Premier Guitar has posted an excellent profile of the late, great guitar explorer Pete Cosey. Though his career had multiple phases, Cosey may be best known for his work with Miles Davis. And here are the instructions the band leader gave to Pete upon joining the group, via PG:

The first was to move up front … [the second was] to turn up [the volume] … And the third thing he said was, ‘Sit there and look black!’

Read it all at PG.

Right here.

Iconoclastic guitarist John Frusciante is giving away an assortment of tracks via Soundcloud and Bandcamp. The former Red Hot Chili Peppers member is well known for his solo experimentation, and, as noted via Consequence of Sound, he feels very unimpeded about the material he is creating:

(A)t this point, I have no particular audience in mind while I am making music. Thinking this way gives me a certain freedom and stimulates growth and change. It is a state of mind that has been extremely useful to me.

Read more and follow the links for the downloads at CoS.

Right here.

Now here’s something you don’t see every day (any day). Check out Dave Bunker on his very own contraption, the Duo-Lectar. He seems to be part Stanley Jordan, part Michael Hedges, part WTF. According to Wikipedia (so it may well be accurate), “(Bunker’s) first, patent #2,989,884 issued in 1961, was for the ‘Duo-Lectar’ instrument, later in 1970 known as the Touch Guitar.”

Read more about Dave Bunker right here.

Samuel Clemens’ 1835 Martin is a sight to behold. The instrument, reportedly valued at over $15 million, was a constant companion of the roving author. From Guitarsite:

Mark Twain ‘gigged’ with his 1835 Martin extensively as a singer guitarist, bringing it along to his many travels. Like the main protagonist of his popular novel: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain traveled far and wide, often with only his 1835 Martin, paper and ink to accompany him.

Take a look at this beauty over at Guitarsite.

Right here.

Longtime REO Speedwagon guitarist Gary Richrath has died at 65. The band’s vocalist shared the news on Facebook. Via

My longtime friend and collaborator Gary Richrath passed away earlier today. I learned most of what I know about being in a rock band from Gary Richrath. The entire REO Family mourns his death and shares in the grief of his family, friends, and fans. These words do not come close to expressing the depth of emotions I am feeling at this time.

Without question, Richrath’s work on “Roll With the Changes,” “Keep Pushin'” and many others is inextricably woven into the life’s soundtrack of one growing up in the Midwest, as did this author. Roll easy, Gary.


Right here.



Due to his recent news, Tony MacAlpine is on our minds. Here’s Tony showing a Carvin 7-string in the May 2001 Guitar Player. That year he released the solo album Chromaticity and appeared on the collaboration CAB 2.

Scary news from the Tony MacAlpine camp: The legendary guitarist has pulled out of scheduled tours of Australia and Asia due to health concerns. From his press release, via Guitar World:

Last week I was taken to the hospital with severe stomach pains. Following blood work, multiple MRI scans and various procedures, doctors discovered a large mass in my intestine, and it seems likely we are dealing with cancer. My doctors have advised me this will need to be dealt with immediately, and I am scheduled for surgery this week.

All the best to Tony.

Read more at GW. 

Right here.


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