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June 2019

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IN LAST MONTH’S issue, Robin Trower reflected on his own mortality, a subject that informs his latest album, Coming Closer to the Day. It’s a recurring theme among legendary guitarists these days, as witnessed by the death of surf-guitar pioneer Dick Dale on March 16 at age 81. Dale’s professional career is one of the longest in rock and roll, and certainly one of the more tragic. In his early 1960s heyday, Dale was the epitome of the era’s California guitar player: He was handsome, athletic (the dude actually surfed) and exuded the sense that everything would be fine if we all just spent more time hanging out on the beach, twisting to the music he made. By the middle of that decade, however, Dale cut a far different figure.…

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Raid Dana’s Gear Stash!This month, we’re giving one lucky reader a chance to win an Electro-Harmonix Flatiron Fuzz pedal. This new and versatile effects box represents the company’s unique take on the RAT2 distortion pedal. It features classic op-amp-powered fuzz/distortion with symmetrical hard clipping to produce spectacularly thick, meaty tones.For a chance to put this stomp box on your pedalboard, simply send an email to nbmgearcoordinator@gmail.com with “Flatiron” in the subject line. One lucky winner will be chosen at random. The deadline for entries is June 20. Please keep in mind that all gear is offered “as is.” Good luck!—DANA PARKERSweet TreatGreat interview with Brian Setzer [GP, May 2019]. I’m stoked about the new Stray Cats album. It’s welcome news to hear the band is back on track. But the…

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JOIN THE GP COMMUNITY!SOUND OFF! GET EXCLUSIVE NEWS.COMMENT. CRITIQUE.SHARE TIPS AND TECHNIQUES.SUBSCRIBE TO OUR E-NEWSLETTER.FACEBOOK.COM/GUITARPLAYERMAGTWITTER.COM/GUITARPLAYERNOW GUITARPLAYER.COMCHRISTOPHER SCAPELLITIEditor chris.scapelliti@futurenet.comART THOMPSONSenior Editor arthur.thompson@futurenet.comJUDE GOLDLos Angeles Editor judegold@gmail.comJIMMY LESLIEFrets Editorjl@jimmyleslie.comDAVE HUNTERGear Section & Video Contributor dhunterwordsmusic@yahoo.comALICE PATTILLOProduction Editoralice.pattillo@futurenet.comROSIE WEBBERArt Editorrosie.webber@futurenet.com…

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ALTHOUGH HE IS known to many for his tunes that other artists made famous, JJ Cale was a consummate guitarist and songwriter who wrote a huge number of songs during a career that spanned from the 1950s until his unexpected death on July 26, 2013. A new album titled Stay Around (Because Music) presents 15 unreleased songs that were recorded, mixed and produced by Cale in his home studio, and which were chosen by his wife, Christine Lakeland Cale, and his friend and longtime manager, Mike Kappus.John Weldon Cale started his career in the early 1960s as a sound engineer, but the key to his ultimate success was an unwavering devotion to songwriting. He realized early on that it gave him the best chance of making a living at music.…

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(© RORY DOYLE)CHRISTONE “KINGFISH” INGRAM may play guitar like he’s on fire, but there’s no hellhound on his trail. Growing up in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in the shadow of Robert Johnson’s fabled crossroads, the 20-year-old guitarist was destined to find the blues. It’s just that he found them in church, not in a juke joint or down a dusty Delta road.“On my mom’s side of the family, all of my uncles played bass and guitar,” Ingram says. “Just looking at them playing in church made me want to do it.”Ingram picked up bass when he was eight years old, then switched to guitar at 12 while enrolled in the Delta Blues Museum’s Arts and Education program. In the eight years since, the 20-year-old has been hailed as a prodigy, performed before…