Unplugged

Robert Quine

"You can't beat two guitars, bass and drums." Robert Quine could not agree more with the phrase of his idol Lou Reed, his best moments always came when he was in fluid dialogue with another guitarist, either supporting him as a rhythm guitarist or showing off with incendiary solos in which Ornette Coleman was face to face with Chuck Berry....

Lucinda Williams - Good Souls Better Angels (2020)

American country and blues singer-songwriter and multi-Grammy Award winner Lucinda Williams, sometimes known as The Outlaw Queen, has just released Good Souls Better Angels (24 April 2020; Thirty Tigers), perhaps her rawest and most intense album to date.     Now edging towards 70, Williams has lost none of her world-weary...

Peter Gabriel 3 (1980)

Peter Gabriel III (23 May 1980; Charisma Records), or Melt as it is often called, was Gabriel’s third post-Genesis solo album. It was packed full of new effects, made number one in the UK album charts, was successful in the US and, with Kate Bush on backing vocals, spawned the hit single Games Without Frontiers.  Rhythm and drums are at...

Pearl Jam - Gigaton (2020)

Pearl Jam released their eleventh album Gigaton on 27th March 2020 (Monkeywrench /Republic Records), and this time it could be said that the pearl that is Eddie Vedder shines again like akoya.  With Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Mother Love Bone’s Andrew Wood and Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley all gone,...

Carly Jo Jackson

Carly Jo Jackson (23 August 1993) is an Austin, Texas-based guitarist and singer-songwriter who has a string of hit Youtube songs and heavily watched videos, including Sleep in My Car, You Can’t Love Me and Wildflower. Her singing voice is powerful and rich, her lyrics have depth, and she is brave enough to take considered risks in her...

The Who - Live At Leeds (1970)

In 1969 it was an open secret that The Who were the most exciting live rock band in the world. While the Beatles and the Stones stayed away from the stage, Pete Townshend and his band took the opportunity to become the epitome of live rock & roll, basically inventing rock concerts as we know them, by making tough and louder their live act until...

Josh Homme

Let's make it clear from the start, Josh Homme is rock royalty in his own right: with Kyuss he led one of the top 90s 'underground' bands, and as the frontman of Queens Of The Stone Age we may be talking about the most important figure the genre has had in the whole 21st century. This guy can lead a supergroup with the drummer of Nirvana and the...

Phil X

On January 22, 2020, Gibson announced that guitarist Phil X (Theofilos Xenidis,born March 10, 1966), an integral full-time member of Bon Jovi since 2016, has joined as brand ambassador. Before that, in 2012, Phil X received a signature guitar from Yamaha and in 2015 followed the release of a signature XG model made by...

David Knopfler - Last Train Leaving (2020)

David Knopfler, co-founder of Dire Straits and younger brother of Mark, has recently released his 17th solo album, Last Train Leaving (20 January 2020; Paris Records), and in these troubled times it is heartening to see a photo of him on his website looking serenely out over gentle and beautiful rolling countryside.   The album cover...

Muddy Waters - At Newport (1960)

Muddy Waters was the key man in the electrification of the blues, turning Chicago into his new musical kingdom. When on July 3, 1960, he took the stage at the Newport festival he had been the undisputed king of Chicago blues for over 10 years, recording at Chess Records. But while his reputation was well known within the black population, few...

Michael Schenker Fest - Resurrection (2018)

Today we’ll give you our review of Michael “the Blond Bomber” Schenker record, dropped on March 2, 2018 called Resurrection, but first a little background history on who these guys are, and where they come from. Schenker is a German metal guitarist known for his times with U.F.O., Temple of Rock, the Scorpions, and the Michael Schenker Group...

Alan Gogoll

When a kitchen knife cut off the top of one of guitarist Alan Gogoll’s fingers, the wound forced him to adapt his guitar playing method as he recovered, and led to him discovering ‘bell harmonics’, which has opened up his career.   Gogoll (17 January 1988) is now considered to be one of the leading acoustic guitar players in...

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...

The Eagles - Desperado (1973)

By 1972 The Eagles had had two big hits - Take It Easy and Witchy Woman – but were aspiring to take things a step further, and the idea of a concept album based around outlaws and gunslingers gained traction among the members (at that time composed of Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner). ...

Canned Heat - Boogie With Canned heat (1968)

The 60s scene for rock/blues bands was so crowded, (Paul Butterfield /John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Steppenwolf, Grand Funk Railroad, to name just a few) it was easy to get lost in the haze. Canned Heat was just those guys, formed by vocalist Bob ‘the Bear’ Hite and slide guitarist Alan ‘Blind Owl’ Wilson in 1965, Los Angeles,...

Joe Satriani - Surfing With The Alien (1987)

Joe Satriani (Satch to his mates) is the most commercially successful instrumental guitar soloist the world has ever seen. He has 6 gold and platinum records, has sold over 10 million copies to date, and has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards so far. Impressive street creds indeed! Things broke open for him with his 2nd album Surfing With the...

The Black Keys - Let's Rock (2019)

It was something of a concern to all lovers of the six string – and rock music in general -when, following the release of Brothers (2011) Dan Auerbach told Rolling Stone magazine that “guitar bores the shit out of me most of the time.”     Scroll forward to 2019 however and The Black Keys’ ninth album...