We all know that music is a global phenomenon. So much so that guitar making is becoming a global affair also. Universum Guitars is one such company, a new one, started in 2016 and hailing from the Ukraine. But the luthiers, Vadim & Dmitry Gavrilenko, have 20+ years experience building guitars, and with Alexander Doroshenko have created some truly beautiful instruments. We take a closer look at these remarkable instruments and explore what makes Universum Guitars a company to be reckoned with. Joining me tonight are special guests Gary Roudenko, Steve Fister, Tony Pulizzi and Prescott Niles, as we try out these new instruments and find out what makes them tick!
Although Steve Fister has been on the show several times in 2017, it has been a while that we talk to Steve about what he is up to, and he has been busy. We welcome back Steve and take a close look at his new upcoming EP, "The Steve Fister Band: Authorized Bootleg." We also look at the changes to his rig, his new guitars from Godin, and more! It's a night of great tone, great playing and cool gear you won't want to miss!!
In 1896, one man started a company that would significantly impact the development of the archtop and electric guitar in America and the world. Orville Gibson started his music instrument company and the rest is history. We celebrate the anniversary of the passing of Orville with Gregg and Sharon De Lorto of Heritage Guitars. We take a look at the life of Orville Gibson, his guitars and his incredible impact on history of the guitar. Also joining us are Edwin Stepp, a documentary film producer who is working on a film on Orville Gibson's life, and Richard Gellis, owner of Union Grove Music in Santa Cruz, California. Richard is an authority on pre WWII fretted instruments built by Gibson, Martin and other American manufacturers. An authorized repairman for over 40 years for Gibson, Martin, and Fender, Richard is also a contributing dealer to the VIntage Guitar price guide. It's a night of guitars, history and more!!
I am honored to have guitarist, writer, historian, and educator, Jim La Diana on the show. Jim has written a fascinating book, Strings of Memories, on the jazz, session and sideman guitarist that predate the Wrecking Crew. These artists basically developed the arch top guitar and electric guitar and brought the instrument from being used primarily as a rhythm instrument and timekeeper to a true solo instrument. These were the pioneers who worked with the guitar manufacturers to develop the electric guitar of today. We talk to Jim about such greats as Bob Bain, Eddie Lang, Les Paul, and others, and learn how the archtop guitar developed, from acoustic to electric and led the way to the session scene of the 1960's and beyond!!
I am very honored to have Stephen Bishop on the show tonight! Besides being a two time Grammy nominee, an Oscar nominee, and the writer of such hit songs as "Save It For A Rainy Day" and "On and On," Stephen is also an accomplished guitarist. We talk to Stephen about his guitar playing, its impact on his songwriting, and the guitars he has used and is using. We also will take a look at his latest album, "Blueprint" and delve into the musicianship and creative process of an amazing artist!
G & L Guitars (David McLaren, David Brown and Ron Moreno) returns to All About Guitar and we take a closer look at the beautiful Doheny guitar. Also, we take a peek at what also to expect from G & L at NAMM 2018. And I invited a few of my friends to join us and check out these great guitars: Tony Pulizzi, Prescott Niles (The Knack, Missing Persons), Janet Robin (The String Revolution), Jean Pierre Durand and Liza Carbe (Carbe-Durand, Incendio), Howie Anderson (The Strawberry Alarm Clock), Ben Woods (Heavy Mellow, Steve Stevens), and Steve Fister. A great show about Leo Fender's and G&L's continuing goal to make great guitars even better!
The Sarod is a traditional East Indian instrument and, along with the sitar, is one of the most prominent and popular instruments in India and Hinduism. Stephen Day is an accomplished artist and sarod player and we take a closer look at this fascinating and beautiful instrument. We take a listen to Stephen's performance on the instrument, both in a traditional and contemporary context.
I am truly honored to have on the show an amazing artist and guitarist, Janet Robin. Besides backing such artists as Lindsey Buckingham, Michelle Shocked, Maia Sharp, Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart, and many others, Janet is part of "The String Revolution," a quartet of some incredible guitarists taking the instrument to all sorts of new places! We talk to Janet about her guitar playing, taking lessons from Randy Rhoads, her great tone and technique, what gear she uses, and talk about her latest solo album, "Take Me As I Am."
From the best of "All About Guitar" : We are honored to have Steve Vai on the show tonight! Steve has truly pioneered guitar playing and music and has taken the instrument into areas no one has gone before! We talk to Steve about his playing, his writing, and some of the other things that have made him who he is today! Steve is very much into supporting up and coming musicians and education and we talk to him about his involvement with the Make A Noise Foundation and the Vai Academy. A fascinating exploration into the mind and spirit of Steve you won't want to miss!!
About 2 years I won a Surreal Amp Cult 45 head at Loni Specter's L.A. Amp Show in 2016. I didn't know too much about the company but I did meet Jerry Dyer and we talked about having him come on the show. I was impressed by the tone of the amp I won and I was even more impressed with the new models he came out with at the most recent L.A. Amp Show earlier this month. We will be taking a look at these incredible amps and some special guests will be joining me to check out how much tone they have!
It's a great night of tone, amazing technique, and, of course, lots of talk about gear! Tony Pulizzi is my guest and he is a multi-faceted artist, musician and guitarist. From backing up such artists as George Benson, Natalie Cole, and Gladys Knight, Tony also fronts his own band and has been featured as the house guitarist for American Idol! And that's not all! He also served as Director for Guitar Studies at Cuyahoga Community College where he ran the Tri-C Jazz Guitar Ensemble! We take a look at Tony's guitar playing, the wearing of many hats and take a look at some of the outstanding music he has played a vital role in!
Don Alder returns to All About Guitar literally right off the plane to join us for an incredible show! Don has been touring throughout Europe and the US. We talk to Don about his upcoming album, his expansive tour, and using some new and unusual instruments, some very interesting musical collaborations and, of course, Don's tone and gear! Please join us for a great night of tone, technique and just some great music!!
We all know the legacy Leo Fender gave us with Fender guitars and amps. But even after Fender was bought in 1965, Leo was still tinkering and constantly trying to improve his guitars and basses. In 1979 Leo started applying these improvements in creating G&L Musical Instruments. We take a look at what Leo developed and how he made his famous instruments even better. From bridge design, pickup design and more, G&L makes incredible guitars and basses! President of G&L David McLaren, Director of Marketing/Artists Relations David Brown and All About Guitar regular guest Ron Moreno will be joining us as we explore the G&L story. And I invited some very special guests to join us and check out these great guitars!
Jim Stubblefield recently released his highly acclaimed album, "Guitare Mystique" and we take a closer look at the making of this album. Joining me and Jim Stubblefield is co-producer and mixing engineer Bo Astrup. We talk to Bo and Jim about the album, from concept to completion, and take a rare look at how an album is made!
Fuzzbee Morse is one amazing guitarist...and much more. A multi-instrumentalist, session musician and producer, Fuzzbee has toured with Karla Bonoff and Kenny Edwards, and worked with artists like Ric Ocasek of the Cars and Andy Pratt. We take a look at Fuzzbee's guitar playing, including his work with drummer Jerry Marotta, keyboardist David Sancious and bassist Tony Levin, and take a look at his latest album, "Dreams And Other Living Things." It's a night of some tasty guitar playing, awesome tone, and talk about gear and technique!!
My guest tonight is Chris Peterson and he is the owner of Peterson Guitars. Peterson Guitars specializes in building customized guitars built to the customer's specs. Having learned his craft working at such places as Fender, he truly knows how to make a great guitar! We talk to Chris about what it takes to make a great instrument, the woods, the neck, the pickups, the bridge and more! Whether you want a traditional style guitar or an exotic, one-of-a-kind instrument, Christ Peterson can do the job!
Get ready to hear some great guitar playing and check out a revolutionary new online program to learn guitar! Steve Freeman is my guest and is an extraordinary guitarist and educator. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music and Musician's Institute, Steve founded the Atlanta Institute of Music and currently working with Achieve Music, a developer of a remarkable educational platform online. We talk to Steve about his guitar playing, check out his album "Surfside," and talk more about Achieve Music!
Two-time Emmy nominated TV & film composer and singer-songwriter-guitarist Gary Stockdale joins us tonight. And he is not alone. Guitarist Grant Geissman, bassist Steve Deutsch, and producer Greg Prestopino join us as we take a closer look at Gary's new upcoming CD release "Keep Letting Go." It's a rare look at the whole process, from concept, to songwriting, arranging, and recording. Some great songs, great tone, and great guitar playing and a great opportunity to see how a record is made!
I had the opportunity to have Laurence Juber on the show when he and Christopher Rodriguez talked about the LA Unified School District music program, which Laurence actively participates in. Also, as and educator, he is very active with Jessica Baron's Guitars In The Classroom. So it seemed right to invite Laurence back on the show to focus on his guitar playing, his composing, his newest album, his very cool Martin signature guitar, and more!
Although an extraordinary guitarist, Mark Leggett is more known as a composer, Emmy nominated, having composed music for hundreds of television and documentary productions. We take a look at two examples of Mark's body of work, some cues for the television series "My Name Is Earl," and also his work on the Dolly Parton TV movie "Coat of Many Colors." We will take a in depth look into Mark's guitar playing, his technique and tone, and how his guitar playing influences his writing.
Xotic California is a interesting company. I have known them primarily by their amazing effects pedals, but they are also renown in making beautifully handcrafted guitars and basses used by many professional musicians worldwide. Gary Roudenko, of The Amp Shop/Bass Exchange joins us as we go deeper into the company and take a good look at their pedals and instruments. Its a night of how to get great tone as we find out why so many musicians are using Xotic products to create their unique sound! Joining me to check out these great guitars and effects are Prescott Niles, from the Knack & Missing Persons, and Howie Anderson of the Strawberry Alarm Clock!
I had Vito Gregoli on the show a few months ago and we briefly touched on his work with Kimberly Haynes. Her album "Awaken Me," since then has been getting a lot of acclaim, getting Album of the Year from New World Music. Vito and Kimberly Haynes join me and we go into more detail into the making of this truly beautiful album Kimberly's newest EP release, "You're The One." We will talk about the whole process, from conception to final mix and all in between! And, also, we will talk about guitars, tone and gear!!
My guest tonight is Michael Lennon, leader of the band Venice, with his brother Mark and cousins Kipp & Pat Lennon. We take a look at Mike's guitar playing in Venice and how he arranges his guitar parts around the lush vocals which gives Venice its signature sound. So join me for some very tasty licks, killer tone and, of course, great gear! Link for Michael Lennon and Venice: venicetheband.com
It has been 50 years since The Strawberry Alarm Clock became part of music history with their release of their hit "Incense And Peppermint." We will take a look at this extraordinary band and delve into psychedelic music, acid rock and sunshine pop. We will take a look at band members George Bunnell, Mark Weitz, Randy Seol, Howie Anderson, Gene Gunnels and Steve Bartek, their amazing journey with the band, after the band and how they came full circle to reunite and currently entertain audiences everywhere!!
We have a very interesting show for tonight! Lynette Skynyrd is an all women tribute band for Lynyrd Skynyrd. I have had guitarist Cathy Lauer on the show a couple of times and she is one of the guitarists in the band. We take a look at what it takes to get Lynyrd Skynyrd's classic sound: the gear, the guitars and what techniques are needed get "that" sound. Join me and guitarists Cathy Lauer, Deanna Hurst-Levine, Marija Kristic, bassist and founder Laurie Sidis, and drummer Shannon Millard as we talk everything Skynyrd and, of course, great tone, great gear and great technique!!
Pat DiPuccio, of The Condors, Blow Up and one of the founders of Flipside Magazine returns to the show to discuss the Detroit Punk Scene. And he is not coming alone! Joining Pat is Frank Meyer, of the Streetwalkin' Cheetahs, Loren Molinare of The DoGs, Tony Fate of Carnage Asada and Symbol Six, and Ricky Rat of the legendary Trash Brats. And also very special guest Prescott Niles of The Knack will be by to join in the fun! We will be playing some clips of the Streetwalking' Cheetahs and The DoGs, and we will premiere a brand new cut by the Condors! It's a night of guitars, gear and exploring just what the Detroit scene brought to the mix!
It is an honor to have Steve Postell back on the show and we have a lot to talk about. We go into more detail into his guitar playing, arranging, songwriting and recording of his albums "Time Still Knocking" and "Until You Get Here." But we also get a sneak peek at his upcoming album, "Walking Through These Blues!" It's a night of great stories, great tone, and, of course, talk about gear!
It is my pleasure to have Bernard Maillot on the show! Bernard is the President of Savarez Strings, one of the major string makers for the world, especially for flamenco and classical guitars. We will talk to Bernard about how these strings are made and also get some insight to all the different types of strings Savarez makes and what might be the best for you! I have brought together, in studio, a bunch of guitars with all different types of Savarez strings for us to listen to. Joining me on this demonstration are three renown guitarists in their own right. Jean-Pierre Durand and Liza Carbe, of Carbe Durand and Incendio will be helping me test out these strings, as well as session guitarist and excellent flamenco and classical guitarist Carlos Calvo will also be trying out these strings!
I am honored to have Marc Bonilla on the show this week! Being a member of the Keith Emerson Band and Danny Seraphine's (of Chicago fame) new group CTA (California Transit Authority), Marc has had a very successful career as a solo artist and session player for films and television. We will take a look at Marc's playing, his great tone and technique and we will, of course, talk about what he uses. As a special treat, we will get a sneak peek at some new music for his upcoming album and also talk about an upcoming Keith Emerson Band tribute concert DVD!
I am proud to announce that Greg De Lorto of Heritage Guitars will be on the show! Heritage Guitars is basically the original luthiers that made the much coveted Gibson guitars from the late 1950's to the middle to late 1960's. They are located in the original Kalamazoo Michigan plant that, for many years, was where Gibson guitars were made. Using all their expertise, artistry and craftmanship, Heritage makes some beautiful guitars. We will take a look at the history of the company, their guitars, and more! Joining us will be Gary Roudenko, of The Amp Shop Bass Exchange, who put me in contact with Greg, and Heritage endorsee David Becker, who will be showing us his signature Heritage guitar. Also joining us are legendary guitarist Don Peake and monster guitarist Steve Fister, to help us check out these amazing instruments!!
I am honored to have Kim Martin join us on All About Guitar. Kim started playing bass at 14 years old and studied and graduated from the Berklee College fo Music (Bass Guitar) and also the Grove Music School (Recording/Engineering). We will talk to Kim about her new EP "Old Southern Soul," and also go into detail into her playing the bass. And we will discuss her gear and tone!
Jessica Anne Baron had introduced me to Christopher Rodriguez at NAMM at the annual Guitars In The Classroom Brunch. Tonight we get to take a look at the fruits of GITC and how Chris Rodriguez has developed music and music education in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Laurence Juber, artist advocate for GITC and international recording artist and guitarist, will be joining us. Laurence has worked closely with Chris and the LAUSD to further their music programs. Laurence has written and arranged music for the students to play and we will hear some of that too! Also joining us is Monique Brusca, one of the teachers in the program and some of the students in the program. We will get a first hand look at a great program in action!!
Last year Troy Dexter came on the show and besides talking to him about his career playing with Wilson Phillips and studio work, we got a glimpse of his upcoming album "Shop Talk." Now the album has been released and what better excuse to have Troy back on the show. We explore more deeply the making of "Shop Talk," his guitar playing on it and a more on his arranging and producing of it. And, of course, we will get into the guitars and gear he used and how he recorded it!
My guest this week is guitarist, composer, arranger and songwriter Richard Gomez. While hailing from the Dominican Republic, Richard is a graduate (with honors) from Musician's Institute and studied with Joe Pass, Scott Henderson and Joe Diorio. A truly international performer, Richard was honored by UNESCO and the Dominican Ministry of Culture on International Jazz Day. As a session guitarist he has done work for Warner Bros., Sony International, Walt Disney and has work with such international artists as Ricky Martin. We take a look at Richard's music, his guitar playing, and how guitar impacts his music composition and orchestration. And, of course, we will talk about his guitars and gear!
Another night of great guitar playing and tone! My guest is Carmen Grillo. Carmen is presently playing with the Sons Of Champlin, but is also known for playing with Tower Of Power. Carmen has also worked with Rita Coolidge and Chicago. We take a look at Carmen's album "A Different World" and talk about his playing and how he gets his great tone.
I am honored to have Bill Champlin on the show. Bill is a singer, songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist and producer. Starting with his group the Sons of Champlin, and being part of the band Chicago, he also is an in demand session man, having worked with Al Jarreau, George Duke, Boz Scaggs, Elton John, The Tubes, Lee Ritenour, Amy Grant and many more. He co-wrote the Earth, Wind and Fire hit "After The Love Has Gone," with Jay Graydon and David Foster, and also co-wrote George Benson's hit "Turn Your Love Around" with Jay Graydon and Steve Lukather. We talk to Bill about his guitar playing and how it has impacted his music, songwriting and producing, spanning his session work, solo works and the groups he has been in.
What makes a successful musical collaboration? Especially when both people are guitarists? Jackie Bristow and Mark Punch join me tonight and we take a closer look at the magic of their collaboration at making some truly great music. Jackie is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Mark is a great guitarist, arranger, singer, songwriter and producer for Jackie's albums, besides producing for other artists. We take a listen to the making of two of Jackie's albums: "Shot of Gold" and "Freedom." We talk to them about their working relationship, arrangements, the sound of the albums, and, of course, how they recorded it and what gear did they use!
Carlos Calvo is an amazing guitarist. Besides being a great session guitarist, having worked on the TV show King of the Hill, a singer-songwriter, and producer, Carlos also has another interesting job. He coaches actors how to play guitar on screen and make it look authentic. He has worked with David Duchovney on Californication and also worked on the show Ray Donovan. We talk to Carlos about how he approaches this and also we take a closer look at his playing and writing.
My guest for this week's show is Vito Gregoli. Vito is a producer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, besides being a great guitarist. With early roots in pop, rock, jazz and blues, Vito studied classical music, with an emphasis in Renaissance music, composition and classical guitar. And later, Vito started experimenting with global instruments and World Music. We talk to Vito about his background, his guitar playing, what he uses and also talk to Vito about the healing power of music.
Dr. David Allan returns to All About Guitar and we take a look at how we go into more detail on how to deal with repetitive stress injuries and also how to prevent hurting our hands. We will be looking at one of the main causes of straining ourselves, incorrect posture and how correct posture and affect our playing and health in general.
Don Peake returns to the show and this time we take a closer look at his work as a session guitarist. As the staff guitarist at Motown Records, Don helped define the "Motown Sound" and we take a closer look at one of the most distinctive and influential styles of music mixing R&B, funk, blues, jazz and pop. Also we take another look at Don playing with the Wrecking Crew. And we delve deeper into his playing in a big band, the function of the guitar in the orchestra and his groundbreaking gig with Ray Charles.
Pat Wilkins originally started working for Acoustic Amps, and moved on to finishing and building guitars for David Schecter. Studying under David Schecter and Tom Anderson, Pat started his own business in 1983, both finishing and building guitars and basses. We talk to Pat about his "vintage" line of basses and guitars and also joining us is Howard Ylyate, the designer of the pickups that Wilkins uses on his instruments. Join me and guest host Gary Roudenko, from the Amp Shop Bass Exchange, as we explore how one makes a "vintage" instrument and insights in the design and execution of these beautiful instruments.
Voted "Outstanding Guitarist of the Year" as a student by the faculty of Musician's Institute, Doug Perkins was subsequently hired as a staff instructor at MI. Doug also has composed and produced music for film and TV, including Spongebob Squarepants and Justified. We talk to Doug about his days at MI, his guitar playing and his involvement in a new online educational institution, the JGS (jazzguitarsociety.com).
I am honored to have Robert Sarzo on the show. Robert started out recording and touring with Bob Seger. He formed the band "Hurricane" with bassist Tony Cavazo, singer Kelly Hansen and drummer Jay Schellen. Robert has worked with such legends as Jimmy Iovine, Bob Ezrin, and Robert Stigwood. He has also worked with reggae artist Garland Jeffreys and the late Sam Kinison on his "Leader of the Banned" album. But there's more! Robert is also a music producer and film composer, including "The Hiss" and "The Collector." In 2013, Robert joined Geoff Tate's lineup Queensryche GT, which brought him together with his famous bassist brother, Rudy. We talk to Robert about his playing, his monster tone, and the gear he has used through the years.
Probyn Gregory is my guest and most known as a member of the Brian Wilson Band, but there's more to him than that. He has performed or recorded with such people as Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Badly Drawn Boy, Andrew Gold, Heart, Jan & Dean and many more. We talk to Probyn about his work with Brian and others and explore deeper into his tone and technique, the gear he uses, and more.
Oui' 3 had been on the FLO Guitar-Enthusiasts and it is my pleasure to have them on All About Guitar. Lou Castro, the bassist of the group, and I have known each other for quite a while, and, together with Billy Joe Wiseman on guitar and Jim Xavier on drums, they have become quite the eclectic trio doing jazz with a prog and fusion influence. Tonight we take a look at their latest album "Occupy Your Mind" and we talk to the band about the development and recording of this amazing work!
I am honored to have John Bisaha on the show tonight! John is the bass player and vocalist for The Babys and has been since 2013. We talk to John about The Babys, working with fellow band members and guitarists Wally Stocker and Joey Sykes. We will also take a look at what John is using, the gear setup of the band, and his approach to playing bass in The Babys and other groups he has played with.
Don Kirkpatrick is a session musician that was quite prolific during the 1980's. Don was the guitarist on most of the Animotion hits, beside playing for such artists as Joe Cocker, Amy Grant and Michael Bolton. In 2000, Don became a regular member of Rod Stewart's touring band. We talk to Don about his studio work, the '80's sound, and his current playing and gigging around town.
Jim "Kimo" West returns to All About Guitar with Ken Emerson. We talk to Jim and Ken about their newest collaboration, "Slackers In Paradise." Joining me, as my guest host, is artist and guitarist Don Alder. We will be talking about how this album came about, slack key guitar, slide guitar, tunings, tone, technique and more!
Don Alder returns to All About Guitar and we delve deeper into this amazing artist and guitarist. Known and acclaimed worldwide, Don was the 2016 Instrumental Artist of the Year for his latest work, "Armed and Dangerous," and was one of Lee Ritenour's advisory judges for his Six String Theory Contest. We take a closer look at Don's harp guitar playing and discuss technique and tuning of this beautiful instrument. We also take another look at Don's go-to Yamaha guitar. Also joining us are Yoshi Tambara of Yamaha guitars. Yoshi is the designer of Yamaha's acclaimed A Series guitars, which Don uses. Also joining us is Julian Ward, global strategy manager for Yamaha Guitars. We take a look at the demands Don requires from his guitars and how Yoshi has satisfied that with these beautiful guitars. And, we will also get a sneak peak of what's new for Yamaha for NAMM 2017!
Jean-Pierre Durand had showed me his Tele style Reverend guitar a while back and was raving about it. I tried it and was suitably impressed. A beautiful playing neck with incredible tone! It's taken a little time with coordinating everyone's schedules but I am proud to have Ken Haas of Reverend Guitars on the show! And joining me is guest host Jean-Pierre Durand with guitarists Jeffrey Marshall and Jemal Wade Hines. We take a good look at the artistry and craftmanship of these fine guitars and talk to Ken how he makes these monsters of tone and style!
Jose Garcia appeared on the show with Luis Villegas, having played on his album, Eastside Democracy and performed with Luis on the show. Jose mentioned at that time that he was finishing up his new solo album and we agreed to do a show on him then. Well I am happy to say the time has come and his album, Pasajes, is spectacular. Combining some great classical and flamenco guitar playing and writing and singing some great songs, this is a must-check-out album! We talk to Jose about his playing, his guitars, his amazing tone, and more details on his making of Pasajes!
Almost 2 years to the date, Pat "Pooch" had come on The FLO Guitar-Enthusiasts Radio show and we talked about Punk. Pat was one of the founding members of Flipside Magazine, a indie publication that pretty much documented punk music, especially in Los Angeles. We quickly realized there was way too much to cover so we planned on the next show. Tonight we talk about the UK punk scene. Joining me and Pat are Jean-Pierre Durand, who was on the first show with Pat, and a knowledgeable follower of the scene. Also returning is Prescott Niles, of the Knack, who hung out with us last time. And also we have Mick Rossi, of Slaughter And The Dogs joining us. Join us as we take a closer look at the UK punk scene!
A lot of musicians have to wear a lot of hats to survive in this tough industry, and tonight's guest, Steve McCormick, is a multi-faceted artist. A studio owner, producer, session player, composer/songwriter and microphone builder, Steve is quite a busy guy! We talk to Steve about his guitar playing, his songwriting, session work for TV commercials, his microphones and more!
Troy Dexter is a session guitarist and keyboardist, and also a producer, but is probably known most for playing keyboards and guitar with Wilson Phillips. Tonight we take a closer look at this multi-instrumentalist. From his session work, gigging with Wilson Phillips, Troy's new album, "Shop Talk," how keyboards, orchestration affect his guitar playing and visa versa. And we also get into his tone and technique, both live and in the studio.
You can thank Facebook for tonight's show! I saw a video of Rosie playing some Hendrix on Facebook, and I knew I had to get her on the show!! Rosie plays in a variety of bands like Cougrzz Rock, Femme Halen, her original project CR Acoustic Duo, and her blues/soul project, RAP. And Rosie has also done session work, both on albums and film scores. We talk to Rosie about her influences, her playing, her gear and her tone!
Back in June Marc Mann had come on the show and we talked about his incredible career as a guitarist, keyboardist, arranger and orchestrator. Marc is back and we are going into more depth on his live setup. He mentioned using the Roland VG system while touring with ELO and when he played with Eric Clapton for the Concert for George Harrison. We talk to Marc about the VG System, why he uses it, and some of the cool things it can do!
It is truly an honor to welcome back guitarist David Maldonado to the show! His new album "Davicas" is getting a lot of buzz and I am proud to announce that it is being considered for a Grammy nomination!! His musicianship is diverse, playing banjo, mandolin, and bouzouki, and he is accomplished in classical, flamenco, country, bluegrass, among others. We talk to David about his new release "Davicas" and the technical challenges and personal fulfillment in making this extraordinary work!
I am honored to have bassist Rik Fox on the show! Rik is probably most famous for being the bassist for such groups as W.A.S.P., Steeler, and SIN, but he also performed with such notable rock musicians like Ronnie James Dio, Sam Kinison, Spiders & Snakes and Little Steven. We talk to Rik about playing bass with a "wall of guitars," his writing, recording and playing live, his early influences and, of course, his tone and gear!
One thing not talked about in music circles but is becoming a very frequent occurence is music related injuries, especially to the hands and arms. And with increased use of computers in the music field, hand injuries, especially, are becoming more commonplace than anyone would like. My guest tonight is Dr. David Allan. A licensed doctor of Chiropractic medicine, he is truly a "healer!" He has created several health systems including "Rocketship Wellness, Don't Stand Up Straight," "Reflexatsu," "Natural Posture," Auriculotherapy HP," and "Musicians Wellness" having studied Shiatsu, Reflexology, Compression Mobilization Technique, Auriculotherapy and more. We talk to Dr. Allan about how we can hurt ourselves, therapy, and how we can prevent it. This is a must listen show for all musicians, not just guitarists!
Steve Bartek has a broad and quite diverse career! From playing flute with the legendary 60's band, The Strawberry Alarm Clock, to playing in the music troup The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, which became the also legendary group, Oingo Boingo. All the while Steve was studying music composition at UCLA, which has served Steve a lot, composing and orchestrating for film, most notably with former bandmate Danny Elfman, being his orchestrator and arranger. And he composed music for such TV shows as The Tick, Tales From The Crypt, Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories and films as An Extremely Goofy Movie, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, among others. But there's more! Steve is also a session guitarist, having played guitar on such TV shows as Battlestar Galactica, Trauma and Walking Dead. We talk with Steve about his fascinating career of many hats and how guitar fits into the whole picture!!
Dave Pearlman returns to All About Guitar. Dave had been on before to talk about his world renowned microphones and now we are going to talk to Dave about his guitar playing, especially his steel guitar work! Having played with artists like Dan Fogelberg, Phil Everly, Bill Medley, Hoyt Axton, REO Speedwagon, Bobby Womack, Michelle Shocked, Joe Walsh and many others, we talk to Dave about steel guitar, his great tone, technique, tunings and more!
Don Peake is an amazing musician. Starting out as the lead guitarist for the Everly Brothers, Don also was part of the Wrecking Crew and did sessions for Phil Spector, the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, The Monkees and the Mamas & The Papas. Don also was the staff guitarist for Motown records, playing on all the Jackson 5 hits, The Supremes and Marvin Gaye. As an arranger Don arranged Bobby Darin's hit "If I Were A Carpenter." Don also started composing for films and TV and composed the theme for "Knightrider." and the score for the film "The Hills Have Eyes." We talk to Don about his experiences, his music, guitar, gear and more!
Our study of new classical and flamenco guitar continues with a very special show! Joining us in-studio, hailing from England, is guitarist extraordinaire Mark Barnwell. With more than 30 years of guitar playing and five albums to his credit. We talk to Mark about his new album, Mandala, which features guest appearances by Jim Stubblefield, Jean Pierre Durand and Liza Carbe, of Incendio. And joining Mark and I on the show are Jim Stubblefield, J.P. and Liza! We talk about guitars, tone, technique, and recording across two continents!!
Attention all you singer-songwriters! Although known as a world-renowned bassist, having worked with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, CSN, John Mayall, Maria Muldar, Ringo Starr, Neil Young, Dr. John and Loudon Wainwright, Freebo is an amazing guitarist and songwriter. We talk to Freebo about his songs, how he integrates guitar into his writing and his use of different tunings in his songs. We'll also be looking at Freebo's picking style, guitars and more!
Although the son of renowned guitarist Larry Coryell, Julian Coryell is much more than that. Starting on piano at 5 years old and learning also drums, violin and bass besides guitar, Julian was one of the youngest musicians to graduate from the Berkelee School of Music. We talk to Julian about his albums, jazz fusion, touring, and teaching. And we, of course, get into his tone, technique and gear!
Gary Roudenko & the gang at The Amp Shop Bass Exchange come down to show us what's new for bass players! Gary just got his hands on the new Peter Florance "Jaco" clone jazz bass pickups and we will give them a listen. Also we will be looking at what else is new for bass players. It's a night of great tone and gear!
Fillippo Olivieri joins me in studio with some of his outstanding products made by his company Solo Dallas. His Schaffer Replica, the original electronics of the Schaffer wireless system that guitarists have used as an overdrive system, is used by many artists, including AC/DC's Angus Young, Ron Wood, Neal Schon, Joe Bonamassa, and many, many more. Filippo will be showing us a new update to the Schaffer Replica pedal, the Storm, and we take a really good look at his Solo Dallas SD-50 Guitar Amp head - a faithful replica of the legendary Marshall JTM-50. Joining me, as guest host, is one person who knows Marshall Amps well - guitarist Steve Fister, as we put the Solo Dallas SD-50 through its paces.
Yamaha Guitars are back!! And tonight we take a look at their acoustic guitars. I bought a FG 180 back around 1970 and have used it for countless sessions and gigs. You can see me with it playing live in 1974 and a picture of me with it now! Yamaha Product Specialists Andy Winston and David Chavez join me in studio and show us the 50th anniversary reissue of the FG-180. So we will be comparing the old one with the new. Plus Andy and David will be bringing some of Yamaha's latest guitars!
Cathy Lauer is an amazing woman! Besides being a great guitarist and part of the band Lynette Skynyrd, she is also an amazing tech and builds custom pedalboard and rack systems at her company, Tone Zone LA. We talk to Cathy about a special project, building a new pedalboard for legendary guitarist "Guitar Shorty." (Guitar Shorty was the person who introduced Jimi Hendrix to the wah wah pedal, and gave him his first wah.) Cathy will talk to us about what Guitar Shorty used to use, what she built for him, and, we will follow up this show with another, later in the year, with Guitar Shorty, talking about how the system works on the road!
It's a night of guitars and amps at All About Guitar! I am joined by Mark "Stig" Daughney, a guitarist known for his tech work with Neil Geraldo (of Pat Benatar fame) and John Fogerty (known both as a solo artist and one of the founders of Creedence Clearwater Revival). We talk to "Stig" about guitar setups, amp mods, issues and fixes for various guitars and amps. And much more!
I am proud to have on the show another great flamenco/classical guitarist who is pushing the boundaries and creating some beautiful guitar music, adding to the repertoire for new musicians to play. Luis Villegas combines New Age, classical, flamenco and jazz and tonight we take a look at his new album, Eastside Democracy, and take a closer look at Luis' latest work. Getting a Grammy Nomination for his debut CD "Cafe Ole" and performing alongside guitarist Ben Woods in their band "Heavy Mellow," we take a look at one incredible guitarist who brings a multitude of various musical genres into his music. We will talk with Luis about his guitars, his influences, "Heavy Mellow" and music.
John Wicks is best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the UK rock and power pop "The Records." As a singer-songwriter John's songs have been recorded by The Searchers, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Too Much Joy, and Michael Monroe of Hanoi Rocks, among others. We take a look at John's songwriting, looking deeper into what is Power Pop, his writing during the punk and new wave scenes, and how his guitar playing plays a part in his songwriting! We will take a look at some of his songs and, of course, take a look into John's guitars and gear!
It's another night of great tone and monster chops! Linda Taylor is a session guitarist, composer, and producer. She has recorded and/or performed with Art Garfunkel, Maia Sharp, Tracy Chapman, Sheila E. and Christopher Cross, to name a few. She is well known as the guitarist/composer from ABC's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" with Drew Carey. We take a look at Linda's extraordinary career and explore her tone, technique and what she uses to get it!
What does it take to be a bassist in a hard rock band? How do you punch through a wall of distorted guitars and pounding drums? We take a look at that and more with bassist Bjorn Englen. Bjorn has played bass for Quiet Riot, Yngwie Malmsteen and plays with Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth and Tony Macalpine. Bjorn is also a member of the Dio Disciples featuring longtime Dio members plus Judas Priest vocalist Ripper Owens. He currently plays with his band, Soul Sign, and the new power metal group Blackwelder. We talk to Bjorn about his approach to laying down a solid bass, being melodic and punching through live and in a mix.
Adrian Galysh is solo artist, session musician, published author and educator and he just released his new album "Into The Blue." With stellar guests like Kacee Clanton (Joe Cocker) and guitarists Carl Verheyen and Johnny Hiland, Adrian has produced an very interesting album with a mix of blues, rock and more! We talk to Adrian about his sound, his Brian Moore signature guitar, recording his album and his take on playing the blues.
Electric bass, as an instrument, has come a long way, since the late 1950's, early 1960's, where it made its impact on the music scene. Besides the multitude of styles and techniques used by bass players today, the demands on amplification has also become more critical. With 5-string basses and beyond, bass players need a wider range amp with greater dynamic range and frequency response more than ever! Gary Roudenko, of the Bass Exchange, and Andre Lomov, of Form Factor Audio, show us their new bass amp system: The Bi 1000 head and the B 210 speaker cabinet. Joining us are bassists Pancho Tomaselli (War, Tower of Power, George Lynch), and Corey Dozier (author of several bass methods for Mel Bay, teacher and session musician). Join us as we explore an incredible new amp with some great tone!!
It's a night of great guitars!! Chris "CB" Hill makes some incredible guitars and visits us in studio with some of his creations! His jazz guitars are legendary in jazz circles, but he makes a wide variety of models to suit any style. We will also talk about his 7-string models and what it takes to make them. Joining me are two jazz guitar experts, Les Wise and Ron Eschete. Both have taught at the legendary Guitar Institute (Now Musicians Institute) and are accomplished jazz players. Together we will explore the magic of CB Hill guitars, their tone, their construction, and their beauty!
This week we welcome Rob Bonfiglio to the show! Besides being a great guitarist, Rob is the musical director for Wilson Phillips, former member of the band Wanderlust, and a member of the Badfinger cover band Straight Up, with Jeff Alan Ross (former member of Badfinger). But Rob is also a singer, songwriter and producer, having released four albums. We take a closer look at his solo efforts, his playing, arranging, his tone and gear!
If you are into classical and flamenco guitar, you are in for a special treat! We are honored to have in studio guitarist Eric Hansen. Eric has just released his new album Glistening and we are going to take a look at it and Eric's playing. Eric is in town to do a series of concerts with Jim Stubblefield, of Incendio, and Jim joins us in studio to talk about this new endeavor and guitar playing in general. And, as an added bonus, we have Dan Sistos in studio to join in the fun! We will talk about Glistening, Hansen-Stubblefield, guitars, tone, recording, and also Eric installing the Carlos Juan pickups in his guitars and Jim Stubblefield's main axe!
The best word to describe Marc Mann and his musical career is "diverse." Besides being a session guitarist and a touring musician for such artists as the Electric Light Orchestra and Oingo Boingo. He also played in the Concert for George alongside Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. He is a film composer and has worked for many years with Danny Elfman, credited for MIDI supervision and orchestration. Projects included Men In Black, Mars Attacks!, Planet Of The Apes, and Alice In Wonderland. Marc worked with Jeff Lynne (ELO) on the Beatles project taking tapes of John Lennon and finishing the songs. Marc also did string arrangements for George Harrison's posthumous album "Brainwashed." We talk to Marc about his guitar playing, his great tone, his gear. We also take a look at Marc's arranging, programming, orchestration and how guitar fits into the picture!
Steve Fister returns to All About Guitar and we talk about his new album and new band, "Electro-Acoustic!" Steve pulls out all the stops and raises the bar with this new album. We take a pre-release preview of this great album and talk with Steve about its development, exploring new techniques and guitars!
Los Angeles is a melting pot of different peoples, cultures and music. When we hear people talk about the "L.A" sound, people think of the work of the Wrecking Crew and all the hits and artists they propelled into the charts, but there were a lot more musicians and music happening from the 1960's and beyond. A lot of music has come out of East L.A. Groups like The Delgado Brothers, El Chicano, Tierra and Los Lobos were taking their Latin American roots and exploring soul and R&B and creating a very interesting mix. And Joey Delgado was in the middle of it, combining R&B, soul, rock and blues and creating a unique voice in the L.A. music scene. Joey Delgado joins us and talks about the East L.A. music scene, his guitar playing, incredible tone, the importance of rhythm guitar in the band The Delgado Brothers.
I had heard of Pearlman mics at NAMM, but really got my attention was when Carbe-Durand was on the show talking about their new album "A Bridge Between" and I was commenting how great the guitars sounded. Jean-Pierre mentioned that they use these new mics they got, Pearlmans, on almost all of the cuts. Dave Pearlman, the creator of these extraordinary microphones, is a guitar player, and a pedal steel player (stay tuned for Dave coming on the show with his pedal steel later in the fall). Dave has backed such artists as Dan Fogelberg, REO Speedwagon, Phil Everly, among others. He also has built a successful recording studio and won an award engineering a Grammy winning album. So Dave knows both sides of the microphone, in front and behind the console. We talk to Dave about microphones, what compelled him to bring a new set of microphones into the market, his take on great sound and how to capture it.
The sideman, the session guitarist, most people have heard their work but few know who they are. But these session musicians have made an impact on today's music just as much as the artists they have worked for. Two examples of great session/side musicians are Steve Postell and Danny Kortchmar. Steve was a member of the group Pure Prairie League and went on to work on Broadway on such shows as "Evita" and "The Man From La Mancha." He has composed for TV and film, was the music director for Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Princes Lea in "Aladdin"), has developed music education apps (On The Path) and fronts the "Night Train Music Club" featuring some of the finest musicians in the country. Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar has toured and recorded with such artists as James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley, and Carole King. He was a member of the Fugs back in the 1960's and is one of LA top session guitarists. We talk to these great musicians about their work, both past and present, and where it has led them and where they think it is going.
I am truly honored to have one of the great guitarists of our time, Albert Lee, on the show. He is the definition of great technique and great tone! He has played with such notables as Emmy Lou Harris, Joe Cocker, The Everly Brothers, The Crickets, and Eric Clapton, among others and has been an in-demand session guitarist for many artists. Albert's Telecaster tone has one of the most emulated by guitarists in rock and country! I will be talking with Albert about his tone, his technique, his gear through the years, and the development of his new signature guitar made by Ernie Ball/Music Man!
Rosemary Butler is known as an incredible vocalist. She has sang and toured with artists like James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Bette Midler, The Doobie Brothers, Jackson Browne, Kenny Loggins and many, many more! But she is also another important part of music history. Rosemary was the bassist and vocalist for the all girl rock band Birtha. (Birtha and Fanny were the two girl groups that paved the way for other women groups like the Bangles, The Runaways, etc.) We take a look at Rosemary's career: from being with Birtha and up to her latest new album, "You Just Watch Me."
At NAMM last January, I got a chance to check out the Yamaha booth and saw some amazing new guitars and amps. Yamaha product specialists Andy Winston and Armando Vega showed me the new Revstar guitars and the THR100H Modeling amp. These are great sounding guitars and they play great! And this new amp was really impressive! I was able to get Andy and Armando, both amazing guitarists by the way, to take a break demoing these great Yamaha products all over the country to come down to the studio and show us the Revstar guitars and THR100 amp. Andy and Armando will give us an in depth look at these guitars and amp and also give us a glimpse of what else is new at Yamaha!
Ali Handal is an amazing guitarist and artist! As a singer songwriter, she is just as comfortable playing hard rock as she is doing fingerstyle guitar, or rock. As a session musician, she has worked with people like Neil Young and Paul Williams. But she also is a teacher. Ali has written a book, "Guitar for Girls," and it is an excellent "Beginner's guide to playing Acoustic or Electric guitar!" We talk to Ali about her career, playing guitar, and her book! Joining me, as my guest host, is Jessica Baron, founder of Guitars In The Classroom. If you have a daughter that is interested in playing guitar, or you are interested in playing yourself, please check out this show!
Jim "Kimo" West is a man of many talents. Besides being the guitarist for Weird Al Yankovich, he is one of the premiere Hawaiian Slack Key guitarists and just an incredible musician. Jim has a new album out, "Guitar Stories: Slack Key & Beyond," and he raises the bar and pushes his music into even more directions. We take a look at Jim's new album, where he is taking his music, and, of course, his incredible technique and tone! Joining me as my guest host is guitarist Steve Fister, of the Tri-Fecta Band and the new Steve Fister Electro Acoustic Band! It's a night of some great music and new insights into the creative genius of Jim "Kimo" West!!
I am very happy to welcome back several people who have been on All About Guitar and The FLO Guitar-Enthusiasts, but the topic for tonight is a somber one. Guitar theft. In preparing for this show I have talked to various musicians that I know and pretty much all of them have had an instrument stolen from them at one time or another. (I have had a drumset stolen from me too.) So we are going to look at instrument theft and how we can prevent it and what to do when we see our stolen property in a store or somebody else playing it. Joining me is Craig Chaquico, of the Jefferson Starship, who has had his prized Les Paul stolen in the 1970's. On the other hand, Snuffy Walden will also be joining us who fairly recently had his prized strat and pedalboard stolen. To get more information on the what the music stores have to deal with, I have Gary Roudenko of the Bass Exchange. He will talk to us about what he has to do before he can sell a used piece of equipment. Also joining me is fellow classmate and guitarist Lou Walker. Lou is a lawyer in Colorado and served in Iowa as a county attorney - our version of a district attorney. He will tell us what our rights our and possible ways to proceed if we discover a stolen instrument. My guest host is Monique Caravello, who also had her Les Paul stolen! This is a program every musician should listen to!
I remember talking with Jean Pierre Durand last November. He was busy finishing up mixing Incendio's Christmas Album "O Night Divine." He also mentioned as soon as the Incendio album was done he and Liza Carbe were recording a new album as a duo. They had toured and played in China earlier in April and that was the inspiration and motivation to do this new album. And thus "A Bridge Between" was born! JP and Liza toured China as duo, just two guitars, and a lot of the material on the new album were arrangements developed for their tour. We talk to Jean Pierre Durand and Liza Carbe about this new album which took them into new territory, both in terms of music and in recording! Some very inventive arrangements, killer tone and monster playing!
Way back when I did my Senior Recital at USC, I had the privilege to use a prototype pitch to voltage converter, monophonic, that eventually became the 360 systems guitar synth that Lee Ritenour used on his legendary album "Captain Fingers." Later we saw such instruments like the SynthAxe, used by Allan Holdsworth and one of the first mass produced guitar synth, the Arp Avatar. Later we saw the Roland system come out, which has been the most popular guitar synth controller system. But now we have You Rock Guitars, who gives us new technology and makes a controller that is as elaborate as the SynthAxe, but at a much more affordable price. We are joined by electronics engineer and inventor, Cliff Elion, and he shows us a new recording, composition, and performance tool for guitar players. Using the power of MIDI, guitarists can now explore electronic music, and do it affordably. Joining me for the show is Bo Astrup. Bo is a recording engineer and mixer, having mixed Jim Stubblefield's recent award winning "Encantado" album. Bo is the one who turned me onto the You Rock system and he is well versed in electronic music and MIDI. Also joining me is synth guitarist user Jean Pierre Durand, of Incendio. Jean Pierre uses a Roland system live and in studio with Incendio. Join us as we take an in depth look at this amazing controller!
"By Bass Players, for Bass Players." That is the what Trickfish Amps are all about. Started in 2014 by bassist, designer, and businessman Richard Ruse, Richard's background came from working for such companies as SWR Enginerring, JBL Professional and KRK Systems, Richard has brought all this knowledge to ultimately come up with the ultimate bass amp! We talk to Richard about his amps and what he is trying to achieve. Joining us is also bassist, composer and producer-engineer Tim Landers to demonstrate these incredible amps! My guest host for tonight is yet another bassist, the amazing Liza Carbe, from Incendio! We are all bringing our basses to the show, so join us as we explore Trickfish Bass Amps!!
We have a great show tonight! I am proud to have Rafael Moreira on the show! And international guitarist and artist hailing from Brazil, Rafael started singing at age four and playing guitar at age six! Since then, Rafael has played guitar for such artists as Don Felder, Steven Tyler, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Shakira, Stevie Wonder, Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, among many others, and is now playing guitar for Paul Stanley's new band. Rafael also was part of the house band for Amercian Idol, The Voice, and Rock The Cradle. We take a look at Rafael's solo career, his new band Magnetico, and his diverse guitar playing! A great night of tone, gear, and great playing! And joining me, as my guest co-host, is another great guitar player, Steve Fister, of the Tri-Fecta!
It's all about jazz tonight on All About Guitar. My guest is renowned guitarist David Becker. Another graduate of Musician's Institute, the Grammy nominated guitarist has gained recognition, both by the public and his peers, playing in his group, the David Becker Tribune, and doing a highly acclaimed album with legend Joe Diorio, "The Color Of Sound," which has been touted as "one of the best guitar duo recordings of all time!" We talk to David about his playing, his technique, his tone, and his new signature guitar made by Heritage.
I was introduced to Michael Lemmo through Norm Harris when he was on the FLO Guitar-Enthusiasts. I was impressed with his playing then. Michael called me a couple of months ago and told me about his new album, and I knew it was time to have him on and take a good look at this accomplished musician. Having started playing guitar at 11 and earning a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, there is much more to Michael Lemmo that meets the eye. We talk to Michael about his guitar playing, his gear, his tone, and his music.
It's another night of great tone and extraordinary technique. I am honored to have guitarist Dan Sistos on the show. A sought after session and touring musician, Dan has played with such notables as Christine Aguilera, Toni Braxton, Paulina Rubio, Macy Gray, Martina McBride, Juan Gabriel, Antonio Solis, and Shaila Durcal, to name a few. A graduate from the Berklee School of Music in Boston and the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, CA, Dan has been hailed as a "Spanish guitar master" and "the Carlos Santana for the next generation." Joining me as guest hosts for tonight's show are, amazing guitarists in their own right, Jim Stubblefield and Eric Hansen.
I met Andy Alt last September at the LA Amp Expo and got a good listen to his revolutionary "A Little Thunder" guitar pickup. The pickup is designed with an algorithm that takes the signal (from the low E and A strings) and translates them into a bass signal (either an octave or two octaves lower than the orignal note) while still preserving all 6 original guitar strings. The pickup utilizes a stereo output, which sends the bass signal to a bass amplifier and a guitar signal to a guitar amplifier. Very cool! But there's more to Andy. Andy is the online marketing director for Steve Vai and, together with Vai, founded GuitarTV, a website of 24/7 streaming of guitar-only related content, launched in May of 2011. He also, of course, is a guitar player, having been the lead guitarist for Drake Bell, of Nickelodeon's "Drake & Josh." We will look into Andy's career and check out, first hand, this revolutionary pickup he has designed!
We are honored to have Grammy Award winning guitarist Ed Gerhard on the show this week! Performing on 6-string, 12-string, slide guitar or acoustic Hawaiian lap slide, Ed's playing can also be heard on recordings by Arlo Guthrie, Jorma Kaukonen and in the Ken Burns film "Mark Twain aht "The National Parks: America's Best Idea." Along with players like Ben Harper and David Lindley, Gerhard's unique approach to the Weissenborn (an acoustic Hawaiian lap slide guitar) is playing a significant role in reinvigorating interest in this somewhat esoteric but beautiful instrument. So join us as we talk to Ed about his playing, his guitars and his fantastic tone!
Don Alder is an exceptional guitarist. Hailing from Canada, Don has served on the advisory panel for Lee Ritenour's Six String Theory Contest and been a part of Muriel Anderson's All Star Guitar Night Performances, held at the winter NAMM shows in Anaheim. He is a master of acoustic steel string, baritone guitar and harp guitar. Don has won numerous awards in Canada and Internationally for his fingerstyle playing and he joins us here tonight to talk about his tone, technique, his instruments, and his new album, "Armed And Dangerous."
It is truly an honor to welcome Prescott Niles back to the show! Actually we had him on The FLO Guitar-Enthusiasts and we barely scratched the surface of what this amazing musician can do! Prescott is well known for being the bassist of the band The Knack, and his iconic bass riff for "My Sharona" is known by a lot of musicians over several generations. But there is more to Prescott than that, and that is what we will explore tonight. We will talk to Prescott about, while in the Knack, working with producer Don Was and drummer Terry Bozzio and explore some amazing bass playing on the Knack albums. Also we take a look at life after the Knack, his working with George Harrison, Josie Cotton (featured in the movie Valley Girl), Velvet Turner and Randy California and will play some rare clips of some legendary sessions!! And we will talk about his playing bass for Missing Persons! We will be talking tone, basses and Prescott will be bringing some interesting basses in his collection to show us!!
We all know the 1960's and 1970's was a rich time for music. Some amazing and groundbreaking groups and artists gave us such a varied and brilliant body of work that is has changed music forever. But there was another "golden age" too! The session musicians, the people behind the hits were experiencing a very creative and prosperous period and was just as significant. One of those legendary session men is Don Randi. Don was one of the members of the legendary "Wrecking Crew," a group of session musicians that played on almost all of the hits we know from the 1960's. We talk to Don about what it was like to be an A-list session musician at that time. We will also find out how Don balanced all those sessions and still being able to tour with the Sinatras and others. Don has written a book about his experiences, called "You've Heard These Hands," and we will talk to Don about working with the Beach Boys, Phil Spector, The Sinatras, and the incredible guitarists on those sessions! So get ready for some great stories, behind the scenes, from the road and in the studio!!
You know how it is when everything gets turned around? Well that happens tonight when we talk about "My Sordid Past!" I will be interviewed by guest guitarists and friends Jean-Pierre Durand and Lance Allyn. I have dug into the Floro Archives and pulled some music clips of various sessions that I think you will enjoy! Covering over 40 years of sessions and music, from The Floro Bros. to present day, it will be a night of guitars, amps, tone and stories from the studio and on the road!
My guest this week is Tina Karras. Tina is a classical guitarist and pianist, but is more than that. Pursuing a career as a singer-songwriter, Tina has taken her classical roots and is taking her music into new and exciting directions! Claiming classical influences of Bach, Beethoven and Debussy and rock influences The Beatles, Carly Simon and Fleetwood Mac, I actually hear more progressive influences in her music. So we will explore her unique music, her guitar playing, both electric and acoustic, her tone, technique, and more!
Since 1974, Michael Tobias has been tweaking and tinkering on guitars and basses, eventually he started building instruments, especially basses, and his Tobias basses have been collectible instruments used by a broad range of artists. In 1994, Michael started a new company, Michael Tobias Design, and has taken his instruments to a whole new level. To quote Michael: "The most important thing I learned is that, no matter what the instrument is, it is first and foremost acoustic. If an instrument sounds weak acoustically, adding pickups will just amplify its shortcomings. Throughout my career I have tried to apply this principal to everything I build. By experimenting with different types and combinations of wood, I seek to get the best possible tone from an instrument. And, by using different woods for body and neck, I am able to offer a wide variety of speaking voiced and tonal capabilities." Joining me, in studio, is renowned studio bassist and one of the founders of the phenomenal group Incendio, Liza Carbe. Liza will be showing us her collection of Tobias basses and demonstrate why she loves these instruments. Also joining us will be Jean Pierre Durand, also of Incendio, and extraordinary bassist Anna Sentina. It's a night of lots of low end and some insights into getting some amazing tone!!!
Ben Woods is a world renowned flamenco guitarist, but he is much more than that! Taking the music of Metallica and transcribing it for guitar, he has developed what people are calling "Flametallica" - a new hybrid style of music. Ben is pushing the bar bringing new and exciting repertoire to the flamenco and classical guitar body of music! We will be talking to Ben about his extraordinary technique, the music, his killer tone and more! Joining me as my guest host is another innovator on guitar, Jim Stubblefield, both as a solo artist and in the band Incendio. You will hear some guitar that you have never heard before!!
There are a few artists that really push the boundaries of their art, raise the bar, and take us to new places! Liona Boyd is one of those people! Truly the "First Lady Of Guitar" she has been one of the "A" list classical guitar artists for many years (having studied with Andres Segovia, Eli Kassner, Narciso Yepes, Alirio Diaz and Julian Bream) but she has gone much further. Starting with her breakthrough album "Persona" and continuing even today, Liona has gone beyond the traditional classical guitar repertoire and has explored a mixture of Rock, New Age and classical with such noted artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Chet Atkins, Al DiMeola, Steve Morse, and Roger Whittaker, taking her guitar playing into a multitude of directions. Today, she keeps going further, now also singing and songwriting, giving us a wealth of new repertoire for the guitar! We talk to Liona about her guitar playing, her beautiful tone, the guitars in her life and take a look at some of her music! We also will be talking to her producer, Peter Bond, about recording Liona and explore the creative process between these two brilliant artists!
The Allman Brothers Band. An iconic band, part of the "New South" music happening at the time which had a profound impact on rock and blues music for years to come. Guitarists Duane Allman and Dickey Betts both were perfect examples of great tone and technique. Tonight we delve into that legendary tone! Willie Perkins, who was the tour manager for the band from 1970 to 1984, and Jack Weston, an Allman Brothers memorabilia collector, have put out a book on everything Allman Brothers: "The Allman Brothers Band: Classic Memorabilia 1969-1976" which covers more than just the gear: artwork, patches, all sorts of merchandising and even tickets to the gigs! To help us explore the gear used by the Allman Brothers during their legendary years we are joined by guitar and amp tech Skip Simmons, who was commissioned by Jack Weston to completely restore Dickey Betts original 1964 Bassman amp. Skip is a renowned tech known globally for his expertise, especially on Fender amps. We will hear the story of how Dickey's amp was saved and restored and take a closer look at proper amp restoration and servicing. My guest host is guitarist and tech Don Butler, who is an expert on Marshall amps, having worked on Robin Trower's Marshalls used on his current tour. Don was a guest, previously, on the FLO Guitar-Enthusiasts Radio show. We delve into the Allman Brothers sound and explore the world of amp restoration to boot!
The late 1960's and early 1970's - this was an exciting and vibrant time for music, especially in Los Angeles. And there was Fanny, headed by Jean and June Millington. They, as an all girl rock band, opened the door for groups like the Runaways and the Go-Go's. And June and Jean, along with such renowned artists like Laura Nyro and Joni Mitchell, opened the door for many women artists in rock to come! But Fanny wasn't just a bunch of beautiful women, they were musicians with chops to spare!! Jean still is an amazing bassist and June is a consumate rock and blues guitarist. And her slide guitar playing is some of the best!! I will be talking to June about her playing, her influences, her guitars and amps, and explore her new autobiography "Land of a Thousand Bridges - Island Girl in a Rock & Roll World." We will also talk about her the Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA), and organization founded by June and Ann Hackler to help women develop into extraordinary artists.
It's another great night delving into the secrets of great tone! Since 1994 Larry Pollack has strived to raise the bar in the design and improvement of musical instrument electronics. His background in engineering, mathematics and music have guided him there for 40 years! Aero Instruments has been one of the most popular places to get custom made to order pickups for bass guitar, guitar, ukulele, pedal steel and other stringed instruments. Larry works with the players to get the sounds they want and need. We talk to Larry about the different types of pickups, the materials used to get certain sounds and take a listen to some of these renowned pickups! Joining us also in-studio are two of his clients: Jazz player and educator Jimmy Hewitt uses Aero pickups on his guitar and will be showing his setup, and sideman and session bassist David Inamine shows us his bass pickups he uses gigging.
From the Best of All About Guitar (Originally broadcast August 31, 2015) - We are honored to have Steve Vai on the show tonight! Steve has truly pioneered guitar playing and music and has taken the instrument into areas no one has gone before! We talk to Steve about his playing, his writing, and some of the other things that have made him who he is today! Steve is very much into supporting up and coming musicians and education and we talk to him about his involvement with the Make A Noise Foundation and the Vai Academy. A fascinating exploration into the mind and spirit of Steve you won't want to miss!!
We all have heard some amazing guitarists who can solo like there's no tomorrow. And it's always fun to let loose and improvise! But life isn't always all soloing! As most session players know, a lot of guitar playing in the trenches is playing in a rhythm section and accompanying a singer or group. But let's take it further. What about when you the only instrument accompanying a vocalist? How do you best make the song and vocalist sound great?
Singer/Songwriter/Performer Susan Sheller joins me to talk about how she uses her guitar to back up her vocals and effectively support her songs. Susan is a solo artist who has opened for Leon Russell, Kenny Loggins, Robben Ford, Coco Montoya and Johnny Winter, among others. Just Susan and her guitars (She has a great collection!) We find out how Susan uses her guitars to back her up!
Tonight is another night of great chops and killer tone! Joining me tonight is guitarist Steve Fister! Steve has worked with Steppenwolf, Pat Travers Band, Stu Hamm and Jack Cassidy. He was the musical director for Lita Ford and has 9 solo albums under his belt. He is presently playing in the Tri-Fecta with bassist Ric Fierabracci and drummer Ray Brinker, with their new album, "The Tri-Fecta - A Triple Threat." We talk to Steve about his solo career and his playing in The Tri-Fecta, his tone, his gear, and take a look at his new signature model guitar made by Godin!
It's another night of great tone! Bobby Cochran returns to the show (He joined us on our "surf music" show with Tom Potts and Matt Quilter, August 3,2015). Tonight we talk about his work as a guitarist for hire, having worked with Steppenwolf, The Flying Burrito Bros. and Leon Russell. A man of many styles, wearing many hats, we also talk to him about his famous uncle, Eddie Cochran (Summertime Blues), his tone, technique, gear and his session work bouncing from Los Angeles and Nashville.
With the LA Amp Show coming up this coming weekend, it seems appropriate that I have a pedal manufacturer that I met at the Guitar Pedal Expo, the sister show of the LA Amp Show. They had some great pedals at the show and I ended up buying one a couple of months later. My guest is Sean Pierce Johnson of Neunaber Audio Effects. Neunaber make some great digital pedals. We will be exploring them. I will also be playing an exclusive clip from the new album by Those American Girls, "All Time Smash Hits," which I used my Neunaber Seraphim Shimmer pedal on the Dolly Parton song "Try" sung by Alicia American and Ariel Petrie. My guest host for this week is Loni Spector, the man who makes the LA Amp Show and Pedal Expo happen! We will get a sneak peak on what to expect at the LA Amp Show!
Since 1975, Janet and Greg Deering started building banjos and Deering Banjos have become the largest manufacturer of banjos in America. And with good reason! These banjos are quality made, and are available in price ranges that everyone can afford. Joining us is Jaime Deering, Vice-President of Expansion, at Deering Banjo. Also returning to the show is Deering Artist David Maldonado, a mult-instrumentalist and recording artist. David will be bringing down his Deering Banjos and we will find out what makes Deering Banjos the choice of some of the best banjo players worldwide!!
To continue with our look at new and innovative ideas and techniques being utilized in teaching our children how to play music and how it can improve their lives in many other ways, we welcome back Linda and Les Wise! We had them on before, on the FLO Guitar-Enthusiasts, once explaining their teaching curriculum, The Deliberate Musician, and they had also returned with a case study to see the program in action. Tonight we talk about their DVD program of The Deliberate Musician, which was made by Linda especially for kids. The impact this can have on a child's emotional well being, besides the obvious benefits to their musicianship, cannot be stressed enough. And to help me explore this with Linda and Les, I am joined by last week's guest Jessica Baron, of Guitars In The Classroom. We will talk with Linda and Les about the development of this special version of The Deliberate Musician for Kids and explore how much more it can impact your child's future!
Fall is rapidly approaching and kids are now back in school. What better time to talk about music education! And we have some news for you! My guest is Jessica Baron, founder and executive director of Guitars In The Classroom, a 16 year old internationally active organization that trains educators how to play and teach guitar in the classroom. Jessica is a lifelong acoustic guitarist, singer, songwriter, author, music educator and child development specialist. Research has shown that the skill sets learned by playing guitar can improve students' abilities and performance in other subjects. We will discuss this and how you can help your children learn better, through music!
We are honored to have Steve Vai on the show tonight! Steve has truly pioneered guitar playing and music and has taken the instrument into areas no one has gone before! We talk to Steve about his playing, his writing, and some of the other things that have made him who he is today! Steve is very much into supporting up and coming musicians and education and we talk to him about his involvement with the Make A Noise Foundation and the Vai Academy. A fascinating exploration into the mind and spirit of Steve you won't want to miss!!
If you have been playing professionally for some time, eventually you will need a manager. How do you pick a manager? What's the difference between a manager and an agent? We talk to legendary manager Bennett Glotzer about just that! Bennett was a lawyer that decided to become a manager and in 1967 started managing Blood, Sweat & Tears. Other clients he has managed are Procol Harum, Tom Rush, among others. He formed Grossman-Glotzer Management with Albert Grossman in 1969 and managed Janis Joplin, The Band, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Gordon Lightfoot, The Paul Winter Consort, and others like Gil Evans and Otis Rush. In 1973 he moved to California and, untill 2003, managed artists like Frank Zappa, Nina Hagen and Gang Of Four. We will talk to Bennett about how management has changed, dealing with new technologies, social media, and, most importantly, the do's and don't's when choosing the manager for you!
When I think of where music is today and an musician that is making it in today's highly convoluted music scene, I think Anna Sentina. A lovely lady, a multi-instrumentalist, but mostly known for her virtuoso bass playing, Anna is also very adept at promoting herself with social media and has accumulated over 30 million views on Youtube! We talk to Anna about her bass playing, her tone, gear, and how she uses social media to get the word out on Anna Sentina: an incredible woman and an incredible musician!
Studio guitarist, artist and educator Lance Allyn returns to the show with luthier Jeff Strametz. Jeff is the President/CEO of Boulder Creek Guitars. Lance had brought one of these beautiful guitars to the show with Les Wise (check the FLO Guitar-Enthusiasts archives, June 8, 2015) but Lance didn't get to play the guitar on the show. I did get to try it out after the show and I had to have Jeff and Lance back on the show! Boulder Creek has a very interesting design and the tone of these guitars are beautiful. We will be trying out a bunch of these guitars live in studio and will be also talking to Jeff Strametz about these amazing instruments!
Kowabunga!!! Surf's up at All About Guitar!! What is surf music? Where did it start? What is the "surf" sound and how do you get it? We discuss that and more tonight with some of the people that were there during those days of twangy guitars and loads of reverb!! Joining me is Tom Potts, who played with the Chancellors. The Chancellors, by the way, was the group that singer-songwriter Paul Williams started his legendary career! Tom and the Chancellors were the traveling house band for Kasey Kasem and backed singers Jackie DeShannon, Round Robin, Terry Stafford and many more from that period. Also joining me is Matt Quilter, brother of Pat Quilter, of Quilter Amps. Matt was the guitarist for the Reventlos. He also teaches guitar at the prestigious Sierra Surf Music Camp. He now plays with the Surftones and High Tides. Last, but not least, we are joined by Bobby Cochran, whose uncle was legend Eddie Cochran. Bobby is a session musician and master of many styles. Besides playing surf music, he has been the guitarist for Steppenwolf and The Flying Burrito Bros.
We all know, as guitarists, the problems we encounter when we play live, especially when we are trying to recreate the sounds we get in the studio. And even more difficult is trying to get the sound of our acoustic instruments to sound as close as possible in a high volume live situation. There are many options and solutions to miking our acoustic guitars, but what about those other instruments we are called upon to use? Tonight we explore two things: first some other stringed instruments that guitarists have in their arsenal. Joining me is multi-instrumentalist David Maldonado. Besides being a fantastic flamenco guitarist, he is a very versatile musician and he brings to the studio some of his other instruments he plays. We take a look at the banjo, mandolin, and bazouki. Second, we take a look at the problems on how to amplify these instruments live. Also joining us is Rob Turner. Rob is the founder of EMG pickups. Rob was one of the pioneers in using active pickups and EMG pickups have been installed many name artists guitars. EMG's were known for their great tone and for being absolutely quiet - a must for studio work! Rob is going to tell us about his pickups but also how he has designed and built pickups for banjo, mandolin, and bazouki, and more. We will discuss with both Rob and David the problems playing these instruments live and how EMG has solved them!
Session guitarist, recording artist, and educator Carl Verheyen joins me in studio on this week's show! Known globally for his work in Supertramp, there is a lot more to Carl. As a session musician, he has played guitar on albums by Cher and the Bee Gees, among others, and his guitar work has been featured in film scores such as The Crow and The Usual Suspects. As an educator, Carl has written several books and instructional DVDs on guitar and is an adjunct instructor of studio jazz guitar at the USC Thornton School Of Music. We talk with Carl about tone, gear, technique, Supertramp, session work and more! Also we will talk about his signature guitar made by LsL Guitars, and, also in studio, we will be joined by Lance Lerman of LsL guitars and talk to him about what it took to make Carl's dream guitar a reality!
Guitarist Paul Richards is our guest and we will talk about his work with the California Guitar Trio! With fellow guitarists Bert Lams and Hideyo Moriya, the California Guitar Trio has developed quite a following with its music that intersects between rock, jazz, classical, and world music. Since 1991, the group has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres. Paul also studied with Robert Fripp with his Guitar Craft course and actually met Bert and Hideyo studying with Fripp and also touring with Fripp as part of Fripp's League of Crafty Guitarists. We will talk with Paul about playing with the Trio, the gear they use, and their music. And we will explore Paul using Fripp's unusual tuning for guitar. It's a great night of tone, gear and technique!
Welcome to the premiere of Jeff Floro: All About Guitar! On our opening show we talk about how to market ourselves by using social media. Our guest is Max Steingart, known as the "Father of Social Networking," Max has developed courses on internet marketing and social media and has published books, video and online courses. Max's internet training courses like "The Perpetual Prospector" and "Success Online: Network Marketing in the New Millenium" have become best sellers and his "Connect, Communicate and Close" concepts and his daily motivation series "Your Daily Motivation" has helped people worldwide become more successful in their careers and business ventures. Max will talk to us about the main social networks, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and others and tell us how to best use them. And also joining me as my guest host will be Jimmy Hewitt, a noted guitarist and educator, and a former guest on the FLO Guitar-Enthusiasts. Make social media work for you! Listen in and find out how!