As a guitar player, I wouldn’t have made much progress if it weren’t for the work of others who came along before I did. But whether you’re a modest fan or you like to wear your influences on your sleeve (literally), don’t act like you have none. That’s just being a douche. Douches have no friends because nobody likes douches — except pussies …
"Please Read the Letter," from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' Raising Sand, was one of the highlights of the non-Zeppelin segment of the set and was performed with real expression by Plant. Songs like "Tin Pan Valley," "Spoonful" and "Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down" sounded delightful as well.
Greetings! This week, I pose a question: Who are your favorite guitarists? It's a tricky subject, but since this is a session guitarist blog, and so many people ask me questions about what they need to do, know and own to become a session guitarist, I'm going out on a dangerous limb here. Hopefully, I will not be misunderstood.
One of the hardest-rocking songs on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, "Good Morning Good Morning" is also one of the album's most complex productions. As the song developed from The Beatles' basic rhythm track, the recording was fleshed out with horns, layers of backing vocals and a litany of animal noises, requiring that the four-track tape be bounced down twice in order to open more available tracks.
With hip-hop beats meshed with a Latin feel and ZZ Ward’s signature growl, her album’s title track, “Til the Casket Drops,” sets the stage for this well-written, innovative, collection of catchy cuts. Happily divergent from the typical singer/songwriter vibe, Ward moves to a different drummer, literally!
About 10 years ago, BBC disc jockey Spencer Leigh reviewed a show by my old band, the Badge, and wondered how we were able to write songs that matched the work of Rubber Soul-era Lennon & McCartney when McCartney couldn’t seem to muster the same magic.
Goby Labs is a company in Venice Beach, California. They offer microphone stands, guitar stands, tablet stands and — more recently — guitar-care products through Hosa distribution. I checked out the Universal Guitar Stand (pretty self-explanatory) and the GuitarHook Thingy (a clamp-based stand that allows your microphone stand to double as a guitar stand).
If jamming with hundreds of other guitar players in the gorgeous sunshine in a city square sounds appealing to you, then you can only hope you were at Mass Appeal Guitars. Hosted by Guitar World and the NYC Guitar School, this massive guitaralicious event was part of National Music Day, an festival of music making that happens June 21 every year.
As part of KLOS’ summer concert series at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, which kicked off with our recently reviewed Pat Benatar/Cheap Trick show, Steve Miller Band and the Doobie Brothers landed at the same venue June 20 for what promised to be another great classic exhibition of some of the most beloved songs in American rock.
Holy crap. Is it over when you start to dress like that onstage? Schenker with Chicago Bulls NBA shorts and a leather motorcycle jacket with Oakley shades to pull the look together? As Heidi Klum used to say on Project Runway, "I'm sorry, Michael, you are out ... auf Wiedersehen."