300

Author Archives: Willie G. Moseley

Derek St. Holmes

Nuge Redux
 
STHOLMES-HOME-MAIN-BIG

Singer/guitarist Derek St. Holmes’ relationship with guitarist Ted Nugent has had its ups and downs. The two have been associated since the mid ’70s and collaborated on numerous albums and tours. Many Nugent fans celebrated when the two hooked up in 2011 for the I Still Believe tour, (more…)

Posted in Artists | Tagged | Leave a comment

George Kilby, Jr.

The Succinct Approach
 
GEORGEKILBY_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

George Kilby, Jr.’s Six Pack is, he says, a “collection of singles” rather than an EP or album. Kilby graduated from Princeton, where his mentor, J.K. Randall, introduced him to Pinetop Perkins, legendary pianist for the Muddy Waters Band. “The main thing Pine gave me in terms of style and sound is economy,” Kilby recounted. […]

Posted in Artists | Tagged | Leave a comment

Danelectro’s Four-String Basses

 
4STRING_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

The guitars and basses made by Danelectro in the ’60s epitomized “no frills.” And though they were considered the nadir of American-made electric instruments of their time, many a babyboomer cut their musical teeth on one. The construction of most “classic” Danelectro-made guitars and basses – whether they were branded as Danelectro or the more-popular […]

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | Leave a comment

Tommy Smith

Leogun’s Led Zep Connection
 
SMITH_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

Some of the loudest buzz – literally and figuratively – in music surrounds the London-base power trio Leogun, fronted by guitarist/vocalist Tommy Smith. The band’s neo-retro sound has drawn comparison to Led Zeppelin, but Smith is influenced by a long list of names. “I’m lucky I was brought (more…)

Posted in Artists | Tagged | Leave a comment

Kurt Hendrick

History of the Mystery
 
HENDRICK_HOME-MAIN-THUMB

One of the most enigmatic brands in the recent history of American guitars was Hendrick, the funky solidbody electrics created by designer Kurt Hendrick. • The son of an aerospace engineer, Hendrick grew up in the 1960s near the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Space Center Houston (when it was called the Manned Spacecraft Center) […]

Posted in Artists | Tagged | Leave a comment

Robin’s ’80s Import Basses

 
ROBIN-BASSES-HOME-MAIN-THUMB

While the Robin guitar brand’s reverse “imported then domestic” chronology has been documented in this space, the basses shown here are the first import models marketed by the company (and one of them is from the very first shipment). Robin guitars were marketed beginning in 1982, and basses (all manufactured by ESP in Japan) followed […]

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | Leave a comment

Remembering Ronnie

Phillips Finishes Guitarist’s Final Recordings
 
Ronnie Montrose

Ricky Phillips has many fond memories of his friendship and musical association with Ronnie Montrose (1947-2012). The bassist is finishing a recording project by the late guitarist on which he had participated prior to joining Styx. Montrose and Phillips met in the early ’80s, but didn’t collaborate until 20 years later, when Montrose needed a […]

Posted in Artists | Tagged | Leave a comment

Jack Bruce

Surging Septuagenarian
 
Jack Bruce

Bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, who turned 71 in May, recently released Silver Rails, his first solo album in a decade, with songwriting help from several longtime collaborators. Bruce recruited numerous guitarists for the project, as well one of his offspring, and the results exemplify the styles of the participants. “I was thrilled that all of the […]

Posted in Artists | Tagged | Leave a comment

Kim Simmonds

Back to Basics with Savoy Brown
 
Kim Simmonds

Under the aegis of founder Kim Simmonds, Savoy Brown has always been a band “subject to change.” Formed in 1965, some of its incarnations went on musical tangents, but the blues has been its keystone genre. The band’s most recent album, Goin’ to the Delta, is a return to basic electric blues, with Simmonds reassuming […]

Posted in Artists | Tagged | Leave a comment

Ian Hunter

New Music and a Mott Reunion
 
IAN-HUNTER-MAIN-THUMB

Ian Hunter is upbeat when he discusses his newest album, Man Overboard, and the upcoming reunion with old friends in England for a series of 40th anniversary reunion concerts planned for this fall by Mott the Hoople, the legendary British hard-rock band Hunter fronted from 1969 to the mid ’70s. The album hints the veteran […]

Posted in Artists | Tagged | 1 Response