In 2008, Guitar World asked Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson to dissect several key songs from the band's past. Starting with "Fly By Night" (1975) and ending with "Test for Echo" (1996), he discussed his guitars, amps and effects. Here's how it went.
Back in 2014, Paul McCartney had a great idea for an album. He just needed a world-renowned guitarist and singer to make it happen. Enter John Pizzarelli, whose musical interpretations of such legendary artists as Frank Sinatra, James Taylor and McCartney’s former band, the Beatles, have received critical acclaim. Pizzarelli even worked with McCartney on his 2012 album, Kisses on the Bottom.
Since 2004, Kristian Bush's songwriting has helped Sugarland sell over 22 million albums worldwide. But, his debut solo album, Southern Gravity, introduces Bush as a force to be reckoned with as a solo artist. I recently spoke with Bush about Southern Gravity, his music, gear and more.
Matt Kourie is a one man electro-pop artist based in NYC. Kourie has played in countless bands for many years before he decided to cut out the usual troubles of band life to pursue a solo concept project called theWhen. Along with the "to do's" and "not to do's," many musicians can benefit from what went wrong and what he learned from his extensive experience playing in bands.
Rock and metal have had no shortage of super groups over the last decade. Occasionally one comes along that rely on the quality of their music more than individual personalities. Saint Asonia is one such band. We had a chance to speak with Mike Mushok, Saint Asonia's guitarist, recently to get all the details.
According to singer/guitarist Rick Rizzo, when the band formed in the early Eighties, their style of guitar rock "wasn't what was happening in Chicago at the time." That said, the band found its biggest commercial success when it was signed to Atlantic Records in the late Eighties and early Nineties.
The Stratocaster is the ultimate baby boomer. Born in the Fifties, it refuses to grow up. Having participated in many of rock history’s greatest moments, it’s still running with the young punks. It remains the ultimate playing machine—ergonomic, responsive, sexy.