News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/0 en Judas Priest's Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner Talk New Album, 'Redeemer of Souls' http://www.guitarworld.com/judas-priests-rob-halford-glenn-tipton-and-richie-faulkner-talk-new-album-redeemer-souls <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This is an excerpt from the September 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the rest of this story, plus features on Dan Auerbach's off-beat guitars, Eric Clapton and his new J.J. Cale tribute album, 17 Amazing practice amps, columns, tabs and reviews of new gear from Epiphone, ESP Guitars, Visual Sound, Blackstar, G&amp;L Guitars, Ibanez and more, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-september-2014-the-black-keys/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=BlackKeysExceprt">check out the August 2014 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></p> <p>When <em>Guitar World</em> sat down with Judas Priest guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner and frontman Rob Halford in New York City earlier this summer, there was a palpable sense of excitement and confidence in the air as we talked about Priest’s new return-to-form album, <em>Redeemer of Souls</em>. </p> <p>It felt like a fresh beginning for a group that, just a few years earlier, had seemed on the verge of imploding.</p> <p>In December 2010, more than 40 years after the group’s formation in Birmingham, England, Judas Priest had announced that their Epitaph World Tour would be a farewell jaunt. </p> <p>When, a few weeks later, Rob Halford said in an interview, “I think it’s time,” and asked fans to “not be sad” and “celebrate and rejoice over all the great things we’ve done,” the heavy-metal community took it as a sign that the mighty Judas Priest were finally hanging up their studded leather belts. </p> <p>With the internet abuzz over the uncertainty of their future, Judas Priest went into damage control mode and quickly issued a statement that read, in part, “This is by no means the end of the band. In fact, we are presently writing new material, but we do intend this to be the last major world tour.” </p> <p>For much of their career, the band members’ comments about Judas Priest’s future probably wouldn’t have caused much of a stir. But in today’s 24/7 feeding frenzy known as the internet, it’s a very different story.</p> <p>“It does make you choose your words carefully,” Halford says. “With today’s speed of communication, you’ve only got to get one word wrong and the whole place blows up. In retrospect, there probably should have been a different way to project the whole Epitaph experience.”</p> <p>Some additional turbulence shook the Judas Priest camp in April 2011 when longtime guitarist K.K. Downing announced that he was leaving the group just two month’s ahead of the Epitaph tour. The band wasted no time announcing 31-year-old British guitarist Richie Faulkner as Downing’s replacement. Faulkner’s debut with the band took place on national television on May 25, 2011, when Judas Priest performed live during the season finale of <em>American Idol.</em></p> <p>After the completion of the 120-date Epitaph tour in May 2012, Judas Priest took some much needed time off to regroup and begin work on a new album. They made a few public appearances, and a couple of best-of packages found their way into the marketplace, but otherwise things were fairly quiet on the Priest front.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/shwOv_J7QGo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Then, this past April, the band announced a July 15 release date for <em>Redeemer of Souls</em>, its first album of new material since 2008’s poorly received conceptual double album, <em>Nostradamus</em>. Wisely, the group issued a free stream of the title track alongside the announcement. From its opening chugging riff to Halford’s distinct voice intoning, “It’s time to settle the score,” to Tipton and Faulkner’s searing solo trade-offs, <em>Redeemer of Souls</em> makes it clear that Priest has not only survived the past few years’ unrest but also regained the fire in their belly that had been missing for quite some time.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD EXCERPT: Back in 2010–2011, there was a lot of speculation that Judas Priest were on the verge of disbanding. But with Redeemer of Souls and new tour dates on the horizon, it seems as though the band has a renewed sense of energy.</strong></p> <p><strong>Rob Halford:</strong> I think it’s very natural for a band that’s had a long career in rock and roll to become a little bit philosophical. That’s just human nature, and we weren’t afraid to talk about it. But I don’t think we ever said specifically “This is the end.” It was probably the “Farewell Tour” that gave people that impression. We probably should have called that something different. We called it that because it was our way of saying that this is the end of the big, massive world tours. We’re still going to go out and play, but it’s not going to be these big two-year schleps, which are grueling for any band.</p> <p>But there’s definitely a change in tone around the band these days, and a lot of that is because of this guy right here [points to Faulkner]. Richie has brought something to this band that is very infectious and vibrant, and I think you can sense all of that great feeling coming through in these new songs.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jq8kwk8288A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Glenn, did you feel that there was a negative vibe swirling around the band during the Epitaph tour?</strong></p> <p><strong>Glenn Tipton:</strong> I don’t know if it was a negative vibe around us as much as it was a little bit unsure of what the future held for Judas Priest. For me, the Epitaph tour was one of the most satisfying and gratifying tours we had ever done. It was a grueling task to go out and play for two and a half hours every night, but to play a song off every album brought out a lot of sentimental feelings, and I think we all rose to the occasion.</p> <p>But you’re right in the sense that there was a little bit of uncertainty around the band—what we were going to do next, that kind of thing. And it wasn’t until we started writing the album and really getting into the meat and potatoes of it that we realized, Hold on, this is going to be more than just another album—there’s something special going on here. And that starts to breed enthusiasm. You look forward to the future. You look forward to playing these songs onstage. So I think the band has evolved since the Epitaph era into a different way of thinking. We’ve never been more content, and we’re excited about the future.</p> <p><strong>Halford:</strong> In light of the Epitaph experience, if and when the final note is played, we certainly won’t be announcing it. I think it’s just going to happen one day, and that’s probably the nicest way to do it. You take very small steps back until you’re done, and I think it’ll be that way for us. But the fact that Priest’s music will live forever, the way Beethoven and Bach’s music lives forever, that really is the most incredible accomplishment that you can dwell on and feel proud of.</p> <p><strong>After the Epitaph tour, did you feel as though there was unfinished business within the band? Like there was more to accomplish?</strong></p> <p><strong>Tipton:</strong> I think we’ve always felt that way. We’ve never been satisfied with one record—we’ve always wanted to do another. It’s the same with touring: you know that at some point you’re going to want to go out and do another tour. Even with this record, we recorded 18 songs. I mean, where did that come from? So there’s plenty left in this band.</p> <p><strong>Richie, what was it like for you around the time of the Epitaph tour? Was it disappointing to join a legendary band like Judas Priest and suddenly have people speculating about the group’s demise?</strong></p> <p><strong>Faulkner:</strong> When I came onboard and was welcomed into the family, I was very aware of where the band were in their career. Not that I wasn’t already aware of it, since I’m a fan of the band, but it certainly wasn’t something I was going to pass up just because there’s a chance that the band was coming to the end of its career. And maybe if there was any sense within the band of winding down, maybe I’m the one who’s keeping them going. And some people out there might not like me for that, but what was I going to do? Not join the band? Sometimes you just have to take the bull by the horns. And as a result, here we are with 18 new studio tracks and a new Judas Priest album. </p> <p><strong>Were you involved in the songwriting for <em>Redeemer of Souls</em> from the get-go?</strong></p> <p><strong>Faulkner:</strong> From day one, it’s always been a family of creative people. It’s not one or two people calling the shots and you just show up, play a gig and go home. From the rehearsals to picking the set list to the stage production, it’s a very inclusive process, and that transcends right into the songwriting for the album.</p> <p>Priest have always had the vocalist and the two-guitar-player writing team, and it was the same this time. I was taught to write metal songs by these guys. When you're 14 or 15 years old, you listen to <em>Screaming for Vengeance</em> and use that as a model for writing songs. So, for me, when you’re now in the studio writing songs with these guys, you don’t have to put on a different hat or write songs you wouldn’t normally write; it comes from your heart, because it’s what you’ve been brought up with. So it was a very organic and intuitive experience for me to write songs with these guys.</p> <p><em>Photo: Jimmy Hubbard</em></p> <p><em>This is an excerpt from the September 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the rest of this story, plus features on Dan Auerbach's off-beat guitars, Eric Clapton and his new J.J. Cale tribute album, 17 Amazing practice amps, columns, tabs and reviews of new gear from Epiphone, ESP Guitars, Visual Sound, Blackstar, G&amp;L Guitars, Ibanez and more, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-september-2014-the-black-keys/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=BlackKeysExceprt">check out the August 2014 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/judas-priest">Judas Priest</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/judas-priests-rob-halford-glenn-tipton-and-richie-faulkner-talk-new-album-redeemer-souls#comments Judas Priest September 2014 Interviews News Features Magazine Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:46:31 +0000 Jeff Kitts http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21873 The Songwriting Sourcebook: How to Turn Chords Into Great Songs http://www.guitarworld.com/songwriting-sourcebook-how-turn-chords-great-songs <!--paging_filter--><p>Originally published in 2003, and now revised and updated, <em>The Songwriting Sourcebook: How to Turn Chords into Great Songs</em> is the third entry in Rikky Rooksby's bestselling <em>How to Write Songs</em> series. </p> <p>This easy-to-use book will help you write better songs by explaining the art of writing effective chord sequences It shows:</p> <p>• How three and four chords can lay the foundation for a simple song, and how to move on to progressions using five and six chords </p> <p>• How to give your chord sequences additional color by adding chords that are not strictly in key, including blues chords </p> <p> • How to write chord sequences for songs in minor keys as well as major keys, and how to take progressions into new territories by changing key</p> <p> • How to fine-tune the color of your chords by understanding the emotional potential of sevenths, sixths and ninths </p> <p>All examples come with easy-to-read guitar chord boxes, and the accompanying 20-track audio CD features original recordings that illustrate some of the points made in the book. </p> <p><strong><em>The Songwriting Sourcebook</em> <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/mix-books/products/the-songwriting-sourcebook/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=SongwritingBook">is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $24.99.</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/songwriting-sourcebook-how-turn-chords-great-songs#comments guitar basics Rikky Rooksby News Features Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:44:50 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16914 Jacky Vincent of Falling In Reverse Discusses Joe Satriani's 'Surfing With the Alien' — The Record That Changed My Life http://www.guitarworld.com/jacky-vincent-falling-reverse-discusses-joe-satrianis-surfing-alien-record-changed-my-life <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Falling In Reverse guitarist Jacky Vincent chooses and discusses the record that changed his life.</em></p> <p><strong>Joe Satriani</strong><br /> <em>Surfing With the Alien</em> (1987)</p> <p>“<em>Surfing with the Alien</em> inspired me to become a musician and want to learn guitar. </p> <p>"My dad had the CD in his collection before I was even born. As a young kid I would pick it out and play it, and I have vivid memories of attempting to learn ‘Crushing Day,’ ‘Midnight,’ ‘Always with Me, Always with You,’ ‘Surfing with the Alien’ and ‘Satch Boogie.’ It meant so much to my development as a player because it was the album that introduced me to the guitar and songwriting techniques I use today. </p> <p>“<em>Surfing with the Alien</em> made it apparent to me early on that you didn’t even have to have a vocalist to create an incredible and enjoyable album. </p> <p>"It’s safe to say I wouldn’t be the player I am now, or probably even be a musician at all, without this album being available to me when it was. The guitar tones, songs and soloing on the record remain some of my favorites to this day.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lCGCG_N2b30" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/joe-satriani">Joe Satriani</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jacky-vincent-falling-reverse-discusses-joe-satrianis-surfing-alien-record-changed-my-life#comments Falling In Reverse Jacky Vincent Joe Satriani July 2014 The Record that Changed My Life Interviews News Features Magazine Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:32:16 +0000 Jacky Vincent http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21929 Kiss Guitarist Tommy Thayer Discusses 'Montrose' — The Record That Changed My Life http://www.guitarworld.com/kiss-guitarist-tommy-thayer-discusses-montrose-record-changed-my-life <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer chooses (and discusses) the record that changed his life.</em></p> <p><strong>Montrose</strong><br /> <em>Montrose</em> (1973)</p> <p>“I came of age in the early to mid Seventies, and in that era, the most influential album to me was the first Montrose record. </p> <p>"I still remember the first time I heard it. It was actually at a party at my house. I had these older brothers and sisters, and we would have these huge parties when my parents were out of town. </p> <p>"We’d have kegs and hundreds of people there. So this guy brought the first Montrose record out and put it on. When I heard 'Rock the Nation' into 'Bad Motor Scooter,' I was like, ‘Oh, my god. I love this!’ It was so powerful. People that grew up in the Sixties might scoff at that and say it’s derivative or second generation…and it is. But I was 13 years old when I heard it, and it blew me away. </p> <p>"There’s no doubt that Ronnie Montrose was one of the quintessential hard rock–blues guitarists of all time.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/x8T_PQoTC30" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/kiss">Kiss</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/kiss-guitarist-tommy-thayer-discusses-montrose-record-changed-my-life#comments July 2014 Kiss Montrose The Record that Changed My Life Tommy Thayer Interviews News Features Magazine Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:55:32 +0000 Tommy Thayer http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21925 Orange Amplification at 2014 Summer NAMM: Dual Dark 100 Guitar Amp — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/orange-amplification-2014-summer-namm-dual-dark-100-guitar-amp-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>While we were at the show, we had a chance to stop by the Orange Amplification booth. Our visit is chronicled in the video below. </p> <p>In the clip, the Orange crew show off their Dual Dark 100 amp while discussing its characteristics and tone. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lxMIVVU4T78" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/orange-amplification-2014-summer-namm-dual-dark-100-guitar-amp-video#comments Orange Orange Amps Summer NAMM 2014 Videos Amps News Gear Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:52:29 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21964 Bootstraps Premiere "Haywire" Music Video — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/bootstraps-premiere-haywire-music-video-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Haywire," the new music video by LA’s Bootstraps.</p> <p>The haunting track is from the band's new self-titled album, which was released earlier this year.</p> <p>“We tracked the album live, the old-fashioned way” with help from Richard Dodd (Civil Wars, Kings of Leon), who enhanced this vision in the studio," Bootstraps frontman Jordan Beckett said. “Live recording as a full band is just that, it’s alive, making it possible to capture moments and the feeling that makes music music.”</p> <p>Besides Beckett, the band features Chris Jaymes, We Barbarians member David Quon and ex-Cold War Kids drummer Matt Aveiro.</p> <p>For more about Bootstraps, check out their <a href="http://bootstrapsmusic.com">official website</a> and follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/bootstrapsmusic">Facebook.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://cache.vevo.com/m/html/embed.html?video=USUMV1400180" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/bootstraps-premiere-haywire-music-video-exclusive#comments Bootstraps Videos News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:47:35 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21992 Brandon Kinney Talks Songwriting and Getting His Start In Nashville http://www.guitarworld.com/brandon-kinney-talks-songwriting-and-getting-his-start-nashville <!--paging_filter--><p>When Brandon Kinney arrived in Nashville 20 years ago, he knew he wanted to work in the music industry. What he didn’t know was that he would find his niche crafting songs for other artists, and he certainly didn’t expect to become one of Music Row’s most in-demand songwriters.</p> <p>It was a long, slow road from student at Belmont University to publishing deals with Sony ATV, Love Monkey Music and Tom-Leis Music. </p> <p>Along the way, Kinney worked day jobs, made inroads via colleagues who were already signed and even signed a recording contract as a solo artist. In 2005, Lonestar gave him his first hit when they recorded “You’re Like Coming Home.” His phone started ringing, and in 2009, “Boots On,” a co-write with Randy Houser, became BMI’s second-most-performed song of the year. </p> <p>Since then, Kinney has been on a winning streak, landing cuts and writing hits for numerous country artists — Randy Travis, Willie Nelson, Jake Owen and Luke Bryan are a few of the names who have recorded his songs. In 2012, “Outta My Head” became a hit for Craig Campbell and was the second-longest-charting song in Billboard history, holding steady for 54 weeks.</p> <p>Kinney was at the Sony offices for a writing appointment when he took some time to discuss songwriting, Nashville then and now, and what he has learned since signing his first deal.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: What attracted you to the guitar, and when did you begin writing songs?</strong></p> <p>My dad bought me an electric guitar, but we traded it in for an acoustic pretty quick because, starting out, I wasn’t as much into playing licks or lead parts, and I thought that’s all the electric guitar was for. I said, “I’m going to get an acoustic so I can actually play a song.” I didn’t know anything about playing guitar. </p> <p>My interest in music was probably infused in me from birth, because my parents used to turn the radio to a country station and put it in my room by the crib, so that when they had friends over I wouldn’t wake up because I could deal with the noise. They said I was dancing all the time when the radio came on. I just loved music. My mom played piano in church and she would get me up to sing at evening services. </p> <p>I was playing football, loving football, and I was also into bicycles. I got a head injury from a bicycle accident and it put me out of football completely at the start of my eighth-grade year. My dad played guitar a little bit when he was a kid, and he showed me how to play “Wipeout.” I was bummed out because I couldn’t play football anymore, so he said, “Why don’t we get you a guitar?” We got a guitar and I stayed in my room for hours every day. </p> <p>That’s all I wanted to do. That probably went on for a month and a half before I started getting interested in writing. I looked at the credits on Paul Overstreet’s record and noticed that there were other writers on there with him. One night, around 1:30, I couldn’t sleep, and this lyric and melody popped into my head. I got up and wrote it in about 30 minutes. I didn’t have a recorder because I wasn’t planning on writing anything. I was not prepared. I was afraid I might forget it, so I played it about a thousand times. I stayed up until probably 3 or 4 in the morning trying to remember it. The next morning I played it again and I played it for both of my parents. They loved it. And I got a recorder.</p> <p><strong>Were you attracted more to lyrics or melodies, or was there a difference?</strong></p> <p>I’ve never separated the two. I loved song lyrics, but I looked at it as a whole thing. I wasn’t focused on just writing a good lyric. I wrote what came from the heart the first time, and I thought, That rhymes and that’s cool. But there was no focus primarily on one or the other. To me, it was one vehicle. </p> <p><strong>When did it become obvious that it was time to move to Nashville?</strong></p> <p>My dad always encouraged me to be an artist. He thought I needed to be up there like George Strait! I didn’t do much in high school to let people know that I was even interested in music, besides playing in church. I went to Jacksonville Junior College in Jacksonville, Texas. I played a talent show there and people seemed to be into it. I put my guitar away for a while and didn’t write because I’m so one-track-minded that I couldn’t make my grades and write songs and play guitar at the same time. I thought I maybe wanted to be a pilot or an engineer. It was always in the back of my mind that I wanted to sing and write songs, but I didn’t understand that you can get a publishing deal and write songs for somebody else to record. I hadn’t gotten that far in the process. </p> <p>When I went to Belmont [Kinney relocated to Nashville in 1994], I was thinking more about sitting at a console and recording, because I’m not a great guitar player. I play enough to sing my songs. I got here and I started meeting other people who wrote songs. I took publishing classes and I realized you can actually do this for a living. That’s when I started leaning toward it as a career. I was just doing it because I loved it and I got a little attention! It was fun. I wanted to be an artist, too, but there are too many talented singers here that can’t get it going and I didn’t want to fall into that, so I focused on writing. </p> <p>When I graduated, I started plugging songs for a company out of San Antonio. I did that for a year and half. I didn’t get my first writing deal until 2001. Between 1997 and 2001, I drove a Coca-Cola truck and worked for a cell phone company to make ends meet. It allowed me to come to Music Row and do some writing with my buddies. One of them that I had gone to college with had gotten a publishing deal, so he could do demos and they were pitching his songs. I was able to keep my foot in that door until I signed my first deal and was able to quit my day job.</p> <p><strong>What was the music scene like in Nashville when you arrived?</strong></p> <p>It was rocking! Garth Brooks was there and country music was hotter than it had ever been. It was a money-making machine. They were signing all kinds of artists, a lot of songwriters had deals, and it seemed there weren’t any hard times at all, but then again, I was still in school, so I wasn’t in the middle of it. It was still somewhat hard to get in, but I got my internships, and nearly every act seemed to be doing good and selling millions of records. Around 1997 or 1998, it started slowing down. I remember people saying, “It’s about to make a turn. It’s going to be coming back to traditional pretty soon.” I think some of them are still saying that. It was a good time to come in. It’s still good times; sales are picking up for some artists. But I don’t think we’ll ever see it like the early ’90s again.</p> <p><strong>Has downloading affected country music the way it has affected other genres?</strong></p> <p>That has been part of the problem. It has affected a lot of people. One of my buddies had 6 million plays on Pandora and he got under $600 for all of those plays. There’s Pandora and downloading, and they’re starting to find ways to monitor that, but you still have the pirates and all of that stuff going on where they’re getting it for free, and legitimate companies are not paying what they should.</p> <p><strong>You toured after releasing your album. What did you learn from performing live and how have those lessons helped you as a songwriter?</strong></p> <p>I opened for Sara Evans, so her crowd was a little tamer. She played a lot of theaters, so there were a lot of women and the boyfriends of the girls that wanted to be there. I thought that it was going to be a disaster, because my music was more for the beer-drinking crowd with a weird sense of humor. I put songs on my record that nobody else wanted to cut because they were afraid to cut them, and rightfully so! In that situation I learned that you can’t judge the crowd and say, “They’re not going to like this.” You’ve got to throw it out there and see what happens. They like to have a good time. You can’t play ballad after ballad, and tearjerker after tearjerker, because people come there to escape their normal life and you don’t want to bring them down. So I tried to keep it upbeat, keep them laughing, and keep them feeling good. </p> <p>When I write for other artists, I’m picturing them onstage and thinking, What is going to get the crowd into this? It’s not just the lyrics or the melody; sometimes it’s the production, so when I produce a demo that my publishing company is going to pitch to an artist, I think, What’s going to get the crowd fired up? What’s going to make the artist feel cool and look cool? That’s pretty much what I pulled from touring. What was good about being onstage is that I got to witness what worked and what didn’t, but at the same time, every artist is different. There are artists who can sing ballad after ballad, but they’re not singing to 18- to 25-year-olds who are drinking beer and wearing bikini tops. It’s probably an older crowd. If you’re writing for an artist who gets their sales from that audience, then you play it safer and you write deeper stuff. But when somebody’s drunk, they don’t want to get too deep. </p> <p><strong>At what point did you feel that you “got it” as a songwriter — that you understood the craft and had the material to take to audiences?</strong></p> <p>I’ve always had an idea, but in the past four years I feel more confident than I’ve ever felt. I feel like this is my time. Before, especially when I was in my artist deal, I was writing a lot of funny songs. People loved them, but nobody would record them because they were a little bit too quirky, and they were afraid that listeners would going to get tired of hearing them. I’ve dialed in a little bit more in the past four years. That’s a long time to wait, but I’ve hit and missed since 2001. I’ve been more consistent in dialing in what I want to say. I never really cared before. I just said, “Well, this sounds like a hit,” or “I’m just going to write my song and not worry about it.” Now it’s “What do these guys want?” I’ve buckled down more and I’ve grown a lot as a writer. They say that the best way to get good is to write with someone who’s better than you, and I’ve tried to do a lot of that and learn from them.</p> <p><strong>Your songs have positive, upbeat lyrics and melodies. Are you happy by nature, or are happy songs just more radio-friendly?</strong></p> <p>I’ve always been that way. Any time I’ve tried to write a “downer” song, it brought me down and I said, “Screw it, I just want to go home.” I like to have fun. I was raised around goofy people. Everybody was always cracking jokes and having a good time. We had our serious moments, but I always seemed to thrive a little bit more when I could laugh or get to rocking. I enjoyed Merle Haggard and all that stuff, I listen to that too, but I don’t want to listen to downer songs all the time. When I write, if I’m going to sit here for six or seven hours, I can't sit here depressed, trying to find out what this song needs. </p> <p>“Outta My Head” was kind of a sad song, but it was still upbeat, it had some passion to it, and it was fun to write. As long as I’m having fun in the writing session, I think I write a better song, and that’s why I stick with those topics. I have my share of leaving songs and all that, but it’s rare that I ever write a song where I’m sitting at the house, on the couch and drinking, because I know that an artist is not going to want to self-loathe all the way through the song. Nobody wants to do that in front of a crowd unless it’s a killer song. If it’s a killer idea, I’ll do it because I get excited about it, but most of the time I like to keep it upbeat. </p> <p><em>Photo: Stephen Gilbert</em></p> <p><em>Read more of Brandon Kinney’s interview <a href="http://www.examiner.com/article/brandon-kinney-writes-the-songs-that-make-the-whole-country-world-sing">here</a></em></p> <p><em>— Alison Richter</em></p> <p><em>Alison Richter interviews artists, producers, engineers and other music industry professionals for print and online publications. <a href="http://www.examiner.com/music-industry-in-national/alison-richter">Read more of her interviews right here.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/brandon-kinney-talks-songwriting-and-getting-his-start-nashville#comments Alison Richter Brandon Kinney Interviews News Features Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:44:29 +0000 Alison Richter http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21962 ‘Musuem’: Former White Lion Vocalist Mike Tramp Talks New Music, Guitars and Touring http://www.guitarworld.com/musuem-former-white-lion-vocalist-mike-tramp-talks-new-music-guitars-and-touring <!--paging_filter--><p>For former White Lion vocalist Mike Tramp, it’s no longer about filling arenas, selling T-shirts or playing the old songs. Today, Tramp focuses on one main thing: following his heart. </p> <p>It’s why he’s spent the better part of the past two years touring the world with just a guitar, playing everywhere from sports bars to small hunting lodges deep in the Pennsylvania wilderness, places where Tramp says he feels right at home.</p> <p>And although there have been glimpses of Tramp’s inner-self in his White Lion past (“When the Children Cry” comes to mind), perhaps there's no better reflection of Tramp’s soul than his new album, <em>Museum</em>, which will be released August 18.</p> <p>From the Seventies vibe of songs like “Down South” to his own frustration (“Trust in Yourself”) and personal healing (“Better”), Tramp’s pain, love and frustration are on full display. Listening to <em>Museum</em>, one quickly discovers the bloodline that is Mike Tramp. There’s no makeup or make believe. Just plenty of truth. </p> <p>I recently spoke to Tramp about his new album, gear and the satisfaction he gets from his vagabond touring lifestyle.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: How would you describe this new album as a whole?</strong></p> <p>It's a true reflection of me as a songwriter and about not being controlled by the “image” anymore. It’s knowing that the guidelines, doors and walls that surrounded White Lion back in the Eighties just don’t exist for me anymore. I’ve taken a step to try to create something that's recognizable and has connections to my past, but is still part of the future.</p> <p><strong>Why the title <em>Museum</em>?</strong></p> <p>I fell in love with music when I was growing up in the late Sixties and Seventies, back when so many bands would just record an album and not worry about whether or not it would fit in with the other songs they’ve done before. I remember being in the studio and saying, "This is like being inside of a museum in its own time." These are displays of songs that represent who I am.</p> <p><strong>How did you approach writing for this album?</strong></p> <p>Anytime I sit down with a guitar, I’ll write a song. I might not finish it, but it's always in my head and in my hands. I've left myself open and free to go into the studio and start the song and see where it's going to take me. There are no barriers anymore. For this album, there were songs I specifically wrote from a different point of view, one of them being “Down South." </p> <p>It started as a guitar riff I had written years ago on electric. Originally, I was thinking it might be along the lines of an AC/DC riff. I remember I asked Soren Andersen (co-producer) to give me a beat loop for the song, and the second he did that, I wrote the rest of the song. I used that same formula for "Slave," another guitar-oriented track. Both songs started from the riff.</p> <p><strong>What can you tell me about the song “Trust in Yourself”?</strong></p> <p>I was raised a casual Christian. When I came to America in the Eighties and was introduced to some of ways people were using religion as a tool and watching how the government was able to get away with all kinds of things, it really turned me off. All of the things that control human beings; where bit by bit people started giving up their own judgment of life. If you can't find trust in yourself, then it doesn't feel right to my soul.</p> <p><strong>What was the recording process like?</strong></p> <p>When Soren and I get together, it's like two people at each other's houses, ordering pizza and watching movies. It's that kind of environment. We think so much alike and at the same time we think opposite, so we’re able to create these really great songs. It's a great process and I treasure every moment.</p> <p><strong>Will you be touring in support of the new album?</strong></p> <p>Yes, I'll be starting a European tour next month once the album is released and I'll be back in the U.S. sometime next March.</p> <p><strong>What are some of the differences between the way you tour now as opposed to the way you did when you were with White Lion?</strong></p> <p>With White Lion, I remember sitting on the tour bus while we were pulling in and I remember having to find the dressing rooms in the back of the arenas. Now I’ll pull up to the venue and walk in the front door. Sometimes it might be a sports bar or a dive out in the middle of the woods, but I'll go in and meet the club owner, have a beer, set up and play. It's a completely different world and feels like I'm visiting old friends. </p> <p><strong>Tell me a little about your setup.</strong></p> <p>I play Martin guitars exclusively. I've grown up with them and now have four great ones I use. I've also added just a little loop and a keyboard pad to my sound to help fill it out and give some of the old White Lion songs a little bit of a beat. I've found a happy medium and I'm excited to take this new music out there.</p> <p><strong>Over the course of your career, is there one memory that stands out above all others?</strong></p> <p>There would probably have to be one from each decade. Although I played Madison Square Garden with White Lion and AC/DC, the memories of that experience are hard for me to remember. But then I played a hunting cabin out in the hills of Pennsylvania and it's something I'll never forget. Lately, the highlights are musical because I'm so proud of these songs and the production. In the end, I think the overall highlight for me will be from being able to identify, adapt and change with the times.</p> <p><strong>A lot of artists have started to form “super group” side projects with other musicians for an album and tour. Do you ever see yourself taking part in something like that?</strong></p> <p>You can never say never. I do get offers from time to time, but right now I don't feel there's anything I could do better than what I'm doing right now. It certainly would have to be a collaboration with other people who feel the same as I do. It’s got to be for musical satisfaction. Some people think you only want to go back to that one and only place, but I already have those albums. When you want to hear a young Mike Tramp in his prime, you listen to <em>Pride</em>. To hear the next step, you listen to <em>Freak of Nature</em>. Now there are the solo albums where I'm dealing with the issues affecting me. They're all different chapters of my life.</p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href="http://gojimmygo.net/">GoJimmyGo.net</a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/JimEWood">Twitter @JimEWood.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/musuem-former-white-lion-vocalist-mike-tramp-talks-new-music-guitars-and-touring#comments James Wood Mike Tramp White Lion Interviews News Features Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:26:47 +0000 James Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21971 Vandenberg's MoonKings Premiere "Lust and Lies" Music Video — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/vandenbergs-moonkings-premiere-lust-and-lies-music-video-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Lust and Lies," the new music video from Vandenberg's MoonKings.</p> <p>The song is from the band's self-titled album, which will be released August 5 (released February 24 overseas). </p> <p>The album, which marks the return of Adrian Vandenberg to the world of music, is Vandenberg's first collection of new material in 16 years. Joining the former Vandenberg and Whitesnake guitarist are Jan Hoving (vocals), Sem Christoffel (bass) and Mart Nijen Es (drums). </p> <p>"'Lust and Lies' is one of my fave tracks from the debut album by my brand-spankin' new band, Vandenberg's MoonKings," Vandenberg told GuitarWorld.com. </p> <p>"It's got all the ingredients of what makes me just as excited and proud about my bunch as I was when I just started listening to Zep, Free, Hendrix, Cream, etc., and playing my Les Paul: pure, undiluted, unpolished, raw, dynamic, energetic, groovin' blues-rock-based rock played live, straight from the heart on to analog tape by four guys who are in this biz for the music. What you see and hear is exactly what you get!"</p> <p>For more about Vandenberg's MoonKings, visit <a href="http://www.moonkingsband.com/">moonkingsband.com</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/moonkingsband">facebook.com/moonkingsband</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UWmFIfZ2rJ4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/vandenbergs-moonkings-premiere-lust-and-lies-music-video-exclusive#comments Adrian Vandenberg Vandenberg's Moonkings Videos News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:25:26 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21988 Metallica in Istanbul, Turkey: Rehearsal, "...And Justice for All" and "Turn the Page" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/metallica-istanbul-turkey-rehearsal-and-justice-all-and-turn-page-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As you probably know by now, the staff over at MetallicaTV (the band's official YouTube channel), like to stay busy. </p> <p>Late last week, they posted the latest behind-the-scenes video from Metallica's never-ending road show. This time, you get to see a fly-on-the-wall clip of the band's July 13 show (and pre-show) in Istanbul, Turkey.</p> <p>The clip shows the band rehearsing a few tunes, then performing "...And Justice for All" and "Turn the Page" at the actual show. Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fiBzOQSNtLM?list=PLJvQXRgtxlulYgB1tznRR0h8biN2QCiM7" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/metallica-istanbul-turkey-rehearsal-and-justice-all-and-turn-page-video#comments Metallica Videos News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:59:54 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21987 Buddy Guy Covers Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Long Way from Home" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/buddy-guy-covers-stevie-ray-vaughans-long-way-home-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Blues legend George "Buddy" Guy was born on this date — July 30 — in 1936, as the U.S. was struggling to unfetter itself from the tenacious grasp of the Great Depression.</p> <p>It's ironic that when I need a lift from depression (great, middling or otherwise), I can simply watch this well-worn video of Buddy Guy performing "Long Way From Home," a track from <em>Family Style,</em> the 1990 album by the Vaughan Brothers, Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan.</p> <p>It was recorded May 11, 1995, for PBS's <em>Austin City Limits</em> and released more than a year later as a CD and video called <em>Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan</em>, a star-studded SRV tribute hosted by Jimmie, who appears in the video below. The DVD features performances by Jimmie (We dig his true-to-the-original version of "Texas Flood"), Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Robert Cray, Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt and more.</p> <p>The clip is special because it's a composite of everything that's intriguing — and/or off the wall — about Buddy Guy. There's the theatrics as he makes right-hand gestures and facial expressions while fretting notes with his left hand; there's his slightly off-pitch, 16-second-long, just-plain-crazy sustained note; his undeniable stage presence, a bit of flash at the end — and let's not forget the vocals, for which Guy rarely receives enough credit. </p> <p>As always, enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CmM3MbFhlaE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/buddy-guy-covers-stevie-ray-vaughans-long-way-home-video#comments Buddy Guy Damian Fanelli Stevie Ray Vaughan Videos News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:48:07 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21986 10-Year-Old Guitarist Blazes Her Way Through Slayer's "War Ensemble" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/10-year-old-guitarist-blazes-her-way-through-slayers-war-ensemble-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Check out this recently posted (July 15) video of Audrey, a 10-year-old diminutive metaller, as she blazes her way through Slayer's furious "War Ensemble" on Rocksmith (a guitar-based game we've covered on GuitarWorld.com several times).</p> <p>We don't know a lot about Audrey, but we <em>do</em> know that's her little sister, Kate, doing all the insane screaming over to the left. </p> <p>This wee bit of info was posted by Audrey along with the video:</p> <p>"I last played this in January. I couldn't pass without X back then but was glad to get a Gold Pick this time! Also, CRAZY KATE!!!!! She surprised me with her SCREAMSSSS!!! Thanks for watching!"</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kFd2Mi2FTzs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/slayer">Slayer</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/10-year-old-guitarist-blazes-her-way-through-slayers-war-ensemble-video#comments Slayer Videos News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:25:21 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21985 Dear Guitar Hero: Buddy Guy Discusses Muddy Waters, Fender Strats, Touring with The Rolling Stones and More http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-buddy-guy-discusses-muddy-waters-fender-strats-touring-rolling-stones-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p><em>He’s been called the greatest living guitarist by Eric Clapton, he’s played with blues legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and his new double album, </em>Rhythm and Blues<em>, is a powerhouse set with guest shots by Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Gary Clark Jr., Beth Hart and Keith Urban. But what </em>Guitar World<em> readers really want to know is....</em></p> <p><strong>What’s the most important thing you learned from Muddy Waters? — Marc Merriwether</strong></p> <p>That you should play music for the love of it, not for the money. It’s 57 years since I first arrived in Chicago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and when I came here I didn’t have the slightest idea that I would be good enough to play guitar with Muddy or even make a record. I was working as a custodian at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. </p> <p>But I come up to Chicago, and the next thing I know, Muddy was asking me to play. And I found out that the money Muddy was making wasn’t much more than I was making working day jobs at LSU. But here’s Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson…and they were having so much fun just playing. And I learned that they were playing for the love of music, not the love of money. </p> <p><strong>What are you driving these days? — Butch Teagarden</strong></p> <p>I’m into classic cars, man. I got a ’55 T-Bird, a ’58 Edsel and all them old cars. I got a lot of what they call “vintage” cars. Eric Clapton can spot one of them a mile away and then asks me how much I want for it. Eric talked me into buying a Ferrari about 20 years ago. </p> <p>I read that they had caught him driving one in Europe, and I think he was doing 170 miles an hour. The cops couldn’t catch him. They had to tell ’em to stop him in the next town. I asked him about it and he said, “Man, you must get a Ferrari. It sits down.” But that damn thing … You know, when you get to my age, there isn’t a lot of room inside a Ferrari. It’s like a prop plane. Even them big jumbo planes, if you go into the cockpit to see the pilot, he don’t have much room to move around or cross his legs and stuff. And every time I get in a Ferrari, I feel like I’m flying a plane. </p> <p><strong>Your string bends have always been awesome. What gauge strings do you use? — Paolo Sandoval</strong></p> <p>I was using very thin strings in the early days, when I made my first record, “Sit and Cry and Sing the Blues,” in 1958. I laugh about it now because they’d break so easily, being so thin. But they were real easy on your fingers. The thing is, I couldn’t always afford new strings when they broke. I’d go play a gig at night and I didn’t have but one string and could not afford another one. So I had to get heavier strings. </p> <p>Later on guys like Hendrix and Stevie Ray were using the really thick haywire strings, which would cut the tip of your finger if you bent them in the B.B. King style. B.B. King used to put glue on the tips of his fingers to protect the skin and keep them from bleeding. So right now I’m using an 11 for my first string, a 13 to 14 for the second, probably a 16 to 18 for the third. And for the wound strings I think I start around 28 and go up to 35 for the fifth string and maybe 40 for the number-six string. </p> <p><strong>What was it like opening the Rolling Stones in the Seventies? — Idriss Moussaka</strong></p> <p>In 1970, me and Junior Wells opened a whole tour for the Rolling Stones throughout Europe. And when you open a show for them, some fans are gonna look up and say, “That’s not the Rolling Stones!” Sometimes the few people there who knew us—two or three maybe—were okay. </p> <p>But the rest of the 40, 50 or 60 thousand were saying, “Who the hell is this?” A lot of people weren’t ready for me and Junior back then. But I kept saying to myself, “Well, they got us out here. Play a few licks and maybe you’ll sell a few more records next time you make one because somebody saw you with the Rolling Stones.” But it was exciting. And even today I get people right now coming up and saying, “I didn’t know who you was till I saw you on a stage with the Stones.”</p> <p><strong>How and when did you first know that that Fender Stratocaster was the guitar for you? — Doug Polanski </strong></p> <p>I saw the late Guitar Slim play when I was still very young. That was the first time I saw a Strat. He had a 100-foot cord coming in the door, playing “I Done Got Old.” And I’m saying, “Is that a guitar? What the hell is that?” Later on, I played with a guy named Big Poppa [Tilley]. He had a little three-piece band, two guitars and drums, and he played a little harmonica. And he bought a Strat for me to play in his band. </p> <p>That was the first time I got to play one. When I first came to Chicago, I had a Gibson Les Paul, but I was so in love with the Strat. So when the Les Paul got stolen, I got my first Strat, a ’57. One reason why I fell in love with the Strat back then was that acoustics and other guitars weren’t built so solid. If something happened, they could crack easy and all of that. Back then I couldn’t afford a new guitar if something happened to mine. </p> <p>And I found out the Strat has a steel rod in the neck and it was a solid piece of wood, so if you drop it you might scratch it, but you couldn’t hurt it. That’s what made me fall in love with it. Plus, Leo Fender had that tone and that sound on it, man. So I got hooked with that experience. </p> <p><strong>How did you like recording “Messin’ with the Kid” with Kid Rock on your new album? — Peter Brown </strong></p> <p>We had a great time. “Messin’ with the Kid” was the biggest record by my late musical partner, Junior Wells. And I always said, “You know, I’m waitin’ on Kid Rock to do this song.” He laughed when I told him, and said, “Man, I’ll come in and do it. I never thought of that.” I told him, “I beat you to it.” Kid Rock and I go back a long way. He’s into the deep blues. </p> <p>He was there when they honored me at the Kennedy Center awards at the White House last year. He said, “I wouldn’t miss it for the world.” Every musician you know of, even some of the hip-hoppers, are into some of the things we did way back then. </p> <p><strong>What is the real origin of the polka dots on your Strat? — Mia Sanderson</strong></p> <p>Well, I’m the oldest boy in my family. There were five of us: three boys and two girls. And when I left Louisiana for Chicago 57 years ago, my mother had a stroke and didn’t want me to go. She wasn’t even able to walk or talk right anymore, but she got to where she could understand a few things and I could understand her. </p> <p>And I wanted to make her feel good, so I say, “Well, I’m gonna go to Chicago and make more money than I’m making here, and I’m gonna be sending you money back and you’ll see how well I’m doing. I’m gonna drive back down to you in a polka-dot Cadillac.” I knew I was lying to her. And when she passed away in 1968, I said to myself, “You lied to your mama and never got a chance to tell her you were lying.” That bothered me. </p> <p>And one day I said to myself, “You know what? I’m gonna see if Fender will make me a polka-dot Strat.” At first they said they couldn’t do it, but then they hired a guy who said, ‘We can do it.’ They made me one or two, and then they tried it out at the NAMM show. </p> <p>They made 100 or 200, just to see what would happen, and they let me know the 200 were gone before they even got there. These days, I think I own about seven or eight of them. But I got some sons and grandsons come up to see me now. And sometimes I open up a case after they leave and the guitar is gone!</p> <p><strong>“Poison Ivy” is a track you originally cut for Vanguard Records in 1968. What made you want to revisit it on <em>Rhythm and Blues</em>? — Mike Mulcahy</strong></p> <p>Did I record it before? I don’t remember that. I know I would sing it in person. But I wanted to do it on my new album to honor the late Willie Mabon, who had a hit on Chess Records with “Poison Ivy” [in 1954]. When we got in the studio we were doing mostly new songs, but I wanted to honor a few people like Willie Mabon, Junior Wells and Guitar Slim by doing some of their songs. </p> <p><strong>What do you think of the new young generation of blues guitarists? — Bob Andres</strong></p> <p>I think they’re great. Gary Clark Jr., he’s a young man who plays on my new album. I’m really pulling for him, because it takes young people to keep the blues alive. Like another young guy I’m promoting—Quinn Sullivan. When I first met him, he was seven and he was playing as well as Eric Clapton, me, B.B. King or Jeff Beck or any of those guys. </p> <p>How did he learn all that at seven years old? Here I’m 77 and I still haven’t found some of those notes! He just turned 14 and we got a CD coming out on him soon. You know, we don’t get much airplay on the blues anymore, for some strange reason, until some young kid come along. That’s what happened with the British guys, like the Stones and Clapton. They opened the door. And Stevie Ray and all of them. Youth is the one to keep the blues going. That’s what makes the world go ’round, and that is what we need for the blues. I know it would put a big smile on Muddy’s face.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-buddy-guy-discusses-muddy-waters-fender-strats-touring-rolling-stones-and-more#comments Buddy Guy Dear Guitar Hero GW Archive October 2013 Interviews News Features Magazine Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:13:33 +0000 Alan di Perna http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19129 September 2014 Guitar World: The Black Keys 'Turn Blue,' Return of Judas Priest, Eric Clapton Speaks, Amazing Practice Amps http://www.guitarworld.com/september-2014-guitar-world-black-keys-turn-blue-return-judas-priest-eric-clapton-speaks-amazing-practice-amps <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>The all-new September 2014 issue of Guitar World is <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-september-2014-the-black-keys/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWSEP14">available now!</a></strong></p> <p>In the September 2014 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>, we talk with <strong>Dan Auerbach</strong> of <strong>the Black Keys</strong>. Auerbach tells how the group made its latest hit album, <em>Turn Blue</em>, in the midst of personal hardship, using a handful of guitars, amps and effects and whole lotta spontaneous inspiration. Then, the guitarist reveals his gear. Learn which guitars, amps and effects are behind the band's strange musical brew.</p> <p>Then, <em>Guitar World</em> focuses on <strong>Judas Priest</strong>. A few years ago, it looked as though Judas Priest were finished. But with the ferocious new album <em>Redeemer of Souls</em>, the Metal Gods have regained their mojo. </p> <p>Next, the GW editors come up with a list of 10 vintage guitars that at one point were considered mutant oddities from an alternate universe. But in the hands of <strong>Muddy Waters, Jack White, Dan Auerbach</strong> and other visionary players, these pawnshop rejects became six-string superheroes.</p> <p>Finally, legend <strong>Eric Clapton</strong> salutes and pays tribute to his friend and inspiration <strong>J.J. Cale</strong> and talks about <em>The Breeze</em>, his new star-studded tribute to the late Oklahoma guitarist and songwriter.</p> <p>PLUS: <strong>Neal Schon</strong>, 17 Best Practice Amps, <strong>Dave Mustaine, Linkin Park</strong> and much more!</p> <p><strong>Five Songs with Tabs for Guitar and Bass</strong></p> <p>• Judas Priest - "Electric Eye"<br /> • Cream - "Sunshine of Your Love"<br /> • Animals As Leaders - "CAFO"<br /> • Ed Sheeran - "Sing"<br /> • Black Keys - "Lonely Boy"</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-september-2014-the-black-keys/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWSEP14">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/september-2014-guitar-world-black-keys-turn-blue-return-judas-priest-eric-clapton-speaks-amazing-practice-amps#comments September 2014 News Features Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:12:41 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21881 A Camp with Bite: The Winery Dogs' First-Ever Dog Camp — Review http://www.guitarworld.com/camp-bite-winery-dogs-first-ever-dog-camp-review <!--paging_filter--><p>Every year, Full Moon Resort, a cozy plot of land in Big Indian, New York, hosts a series of Music Masters Camps. </p> <p>Music Masters Camps offer attendees the chance to get hands-on learning experience from a host of musical greats, including Paul Gilbert and Dweezil Zappa — and to meet and play with like-minded musicians from around the globe. </p> <p>Last week, the Winery Dogs — guitarist Richie Kotzen, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy — hosted their first-ever Dog Camp, and I was fortunate enough to attend. </p> <p>Monday, July 21, also known as arrival day, featured an open bar (which ceased to be an open bar sooner than my bassist, James, and I would have preferred). There was an opportunity to chat with some of the other campers, plus a Q&amp;A/meet-and-greet with the band and counselors. </p> <p>Counselors (beyond members of the Winery Dogs) included John Moyer of Disturbed/Adrenaline Mob fame, Dylan Wilson and Mike Bennett (bass and drums for Richie Kotzen’s solo band, respectively) and Dave Wood, an accomplished jazz guitarist. Afterwards, we ate an excellent dinner and headed to a building called the Roadhouse to watch an intimate performance by the Winery Dogs.</p> <p>Day 2 began with Richie’s clinic. He discussed everything from his fingerstyle technique to his vocals and songwriting approach. This was followed by Dave Wood’s clinic, “Jazz Funk Guitar 101," during which he spoke about improv, interesting scale tones, mixing records and one of my favorite moments of the Camp: networking and being kind to your fellow musician. We had lunch, followed by visits to what were called “Discovery Rooms,” select classes with various counselors that took place in different locations all over the campgrounds. Since they took place simultaneously, they provided a much more one-on-one atmosphere. </p> <p>The first day of Discovery Rooms, James and I made our way to Billy Sheehan’s tent. He answered questions tirelessly, let campers play his bass, gave James some great exercises for his right hand and jammed with everyone and anyone for about two and a half hours. I can only imagine he was exhausted, but that didn’t stop him from talking to whoever approached him, even after the event was over. Afterwards, we made our way to dinner and then the Roadhouse, this time for a powerhouse performance by Richie’s solo band.</p> <p>Day 3 kicked off with Mike Bennett’s class, “Demystifying Drumming." After giving a wonderful description of his own back story and development, he gave useful advice on odd time signatures, playing styles, dynamics and his approach to playing musically. </p> <p>Billy’s class followed shortly. Again, he answered questions and discussed his rig, signal chain and playing. We had lunch, and then it was time once again for Discovery Rooms. This time, James went to Dylan Wilson and Dave Wood’s room, and I went to Richie’s. </p> <p>Richie answered a variety of questions and then pulled players up individually to work on whatever they felt was weakest in their playing. He gave me some killer exercises for utilizing odd passing tones and a few licks to put them in a musical context. Meanwhile, in Dylan and Dave’s room, Dave Wood took the time to write out a chart and explain its practical application to help James in his quest to utilize more “outside” tones. After dinner, Bennett, Wilson and Wood performed as a jazz trio, one of the highlights of the week. </p> <p>Day 4, the last full day, opened with John Moyer’s clinic, “Live Performance Do’s and Don’ts.” He discussed everything from being on time to connecting with your audience to utilizing a proper power stance. This was followed by Dylan Wilson’s clinic, “Bass for Hire,” where he discussed pocket playing, learning material, choosing proper attire/sound for a gig and networking. </p> <p>Later that night, the Winery Dogs played a killer set at the Roadhouse. Afterwards, everyone grabbed drinks together and Billy DJ’d a set of old bootlegs, deep cuts and rare recordings, all while telling amazing stories about the material, his early years and everything else you could imagine. </p> <p>Overall, it was a tremendously unique experience. If they choose to do it again next year, I’ll see you there, campers!</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/billy-sheehan">Billy Sheehan</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/richie-kotzen">Richie Kotzen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/camp-bite-winery-dogs-first-ever-dog-camp-review#comments Billy Sheehan Mike Portnoy Richie Kotzen The Winery Dogs Blogs News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:37:30 +0000 Nick Vallese http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21983