It’s been 32 years since Stevie Ray Vaughan hit the world stage, becoming the hottest thing to come out of Texas since J.R. Ewing. Vaughan—devoid of light shows, dry ice, fog and lasers—refocused attention back to the bare essentials—guitar, bass and drums in a basic 12-bar format. Think you know everything there is to know about the late, great SRV? Click through the photo gallery below to test your Vaughan-ian knowledge!
What, exactly, is a headphone song? The definition changes depending on who you are. For audiophiles, a headphone song—or album—is a work that is so exquisite that it demands you listen to each beautifully recorded note under a sonic microscope. Miles Davis’ "Kind of Blue" fits that bill, the song and the album.
Musicians are a temperamental lot. When the music is flowing and the vibes are good, we couldn’t be happier. But if our guitars won’t tune, the audience is a drag or the P.A. sounds like crap, all bets are off. Oddly, the objects of our wrath are sometimes the very things we care about most—our instruments.
Last week, U.K. musician Billy Morrison—who plays in guitar for Billy Idol—released a solo album, God Shaped Hole, via his own King Mob Music label. On the disc, Morrison is joined by Idol bandmates Steve Stevens and Erik Eldenius, plus Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro and none other than Ozzy Osbourne, who sings lead vocals on "Gods," which he co-wrote with Morrison.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of “Flight of the Snow Angels,” a new song by the Wizards of Winter. The track is from the band's new album, The Magic of Winter, which will be released November 12. "I was looking to create a song that could set the right mood as an opener for our new CD and our live show as well," says music director/keyboardist Scott Kelly about the track.