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Guitar Player August 2019

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3 min.
{from the editor}

THIS ISSUE STARTED out strange and got weirder. Let me start at the end. Over the past days, as we’ve put the finishing touches on these pages, we learned first of Leon Redbone’s death, on May 30, and, scarcely 24 hours later, Roky Erickson’s. I was saddened not only by the grave realization that these iconic figures had passed on but also by the loss of such profoundly original thinkers. Leon Redbone made a career strumming an acoustic guitar and singing Tin Pan Alley songs. Born Dickran Gobalian, he adopted his blues-style moniker and hep-cat persona — complete with shades and Panama hat — and remade himself as a successful entertainer on records and in film and television. Leon didn’t live at the perimeter of the music scene; in 1975, his debut…

2 min.
opening notes

Raid Dana’s Gear Stash! Looking for a great-sounding boost pedal? This month, we’re offering one lucky reader a chance to win a Bogner Harlow boost. At the heart of the Harlow’s 100-percent analog circuit is a custom audio transformer created by legendary audio pioneer Mr. Rupert Neve. It puts a tastefully transparent squeeze on your guitar signal and gives it a three-dimensional punch. Controls for level, tone and bloom (compression) deliver a wide range of tones, from a crystal-clear light boost to a thick, meaty high-output assault. For a chance to win the Bogner Harlow, simply send an email to nbmgearcoordinator@gmail.com with “Harlow” in the subject line. One lucky winner will be chosen on August 20. Note that all gear is “as is.” Thanks for playing. —DANA PARKER Back in the Saddle I’ve just…

7 min.
double-barrel brew

YOU CAN SAY a lot of things about Zakk Wylde, but never say the man lacks perspective. Ask him how he feels about the 20th anniversary of Black Label Society’s debut album, Sonic Brew, and he quickly puts the years into context. “Everybody’s like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe it’s 20 years already!’” Wylde remarks from a Black Label Society tour stop in Chicago. “But look, I have an old Guitar Player magazine with Keith [Richards] on the cover, and it says, ’16 Years in the Rolling Stones.’ That was a big deal at the time! Now they’re past 50. So we had a birthday cake made for our band that said, ‘Happy 20th Birthday, Black Label Society. Thirty More Years to Go. Now Get to Work!’” The 52-year-old guitarist lets out a…

7 min.
strange brew

“I WANT PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO HEAR ME THROUGH A WALL AND KNOW IT’S ME PLAYING” JACKIE VENSON ISN’T afraid of technology. On Joy (Systematic), the Austin guitarist’s new album, she combines tones from a Moog synth and an Electro-Harmonix Synth9 pedal to create funky, futuristic-sounding songs with overdubbed guitars. When it comes to performing those tracks live, she’s happy to bring the tech, including a looper, to the fans. “I perform with samplers now,” Venson explains. “I load the samples and the stems from the actual record onto the sampler and use them live.” Venson belongs to a new generation of artists who take a fearless attitude to songwriting and arranging. Her winning approach has connected with audiences at some of the most celebrated venues across the country and seen…

7 min.
friends in faith

DOYLE DYKES LONG ago surrendered his career to his deeply held Christian faith. His illustrious “life behind the guitar” (the title of his 2017 album) has been a journey on which he has encountered many kindred spirits, including his mentor and friend Chet Atkins, who called Dykes “one of the finest fingerpicking guitarists around.” “I didn’t take guitar lessons,” Dykes says. “I went to the Chet Atkins school of pickin’. Chet used a thumb pick most of the time, and did everything with his right hand. He played the guitar like a piano. He played the bass, and then the rhythm, alternating between his thumb and fingers with his strumming hand. It would be like rocking your hand on the piano keys. I once bought a Del Vecchio guitar for Chet.…

7 min.
common ground

DUFF McKAGAN HAS spent the past few years traveling the world with Guns N’ Roses on the band’s massive — and massively successful — Not in This Lifetime tour. The jaunt, which reunites the core Guns trio of Axl Rose, Slash and McKagan for the first time in more than two decades, has put the bassist on some of the largest stages and in front of some of the biggest crowds of his 30-plusyear career. And while that’s been a thrill ride in and of itself, as McKagan tells it, the time in between the shows has often proved as impactful as the performances themselves. “When Guns was out, we would only perform every third day, because we were playing huge places and we have a huge production that has to…