One night, mid-Nineties, after catching a great set by singer-songwriter (not yet children's music superstar) Dan Zanes at New York City's Fez, I stuck around to take in "a bit" of the next act on the bill, the still-unknown-to-me Candy Butchers. Thirty minutes later, much to my surprise and delight, I was still glued to my chair.
At age 75, he continues touring, making albums and doing session work, bringing the traditional music that he loves to longtime fans and new generations. McCoury sings and plays lead guitar in his band. Joining him are fiddle player Jason Carter, bassist Alan Bartram, and sons Rob McCoury on banjo and Ronnie McCoury on mandolin.
On one hand, you can say Devon Allman comes by his musical talents naturally, being Gregg Allman’s son. But the fact of the matter is, Devon’s parents were divorced when he was a baby—and he was brought up in a world that was well-insulated from the savage highs, lows, glories and turmoils of the Allman Brothers Band.
Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker gave birth to the power trio, redefined rock improvisation and sold millions of albums. For all their success, Guitar World tells how nothing could stop the Cream from curdling.
In their earliest days, the band was centered around guitarists, singers and songwriters Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile. Following the release of their 2008 full-length debut, Wagonwheel Blues, Vile left to pursue a solo career, and the War on Drugs has since served primarily as a vehicle for Granduciel’s sprawling, atmospheric songs and emotive guitar excursions.
It might've been a long time coming, but guitarist Jon Haber has finally managed to achieve a goal he’s had since he was 6. Haber spent much of the early Eighties in a regionally successful band before switching gears to start the successful Alto Music chain. Haber, who never lost his knack for songwriting, finally got back on the other side of the counter as musician, songwriter and producer to release his first album, DEC3 (pronounced "deck three").
Guitarist Malina Moye often has been mentioned in the same category as Jimi Hendrix. Although flattered by the comparisons, it’s an honor Moye says she’ll spend the rest of her life trying to attain. There’s a seductive passion and feel in Moye’s playing, as evidenced by her insanely good new EP, Rock & Roll Baby, which was released October 14.
Recorded at Johnson’s studio in Austin, Texas, Eclectic — which will be released October 27 — is a tasty collection of songs highlighting the strengths of each guitarist. With an infectious rhythm section consisting of drummer Anton Fig (The Late Show with David Letterman) along with Johnson’s regular bassist, Chris Maresh.
For Bonamassa, that means fanning the flames of the blues. So after recording his new Different Shades of Blue, he headed to Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheater in late August to build a bonfire—playing a sold-out concert with a set list culled from the catalogs of genre giants Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf that was shot for DVD.