Have you heard Marshall Harrison? He is one of the most mind boggling guitarists out there, one we around the PG offices know of almost exclusively from a battery of astounding YouTube clips (like the one below).

Now Harrison has released an album called Transcendental Executioner. According the collection’s CDBaby page, it is, “Recommended if you like Franz Liszt, Niccolo Paganini, Steve Vai.” Get the idea?

Purchase the album at CDBaby.

Right here.

And get your mind blown on Marshall Harrison’s YouTube channel (where he also plays piano and does unreasonably difficult math problems).

Scott Henderson has long been one of those guitarists who can make you shake your head and say, now how the hell did he think of that? Check out his highly evolved and visceral style in this clip of the song “Dolemite.”

Jazz legend Tal Farlow was unquestionably a pioneer of the fretboard (jump back to watch his take on “Misty” here), but it turns out he was also a visionary in terms of guitar design and modification. A new Guitar Aficionado profile takes a look at seven of Farlow’s instruments and their unique twists, including an otherworldly 1951 Gibson ES-140:

(The guitar has) been almost entirely painted bright red, including the fretboard, headstock overlay, pickguard, and single P-90 pickup cover. Farlow asked Gibson for this bizarre paint job when the Red Norvo Trio was hired to back up singer Mel Tormé on his new CBS TV show, which was the first to ever be broadcast in color.

See the piece and read much more at GA.

Right here.

On the first anniversary of his death, let’s check out one of Prince’s most monumental performances, the halftime show at Super Bowl XLI. Those guitars, that suit, the rain … it’s all worth dealing with the NFL mini-documentary in which the performance is encased.

Guitar World is giving a nod to another amazing but often overlooked guitarist, the late Clarence White. Equally adept at acoustic flat picking and B-bender Tele twang, White was a respected session musician and member of several bands including The Byrds. The article highlights some of the guitarist’s finer moments, including The Byrds’ take on the Buck Owens song “Buckaroo.” From GW:

White rips open his bag of B-bender licks—and never closes it. Even his mistakes sound good.

Read up and listen to Clarence White at Guitar World.
Right here.

Music Radar has run a new interview with astrophysicist Brian May who also happens to play guitar for Queen. In the article, May talks about Golden Days, his collaboration with vocalist Kerry Ellis (including what’s behind their version of the Gary Moore classic “Parisienne Walkways”), the mystery of riff writing, and the role of guitar in popular music:

Guitar can do lots of stuff: it can make the nice background, it can make a nice rhythm bed for things to lie on. But post-Hendrix, (the guitar) is a voice which demands to be heard in the same way that a human voice demands to be heard.

Read more and give a listen to a May/Ellis track at MR.

Right here.

Very sad to memorialize the exalted Allan Holdsworth who has died at 70. Early on the guitarist recorded with the likes of Tempest, Soft Machine, and The New Tony Williams Lifetime, but secured his place as a legend with solo albums like I.O.U. and Metal Fatigue. Holdsworth’s daughter Louise shared the following on Facebook:

We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, granddad, friend and musical genius. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing.

A known beer aficionado, presumably Allan would appreciate us raising a pint and enjoying this live reading of “Where is One.”