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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?"

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.