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David Hidalgo Plays Joe Walsh’s ’59 Les Paul

The video that helped convince Joe Walsh to reunite with his (now favorite!) ’59 Gibson Les Paul. Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo did this impromptu jam on Freddie King’s “Hideaway” (straight from the Clapton ’burst-hero playbook!) through a ’55 Fender Deluxe at Willie’s American Guitars. Be sure to read our feature story in the July issue. Read Now!


Dennis Johnson’s “Revelation”

“Revelation” is the title track from slide-guitar master Dennis Johnson’s new album of blues-rock, set for release July 15. “The song is a spiritual journey of the challenges of evolution,” Johnson says. “The good and bad times sometimes have purpose and put you on a better path. When we go through tough times, we often don’t understand why. But as time goes by, we understand the purpose. That is the revelation.

“In the past few years, I have focused on articulations with a slide – types of vibrato, moving up or down to a note, and connecting notes like a lap-steel player, which has made my playing way more expressive.”

The album is anchored by drummer Anton Fig, with Bob Fridzema on piano and B3, and bassist Jonathan Stoyanoff.

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Keep up with Dennis HERE!


David Hidalgo Plays Joe Walsh’s ’59 Les Paul

The video that helped convince Joe Walsh to reunite with his (now favorite!) ’59 Gibson Les Paul. Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo did this impromptu jam on Freddie King’s “Hideaway” (straight from the Clapton ’burst-hero playbook!) through a ’55 Fender Deluxe at Willie’s American Guitars. Be sure to read our feature story in the July issue. Read Now!


Dennis Johnson’s “Revelation”

“Revelation” is the title track from slide-guitar master Dennis Johnson’s new album of blues-rock, set for release July 15. “The song is a spiritual journey of the challenges of evolution,” Johnson says. “The good and bad times sometimes have purpose and put you on a better path. When we go through tough times, we often don’t understand why. But as time goes by, we understand the purpose. That is the revelation.

“In the past few years, I have focused on articulations with a slide – types of vibrato, moving up or down to a note, and connecting notes like a lap-steel player, which has made my playing way more expressive.”

The album is anchored by drummer Anton Fig, with Bob Fridzema on piano and B3, and bassist Jonathan Stoyanoff.

https://www.dennisjohnsonslide.com

Keep up with Dennis HERE!


Ep 78 of “Have Guitar Will Travel” is a three-fer with host James Patrick Regan interviewing Matt Stell, Ian Flanigan, and Erin Kinsey. Stell is an Arkansas native who grew up hearing an array of music – everything from Patsy Cline to Alanis Morissette. His music has garnered 500,000,000 streams. Flanigan was raised in a […]

Dave Gonzalez

Western Soul Brother

For a guitarist with fans and admirers around the world, Dave Gonzalez is one humble man. “I’m still trying to figure it out,” he says of his playing. It’s a hard statement to connect with the San Diego guitarist whose career spans over 30 years, thousands of shows, and more than a dozen albums. Gonzalez […]

Blues Guitars On A Budget

A New Breed of L-Style

Picture the archetypal 1930s blues man, photographed with a studio backdrop, jaunty hat, knowing leer…. What else do you see? A guy with not too much money, that’s what! That’s why the guitar in his lap was usually something like a Gibson L model – small, shapely, and sunburst. The iconic Robert Johnson L-1 was […]

Alan Sparhawk

Lowdown

Blame it on a guitar. For Low’s Alan Sparhawk, the inspiration behind the band’s latest album, Ones and Sixes, came in part thanks to a new six-string. He had been playing a series of Les Pauls, but recently found a ’60s Danelectro Convertible with one of the famed lipstick-tube pickups mounted in the sound hole. […]

The Fender AA165 Pro Reverb

Fender’s “blackface” amplifiers made from late 1963 through ’67 have earned enduring “classic amp” status. Simultaneously collectible, they’re desired for their rich vintage tones and renowned as everyday workhorses that cover several sonic bases better than many bells-and-whistles amps manufactured today. We tend also to ascribe pre-CBS goodness to blackface amps en masse, even in […]

Elliot Easton

Elliot Easton

Shifting Gears Again

Not long after he released an instrumental album with an aggregation known as the Tiki Gods, veteran southpaw guitarist Elliot Easton abruptly put the project into stasis when an opportunity arose to make music with fellow veteran musicians. The new band is known as the Empty Hearts, and includes Wally Palmar (Romantics) on guitar and […]

Fishman Fluence Single-Width Pickup

Fishman Fluence Single-Width Pickup

Hum-Free, Cutting-Edge

Fishman Fluence Single-Width Pickup Price: $224 (set) Contact: www.fishman.com Larry Fishman is one of the most respected names in the world of acoustic-guitar pickups and the tone-shaping devices necessary to render them both useful and toneful in concert settings. Recently, Fishman decided to take on electric guitar pickups. The result is the Fluence series, which […]

Rickenbacker 345

Rickenbacker guitars have a look, feel, and sound that is remarkably distinct from those made by any other manufacturers. In fact, artists often find that nothing else works as well for certain applications. While not as versatile as models made by Gibson and Fender, the sound of a Rickenbacker is so different that it’s difficult […]

Dunlop Fuzz Face Mini Distortion Pedal

Dunlop Fuzz Face Mini Distortion Pedals

Face Lift

Dunlop’s Fuzz Face Mini Distortion Pedals Price: $129.99 (Germanium, street);$99.99 (Silicon and Jimi Hendrix, street) Contact: www.jimdunlop.com. When it comes to fuzz pedals, the one that comes to mind for most players is the iconic Fuzz Face. With its cool, round spaceship design and classic fuzz tone, it’s been a favorite of legends like Jimi […]

Steve Wariner’s ’62 Fender Jazz Bass

An eye-popping collectible in its own right, this Olympic White ’62 Fender Jazz Bass scores a few points higher on the scale not only because it has been in the same family for decades, but mostly because it’s owned by star country picker/singer Steve Wariner. Wariner grew up in Fishers, Indiana, then a semi-rural small […]

Jenny Boyd

Jenny Boyd

Searching For The Source

Dr. Jenny Boyd is founder and director of Spring Workshops, “organizing psychotherapeutic groups for people in need of personal development.” She is also the “Jennifer” who inspired Donovan’s “Jennifer Juniper.” Like her sister Pattie, Jenny became a model in swinging-’60s London. Pattie married and divorced both Beatle George Harrison and Eric Clapton; Jenny married and […]

Shooter Jennings, Ryan Bingham, and Various Artists

Outlaw: Celebrating The Music Of Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings, who died in 2002, would have turned 80 in 2017. He and compadre Willie Nelson still personify country’s early-’70s Outlaw movement, focused on gaining creative control of their records after years of letting Nashville producers call the shots brought only middling success. Given a chance to record their way, they finally found the […]

Gibson Super 400

Much of America was still recovering from the Depression in 1934 when Gibson introduced a guitar at a price that was almost $100 higher than its current top-of-the-line model, the L-5. At $400 (with case and zippered case cover, compared to $302 for the L-5 with case), the Super 400 seemed a more appropriate model […]

Have Guitar Will Travel – 014 Featuring Robert Berry

The new episode of “Have Guitar Will Travel” features Robert Berry, renowned bassist in The Greg Kihn Band. A passionate progressive-rock guy, he worked with Steve Howe in GTR, with Carl Palmer and Keith Emerson in the ELP offshoot 3, and has performed with Ambrosia and The Tubes. His band, December People, which includes Sammy Hagar and […]

Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

The Chicago resident has been exciting blues audiences worldwide for decades. But he built his reputation working the local club circuit, playing for African-American audiences and Chuck Berry-inspired rock for suburban white kids.

Dick Taylor

From R&B Psychedelia With the Pretty Things

When the Pretty Things’ 50th anniversary was marked with Bouquets From A Cloudy Sky – a huge boxed set containing 11 CDs and other goodies – the cover of the 100-page, 12×12 hardcover book pictured lead singer Phil May and lead guitarist Dick Taylor. Of course, there were other band members, and May and Taylor […]

Have Guitar Will Travel – 039 Featuring Lyle Workman

In Episode 39 of “Have Guitar Will Travel,” host James Patrick Regan speaks with guitarist/composer Lyle Workman, whose new solo album was recorded at Abbey Road. After growing up in the South Bay of San Francisco, he played in Bourgeois Tagg, Todd Rundgren’s band, and became a go-to in the L.A. studio scene. For the […]

Have Guitar Will Travel 074 – Molly Moore with her guitarist Ariel Bellvalaire and MUNA’s Josette Maskin

Episode 74 of “Have Guitar Will Travel” opens with host James Patrick Regan speaking with Molly Moore and her guitarist, Ariel Bellvalaire. Ariel grew up in the Connecticut and moved to L.A. when she was 15. Starting on guitar at 12 and influenced by Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhodes, and Steve Vai, she studied at […]

Fender’s 60th Anniversary Jazz Bass

Golden-Era Glory

Though it looks to be straight from a ’60s catalog, Fender’s 60th Anniversary Jazz Bass isn’t a true reissue. Rather, it’s a “celebration” of the innovation, style, and vibe appreciated by anyone lucky enough to have ever played an original “stack knob” Jazz. At 9 pounds, 4 ounces, the 60th Anniversary’s alder body is neither […]