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!
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
Blues Rock Titan Joe Bonamassa borrows the late Rory Gallagher’s infamous Stratocaster for his performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London!
The 1960′s saw many guitarists emerge from the competitive trenches of the British Blues scene.
One such man was Rory Gallagher.
With his fierce fret work and rugged voice, combined with a love of the blues, rock ‘n’ roll, folk and R&B, forged a sound all his own. Barely out of his teenage years, the Irish guitarist cut his teeth with the blues-rock power trio, Taste, before diving head first into a quarter century solo career, all the while winning the hearts of fans and the reverence of guitarists around the world.
Sadly, Rory Gallagher passed away in 1995, but he lives on in the music he so lovingly crafted, through which his legend will never die.
Eric Clapton recently allowed a camera crew into his London home for an intimate talk. The purpose was to demonstrate a new series of high-priced, limited-edition reproductions of some of his most famous guitars, which will soon go on sale to benefit his Crossroads Centre in Antigua.
These fascinating videos take you inside the head of EC’s desire for that “beat up” strat and the secret to the success of today’s relic guitar market as the old, beat up, worn-out patches on a maple fretboard were a sign to Clapton that the guitar was “well favored” by the previous player — and hence, a more desirable instrument to play.
I have always questioned the logic behind plunking thousands of dollars on the counter at my local Guitar Center so that I could own the latest relic “copy” of a famous players axe. But now I know why EC favored them…at least the originals.
Watch for yourself – the stretch I am referring to comes up at the 1:45 mark:
The series of video interviews goes even deeper when Eric reflects about the Beatles, Cream, Les Paul and His Musical Roots. The full set of videos can be watched by [CLICKING HERE].
And for those of you who have not taken the time to figure out who Kirk Fletcher is, sit back and let me tell you more about him.
As a two time W.C. Handy Award nominee, who has toured with Lynwood Slim, Janiva Magness, Charlie Musselwhite and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, as well as performing with James Cotton, Pine Top Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Mojo Buford, Ted Harvey, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Michael Landau, Elvin Bishop, Ronnie Earl, Doyle Bramhall, Michelle Branch and many more…
Kirk Fletcher is one clearly of the best young guitar players on the blues scene today.
Kirk Fletcher Feeling The Blues
Born 1975 in Bellflower California, Kirk began playing guitar at age eight after watching his brother Walter perform at their father’s church.
At age twelve he attended the Long Beach Blues Festival where he saw the likes of Albert Collins, Bobby Blue Bland, (accompanied by Wayne Bennett) and the Staple Singers. This was a life changing experience for him as he realized that this was the music he wanted to play.
In recent years Kirk has been performing all over Europe as a headliner and occasionally touring in the U.S. with Doyle Bramhall and Michelle Branch.
When home, he gives open counseling at Hollywood’s Guitar Institute of Technology.
Which leads me to the song, the album, and the tweet I keep sending.
Every once in a while I hear a song that grabs me by the b@!!$ and says: “What else do you want? This is new, fresh and totally kick-ass.” And this song said that to me. Listen for yourself to “El Medio Stomp” from Kirk Fletchers album: “My Turn”.