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Hubert Sumlin

The story of Hubert Sumlin is so linked to that of Howlin' Wolf that when Wolf died, in the papers of his funeral Sumlin appeared listed as his son. It is impossible to tell the story of Sumlin without the tremendous protective shade that Wolf gave him, but it is also not possible to deny the tremendous impact that Sumlin’s guitar had on...

Martin Barre

When people think of Jethro Tull, the first image that comes to mind is that of an ungainly and disheveled man, with a long coat, playing a flute resting on a single foot. But for anyone who is familiar with the music of Ian Anderson there is another thing that makes this mythical band, and that is the powerful riffs and the melodic solos of...

Jonny Greenwood

Jonny Greenwood is one of the most important musicians in recent decades. A multi-instrumentalist with academic training, he plays the piano, the viola, synthesizers, the organ, the banjo, the harmonica and the 'glockenspiel', to name just a few, besides the guitar. Of course it is his guitar that gave Radiohead their distinctive sound on their...

Defining a legend in 10 songs: Howlin’ Wolf

A lot of people wonder what the blues is? There will be those who get theoretical and say that it is "a repetitive pattern, which usually follows a structure of twelve bars", there will be those who get poetic and say that blues is "a feeling", there are those, like our protagonist, who say "when you ain’t got no money, you have the blues", but I...

Chet Atkins’ best moments on guitar

When the world knows you as 'Mr. Guitar' and you're the visible face of one of the most important guitar companies in history, to say you've left your mark on the guitar world falls short. Chet Atkins left a dinosaur-sized footprint in the history of the six-stringed instrument. With 88 studio albums, countless collaborations and a career spanning...

Rory Gallagher’s best songs

Rory Gallagher is one of the best guitarists that ever existed, we all agree on that, but that fame makes us forget that this guy also composed and performed great songs, beyond his splendid solos. It's a shame that today he is still remembered more for a false story, (the one that says that when Jimi Hendrix was asked what it felt like to be the...

Tom Morello

Today at Guitars Exchange we would like to take a look at the life and times of New Yorker Tom Morello, the guitarist, singer/songwriter, actor, writer, and political activist who earned global fame through his stint with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, among other projects. Born Thomas Baptiste Morello on May 30, 1964, in Harlem, he...

Rich Robinson

If the Black Crowes were a kind of second coming of the Rolling Stones, then Rich Robinson would be the Keith Richards of the band,  the sound maker, and the riffs master with his open tunings, on which, mainly, others shone on the guitar solo. His is like a profile of Keith or Malcolm Young, always in the shadow of the brother who doesn't...

Johnny 'Guitar' Watson

Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson is one of those men who has fallen unjustly into oblivion. In the 50s he took his guitar into space with his innovative flashy style, without the need for a pick he found a vocal sound in the best tradition of Texan blues, by making his guitar sing. In the 60s he was crowned the gangster of love and the 70s saw him as a...

Dan Auerbach

Dan Auerbach and the Black Keys have been central to keeping the flame of rock alive in the 21st century, making their music ring out beyond the homes of the longtime fans of that music and having managed to convert more than one millennial to the religion of rock & roll and guitars. That is just one reason why we would hold him in the...

The Wildhearts - Renaissance Men (2019)

It must have been a hugely traumatic concert in Berlin with The Head Cat (Lemmy’s rockabilly group), because afterwards Ginger Wildheart said that he never wanted to play another acoustic set again in his life. “There was me and a friend on stage with acoustic guitars and thousands of Motörhead fans; to say it went down badly would be...

Duane Eddy

It was the dawn of rock & roll in the mid-50s, a hopping bopping rock & roll played by such names as Dick Dale, Chubby Checker, Frankie Avalon, and Paul Anka, while the radio was humming to the sounds of bands like Bill Haley and the Comets, The Corsairs, and The Isley Brothers, to mention a few of the many. These were fun times with plenty...

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton was always ahead of the rest, in high school he got together with a boy 3 years older than him to play, his name was David Jones, but the world would end up knowing him as David Bowie, at 16 he hung out with members of the Beatles and the Stones as lead singer of The Herd, at 18 he formed a band with his idol, Steve Marriott, and at...

Skip Spence

In the life of Alexander ‘Skip’ Spence it is difficult to tell the reality apart from the legend, the perspective is lost on someone who played in three of the most important bands of the burgeoning psychedelia, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, and Moby Grape, yet ended up homeless. Someone who released his first solo album...

Brian Setzer

Brian Setzer was born on April 10, 1959, in Massapequa, New York, the very same year Buddy Holly had died on February 3, Elvis was halfway through his 2 years of military service, Little Richard had quit rock & roll to find religion, Chuck Berry had various problems with the law, and Jerry Lewis was losing his career due to his scandalous...

Kurt Cobain

It is 25 years since the death of Kurt Cobain, the man who led Nirvana and became the last great rock star; something he hated deeply, having been a part of the alternative and 'underground' music of the 80s. Twenty-five years after his death his legacy remains alive, and is the main reference of 90s music. His career was short but practically...

George Benson

When Wes Montgomery died on June 15, 1968, the jazz world didn’t have to look very far to find his substitute, some months before George Benson had released his 3rd solo album, Giblet Gravy, and his refined, melodic style made him the deserving successor to the crown as the new king of the jazz guitar. This was also what the heavyweights of the...

Shawn Lane

The man who played with Ringo Starr, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, turned down an Alice Cooper tour, and reportedly ‘blew away’ Ted Nugent on an onstage guitar riff duel – Shawn Lane - is not well-known outside guitar circles.    And, even ‘among those in the know’, it is his shredding that predominantly captures the...

T-Bone Walker

Perhaps T-Bone Walker is remembered more for his famous disciples than his own music, but anyone who plays an electric guitar is indebted to him, as he was the first one to plug the instrument in to play and sing the blues, thus creating, electric blues. His Stormy Monday pushed B.B.King into getting an electric guitar but, besides that, the show...