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The Black Keys - Delta Kream (2021)

Back To The Swamp When the Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney wrapped up their tour in support of 2019’s Let’s Rock they headed for Auerbach’s Easy Eye studio in Nashville to kick back, and the result is this wonderful ‘swampy blues’ 11-song cover album Delta Kream (14 May 2021; Nonesuch...

Rory Gallagher - Rory Gallagher (1971)

The beginning of a new stage After their renowned appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, Taste seemed destined to stardom, but financial disagreements with their manager and a clash of egos among their members - basically that the other two components also wanted a share of the credit that Rory Gallagher took – led to the band...

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...

Peter Frampton - Frampton Forgets The Words (2021)

The Phenix Returns Peter Frampton is back with his legendary Phenix guitar on his latest all-instrumental album Frampton Forgets the Words (23 April, 2021; Ume), and it is both nostalgic – in the best possible sense - and highly accomplished.     Nostalgic because Frampton is suffering from a disease, inclusion body...

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...

Gary Lucas - The Essential (2021)

The perfect introduction to the wonderful world of Gary LucasGary Lucas is, unfairly, a footnote in rock history, with his work on Captain Beefheart's last two albums before his retirement and his collaboration with Jeff Buckley on the seminal Grace, composed alongside the singer, and his "Magical Guitarness" on Mojo Pin and the title track, being...

Blackberry Smoke - You Hear Georgia (2021)

Georgia On Our Mind Southern rock band Blackberry Smoke’s You Hear Georgia (28th May 2021; Thirty Tigers) is a warm homage to the group’s home state on the twentieth anniversary of their founding. Recorded in Nashville’s legendary RCA Studio the songs evoke Georgia’s people and places, as well as its close ties with other southern...

Pat Metheny - Road To The Sun (2021)

From Impro to Compo    On Road To The Sun (5 March 2021; BMG Modern Recordings), guitar legend Pat Metheny eschews his Ibanez PM200-NT in favour of his mythical 42-string Pikasso, but his real achievement here is in composition.     Such is Metheny’s genius that the 20-time Grammy winner reportedly put...

The Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker (1990)

Great, classic, rock & roll It is now more than 30 years since The Black Crowes released their debut album, Shake Your Money Maker (13 February, 1990; Def American Recordings), which went on to sell over five million copies, produce five singles and reach number four on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.      Yes,...

St Vincent - Daddy's Home (2021)

Messy, funky, New York sleaze On 2017’s Masseduction Annie Clark, aka St Vincent, plumped for drum machines and synths, while on her latest offering - Daddy’s Home (14 May 2021; Loma Vista Recordings) - guitar and a sumptuous group of female backing vocalists take precedence.     Lyrically, ‘sleaze, alienation...

King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King (1969)

An earthquake in rock Few times in the history of rock can we speak of an album so groundbreaking and innovative that it represents the beginning of something, but In The Court Of The Crimson King is one of those few. Maybe the Canterbury scene, with the seminal Soft Machine, or the Moody Blues’ Days Of Future Passed arrived before, but the...

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...

Traffic - Mr Fantasy (1967)

British psychedelic fantasies Steve Winwood was the young prodigy of the British 60's scene. He started singing with the Spencer Davies Group at the tender age of 14 and by 17 he already had a number one in the charts with Keep On Running, a perfect vehicle for his wonderful voice, heavily influenced by Ray Charles. But Winwood was much more...

Sting - Duets (2021)

Two’s Company Sting is musically restless in the same way that Elvis Costello is; having emerged as leaders of hugely successful new wave bands in the later 1970s they both established strong solo careers and then leveraged their status to make collaborations and explore vastly different styles.   Now approaching 70, Sting’s...

Neil Young - Young Shakespeare (2021)

Journey through the past For quite some time now Neil Young has been embarking on a journey through the past, a journey from which we, his fans, are benefiting from, as we see how his inexhaustible archive, with albums unreleased at the time and mythical concerts, continues to give birth to new volumes, almost without a break. If in February...

James Brown - Sex Machine (1970)

Defining funk foreverThat James Brown is the most important figure in black music is beyond dispute. The guy was there when R&B gave way to rock & roll, and when he was already known as the ‘Godfather of Soul’ he decided to go one step further and create funk with Cold Sweat. By 1969 he had a 13-year long career, 43 top 20 hits on the...

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Willy And The Poor Boys (1969)

John Fogerty’s creative effervescenceWilly And The Poorboys was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s fourth album and the third to appear in 1969, when it was released on November 2 of that year, not even three months had passed since the release of the fabulous Green River, but its leader, and the man who had taken complete control of the band, John...

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...

Pino Palladino And Blake Mills - Notes With Attachments (2021)

Music To Blow Your Mind ByAt Guitars Exchange we don’t just cover the mainstream acts - great as they are - but like to push the envelope and listen to outstanding guitarists who might never make the charts. That is why we’ve interviewed wonderfully talented artists like Mimi Fox, Badi Assad, and Xuefei Yang in the past, and that is why we are...