Born and raised in Denmark, pedal steel guitarist Maggie Björklund wasn’t content to settle in with just ANY instrument. Now appearing live with Jack White, Björklund is thrilled to bring the pedal steel guitar to stages and TV studios worldwide! Early in her career, Björklund was best known in Europe as a guitarist for the all-girl country band, The Darleens, and experimental pop group, Miss B Haven.
I got a taste of what playing through a really amazing tube amp felt like when I visited my friend Rich and plugged into his vintage Fender Super Reverb. Wowza! My eyes and ears just popped open. Now that’s what rock and roll feels like! So here’s the thing. If I was gonna jam on electric guitar with the band, I needed a killer, ballsy tube amp.
While it seems we’ve taken it for granted that our favorite rockers are gonna keep on wailing into their geriatric years, what about the rest of us? Rock keeps you young, right? But even grandmas need pick up an axe once in a while. My new goal? I want to annoy the hell out of my future grandchildren with screaming leads from songs they think are “old” and “boring.” YES!
Lydia Loveless was born into country music. But she wasn’t content to just join the family business; she had to put her own personal stamp on it. Or, more likely, she had to stomp all over it! Loveless grew up with a dad who owned a country music bar, and she often woke up in a house full of musicians. When she got older, she blazed her own path and immersed herself in punk, soaking up the musical influences.
In love with the instrument from the start, Stefanie Drootin has been unwaveringly focused on all things bass. She was never a guitar player first. She didn’t take on the bass because no one else would. Drootin’s brother took her to see fIREHOSE when she was a lass of 15 and bassist Mike Watt simply blew her away.
From sweet to rippin’, these ladies know how to make a song their own. Here are 15 takes on Beatles classics, plus a laughable hall of shame mention thrown in for good measure. From rockin’ to sublime, The Beatles are universally appealing, and these covers prove it. Got a favorite I missed? Lemme know!
It hadn’t occurred to me that recording with an electric guitar would be all that different from recording acoustic. I was wrong. Over the years, I have developed a decent working knowledge of Pro Tools and have access to some nice mics. I’ve learned the proper mic’ing technique for recording acoustic guitar and have experimented with mic placement, mixing in the built-in pickup track, EQ-ing and more in order to get a pretty good acoustic recording.
The best parts of SXSW are the surprise moments. The bands you don’t plan to see, the people you had no idea you’d meet, the sheer unpredictability that forces you to just go with the flow. Most of my favorite SXSW moments this year stem from accidentally encountered awesomeness. But that said, it’s no accident that these performers are at SXSW.
In the six years since her last release, Let Your Ghost Go, Megan Reilly started a family, toured with Neko Case, The Mekons, Tom Verlaine and Grant Lee Philips, and moved twice. And, of course, she has been plugging away at writing and recording her new album, The Well, which is slated to step into the light on April 24.