen him "live" live, but I've seen him in a live performance at Clapton's Crossroads Festival from the 2010 Blu-ray. I couldn't wait for his gig to end and for the next act to come on. Thanks for the recommendations. Maybe I haven't given him a fair chance.
Have you heard his collaboration with Beth Hart? If you have and still call him soulless then something is wrong. By the way, the same thing was said of Clapton in his early years. Look it up, Rolling Stone panned him as not being authenic. I do think Joe can be a bit derivative, but hell who isn't. As far as KWS, he is intense for sure. Whether that counts as "soul", I don't know. Having seen some of the greatest guitarist in their prime (Duane Allman, Dickie Betts before alchohol took over, Clapton with early Cream ), Joe ranks up there with them all AND he can sing.
By the way, the Clapton 2010 Crossroads show was not in any way represenative. I was at the show, and Joe was just "doing his duty" as he wasn't given much time at all. Frankly, most of the Crossroads show is more a brief representation of an artist rather than how an artist does in their own concert setting.
Finally, one of the great unsung guitarist is Leslie West. Pick up any of his blues albums (solo only, I am not a fan of Moutain) especially his latest. It is awesome. In the last year, he lost his leg to diabetes, got right back up and is touring again. Now that in my opinion is "soul". If in doubt, read some of the things people have said about his jamming with Hendrix.