Remembering Ginger Baker

Remembering Ginger Baker

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

Thalia Meets Jared James Nichols Part 3

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…


What is the Greatest Beatles Solo Album?

What is the Greatest Beatles Solo Album?

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.
Metallica’s James Hetfield: A Little Bit Country

Metallica’s James Hetfield: A Little Bit Country

Naturally, when we think of James Hetfield, we tend to think hard rock. But, if you know your Metallica, you’ll know just how indebted Papa Het is to the world of country. 

Guitar Stories: Eddie Van Halen’s Ibanez Destroyer

Guitar Stories: Eddie Van Halen’s Ibanez Destroyer

Super-Strats became Eddie’s guitars of choice by the 1980s. But, in the early days of Van Halen, the Ibanez Destroyer was the king of his rig. And, it’s the guitar that he played for some of VH’s defining early moments. 
Thalia Meets Jared James Nichols Part 2

Thalia Meets Jared James Nichols Part 2

Welcome back to Thalia’s in depth interview with Blues Power prodigy Jared James Nichols. In part two, we pick up as Jared moves to L.A. and the moment that he nailed down his distinctive playing style.

Is Jimi Hendrix the Greatest Guitar Player of all Time?

Is Jimi Hendrix the Greatest Guitar Player of all Time?

"Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage."-Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine
That Time I Played a $100K Les Paul with Jared James Nichols

That Time I Played a $100K Les Paul with Jared James Nichols

“Try it on for size, man,” Jared smiles, casually handing me an instrument that could buy me a house. I’m initially hesitant. There’s the cost - $100,000 according to the man who took it for a spin on stage this evening - not to mention the pressure of demonstrating my merely competent chops in front of the blues-rock wunderkind. 

Know Your Acoustic Body: Parlor

Know Your Acoustic Body: Parlor

In this edition, we’re taking a look at the Parlor guitar. The smallest guitar we’ve covered so far, the Parlor made waves in the late 19th century, offering a musical outlet for living room strummers.

Three Ways to Play like B.B. King

Three Ways to Play like B.B. King

When it came to guitar playing, B.B. King was a true original. B.B. King had a knack for locking in a particular pattern of notes and strings when playing in a specific key. In fact, it’s one of the main signature elements of the B.B. King sound.

“Sympathy for the Devil”: The Making of a Stones Masterpiece (Part Three)

“Sympathy for the Devil”: The Making of a Stones Masterpiece (Part Three)

Welcome to the final edition of our series on the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil.”  Over the course of these articles, we’ve talked about how the band created one of their defining masterpieces, and the tremendous impact the song had on popular culture. 
“Sympathy for the Devil”: The Making of a Stones Masterpiece (Part Two)

“Sympathy for the Devil”: The Making of a Stones Masterpiece (Part Two)

Welcome back to our three part series on the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil.” 

“Sympathy for the Devil”: The Making of a Stones Masterpiece

“Sympathy for the Devil”: The Making of a Stones Masterpiece

“Please allow me to introduce myself. I’m a man of wealth and taste.” So begins “Sympathy for the Devil.” When released in 1968, the song cemented the Rolling Stones as genre-defining songwriters par excellence.But more than that, it became one of the most culturally significant tracks of the 20th century.

The Guitars That Made… Jimmy Page (Part Two)

The Guitars That Made… Jimmy Page (Part Two)

Welcome back to the Guitars That Made Jimmy Page.  Last time, we got to grips with Page’s iconic Telecaster, double neck and, of course, his Number 1 Gibson Les Paul.  Now, to kick off Part Two, we’re jumping back in with another Les Paul. This one’s less well known, but equally important to Page’s guitar playing history. It’s also the one that got away. The reasons for that will become clear momentarily…


Words of Wisdom: James Taylor

Words of Wisdom: James Taylor

James Taylor is probably the definitive singer-songwriter of his generation.  His confessional lyrics are some of the most affecting in popular music. And, given his way with words, it’s hardly surprising that Taylor is a great interview subject.

Pete Townshend: The Psyche of a Guitar Smasher

Pete Townshend: The Psyche of a Guitar Smasher

For many of us, it’s hard to imagine smashing a precious instrument. The Who’s Pete Townshend isn’t like you or I, though. Back in the day, smashing guitars was par for the course for him.