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Guitar Player July 2019

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3 min.
from the editor

THERE’S NO DENYING Aerosmith are survivors. Now in its 50th year, the group has outlasted the excesses of the 1970s, not to mention the temporary departures of guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, various accidents, cancer, bad management, shifting musical trends and internecine conflicts. Still, as we began planning this issue all the way back in July 2018, I confess we had some concerns. Though I was thrilled at the prospect of featuring Joe and Brad together in Guitar Player to discuss Aerosmith’s Deuces Are Wild residency in Las Vegas, I worried that the event might be delayed or, worse, not happen. After all, Aerosmith were forced to cancel part of their South American tour in 2017 when singer Steven Tyler fell ill, and Joe himself had collapsed in July 2016…

2 min.
opening notes

Raid Dana’s Gear Stash! This month, we’re offering our readers a chance to win an Electro-Harmonix Grand Canyon Delay and Looper pedal. This versatile stompbox has 12 types of delay, including echo, modulated, multi-tap, reverse, tape, shimmer, doubler, looper and more! For a chance to win it, simply send an email to nbmgearcoordinator@gmail.com with “Grand Canyon” in the subject line. One lucky winner will be chosen on July 20. Note that all gear is “as is.” Thanks for playing! —DANA PARKER Class Act Thank you, Guitar Player and Richard Bienstock, for the great in-depth interview with the innovative and amazing Don Felder [GP, June 2019]. I was always of the opinion that Mr. Felder took some nasty and unfair hits throughout his career, but was impressed that even when he had the opportunity in the…

3 min.
battle of the axes

WANT TO SHOW the world you’ve got what it takes to be a guitar star? Then Guitarist of the Year 2019 is the guitar talent search you’ve been waiting for. Presented by Guitar Player in association with Guitar World, Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar Techniques, Bass Player and MusicRadar, the long-running contest will give talented amateur guitarists the opportunity to show their skills to a panel of star judges. The 2019 Guitarist of the Year finalists will be selected by a panel of star judges that includes Steve Lukather, Tosin Abasi and John Petrucci, with more judges to be confirmed soon. The finals take place September 21 and 22 at the U.K. Guitar Show in London. The 2019 event includes categories for Guitarist of the Year, Young Guitarist of the Year, Acoustic Guitarist…

8 min.
blues keep calling

JIMMIE VAUGHAN’S REPUTATION as a premier guitar slinger stretches way back to the ’60s, when he found regional success in Texas, crossing paths with many of the big names of the time, including Jimi Hendrix. For most listeners outside Texas, Vaughan first came to prominence in the late ’70s as the killer guitarist in what was arguably the first really cool blues band in eons, the Fabulous Thunderbirds. After seven albums of no-frills, down-and-dirty blues, Vaughan left the group, made an album with his brother Stevie — 1990’s Family Style — and settled into a solo career playing blues-rock songs of his own and mixing in acclaimed collaborations with numerous blues luminaries, including a pair of albums with Omar Dykes. In recent years, though, Vaughan has made several return visits to…

6 min.
the joys of spring

THERE IS A new sound seeping into the world of country guitar. Drenched in slap-back delay, fuzz, reverb and tremolo, it displays more mood than chops but is firmly grounded in serious technique. Records by Lee Ann Womack, Aubrie Sellers, Andrew Combs and Elizabeth Cook feature guitar sounds closer to Daniel Lanois, Neil Young or even Sonic Youth than to Brent Mason or Dan Huff. At the forefront of this wave is Ethan Ballinger, whose edgy work on the Womack and Combs records grabs the ear, provoking a WTF reaction and the question, “How does he get away with that?” Taking a seat in his East Nashville kitchen, Ballinger attempts an answer. “My parents played in a bluegrass band called the Cluster Pluckers, so I never had a shot at being…

7 min.
roots rocker

KIRK DOUGLAS — or “Captain” Kirk Douglas, as he’s affectionately known — is certainly aware that his name is something of a head-turner, but for his first solo album, Turbulent Times (Whole Leap Records), the longtime Roots guitarist is billing himself as Hundred Watt Heart. “I’m not trying to be tricky or anything,” he explains, “but I would really like the music to stand on its own and be disassociated with the actor. If I called it the Kirk Douglas Project or something like that, it would get a little confusing. So it’s Hundred Watt Heart. That makes it easier.” As one might assume, the guitarist is partial to 100-watt amps, particularly his 1978 fawn Marshall and an assortment of Mesa/Boogie heads, but he also used a host of other amplifiers…