Thirty-four years after the release of Love's So Tough, the Iron City Houserockers' debut album, Joe Grushecky — that band's founder, rhythm guitarist and singer — has released a new solo album, East Of Eden. Throughout his long career, Grushecky has seen countless musical trends come and go. But Grushecky isn’t about chasing; he's about writing songs that speak to listeners in all walks of life.
The sky above London is unusually clear and sunny, devoid of the ever-present rain clouds that regularly douse the capital. Joggers are making good use of this stunning August afternoon by running along the tranquil Paddington Branch canal in the northwest corner of the city.
The number of guitars that Mick Mars has gone through over the past three decades in the limelight with Mötley Crüe probably rivals the total amount of porn stars that Charlie Sheen has dated. Literally hundreds of instruments passed through his hands in the Eighties alone, from the trusty black 1972 Les Paul Custom that he used to record the band’s early albums to various Kramers, Charvels and Hamers in every imaginable shape.
When it comes to shred, few guitarists can rip like Paul Gilbert. As the driving force behind shred-progenitors Racer X and the chart-topping late-Eighties outfit Mr. Big, Gilbert dazzled with his unhuman fretboard range that included wide stretches and intervallic leaps.
One of the most common cries for help I’ve received recently concerns the restringing of acoustic guitars. While this should be a straightforward job, it seems that your pesky bridge pins are causing trouble. I don’t want to start a fight here, but it’s probably your fault. If these little plastic, metal, bone or wood pins aren’t fitted correctly, they can shoot out of the bridge like a rocket when you tune the string.