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Steve Howe Discusses This Summer's Cross Styles Music Retreat

Steve Howe is not predisposed to retreat, particularly not in the morning. One of rock music’s most respected and prolific guitar heroes — and a cornerstone of two enduringly iconic classic-rock bands — Howe has eased up just a bit on his overtime, with an eye on getting back to his solo career.

Interview: Former Genesis Guitarist Steve Hackett Talks Gear, Tapping and Squackett's Debut Album, 'A Life Within A Day'

If you’ve ever wondered how the influences of classical guitarist Andres Segovia and The Shadows’ instro-rocking legend Hank Marvin might blend, no doubt your imagination could take you to many places. It’s not that surprising, then, to learn that you might find Steve Hackett — a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 2010 for his work with Genesis — at the end of your journey.

Interview: Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson Discusses Gear and 'Thick As A Brick 2'

Last year, Ian Anderson took Jethro Tull on tour to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Aqualung, one of the sacred stones of classic rock. This year, not only is he revisiting another of his crown jewels — 1972’s Thick As A Brick — he’s cut a feature-length sequel and will spend the next year or more putting it on the road.

Interview: Elvin Bishop and his “Red Dog” Gibson ES-345 — Together Almost 50 Years

Before Eric Clapton was old enough to shave, Elvin Bishop was hanging out in Chicago with the first generation of electric bluesmen. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bishop brokered a National Merit Scholarship into an education that majored in 12-bar theory, generally off the University of Chicago campus he was enrolled at. When he wasn’t jamming with Muddy Walters or Junior Wells, he was dutifully going on lunch and liquor runs for Hound Dog Taylor.

Interview: Chris Isaak Heads to Sun Studio to Record His New Album, 'Beyond The Sun'

Chris Isaak grew up in California idolizing the Million Dollar Quartet and other legendary artists nurtured by Sun Records visionary Sam Phillips. He never abandoned those roots, even as he climbed the charts with hits like “Wicked Game” and gained wider fame as a film and television actor.

Interview: Lindsey Buckingham Discusses Turner Guitars and His New Album, 'Seeds We Sow'

There’s “The Big Machine” and “The Little Machine,” according to Lindsey Buckingham, the creative force behind the juggernaut edition of Fleetwood Mac. No need to identify the Big Machine. The Little Machine is his humble description of his solo career, which is heating up as the weather cools. His first self-released album, Seeds We Sow, dropped on Sept. 6, three days before he kicked off a 31-city North American tour in Reno, Nevada.