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Guitar Player November 2019

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Future Publishing Limited US
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3 min.
from the editor

THIS ISSUE COMES to you courtesy of several recent musical convergences in that enduring form of music known as blues rock. The past months have seen the release of new albums by Samantha Fish, the North Mississippi Allstars, the Black Keys, Allman Brothers Band co-founder Dickey Betts, and Betts’ former bandmate, Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin II, a record that many fans consider one of the greatest blues-rock albums of all time. Indeed, the genre is such a durable format that it provides the basis for everything from Zeppelin’s hard rock to the Black Keys’ swamp rock, the Allman Brothers’ southern rock and Gov’t Mule’s jam-band music. In that respect, it has also provided us with some of the most inventive…

1 min.
guitar player

guitarplayer.com FOLLOW US twitter.com/guitarplayernow facebook.com/guitarplayermag CONTENT EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Christopher Scapelliti, chris.scapelliti@futurenet.com SENIOR EDITOR Art Thompson, arthur.thompson@futurenet.com ART EDITOR Rosie Webber, rosie.webber@futurenet.com LOS ANGELES EDITOR Jude Gold, judegold@gmail.com FRETS SECTION EDITOR Jimmy Leslie, j@jimmyleslie.com LESSONS EDITOR Jimmy Brown, jimmy.brown@futurenet.com CONSULTING EDITORS Matt Blackett, Jim Campilongo, Dave Hunter, Michael Ross MUSIC COPYISTS Jeff Perrin, Matt Scharfglass ADVERTISING SALES US CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Luke Edson luke.edson@futurenet.com DIRECTOR OF U.S. MUSIC SALES Jonathan Brudner jonathan.brudner@futurenet.com, (917) 281-4721 ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Mari Deetz mari.deetz@futurenet.com, (650) 238-0344 ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Jason Perl jason.perl@futurenet.com, (646) 723-5419 CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER: Aaron Asadi BRAND DIRECTOR, MUSIC: Stuart Williams CONTENT DIRECTOR, MUSIC: Scott Rowley HEAD OF ART: Rodney Dive GROUP ART DIRECTOR: Graham Dalzell COMMERCIAL FINANCE DIRECTOR: Dan Jotcham 11 West 42nd Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10036 COPYRIGHT 2019, Future PLC. All Rights Reserved.…

3 min.
opening notes

Raid Dana’s Gear Stash! For those of you who are new to this, we started our gear giveaway to celebrate Guitar Player’s 50th anniversary. It was such a hit that we decided to keep it going. As always, we send thanks to the generous manufacturers who have gifted their wares to the GP community, and to those of you who send in your postcards each month hoping to raid my stash. This month’s giveaway is the Coldcraft Harmonic Tremolo v2, a pedal that recalls the organic-sounding harmonic tremolo circuits found in vintage Fender brownface amps. Whether you want a rounded, polished effect or a choppy vintage tremolo, this pedal gets it done with controls for intensity, balance, volume, speed and tone cut. To get this pedal on your board, simply send an email…

7 min.
tangled up in blues

GUITARIST SAMANTHA FISH, has been a roadhouse blues-rock virtuoso, a hill country Americana chanteuse and a Detroit-soul torch singer, all in the span of a mere eight years. On Kill or Be Kind (Rounder), her new album and sixth overall, Fish masterfully streamlines everything that has made her a compelling artist to date. Her gift for melody and phrasing take center stage on a strong collection of 11 original songs adorned with subtle horns and keys and full of her impassioned guitar playing. Rumbling slide riffs à la Mississippi Fred McDowell and R.L. Burnside undergird “Bulletproof” and “Watch It Die,” while the horns that gave swing to her 2017 release, Chills and Fever, raise the temperature of “Trying Not to Fall in Love With You” and show up throughout the album.…

7 min.
hill country homecoming

THE NORTH MISSISSIPPI Allstars have traveled far from their roots since releasing their 2000 debut, Shake Hands With Shorty. But two decades into their crusade to keep the traditions of Mississippi hill country blues alive and thriving, guitarist Luther Dickinson and his brother, multi-instrumentalist Cody, were transported back by pictures of the region discovered on a forgotten roll of film shot in 1996 by barbecue-joint photographer Wyatt McSpadden. Those reminders of their past inspired the Allstars’ new album, Up and Rolling (New West). Its music captures the spirit of the Sunday afternoon picnics and late-night jukes of northern Mississippi’s hill country, where the brothers woodshedded in the mid ’90s with blues icons Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside and fife player Otha Turner. The band covers those artists on the record, along with…

8 min.
long time gone

“I’VE DEFINITELY LIVED a dangerous life,” admits 75-year-old guitar legend Dickey Betts, “but not really that much different than a lot of other rock and rollers.” Case in point: Of the six original members of the legendary Allman Brothers Band, only Betts and former drummer Jaimoe Johanson are still around to tell the tale. Guitarist Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971, at just 24 years of age. Bass player Berry Oakley suffered the same fate a year later, close to the same location. Drummer Butch Trucks shot himself in 2017, and Gregg Allman, the band’s charismatic singer and keyboardist, succumbed to liver cancer after decades of hard living, just four months after Trucks’ passing. Last year, Betts suffered a stroke, only to find himself hospitalized again a month…