Category Archives: Guitarist

Johnny Winter – Down and Dirty

Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty, the definitive, feature-length documentary by acclaimed Lemmy co-director and producer, Greg Olliver, will be available worldwide on March 4, 2016, on DVD and iTunes. The package will feature never-before-seen photos and bonus footage, including extended interviews and his final studio performance, a solo resonator version of the Son House classic, ‘Death Letter.’

Produced independently through Secret Weapon Films in NYC, director Greg Olliver was welcomed into the Johnny Winter family during the final two years of Johnny s life, capturing the making of his Grammy-winning Step Back (Best Blues Album, 2015), and traveling the world from Beaumont to Hong Kong. Winter continued to perform over 200 sold out shows a year until his death on tour in Switzerland in 2014.

The film also features Clive Davis, Edgar Winter, James Cotton, Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Luther Nallie, Joe Perry, Tommy Shannon, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and more.

Martin Barre – Back To Steel

Photo by Guy Harrop

Back to Steel is a new recording featuring 12 original songs written by guitarist Martin Barre with two Jethro Tull classic tracks re-worked in Martin’s unique style.

Martin Barre professes that Back To Steel is “the most important work in my career as a musician”.

An Evening of Blues, Folk, Rock w/ a Touch of Tull Martin Barre (of Jethro Tull) 

Martin Barre will be appearing at The Outer Space In Hamden, CT on Sunday December 20th.

West, Bruce and Laing

Since I posted about Leslie West’s upcoming album, Soundcheck I have been listening intently to Mountain, Cream and the supergroup in between, West, Bruce and Laing.

I recall the early 70’s on WNEW-FM, NY City’s progressive rock station. It was Scottso, Scott Muni who premiered West, Bruce and Laing in November, 1972. I had just started attending community college. We had a student lounge with a Marantz receiver connected to a Bose shelf speaker. I would arrive there early because it was a superior sound system to the hi-fi I had in my bedroom.

West, Bruce and Laing was a hardcore rock trio performing with piss and vinegar. I loved the tradeoff between Bruce and West. They were equally strong vocalists. Corky Laing’s drumming style accented their interplay.

Why Dontcha is the album you want to play, loud!

Leslie West – Soundcheck

Leslie West’s forthcoming album, Soundcheck pegs the needle in the red. That is the infamous sound we have come to expect from this premier rock guitarist.

Soundcheck is the sixteenth solo album from the legendary rock guitarist Leslie West.

Leslie lays down some of his most inspired musical magic to date with by collaborating with renowned British guitarists Peter Frampton and Brian May, ex-Jeff Beck keyboard virtuoso Max Middleton, vocalist extraordinaire Bonnie Bramlett (Delaney & Bonnie) and the late great Cream bassist and longtime friend of Leslie’s, Jack Bruce.

Closing out his new album “Soundcheck”, is a treasure for all longtime fans of Leslie West: a live version of Willie Dixon’s, “Spoonful,” recorded with Jack Bruce on bass and vocals and Joe Franco on drums, played in the classic Cream style as captured on 1968’s Wheels of Fire. “Back in 1988, I recorded an album called, Theme, which featured Jack on bass. We recorded at Millbrook in upstate New York, and the owner of The Chance in Poughkeepsie called and asked if we wanted to come over and do a set there, with no advertising, no nothing. Jack was into it, and the engineer at Millbrook, Paul Orofino, came with us and recorded the gig with a small portable stereo machine. “After hearing of Jack’s passing, we edited it down from its original length and decided it would be great to include on the record. As you can hear, I was trying to reincarnate myself into Eric Clapton! The first time I listened to Jack’s voice and the tone of his bass on the recording, I had tears in my eyes. I loved Jack so much.”

LESLIE WEST – SOUNDCHECK

Label: Provogue Records
Release Date: November 20, 2015

Tracklist:

01. Left By The Roadside To Die
02. Give Me One Reason
03. Here For The Party
04. You Are My Sunshine
05. Empty Promises Nothin Sacred
06. A Stern Warning
07. People Get Ready
08. Going Down
09. Stand By Me
10. Eleanor Rigby
11. Spoonful

Mark Knopfler

I have been trying forever to see Mark Knopfler perform in concert.  We finally get that chance as Mark and his eight piece band .

I purchased these tickets in January and they have burned a hole in my pocket ever since. Mr. Knopfler has been high on my list of Top 100 Rolling Stone guitarists to see live.

looking forward to experiencing the Mark Knopfler Tracker Tour 2015.

Ernie Ball Music Man – St. Vincent Guitar Signature Model

I get such a kick out of St. Vincent. She is an eclectic, innovative artist. I have seen her live twice at The Beacon Theatre (9/26/12) and The Shubert Theatre (6/20/13 performing with David Byrne and the Brass Band ensemble on the Love This Giant tour.

Ernie Ball Music Man and St. Vincent have collaborated on a signature guitar.

It’s totally rad like Annie Clark and I love that about her artistry.

Photo by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Les Paul’s BIG SOUND Experience

I was driving home from work this afternoon, stopped in the third lane on I-95 due to traffic problems. I happened to look across the jersey barrier to the northbound side and glimpse this 53′ tractor trailer truck with a way cool multi-color design stating that it was Les Paul‘s 100 Birthday.

When I got home I looked it up on the Internet. I discovered that Les Paul’s Big Sound Tour was bound for the Hard Rock Cafe Foxwoods in Ledyard Connecticut. It will be on exhibit there June 17th and 18th.

Les Paul the father of modern music and the solid body electric guitar would have been 100 years old June 9, 2015. A special 100th Anniversary Celebration was held on June 9th at the Times Square Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. Rolling Stone Magazine covered this historic event.

(L to R) Journey’s Neal Schon, Joe Bonamassa, Johnny A, Warren Haynes, Steve Miller, musical director GE Smith, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai

The Les Paul Foundation is sharing his creativity, innovative spirit and love of sound in an intriguing mobile exhibit.


• Step into 1,000 square feet of entertaining and inspiring interactive experiences.
• Explore sound, music and technology innovations.
• Mix and share music.
• Discover Les Paul’s personal story.
• Experience Les Paul’s never-ending search for a unique musical sound.
• Learn from generations of musicians who call Les Paul their mentor.
• Witness how Les pushed the limits of audio technology.
• Marvel at the performing techniques that made Les Paul a legendary pop music icon.
• Enjoy live musical performances by local artists.

Take a look at the Les Paul Tour Calendar to see if this mobile tour is coming to a city near you this summer.

Richard Thompson – Still

Renowned guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson is set to release Still, an album of new music, produced by Jeff Tweedy on June 23rd via Concord Records in the US and June 29th via Proper Records internationally. Still will be available in several configurations including a twelve-track CD, a twelve-track double 180-gram vinyl album and a deluxe CD package that includes the five song Variations EP, from a previously unreleased session.

“Richard’s been one of my favorite guitar players for a very long time,” states Jeff Tweedy. “When I think about it, he’s also one of my favorite songwriters and favorite singers. He’s the Ultimate Triple Threat. Getting to work closely with him on this record was a truly rewarding experience, not to mention a great thrill.  And he keeps alive my streak of working exclusively with artists who make me look good as a producer.”

NPR Music is offering a first listen here. Tom Moon has done a fantastic write up to go with this recording. Give Still a listen, it’s jolly good.