Unplugged

Interviews

J. Willgoose Esq.

PSB began in August 2009 with J. Willgoose Esq. (13 April 1982) picking up his guitar and being inspired to draw on recordings of key historic events for ‘lyrics’.   The London-based band soon added Wrigglesworth on drums and J. F. Abraham on bass; although in practise they all are multi-instrumentalists.  ...

The Great Kat

American Katherine Thomas (6 June 1966) was a formally dressed classical musician who studied violin at the prestigious New York Juilliard School, which counts Philip Glass, Nina Simone and Nigel Kennedy among its former students.     Then, one day, she radically transformed herself into ‘The Great Kat’, dressed in...

John Lee Hooker Jr.

“Like father, like son” goes the English phrase.   And in many ways that is true for leading blues artists John Lee Hooker and his son, John Lee Hooker Jr., as they both share similar values and have led extraordinary lives.    Tracks like ‘Boogie Chillen' (1948), ‘Boom Boom’ (1962), and ‘One Bourbon, One...

Steven Van Zandt

Steve Van Zandt is known mainly for 2 things, his more than 50 years of friendship with Bruce Springsteen, more than 40 of those as his lieutenant in the E Street Band, and his celebrated role as Silvio Dante in one of the most legendary TV series in history: The Sopranos. But his remarkable solo work is often overlooked, whether writing or...

Peter Frampton Interview

British-born Peter Frampton (22 April 1950) is a guitarist, singer-songwriter and all-time rock legend.   Frampton began his career at 14 in The Preachers working with Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones; he went to school (and later toured) with David Bowie; and then formed Humble Pie before going solo and becoming a global superstar,...

Donna Grantis

With her distinctive shaved hairstyle, Canadian Donna Grantis is perhaps best known as Prince’s female guitarist in his performing trio 3RDEYEGIRL and the New Power Generation.  Named as one of 50 top female guitarists by Guitar Player magazine, Grantis composed the title track to Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL’s 2014...

Laura Cox

When Laura Cox uploaded her first guitar video to Youtube in 2008 she could scarcely have imagined the astounding reaction she would have. Since that time her clips have garnered more than 70 million views, her channel has over 260,000 subscribers, and her skill on the six-string has been complimented by living blues legend, Joe...

Ultima Experiencia

Última Experiencia; lead singer and guitarist Miguel Ángel Ariza, bassman José Alberto Solís, and drummer Carlos Lahoz: have stayed away from the scourge of fashions and trends, managing to mold a solid career out of it with a fervent belief in something that is almost a religion to them: rock. And from the moment they decided to call...

Xuefei Yang

One of the world’s top classical guitarists, Xuefei Yang (Beijing, 15 March 1977) was the first guitarist in China to enter a music school, the first Chinese guitarist to study in the UK, and the first internationally recognised Chinese guitarist on the global stage.   Lauded as a prodigious talent by Joaquín Rodrigo and...

Dodi Battaglia

"E La Storia Continua..." is the title of the record that Dodi Battaglia (June 1, 1951) released in October 2017, a double live record cut during the summer tour that took the Bolognese guitarist back one more time, to roam around Italy. But I’m not here to talk about the record (which, one must say, complies 30 lovely songs, with the best of...

Sue Foley

Multi-award winning Canadian Sue Foley (29 March 1968) is one of the top Blues musicians in the world.   Foley has toured the globe with her distinctive pink paisley Fender Telecaster and has worked and shared stage with artists such as BB King, Buddy Guy and Tom Petty.   She has also worked to raise funds for the...

David Potts

Peter Hook and the Light played Joy Division and New Order classics at their concert in Madrid’s Mon Club on 24 November 2017, and Guitars Exchange interviewed band member David Potts about Ian Curtis, Hooky, and the specific challenges their music presents.     If there are any doubts about whether Peter Hook and the Light...

Adrian Belew

American Adrian Belew (23 December, 1949) is an incredibly versatile guitarist whose skill on the six string often puts in the shadow his exceptional gifts as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer. Among his many achievements, he recently won an Oscar for his musical contribution to the Pixar film ‘Piper’. ...

Ana Popovic

Brought up surrounded by almost nightly live jam sessions in her very own home, Serbian Ana Popović seems to have the blues running in her blood. Popović leads her own band and has released 10 solo albums, nearly all of which have made it to the top five of the Billboard Blues Charts.   She has shared top billing around the...

Jennifer Batten

Who cannot picture king of pop Michael Jackson belting out a song next to lead guitarist Jennifer Batten, with her tower of peroxide blonde hair flowing behind?   It is an iconic cultural image branded on the minds of anyone who saw her play on Jackson's Bad (1987–1989), Dangerous (1992)...

Gail Ann Dorsey

American Gail Ann Dorsey is perhaps best known as David Bowie’s long-term bass guitarist, but she is also a singer and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with an incredible range of top artists that include: Eric Clapton, Tears for Fears, INXS, Gwen Stefani, The The, Boy George, the B52s, Lou Reed, NIN, and many more.  She...

Badi Assad Interview

If you have ever had the sensation that you cannot believe what you are seeing or hearing is really happening, then you are in some small way prepared for the experience of the Brazilian virtuoso guitarist Badi Assad.   It is true that Assad is one of only three women on Rolling Stone’s list of 70 Brazilian guitar masters, whose...

Muriel Anderson Interview

Muriel Anderson is one of the world's foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists. She is the first female to have won the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship. Her recent CD 'Nightlight Daylight' has won top honours in 11 national awards and is slated to receive another in October.   Illinois-born but of Finnish...

Lita Ford Interview

Lita Ford is a British-born American rock legend.   Ford -"heavy metal’s leading female rocker" according to Rolling Stone - was lead guitarist for the Runaways in the late 1970s before starting a solo career that saw her co-write the hit ´Close my eyes forever´ with Ozzy Osbourne, among many others.   Her...