Greg Martin honors Leslie West
To honor Leslie West on his 71st birthday, Greg Martin plugged a ’59 Les Paul Junior into his 50-watt ’72 Marshall half-stack (which stays in his basement). “Leslie is one of my biggest rock influences,” Greg said. “His playing with Mountain captivated me from the first time I heard ‘Mississippi Queen’ on the radio in 1970 and their ‘Climbing!’ album should be in every guitarist’s record collection. Leslie’s playing in Mountain and West, Bruce & Laing taught me the importance of finger vibrato and big tone. For me, he’s up there with Clapton, Hendrix, Beck, B.B. King. and others.” Keep up with Greg at www.kentuckyheadhunters.net.