Unplugged

Interviews

Chuck Morrongiello

Chuck Morrongiello was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 19, 1960. We met on the occasion of the release of The Greatest Love (2016), the last album by Marty Balin (January 30, 1942 - September 27, 2018), the legendary American musician who is known for being the lead singer, composer and founder of the band Jefferson Airplane. Chuck was the last...

Erja Lyytinen

Erja Lyytinen (7 July, 1976) is a Finnish guitarist, vocalist and songwriter.   Lyytinen’s debut record was Attention! in 2002, and since then she has released a further 10 studio albums, including her current record Another World, which she describes as “stepping into new territory, musically and spiritually… discovering the...

Don Felder

Don Felder (21 September 1947) is an American guitar legend who was a key member of The Eagles, with whom he played for over a quarter of a century. Among his enormous contributions to the band, he cowrote the huge international hit Hotel California.   Felder also played and toured with Crosby and Nash, among many others, and in 2008...

Wilko Johnson

Wilko Johnson (12 July 1947) is an enormously loved and respected guitarist and singer. He was a founder member of Dr Feelgood in the 1970s and played rhythm for Ian Dury and the Blockheads in the early 80s, before forming The Wilko Johnson Band around 1984.     In 2013, when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he responded...

Emily Wolfe

American guitarist Emily Wolfe (11 May 1990), who has just released her eponymous debut album, is light, warm, and open in conversation; but there is also a darker side to her personality. And these two extremes are strongly expressed in her music, to powerful effect.   If you haven’t heard her yet, take a moment now to listen to...

Caroline Jones

Participating in the NAMM Show (Anaheim, California) is always an emotional occasion. And for a European it is even more so. To the fascination of the innovative musical instruments, is added an almost uncontrollable curiosity to discover new sounds and voices, which do not always reach the other side of the ocean.    In fact,...

Eve Monsees

Eve Monsees was born in Houston on 12 October 1983, but moved to the ‘Blues Mecca’ of Austin, Texas, aged eight.   Monsees got her first guitar at 12 and soon began hooking up with her schoolmate, Gary Clark Jr., to regularly practise playing the blues. At 15 they began sitting in on jams at Austin clubs, and within a year they...

Xtatic5

The online magazine AltFloyd called Xtatic5’s debut album ‘a diamond in the rough’ and said that “Do You Want to Play? surprises us at the same time as it brings names like David Bowie to mind”; while Rock y Punk described the band as having “complex harmonies and high quality lyrics full of human and social content. Bands like...

Frank Gambale

Frank Gambale, born on December 22, 1958, is an Australian jazz fusion guitarist who has made many innovations in his field, such as the techniques known as 'sweep picking' and 'economy picking'. He has released over 20 solo albums, from his influential debut Brave New Guitar in 1985 to Soulmine in 2012 and Salve (2018), in addition to having...

Gretchen Menn

American guitar wizard Gretchen Menn draws on many genres, including classical, rock and jazz music, to journey into entirely new terrain.   Menn’s unique composition and orchestration skills on her first solo album Hale Souls (2011) have been surpassed on her most recent Abandon All Hope (2016), where she ventures into Dante’s...

Vicki Genfan

American acoustic six string virtuoso Vicki Genfan (15 June 1959) is widely recognised to be among the world’s greatest guitarists.     She uses uncommon open tunings and ‘slap-tapping’ to play a mix of pop, funk, jazz and world music in a contemporary folk context.   Genfan regularly...

Bob Taylor

Taylor Guitars is an American guitar manufacturer that was founded in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug and is now a world leader in the building of acoustic guitars and semi-hollow electric guitars.   Bob Taylor was just 18 when he began working in a luthiers, where he met Kurt Listug. When two years later the owner decided...

Larkin Poe

Larkin Poe – named after a great great great grandfather - is fronted by talented American sisters Rebecca (30 January 1991) and Megan (12 May 1989) Lovell.   Rebecca plays mandolin and lead guitar, and Megan plays lap steel, although they are both multi-instrumentalists. The “little sisters of the Allman Brothers”, as...

Greg Howe

American fusion guitarist Greg Howe’s (8 December, 1963) first eponymous album was released in 1988, and was soon declared one of the top 10 shred albums of all time by Guitar World magazine. Howe has pioneered several guitar styles including fast left-hand legato passages and the “hammer on from nowhere" technique, in...

The Pierce Brothers

Australian twins The Pierce Brothers, Jack and Pat, 30, (27 July 1988) began their career busking on the streets of Melbourne before shooting straight to the top of the iTunes charts with their critically lauded 2017 EP 'The Records Were Ours'. The pair then embarked on a world tour, which doesn’t seem to have stopped since. Their journey...

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...