I have been posting a few videos lately of Joe Bonamassa and his “invited guests” like Gary Hoey and Warren Haynes.
Then this afternoon I came across this video gem from when Joe invited Gary Koch of Wildwood Guitars to join him on stage at the Paramount Theatre last fall.
This video is as much about Gary as it is about Joe. Some serious chops on display here!
Gary’s first solo blasts off at 2:14. Enjoy!!
I have to say that I think it is awesome how Joe graciously shares his stage with other players. Clearly he has no fear of losing his audience – rather he enhances their concert experience. Thanks Joe – keep rocking!
I came across this image a few days ago and I keep going back to it because it speaks to me about our own unique and individual love of music.
Everyone has a favorite song or artist – you know…the one when it comes on the radio you have a hard time sitting still or not singing along… because it moves you?
We all gather here because we all love to play the guitar. We play blues, rock, jazz, country, metal, acoustic, electric and bass. We are all uniquely different but share a common passion for our instruments.
I always start tapping (read:stomping) my feet when I hear Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa or Eric Clapton play and go looking for a guitar whenever I hear those classic blues rock licks. And I can’t sit still when tempo gets above 115bpm…!
The trap we fall in is when we choose not to hear a certain genre of music because it is not “our genre”.
Writing this blog has opened my eyes to so many new artists and so many musical styles I may once have shut my ears to. Not any more. I want it all. Bring it on!
Gary Clark Jr is making serious impact with his unique take on blues and soul, earning iconic fans all the way from Eric Clapton to President Barack Obama.
While the Pres may be calling him “the future”, Gary’s bold guitar playing is rooted in the classic heritage of the blues. Something this jam (Exclusive for Total Guitar Magazine) at London’s Highbury Garage proves beyond doubt.
Gary Clark Jr Plays the Blues for Total Guitar Magazine
Last week during the annual Crossroads Music Festival held at Madison Square Garden, Austin native and rising star Gary Clark Jr. stood out among a dozen of rock’s greatest guitarists as the man of the moment.
He was neither the fastest or loudest or most technically challenging player of the festival but he effortlessly made the greatest impact. Clark brought ineffable presence–excitement–and star-power to the stage.
Clark’s performances were clearly anticipated by the crowd. Organizer Eric Clapton has never shied away from praising unique talent and his endorsement of Clark over the last few years (along with a guest slot and standing ovations backstage from The Rolling Stones) has only added to the seemingly unstoppable momentum of Clark’s career.
I took this photo of the DBZ Diamond Hellfire earlier this year at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.
Premier Guitar just posted an awesome review – including sound samples.
The new model is a cool twist on the Firebird/RD Artist template and though it might not be as radical looking as other DBZs, it packs a lot of bold style and authoritative tone in a relatively affordable axe.
The series includes two models—the solid-mahogany Hailfire ST and the Hailfire SM, which features though-body stringing, upgraded pickups, spalted maple top and flashier finishes.
The Hailfire’s debt to the Firebird is obvious both in its body profile and the raised center section. The construction, however, is very different from a Firebird.
Instead of a multi-ply walnut neck-through design, the Hailfire SM is built with a relatively light mahogany body that’s capped with a dramatically carved and striking spalted-maple top.