September 16, 2014
Singer-songwriter/producer Radney Foster has had ten guitars stolen. He has posted a list of the instruments and their serial numbers on his Facebook page. They include:
1958 Gibson Les Paul Jr. (Single cutaway sunburst)
This belonged to one of my dad’s best friends. He sold it to me, only after I promised to love it and play it on a record.
1948 Martin 000-18 Acoustic
This belonged to my cousin’s husband. She wanted me to have it, so that it would be played and loved again.
Familiarize yourself with the missing gear at Foster’s page.
September 15, 2014
Here’s a killer 2011 live take on Sonny Landreth’s “Milky Way Home,” featuring the great Eric Johnson.
September 12, 2014
Jeff Beck and ZZ Top have been on tour together and further intersect as Beck and Billy Gibbons share the upcoming Guitar World cover story. In an online excerpt the pair talk classic guitars (no surprise), automobiles (really no surprise either) and their own warped adaptations of the blues.
When you are taken with any music with inner gusto, you don’t think too much about it—you just have to have it!
(A)lthough we never picked cotton, didn’t grow up on plantation, it did not necessarily prevent creating an honest attempt making the truth of the blues a backbone of interpretation.
Read more at GW.
September 11, 2014
Primal Scream guitarist Robert “Throb” Young has died at 49 from undisclosed causes. Former bandmates Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes had this to say in a statement, via Guardian:
We have lost our comrade and brother Robert Young. A beautiful and deeply soulful man. He was an irreplaceable talent, much admired amongst his peers, In the words of Johnny Marr ‘Throb with a gold top Les Paul – unbeatable.’
Young was a member of the group from its inception in the mid-80s until 2006 when he departed for personal reasons.
Read more at Guardian.
September 3, 2014
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Allen Hinds is one of those guitarists who makes you wonder if his neck has the same notes as yours. Check out this live clip from the Baked Potato.
August 27, 2014
Guitarist Chris Stein was making more art than just Blondie records during the 1970s, as the new book Chris Stein / Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk shows. From Smithsonian.com:
After attending art school in the late 1960s, Stein was drawn to a fertile downtown music scene of New York City. Sonically creative as well as visually, he met his musical soulmate Debbie Harry … The rising new wave/punk scene of that time provided ample subject matter for Stein’s lens. He had special access to his fellow musicians, shooting portraits of performers including Joey Ramone, Iggy Pop, Joan Jett and of course, Debbie Harry.
Read more, including a conversation with Stein, at Smithsonian.
August 18, 2014
Scott, Frank, Dan
Anthrax had their greatest commercial success between 1987 and 1993, spanning the releases Among the Living through Sound of White Noise. This ad, featuring Scott Ian, Dan Spitz and bassist Frank Bello, dates to the middle of that period, concurrent to the compilation/covers album Attack of the Killer B’s. Scanned from Guitar Player, June 1991.