Paul McCartney, ZZ Top, Wilco, Gov't Mule, Baroness, Mumford & Sons and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are among the acts scheduled to appear at this year's Bonnaroo festival, which will take place June 13 to 16 in Manchester, Tennessee.
Over the course of the last twelve months, we've once again endeavored to track down your musical heroes and return with the greatest stories, biggest news and best playing tips, all in the name of rock and roll. As a final retrospective on 2012, we picked through our favorite interviews of the year and compiled a list of the best quips, advice and quotes.
This year, with no Allmans-related albums filling up the new-releases bin, the blues, blues-rock and roots-rock vacuum has been filled — rather handily — by top Texans ZZ Top and Gary Clark Jr., habitual favorites Robert Cray and Bonnie Raitt and and the powerful, exciting trad blues of the late Michael "Iron Man" Burks, who died of a heart attack earlier this year at age 54.
This month, ZZ Top's blues-rock godfather, Billy Gibbons, and the Black Keys' garage-rock scion, Dan Auerbach, sit down for a talk about the long history of the blues and its enduring power in the 21st century. They also discuss their love of talking-blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins.
The Cowcaster is guaranteed to turn heads. That’s because it is one. The one-of-a-kind guitar, designed and built by artist Brent Gandy of Amarillo, Texas, brims with custom features — from Von Dutch–style pin striping on the back of the neck to a hand-carved bull’s head headstock — all of which are connected to an authentic bull skull.
Following the old adage that, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," legendary Texas bluesman Johnny Winter recent told Billboard that he plans to record a sequel to last year's Roots, and album which saw him team up with an all-star casts of guest musicians — including Vince Gill, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and more — to pay homage to the music that started it all.