Unplugged

Legends

John Mayer - Continuum (2006)

 Stepping Up, from Pop to Blues On Continuum (12 September, 2006; Colombia Records) John Mayer sought to draw on the spirit of Hendrix, Clapton and BB King to give his music a blues edge that had been lacking on his previous two offerings: Room for Squares (2001) and Heavier Things (2003). The gamble paid off as Continuum sold more than...

Cliff Gallup

The approximate time that Clifton E. Gallup, better known as Cliff Gallup, was in the front line of rock & roll was eight months, from February 1956, when he was part of Gene Vincent's backing band, until October 18 when he had his last recording session with the singer. In those eight months he recorded 35 songs with Vincent that form, along...

Fast Eddie Clarke

To talk about 'Fast' Eddie Clarke is to talk about Motörhead… yes, we know that he had already been playing for more than 10 years when he met Lemmy, including his time with Zeus, Curtis Knight's progressive blues band, and also that when he left the mythical band he formed Fastway, another more than acceptable band. But it was his six years...

Hank Williams

Hank Williams was called the hillbilly Shakespeare and, believe me, this is not an exaggeration; his imprint on country music is absolutely gigantic. In just six years of recording career Williams left a legacy that still remains the Rosetta Stone of the genre.   If the US popular music of the early twentieth century has what is...

Johnny Cash, the greatest storyteller

"Hello, I'm Johnny Cash" - these simple words served to assure the audience that they were before possibly the best storyteller in popular music of the twentieth century. There were people with better and more expressive voices, but nobody knew how to make better use of his than Johnny Cash; every word that came out of his mouth rang true and you...

Steve Jones

To understand the importance and significance of Steve Jones and the Sex Pistols, but also all the misunderstandings around them, just take a look at the British singles charts of December 1976, the same month in which they became stars, and also the most hated guys in the country. We see artists and groups like Johnny Mathis, ABBA, Mike Oldfield,...

The Byrds - Untitled (1970)

The best summary of their career The 1970 Byrds were a totally different group from the one that had pioneered folk rock, but they didn't have much to do with the psychedelic band either; not even with the one that had practically invented country rock in 1968 with Sweetheart Of The Rodeo. The only common link was Roger McGuinn and his...

Richie Sambora

Seen A Million Faces  Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi may have written a song about life on the road that peaked at number 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, featured in TV shows and movies, and kickstarted the hugely successful MTV unplugged series, but it all was made possible by Sambora’s mother not doing the laundry the day they...

Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren had it all to be a big star, he was a multi-instrumentalist, production magician, great composer and, as a finishing touch, a guitar ace (which would lead him, some time later, to be part of Ringo Starr's All Stars). But at the moment when success crossed his path, he decided to throw it overboard to follow his own creative path and...

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Whisper On A Scream   On the official music video for Blue on Black Kenny Wayne Shepherd is shown driving his large red car across an open desert with his girlfriend by his side, but then the scene cuts to show him entering a bar on his own, as Noah Hunt sings you “slipped right from my hand” - and you know the opening scene is...

Joey Santiago

Shaping the sound of alternative rock Joey Santiago is the Pixies’ secret weapon, the unostentatious man who quietly added the perfect sounds to his friend Black Francis' songs so that Francis and Kim Deal could shine on the front line. With a Les Paul on his back, Santiago shaped the alternative rock sound that would conquer the world in...

Nancy Wilson - You And Me (2021)

Following her Heart Nancy Wilson is well known as Heart’s guitarist and composer of key songs like Barracuda, Magic Man and Crazy on You, but as a singer she has inevitably been in second line behind her sister Ann. Yes, Nancy released a live album under her own name -1999’s Live at McCabe’s Guitar Shop - but it has taken nearly five...

Steve Clark

The Pain and the Glory  The American rock band Tesla toured with Def Leppard’s guitarist Steve Clark before his untimely death and later wrote a song about him called Song & Emotion, which began with the lyric:    “I see him there most ev'ry day,A lonely man and his guitar.In his eyes, I see the pain,All the...

Mark Tremonti

As anyone who loves live music knows, a show can create a magic that you never forget but it can, just occasionally, feel you leaving massively let down. And from a musician’s perspective, that is the thrill of stepping up on a stage in front of a crowd… it is do or die.     So imagine for a second the feelings of...

Eddie Hazel

In early 1971, at Detroit’s United Sound Systems’ studios, a band of musicians, who looked like aliens just out of a mothership, are recording their third album. The leader and ideologist of this motley group has some chords on which he wants his guitarist to improvise a solo, and both have taken LSD and seem to be on another planet. Before...

Steven Tyler

In 1973 Aerosmith’s eponymous first album was selling poorly, and as a result the band were close to being dropped by their label. At this low point Steven Tyler however was able to draw on something that harked back to when he was just a few years old, and used to lie under the piano as his father played; because that was where he got the...

Leo Fender

Normally from Guitars Exchange we talk about some of the most mythical, and best, guitarists in history, people like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, David Gilmour and Jeff Beck. Today, however, we are going to speak of someone who wasn't even capable of tuning a guitar and who, even so, is a fundamental figure in this whole story, as well as the...

James Taylor

James Taylor was the incarnation of the singer-songwriter in the 70's, with soft compositions that caressed like the Laurel Canyon breeze and a particular fingerpickin' style on the guitar that not only colored his own records but also appeared on some of the most important albums of that decade, such as Joni Mitchell's Blue and Carole King's...

Brian Robertson

It is curious that this guitarist, who was in love with Peter Green and B.B. King, ended up marking forever the sound of all the heavy and metal bands of the 80s. Brian Robertson may not be a name known to the general public but there was not a single hard rock band in the 80s that was not influenced by the sound of his harmonized guitar together...