I decided to write a blog post dedicated to Ritchie Blackmore. Everyone knows who is. He's the guy who wrote probably the best-known guitar riff of all time. So what's he doing now? You probably know he has a project with his wife, Candice Night, appropriately titled Blackmore's Night. I'd like to dispel some misconceptions about this extremely creative project.
I’d like to focus on an approach to chord playing inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach’s chorales. The chorale originated as a vocal hymn of the Lutheran church, often constructed in four-part harmony wherein the top voice is the melody. Bach composed many chorales of incredible beauty; the way he harmonized for four voices was impeccable, and his chorales served as the textbook for studying Western harmony for over 100 years.
Members of Judas Priest, Dream Theater, Deep Purple, Mountain, Def Leppard, Yes, Asia and more are scheduled to appear on Who Are You: An All Star Tribute to The Who, which will be released October 2 via Cleopatra Records.
Black Country Communion — the hard-rock supergroup featuring Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian and Jason Bonham — have been a creative tour de force since emerging in 2009, releasing albums in consecutive years beginning with 2010's Black Country.