The Mastery of Frank Reckard and "Luxury Liner"

In the mood for some mind-blowing picking from a guitarist that you—quite possibly—have never heard of before? You're in luck.

Below, check out a late-Seventies video of Emmylou Harris' Hot Band performing "Luxury Liner," the title track from her late-1976 album. The guitarist in the clip—the fellow in the short-sleeved blue shirt holding the B-bender-equipped TV Yellow double-cutaway Gibson Les Paul Jr.—is Frank Reckard.

Reckard replaced Albert Lee in Harris' band when Lee hit the road with Eric Clapton; in fact, Lee plays on Harris' studio version of "Luxury Liner," a dangerously catchy tune that was written a decade earlier by Gram Parsons and recorded by his International Submarine Band.

And, as brilliant as Lee's performance is on the record, Reckard's live fretwork rivals it for sure.

Reckard's first solo starts at :54—and he is simply crushing it, seamlessly incorporating his ace B-bender licks as he blazes through the chord changes. However, be sure to check out the extended "money" solo, which starts at 2:00 and just keeps on going.

It's enough to make you scratch your head and wonder A. "What the hell have I been doing with my life?" and B. "Why don't I know more about this Frank Reckard guy?"

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.