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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...

John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band (1970)

On one of the most naked and unadorned records in history, John Lennon tells the world that the Beatles dream is over and the he now only believes in himself...well, in Yoko Ono and him. An album that serves as therapy for the artist with some of the most personal lyrics of his career and with spartan accompaniment despite having the famous ‘Wall...

Gary Rossington

Gary Rossington's life has always been surrounded by a strange scent, the unique stench of death. From the time that his father died when he was a child, his life has been shaken by cruel visits from the lady of the scythe. In 1971 his mother died, the person he was closest to and in honor of which he named his Les Paul Standard of 59,...

Mark Knopfler - On the Road Wherever (2018)

Mark Knopfler, apart from being Dire Straits’ ex-frontman and a guitar hero to many, is a known motorbike fan. Now 69, and with his legacy assured, the cover of Down the Road Wherever apparently indicates a calmness and openness to whatever comes his way.   Knopfler seems to be taking advantage of this moment to be...

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...

Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard Of Ozz (1981)

Ozzy Osbourne, rock God extraordinaire as lead singer of Black Sabbath, the band many say invented heavy metal, released his first solo album Blizzard of Ozz in 1981, it is a remarkable set of neo-classical metal that became a pillar of metal guitar. Upon its release there was real doubt whether Ozzy was up to the task after his...

John Mayall

As one of the few elderly headmasters of the school of British blues/rock, John Mayall was perhaps as adept at personnel changes, and providing context for the Chicago blues, as he was as a showman in his own right. His Bluesbreakers throughout the 60s became something of a ‘honing station’ for many budding blues guitarists before setting out...

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...

Eddie Kramer

At Guitars Exchange, as should happen in all the media where people speak, even just in passing, of electric guitars, Christmas Eve is not celebrated on December 24 but on November 27 - and this is not precisely about when Black Friday or Cyber ​​Monday falls - because on November 27 we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jimi...

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold As Love (1967)

When the world had not yet recovered from the tremendous impact of Are You Experienced?, released barely 7 months before, the Jimi Hendrix Experience was back with his 2nd masterpiece from 1967. It was December 1, 1967, and the world of rock and thus the electric guitar, returned to bow at the feet of its new Master and Lord. Of course Hendrix...

Nita Strauss - Controlled Chaos (2018)

Despite being the album she “always wanted to make” and having worked regularly with top acts like Alice Cooper, Steve Vai and Jermaine Jackson for years, it is clear that LA native Nita Strauss (7 December 1986) needed to wait a little until she had the confidence to embark on her debut solo album, Controlled Chaos, released 16...

The Allman Brothers - Idlewild South (1970)

In February of 1970, the Allman Brothers went into the studio to record their 2nd album. The sessions were squeezed into the few dates they had open between their uncountable concerts. The band’s leader Duane Allman used these gigs to try out new material provided by his brother Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, making arrangements on the...

Richard Thompson - 13 Rivers (2018)

Richard Thompson is an amazing guitarist and a highly talented songwriter but, let’s say, he is not the cheeriest of souls.   However if dark is your thing, you can find it hear in spades. And fortunately, while Thompson does not quite have the wit of Tom Waits, he does have sarcasm and a unique style that lifts his songs far...

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...

Neil Young - After The Gold Rush (1970)

After tasting the sweet success with Crosby, Stills & Nash on Déjà Vu, Neil Young resumed that same year, 1970, his solo career with After the Gold Rush, his 3rd record on his own after his stint with Buffalo Springfield. It is a record where he combines things from his previous 2, the country flavour and folk arrangements from the first, and...

Joe Bonamassa - Redemption (2018)

New Yorker Joe Bonamassa has been on the music scene for some 26 years. The boy prodigy started his ascent when he was 12, by opening for B.B.King, and hasn’t stopped since. He’s teamed up with the likes of Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, Beth Hart, Foreigner, Steve Winwood, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks to list just a few. His latest release...

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 Police - Outlandos D'Amour (1978)

It is difficult to believe now that the debut album of The Police, released 40 years ago this week, was an outrageous double-bet at the time.       Firstly because Stewart Copeland’s brother, Miles, lent the band 1,500 pounds (approx 8,200 pounds in today’s currency) to allow them to record music he didn’t...

Fred "Sonic" Smith

Fred 'Sonic' Smith was the high priest of the High Octane Rock Church of Detroit. Along with MC5 and Sonic's Rendezvous Band, he was ahead of the punk and distortion storms of alternative rock. His exchange of furious electricity discharge with Wayne Kramer were the punk equivalent to those of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. He never...