Dave Martone tells the story behind his lead role on Nickelback's surprise shred-heavy cover of The Devil Went Down to Georgia

Dave Martone
(Image credit: Edgar Barseghyan)

Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, fusion guitarist and virtuoso Dave Martone has enjoyed a fruitful career performing alongside the likes of Marty Friedman, Michael Angelo Batio, Paul Gilbert and Mike Portnoy, and as a record producer and solo artist in his own right.

As his two solo albums – 2008's Clean and 2015's Nacimiento – exhibit, Martone's ability is not limited by genre or playing style. Whether it's fingerstyle acoustic guitar – as heard in his cover of Mason Williams' Classical Gas – or the Latin-influenced shred of Bossa Dorado, his playing impresses in any setting.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.