Richard Thompson has made a career of shaking things up with his voice and his guitar. He has appeared on over 40 albums. He could have easily gone into his new album with the mindset of what has worked and been successful before. But he isn't one to take it easy. He wanted something or someone to challenge him.
Paul McCartney, ZZ Top, Wilco, Gov't Mule, Baroness, Mumford & Sons and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are among the acts scheduled to appear at this year's Bonnaroo festival, which will take place June 13 to 16 in Manchester, Tennessee.
Chris Thomas of C. F. Martin & Co. recently visited the Guitar World office in New York City. Accompanying him were four new Martin models -- a 00-DB Jeff Tweedy, a new D-18, the GPCPA4 Siris and a Custom Shop CS28-12 -- all of which were debuted by the Nazareth, Pennsylvania-based company at the NAMM show in January.
More than a decade and a half has passed since Jeff Tweedy formed Wilco from the ashes of alt-country pioneers Uncle Tupelo. In that time, the group has risen to become one of the most revered acts in current popular music, mining a singular sound that is simultaneously anchored in a rootsy approach and meandering along rock's outer sonic limits.
This year's Hangout Music Fest -- which takes place in May in Alabama -- will feature some big names, which is impressive since the even has existed for only two years. Slated for the 2012 version of the fest are Jack White, Skrillex, Wilco, Chris Cornell, Dave Matthews Band, String Cheese Incident and the Flaming Lips performing Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.
As an editor at GuitarWorld.com, I listen to tons o' music -- all sorts of weird stuff. One day in the summer, I even found myself listening to an album made by a bunch of nuns chanting in Latin. I'm still not sure why that happened. Anyway, the point is, amid the beatings my ear drums withstand on a daily basis, it's easy to choose my favorite albums of the year; they're the ones I found myself listening to over and over again.
Guitar World is ringing in the holidays with ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons. With a long-awaited ZZ Top album on the way, the Reverend Willie G. has a wealth of things to celebrate this holiday season. Plus, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Lamb of God and Judas Priest talk about their upcoming albums and projects for 2012.