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Guitar Player September 2019

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12 Números

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3 min.
from the editor

I SEE COUNTLESS live shows each year by acts ranging from long-established players to new artists making their first forays into the national spotlight. Some performances are memorable, some not so much. What’s especially rare is the show whose format and presentation keep me riveted, thoroughly engaged and on the edge of my seat for the duration. I saw just such a show this past June. It was Andy Summers’ multimedia work A Certain Strangeness, an audio-visual convergence of his music and photography. For those unfamiliar with his side career, Andy has been a photographer for years and cataloged his adventures in the Police during the group’s long run as a way to help him cope with the monotony of touring. Beyond the Police, he has photographed people and places across…

2 min.
opening notes

Raid Dana’s Gear Stash! Thanks to Pigtronix for giving one lucky Guitar Player reader a chance to win an Octava Micro octave-up distortion pedal. Expanding on the octave-up feature found in the original Pigtronix Disnortion pedal, the Octava has an onboard low-pass filter control that lets you create singing octave-up tones anywhere on the neck to produce everything from soaring violin-like tones to grinding fuzz. For a chance to get this pedal on your ’board, simply send me an email with “Octava” in the subject line. One lucky winner will be chosen at random. Keep in mind that the pedal is “as is.” This is just a fun way for us to spoil our loyal readers with gear that our own editors have reviewed. Deadline for entries is September 20. Good luck!…

7 min.
tele tribute

IN THE SE DAYS OF COUNTLESS instructional YouTube videos, the idea of having to buy or borrow a cassette or videotape to learn a particular guitar style might seem quaint. But back in the day, for a young player like Johnny Hiland, who lived in the remote reaches of Maine with limited access to music teachers or schools, those resources were a godsend. Arlen Roth produced some of the earliest examples of those instructional cassettes and videotapes for his company, Hot Licks, with Hiland being among the many current guitar heroes to reap the benefits. Not just an educator, Roth has made his bones as a sideman to the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Janis Ian and enough others to assure him a place of high regard…

3 min.
my life in five riffs

GROWING UP IN South Carolina, Marcus King found the guitar early in childhood and dug in deep. Sitting in at gigs with his father, blues guitarist Marvin King, taking jazz lessons from session player Steve Watson and absorbing music from hometown heroes the Marshall Tucker Band prepared him to release his debut album while still a teenager, thanks to another mentor, namely Warren Haynes. King’s top five riffs reflect his blend of southern soul, blues, rock and jazz. The Allman Brothers Band, “Don’t Want You No More” “This record was in my dad’s collection, and I would listen to it constantly. I would slow it down and try to get all the parts and subtleties that Dickey Betts and Duane Allman were doing. That was the first time I was introduced to…

7 min.
family affair

ALONG WITH GUITARIST Waddy Wachtel, bassist Leland Sklar and drummer Russ Kunkel, Danny Kortchmar helped create a sound that permeated radio in the early 1970s. His work with artists like Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, David Crosby, Carole King, Graham Nash and Neil Young certified him as one of the next generation of session legends following on the heels of the Wrecking Crew. Now Kortchmar has reunited Wachtel, Sklar and Kunkel to record a rollicking set of tunes, including some he wrote with and for superstars like Taylor, Jackson Browne and Don Henley. Listening to Honey Don’t Leave L.A. (Vivid Records) by Danny Kortchmar and the Immediate Family, Kortchmar’s and Wachtel’s guitar styles distinctly define themselves. The latter’s crunchy rhythm and gritty slide stand in contrast to the former’s cleaner-toned, funky fluidity.…

8 min.
buried treasure

IN 1979, NIL S LOFGREN united with Lou Reed to write songs destined for what would be Lofgren’s next album, Nils. Of the 13 they created without ever actually bouncing ideas off one another, five would remain unheard until the release of Lofgren’s inspiring new release, Blue With Lou (Cattle Track Records). Along with the picturesque “City Lights,” which Reed presented on his 1979 album, The Bells, Lofgren finally shares the rest of the long-lost gems — “Attitude City,” “Cut Him Up,” “Don’t Let Your Guard Down,” “Give” and “Talk Through the Tears — all of which blend Reed’s insightful prose with the uniquely soulful vibe that Lofgren injects in his music. All the songs, including six new creations from Lofgren, were cut live in his home studio with bassist…