Austin-based country band Reckless Kelly’s new album, Good Luck and True Love, might also be an appropriate title for its lead guitarist’s career. David Abeyta attended Berklee College of Music to determine if he had what it takes to make it as a guitarist. “I thought, ‘If I can do this, then I’ll keep at it,'" Abeyta says. “I used it as my measuring stick, which may or may not have been a good idea. Luckily, it worked.” Abeyta checked in before a show in Boston to talk about the new album, his favorite gear and getting his start in a ukulele band.
On the back of three hugely impressive studio albums and a massive tour with Metallica, The Sword, and Austin, Texas-based sludge metal quartet, have been growing in popularity and gaining new fans with every move. They are on a North American tour as main support to Kyuss Lives, which is proving to be another feather in their hat.
"It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll." Truer words have not been spoken. And no one knows the value of those words better than Mark Evans. From the time he joined AC/DC at age 19 right up until today, Evans has seen both the highs and lows the rock 'n' roll lifestyle has to offer.
“When we were making our last record, nobody knew who the fuck Kurt Cobain was!” Kirk Hammett, at ease in the lounge of the New York City recording studio where he and the rest of Metallica are rushing to finish their sixth album, Load, is acutely aware of how much the musical climate has changed in the five years since the band put out their last studio recording.
It's apparent that for North Carolina-based bludgeoners Deception of a Ghost, it's about the sound and very little about the image. According to guitarist Buddy Dameron, equal to his band's slam is the message the band conveys. "The message we send is to be yourself and do all you can to make yourself happy. Let your voice be heard. We try to encourage people to fight for their dreams, to sum it all up," he says enthusiastically.
For this week's column, I wanted to give some attention to a buddy of mine who is a very promising young guitarist. His name is Florent Atem from Tahiti. He has a very cool technique that he created called slide picking that he will explain in this interview.
There are a lot of people who don't want to hear any sounds emanating from my mouth," says Steve Vai. That makes the news about Fire Garden, the guitar virtuoso's latest album, extremely shocking: Steve Vai sings.
"Once it gets too fancy I started losing the groove," says guitarist Mike Sullivan of Russian Circles' deceptively dense music. Indeed the Chicago based post-rock band are capable of creating intricately layered pieces of music, often from simple, intertwining melodies that when combined are capable of creating harsh soundscapes, vast acoustic caverns, and everything in between.
While Seattle has certainly enjoyed its 15 minutes of fame as “the capital of grunge,” the city has also paid a heavy price for its rock and roll notoriety. A recent newspaper headline proclaimed it “Drug Town, U.S.A,” while a noted music critic estimated that “one in four Seattle musicians is involved with heroin.” Rolling Stone even went so far as to wryly note that heroin was “back on the charts,” and that Seattle, along with New York and Hollywood, was a hot spot for the drug.