“The thing about the electric guitar is you have an amplifier, so you don’t have to overplay… In fact, it sounds more powerful if you don’t”: Carl Baldassarre on how an academic love of Led Zeppelin inspired his dynamic new album

Carl Baldassarre
(Image credit: EAFOTO / Erick Anderson)

Cleveland, Ohio’s Carl Baldassarre has been practising music for over 50 years and is a renowned guitarist and composer. 

His YouTube channel dubs him the “Professor of Classic Rock” and focuses on guitar riffs and techniques, while his debut solo album, Grand Boulevard, sees him lead a rich and diverse set of rock, funk, R&B and pop numbers, not to mention his tribute work with Baldassarre’s Led Zeppelin Revival. This is a busy musician. 

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Glenn Kimpton

Glenn Kimpton is a freelance writer based in the west of England. His interest in English folk music came through players like Chris Wood and Martin Carthy, who also steered him towards alternate guitar tunings. From there, the solo acoustic instrumental genre, sometimes called American Primitive, became more important, with guitarists like Jack Rose, Glenn Jones and Robbie Basho eventually giving way to more contemporary players like William Tyler and Nick Jonah Davis. Most recently, Glenn has focused on a more improvised and experimental side to solo acoustic playing, both through his writing and his own music, with players like Bill Orcutt and Tashi Dorji being particularly significant.