There’s a certain stigma that’s often associated with a lot of singer/songwriters these days. One where it can be more about the message rather than the music. But for guitarist James Bay, it’s always been about finding the perfect balance between tasty guitar work and writing organic songs that are real and honest.
1975 was a year of ambition; from the grand opuses from Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, to the introspection of the Who and Bob Dylan, artists who had spent years at the top of the heap were looking for new ways to express themselves. And the results were often fascinating.
Once upon a time, the mere act of strapping on an electric guitar and cranking up an amplifier marked one as an outsider, a rebellious badass who refused to live by the laws of a "decent" society. But today's cookie-cutter rockers and forgettable pop janglers make studying for the priesthood seem like an edgier pursuit than playing guitar in a band.
Blues guitarist and noted instructor Andy Aledort pays tribute to the late, great B.B. King in the all-new August 2015 issue of Guitar World. Below, he breaks down the legendary guitarist's 10 greatest guitar moments. Be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below or on Facebook!
There's a saying in professional soccer that there are piano players and piano movers. There are the forwards (the players), who—with skilled footwork and finesse—score goals, and therefore score with fans. And there are the backs (the movers), whose grunt work, though important, doesn't appear in the stats.