Mark Potter: “I wouldn’t have survived in the Motown studio. They’d be like, ‘We’re not getting him in, he takes five hours to start playing!’”

Mark Potter
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With Elbow's new album, Live at the Ritz, we sat down with guitarist Mark Potter to talk about his first guitars, why you can't hurry tone and that time he met Brian May.

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