Clarence White was a genuine double threat. His brilliant, Doc Watson-inspired acoustic flatpicking, which incorporated lightning-fast fiddle lines played on an ancient Martin D-28, helped the bluegrass world recognize the guitar as a lead instrument. Several masters of the genre, including Tony Rice and Norman Blake, name him as a key influence.
Here's one for anyone who lives or works in New York -- or any of you who might be New York-bound in the near future: New York guitarist Foster McGinty, 26, lost his Fender Stratocaster on the subway on July 21, and he's offering a $1,500 reward -- three times what he says the Strat is worth -- for its return.
I recently made some hand-to-neck contact with Steve Howe's famous 1964 Gibson ES-175. He brought it with him when he visited Guitar World for a photo shoot and a "Dear Guitar Hero" feature -- which you'll see soon in the pages of Guitar World magazine.
Dreamlike, grandiose, cinematic, disarming. Each term could describe the emotionally arresting instrumental music of Explosions in the Sky, the post-rock poster boys from Austin, Texas. Each could also describe Explosions’ ongoing success story since the release of their 2007 album, All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone.
Saturday through Monday (July 30 through August 1), iTunes will stream the entire concert film of George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh. The event marks the 40th anniversary of the concert, which took place August 1, 1971, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Dead Kennedys guitarist East Bay Ray has announced the upcoming release of the self-titled debut album by his new band, East Bay Ray and The Killer Smiles. The record is slated for a September 13 release via MVD Audio.
An Independence Day parade of solo-guitar versions of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Slash, Steve Vai, Dave Mustaine, Zakk Wylde, Eric Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ted Nugent and -- of course -- Jimi Hendrix.