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Sugarland Guitarist Kristian Bush Talks Debut Solo Album, Gear and Songwriting

Since 2004, Kristian Bush's songwriting has helped Sugarland sell over 22 million albums worldwide. But, his debut solo album, Southern Gravity, introduces Bush as a force to be reckoned with as a solo artist. I recently spoke with Bush about Southern Gravity, his music, gear and more.

Guitarist Steve Brown Talks New Trixter Album, 'Human Era’

Hard rock band Trixter’s mantra has always been being the best band they can be. Trixter’s new album, Human Era continues that trend with another infectious blend of rock and riff. Guitar World recently spoke with Brown about the new Trixter album, his time performing with Def Leppard, gear and more!

Ricky Phillips of Styx Talks Def Leppard Tour and Ronnie Montrose’s Final Recordings

To fans of classic rock and arena rock, it just wouldn’t be summer without the music of Styx. For more than 40 years the band, whose hits include “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights),” “Renegade,” "Too Much Time on My Hands” and “Come Sail Away,” has been delivering the goods the only way it knows how: through infectious live performances.

Guitarist Lee Ritenour Discusses His New Album, ‘A Twist of Rit’

Two thousand fifteen marks 40 years since the release of Grammy-winning guitarist Lee Ritenour’s debut solo album, First Course. To help commemorate the occasion, Ritenour has gone back into his vast archive of musical material—one that spans 40 albums—to release A Twist of Rit.

‘Wolf Den’: Trampled Under Foot Bassist Danielle Nicole Talks Debut Solo Album

Produced by Grammy-winning producer and guitarist Anders Osborne—whose songs have been covered by the likes of Brad Paisley and Jonny Lang, Wolf Den is a collaborative, New Orleans-themed album buried deep in tasty, blues-based rock.

'Dirt Road’s End': Sugarcane Jane's Anthony Crawford Talks New Album, Touring with Neil Young and More

Sugarcane Jane have amassed an extremely loyal following by performing what they like to call, “organic music at its finest." Anthony Crawford and his wife, Savana Lee, are both virtuosos. Crawford is a songwriter who plays guitar and mandolin while Lee alternates between rhythm guitar, tambourine and snare drum.

Guitarist Jim Peterik Discusses Ides of March's 50th Anniversary Box Set, New Music and More

Prior to launching the iconic hard rock band Survivor back in 1978, Jim Peterik was the front man for another hugely successful group - The Ides of March. I recently spoke with Peterik about the Ides of March 50th Anniversary box set, his new project with vocalist Marc Scherer called “Risk Everything” and more.

'Chaos and the Calm': James Bay Talks Songwriting, Opening for the Stones and More

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.

'Red Light District': Kicking Harold Guitarist Tim David Kelly Talks New Album, Gear and More

Kicking Harold—a band featuring Tim David Kelly (lead vocals, guitar), Bret Domrose (bass) and Michael Odabashian (drums)—consider themselves modern rock alchemists, with "modern" being the operative word. In fact, the first single from their latest album, Red Light District, fits that philosophy rather nicely.

Adelitas Way Guitarist Robert Zakaryan Talks 'Deserve This' EP, Gear and More

Las Vegas-based hard rock band Adelitas Way first tasted success after the release of their 2009 self-titled debut album. That album's first single, “Invincible,” became an instant top-five Active Rock smash.