Now in paperback, Randy Poe's Skydog: The Duane Allman Story (Backbeat Books) is revised and expanded, with a new afterword by the author, plus a foreword by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. It's the definitive biography of Duane Allman, one of the most revered guitarists of his generation.
Wild Child, a Doors tribute band, have been around for more than 20 years, and it’s time they got some recognition for their unending dedication to the music they’ve loved and mastered. Thanks to AXS TV’s series, The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands, Wild Child got a spot on national TV on May 6, playing in front of a packed Roxy Theatre crowd.
Gina Stile has been involved in several successful projects over the years, including the '80s bands Poison Dollys and Envy. She's opened for Aerosmith on a string of dates and had an album produced by Dee Snider of Twisted Sister. Her current all-female project, Thunderbox, is generating a lot of buzz in the New York area. And it doesn't hurt that she’s one hell of a guitar player.
Here are licks that will clean up any guitarist’s picking technique and give them the control and accuracy to improve their ability to achieve the speed and fluidity they desire. Though there are exceptions to this rule, make sure the alternating pick strokes are accomplished with firm, yet relaxed grip of the pick and a rotation of the pick hand wrist similar to that of turning a key in a door.
There's a certain Je ne sais quoi about a guy holding a guitar. Or so says a new study from France, which concluded that a man is perceived as more attractive to women if there’s a guitar in his hands. These results are similar to findings of a 2012 study from Israel.
Jackie Lomax was born on this date (May 10) in 1944. I'd like to celebrate this seemingly arbitrary milestone by discussing the most famous thing Lomax has ever been involved in — the recording of a song called "Sour Milk Sea." The song is legendary because it is very nearly a Beatles recording.
Robert Johnson, the man who Eric Clapton called "the most important blues musician who ever lived," was born 102 years ago this week on May 8, 1911, in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. Although he lived only 27 years, his haunting singing, guitar skills and compositions have influenced generations of musicians — and continue to fascinate the most gifted of guitarists.