Riccardo Gioggi contacted me in February 2013, and each time the shuffle mode on my iPhone offered me a song from his album Theory of Dynamics, I took my phone from my pocket to check-out who it was: a very good sign! I had to do an interview with this great musician from Rome, Italy.
Do I need to write an introduction for Warren Haynes? He was in Paris for a concert with Govt Mule so I jumped on the opportunity to interview him guitar in hand to talk about Shout!, the latest Mule release, about his career so far, about his approach to guitar and many more.
Extracts from Shout!
Here's Greg Howe interview. Greg is no newbie, he has been around for a while in the guitar world. I was thrilled to see him involved in a vocal project with the band Maragold with the lead singer Meghan Krauss. Their debut album is super cool. I highly recommend it.
Hey Pete Thorn titled his solo album Guitar Nerd so I guess it gives me the right call him that right? If you are a gear addicts (as we all are at one level) you must have viewed one of the numerous videos Pete has on his YouTube channel.
Nils Lofgren has released a retrospective of his music in the form of a box set of 9 discs! Given his career, especially playing with the Boss, Bruce Springsteen, in recent years, an interview was required.
I admit to not being an expert of his music, so I dove with curiosity in this huge mass of music that reveals very different facets of the musician.
Steve Stevens is one of those guitarists who have many strings to their bow. Indeed, not only is he an outstanding soloist but also a composer who has signed several tubes Billy Idol among other things, not to mention movie soundtracks, his solo projects, etc..
I believe I first heard about Chris Sherland on the Six String Bliss guitar podcast. I read his book, Lead Guitar From The Inside Out and spent quite a lot of time with my iPad to get the most out of it. Here's an interview I did with Chris.
I really enjoyed reading this e-book with my guitar in hands.
Michael Lee Firkins is not a newbie in the guitar business. Some may recall his first albums in the Mike Varney stable of shredders, Shrapnel Records. Michael provides us with Yep (on the Magna Carta label) an album very far from this era with a powerful guitar music.
It's not complicated the only thing I did not like about the album is the cover. That said, I agree, it is a matter of taste and what matters is the music inside.
Here's the Skype interview I did with Peter Frampton, the legendary guitar player with the triple humbucker Les Paul. I had a blast talking to such a huge musician.
Here's Ivano Icardi interview in audio. Ivano, it's all the passion of Italy on a Stratocaster!
Malina Moye sings well, plays lead guitar and is able to be a real performer on stage. An artist who puts a good dose of six strings in Funk, a style of music where our favorite instrument does not play a leading role in general, deserved an interview on The Guitar Channel.
Yossi Sassi is a guitar player from Israël and when I listened to his album Melting Clocks I found he was able to create a very exciting mix of high powered instrumental guitar with oriental music.
I found David Wallimann through his awesome YouTube channel so when I heard about his excellent book Guitar Methods Made Easy I contacted him to organize an interview. You will discover in this interview how he wrote his book, how he developed his approach of modes and many other things.
At one point or another in their learning life all the guitar players are exposed to modes without always understanding everything and above all without actually integrating all the wealth that they have in their playing, at least that was my case.
Here's some heavy rock with this Gus G interview. This guitar player from Greece not only plays with none other than Ozzy Osbourne but also fronts his own band Firewind.
I already said several times, there is a lack of women in the guitar community so when the opportunity arises to interview a musician like Ana Popovic class, I jump at the chance.
After Guthrie Govan in last episode, it is now the turn of Bryan Beller, also a member of the Aristocrats to answer my questions. I had already had the opportunity to interview Bryan in this episode, this time we talked about "Culture Clash" The Aristocrats 2nd studio album, his role as bassist scene behind Joe Satriani and many other things.
Extracts from "Culture Clash" played before the interview:
As the last time we spoke via Skype, it was a lot of fun to interview Bryan who is very open about how he approaches music.
I already had the great pleasure of interviewing Guthrie Govan in this episode, I even met him during the soundcheck before their concert in Paris last year. This time we talked about the second album of this infernal trio which is The Aristocrats.
It was of course also the opportunity to talk about the evolution of the group since its inception almost by chance during a NAMM show, his conception of music and many other things.
Warning this album is intense! It is not to for everybody.
Here's an audio Steve Hackett interview. Steve is a true superstar of the guitar, whether because of his work with in Genesis or through various solo projects or group, he has a touch of his own. Whether you're a fan of progressive rock or not, the music of Steve can not leave you indifferent.
My first contact with Rodney Branigan was through this amazing YouTube video of the song "Body Language" (see below) where he can be seen playing simultaneously a guitar and a mandolin while singing!
Here's a special episode for you with an international conversation among guitar bloggers and podcasters from Australia, the US and France !
If you're a fan of the electric guitar, you must have seen on stage without knowing it at one time or another the guest of this episode, Mike Keneally.
In fact, Mike has played behind Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Frank Zappa and many others.
During the interview we talked among other things about his excellent solo album Wing Beat Fantastic which I offer some excerpts before the interview as usual.
Extracts from Wing Beat Fantastic:
+ Wing Beat Fantastic
+ You Kill Me
Until the next time, keep on playing the guitar !
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Here's a legendary bass player in that episode #185 with Glenn Hughes (aka @glenn_hughes on Twitter) who is currently playing with Black Country Communion with Joe Bonnamassa.
He is not only a great bass player but also a very unique singer with a voice you recognize at the first word of a lyric.
Extracts from "Afterglow" played before the interview :
+ Cry Freedom
+ Common Man
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As I say often, there will never be too many blogs and podcasts about guitar, that's why I am very happy to present you with an interview of Jonathan Bloomer who manages the excellent Guitarnoize I am a big fan of.
Yes, we both talk about guitars. No, we are not competitors.
It seems that the countries from northern Europe have something special to have so many incredible guitar players, Mika Tyyskä from Finland and also known as Mr Fastfinger is one of them.
"In Motion" is a great music album full of superb guitar playing. Yes you will hear some heavy shredding in there but this is NOT your typical shredder's album, it's way more than that.
For the first time ever in the show I present you with an interview of an american musician whose main instrument is NOT the guitar but her great voice.
Beth Hart has played with so many guitar players (from Jeff Beck to Joe Bonnamassa) I thought it was interesting to interview her.
Her last album Bang Bang Boom Boom is full of great songs and cool guitar tones by Randy Flowers.
I can also highly recommend the album she has recorded with Joe Bonnamassa "Don't
It's a very special interview I propose you in this show because you might not know that but I am a big fan of Rory Gallagher who died in 1995 so I jumped on the occasion to interview Rory's brother, Donal, who followed him a lot on the road and who his taking care of Rory's legacy now.
In this interview Donal tells the whole story about how Rory almost joined the Rolling Stones after Mick Taylor quit in 1974.
Marty Friedman is one of those guitar super stars who seems to be going from one project to another non-stop.
I had the pleasure to catch him on Skype for the interview you will hear in this episode.