Gene Baker is a very famous guitar builder with a huge experience in the field. He now leads B3 Guitars his own brand within the Premier Builders Guild. He has a very rich career in the guitar building business. He worked for many guitar greats such as Robben Ford.
Here's a Doug Kauer interview. Meeting with Doug in Berlin during the Holy Grail Guitar Show was one of the highlight for me as I am a big fan of the look of his guitars.
There is not a lot of women in the world of lutherie so I am always ready to jump on one when I meet one. So here's a Sophie Dockx interview. Sophie was at the Holy Grail Guitar show for Dorian Guitars. She is guitar luthier but for Dorian she is the designer of the instruments.
Ulrich Teuffel is one of the reason I came to Berlin for the Holy Grail Guitar Show. In fact when we met earlier this year in Francfort for the Musikmesse, he told me at the end of the interview we did there that I really should come to Berlin. At the time it seemed like a distant project I was not sure I could finance.
When Derek Trucks was in town for the Tedeschi Trucs Band at the Olympia Hall, I had the opportunity to go on stage and take pics of all the stage gear.
Here's the full length interview of Derek Trucks done right before the Paris concert at the Olympia of the Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Here's a William Grit Laskin interview done at the 2014 Holy Grail Guitar show. Grit was one of the special guest for this very first edition of the show.
In June 2013 I had the pleasure of meeting Jonny Lang for the release of his album "Fight For My Soul."
Subject discussed in the interview
+ His first guitar
+ His influences
+ The relationship between singing and guitar playing
+ The genesis of Fight For My Soul
+ The equipment used for recording
+ His wisdom advice for musicians
+ Upcoming projects
+ And many other things
Thanks to Lisa Ortola and Romain Marengo from the great Jonny Lang fan website jonnylang.fr, here's a full written transcription of the interview.
Greg Koch interview - Greg was all over the Musikmesse 2014, from the Fishman booth to demo their new Fluence pickups, to the Fender booth and also on the big Agora stage. In this interview Greg talks about those new pickups, about this trio setup specially for the Musikmesse with Yolanda Charles on bass and vocal and Nicolas Viccaro on drums.
Greg Koch interview
Get your Backstage Pass to watch the video interview with Greg.
It was a blast to see him play.
Heike Matthiesen has been a regular guest on the show. Each time I come to the Musikmesse I interview her. Each time it's a lot of fun to talk to such a passionate musician.
Ulrich Teuffel has some very innovative design ideas that he has implemented in his instruments over the years (see photos below).
Nik Huber has a well deserved reputation amongst guitar builders. I had a blast talking to him and getting to know his work better.
It's the 3rd time I have the huge pleasure to meet Paul Reed Smith. The first time was in 2004, I was living in Montréal, Canada at the time and Paul was in town for a clinic. It was 5 years before I started The Guitar Channel so no need to say I did not do any interview.
The second time was 7 years later in 2011, it was my very first Musikmesse. I went straight to the PRS booth when I arrived in Frankfurt.
Here are the 12 backing tracks from Ivano Icardi's album "Walking with the Giants" : 75 Mb zip file
Please note that the file also includes an e-book with chord charts and transcriptions.
To allow you to study his music, Ivano has published on YouTube a series of cool videos where he shows at normal speed then at slow speed some key parts of his music.
As a complement for Ivano Icardi interview in this episode, here is a bonus package with two full backing tracks with chord charts and transcriptions in PDF :
The Snatch (in video below)
Link to the 79 Mb zip file
List of files in the 73 MB zip file:
1 - Funky Mama - Backing Track.wav
2 -The Snatch - Backing Track.wav
Funky Mama - Chord Chart.pdf
Funky Mama - Lick.pdf
Funky Mama - Main Riff.pdf
The Snatch - Chord Chart.pdf
The Snatch - Main Theme.pdf
The Snatch - Solo.pdf
Exclusively for the Backstage pass owners, here's the full version of the Eric Bibb interview I did with him for the release of his album Jericho Road.