Rolling Stones Live 1971

What is Rock’s Greatest Year?

December 09, 2019

A few weeks ago, I read “1971 - Never a Dull Moment: Rock’s Golden Year” by David Hepworth. In the book, Hepworth argues that 1971 was the most important year in rock history. According to the author, the rock landscape changed in those twelve months, with massive shifts at an industrial, social and cultural level. As a result, a huge number of monumental albums were released; The Stones’ “Sticky Fingers”, “Who’s Next” and “Led Zep IV” to name but a few. And, it was the year that a plethora of rock legends established their place in the pantheon of popular music.

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Eric Clapton: The Gibson Years

Eric Clapton: The Gibson Years

December 07, 2019

In 1970, Derek and the Dominos released “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs,” one of the landmark rock albums of all time.  Arguably Eric Clapton’s definitive musical statement, “Layla” is also the record that made Slowhand synonymous with the Fender Stratocaster.But, while Clapton and Fender are synonymous today, his early sound, and some of his most famous recordings, were actually created using Gibson instruments. Today, we’re going to run through Eric Clapton’s Gibson years, and three of the Ted McCarty-and-co designed guitars that he staked his name with.

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Leo Kottke

Leo Kottke: Three Inspiring Live Performances

December 06, 2019

Leo Kottke is a fingerstyle institution, and an inspiration to guitarists across the globe.  His unique blend of folk, blues and jazz and his distinctive syncopated, polyphonic melodies have earned him accolades and followers galore. And, his battles with adversity – he’s overcome partial hearing loss and a near career-ending bout with tendonitis – are testament to his dedication to his craft.

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MTV Unplugged, Martin, and the ‘90s Acoustic Revival (Part One)

MTV Unplugged, Martin, and the ‘90s Acoustic Revival (Part One)

December 05, 2019

We’re living in a great time for acoustic music. Fingerstyle guitar is thriving, and outlets like YouTube give exposure to new guitarists on a regular basis.  But, this wasn’t always the case. In the ‘80s, when synths and electronic sounds reigned supreme, some thought the humble hollow-bodied six-string would go the way of the dinosaur.

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David Gilmour: Words of Wisdom

David Gilmour: Words of Wisdom

December 03, 2019

Today, we’ve compiled some of our favourite Gilmour quotes from interviews we’ve read over the years; on everything from influences to improvisation. Whether you’re a full-on-Floydian, or a casual fan, these are well worth a read.
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Three Ways Martin Revolutionized Acoustic Guitar

Three Ways Martin Revolutionized Acoustic Guitar

November 24, 2019

Martin is an acoustic institution. Their instruments are the stuff of legend, and everyone from Johnny Cash to Kurt Cobain has used a Martin guitar at one time or another.
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The Story of Hendrix’s Flying V

The Story of Hendrix’s Flying V

November 18, 2019

Today, we’re taking a look at what is probably Hendrix’s most iconic Gibson, and where it features in his performing history.
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Doyle Dykes: Words of Wisdom

Doyle Dykes: Words of Wisdom

November 01, 2019

In today’s post, we’re running through a few of our favorite Doyle Dykes quotes, including his takes on faith, learning to play and why he doesn’t consider himself an acoustic guitar player?
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Is Neil Young a Great Guitarist?

Is Neil Young a Great Guitarist?

October 18, 2019

Is he really a great guitarist, or do his detractors have it right? Today, I’m going to try and get to the bottom of it.

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Remembering Ginger Baker

Remembering Ginger Baker

October 11, 2019

Earlier this week, Ginger Baker passed away at the age of 80. To say that music lost a legend is an understatement.
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Thalia Meets Jared James Nichols Part 3

Thalia Meets Jared James Nichols Part 3

October 03, 2019

Welcome back to the final part of Thalia’s in depth interview with Jared James Nichols.

In this final edition, we pick up on Jared’s Blues Power mantra, life on the road, and how his impressive Epiphone signature Les Paul came to be…

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What is the Greatest Beatles Solo Album?

What is the Greatest Beatles Solo Album?

September 25, 2019

Of course, choosing a favorite is by no means easy; there’s so much to like about the Beatles’ solo offerings, and for different reasons. To get you thinking, here are some of our musings on the Fab Four’s post-Beatles records.
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