AC/DC are more than just a great rock band, they're an institution. Trends may come and go, but their unique brand of rhythm 'n bruise has proven to be timeless. Angus Young, the band 's lead playing livewire, has also deservedly attained a legendary standing in the business. In fact, one of modern rock's leading lights, Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains, recently refered to him as "the absolute god of blues-rock guitar."
Picture a nice Sunday drive on a one-lane country road ... and that idiot in front of you is going 5 mph under the speed limit! Odie by Chellee Guitars began as a Tube Screamer-style overdrive pedal but widened the scope on each end to give you more options, or—to get back to that country road—they hacked down some trees and made a four-lane highway.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column on Wesseh Freeman (a.k.a. “Weesay”) and his oil can guitar. He’s the blind artist from Liberia who had a video go viral last December. You guys responded so enthusiastically that I got in contact with Freeman. Through his biggest fan/helper in Liberia, Sachin Ramchandani, I’ve been able to become friends with this amazing guitarist.
A reader and fellow songwriter recently asked if I could offer some basic thoughts on the nuts and bolts of creating and recording vocal harmonies for a song (a source of frustration for said reader). Harmony is certainly a lengthy and complex topic to distill down to a few paragraphs, but here goes something...