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Simon McBride interview (@smcbridemusic)

I was very happy to interview Simon McBride (aka @smcbridemusic) via Skype as his music kept on showing up when I did some listening in shuffle mode to go through all the music I receive.

And each time it happened I said to myself  "I really MUST have this guy in the show!".

That's the method I use: I hit play and if the music I hear interests me I take a note.

Clare Free
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Clare Free interview (@ClareFree1)

I am very happy to present you with the second interview on the Channel of a women guitar player with Clare Free (aka @ClareFree1).

As a reminder the first women interviewed was Heike Matthiesen whom I interviewed in french in episode #103 at last year MusikMesse.

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Lee Ritenour
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Lee Ritenour interview

Another guitar super star on this episode with none other than Lee Ritenour. I had the opportunity to call him on his cell during a 15 minute break he was taking during a recording session of his next album.

The Six String Theory website: sixstringtheory.com
Extracts played before the Lee Ritenour interview
In the episode you will get to hear three extracts from the "Six String Theory" album published in 2010:

Lay It Down (feat. Lee Ritenour & John Scofield)
68 (feat. Neal Schon, Slash & Steve Lukather)
Why I Sing the Blues (feat. Keb' Mo', B.B.

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@EricBibb interview: Deeper In The Well

It's a great pleasure for me to present you with a second interview with the great blues man Eric Bibb (aka @ericbibb). The first one is in episode #68.

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Last week I published the Bryan Beller interview in this episode, this week none other than Guthrie Govan himself.

As you can guess I was thrilled to speak to Guthrie who is one of the srongest rising star of guitar playing.

The Aristocrats is what you can call a super group with Guthrie Govan on the guitar, Bryan Beller on bass on Marco Minnemann on drums. I had the great opportunity to talk to 2 out of the 3 members of the band.

Here is part 1 of 2 with the interview of Bryan Beller who also played with none other than Steve Vai among many others.

I tremendously enjoyed the Aristocrats debut album.

Tony Macalpine interview: an ever evolving shredder
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Tony Macalpine interview: an ever evolving shredder

I am happy to present you with an interview of Tony Macalpine, one of the not-so-numerous survivor of the 80s shredder era.

Philip Sayce - Steamroller
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Philip Sayce interview – Steamroller time!

Philip Sayce (aka @philipsayce on Twitter) is a very prolific and talented singer and guitar player, here he is with another very powerful album called Steamroller (Release date: February 27th 2012).

To speak about it we did a Skype interview just last week so, hot from the press if I can say, here is the second interview of Philip on The Guitar Channel (the first one is in this episode).

Steamroller extracts played before the interview

Steamroller
Black Train

Enjoy,

Pierre.

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Bjorn Berge - Blackwood
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Bjorn Berge interview

For the second time I had the pleasure to meet and interview Bjorn Berge the great norwegian guitar player. The first time was last year in this episode. The guy can be pretty intimidating but he is very cool and extremely nice.

I was at his New Morning show the night before we did the interview, he gave a superb show. The place was packed and the crowd very responsive to Bjorn.

Eric McFadden
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Eric Mcfadden interview

I met Eric McFadden when he was in Paris for a couple of shows as well as promoting his latest album "Bluebird On Fire".

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Popa Chubby interview (@Popachubb)

For the 2nd time (see this episode for the 1st interview), I had the pleasure to interview Popa Chubby as he was in paris to promote his latest album Back To New York City. After the interview we did a video recording of the song Pound Of Flesh you will see in next week episode.

Meeting and interviewing Popa is always some kind of adventure, this time we were supposed to to the interview in a radio studio but during the show he broke two strings so we had to go back to the hotel to get some new strings.

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Do you have any idea how it feels to get to interview such a guitar legend a Mr Leslie West??

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Hedras Ramos interview (@hedrasramoslive)
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Hedras Ramos interview

Hedras Ramos interview - For the first time ever, a guitar player from Central America on show, please meet Hedras Ramos from Guatemala! This musician is only 19 but is showing a musical maturity way beyond his age. His latest album (no, it is not his first CD, it's the third one!) "Atoms And Space" is a great CD I took a lot of pleasure to discover.

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For this episode I am very happy to have Jon Herington with me on the show.

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Paul Gilbert interview (@PaulGilbertRock)

For the second time I had the great pleasure to interview the very tall Paul Gilbert while he was in Paris finishing his 40 date solo tour to promote his own album "Fuzz Universe".

Last time I met the guy was last year when he was touring with MrBig, the interview is on episode #26.

During the interview I asked questions on "Fuzz Universe" but also on "What If..." the next MrBig record which will be released in Europe early 2011.

Great shot of Paul by Nidhal Marzouk (www.yog-photography.com) during the Trabendo show in Paris on December 19th:

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Popa Chubby interview (@Popachubb)

Popa Chubby is a New-York born guitar player which is pretty famous in France, I had the pleasure to interview him just before he played the Cabaret Sauvage in Paris.

As usual, before the intervie you will hear some extracts from his latest album "The Fight Is On":

The Fight Is On
We Got Some Rocking To Do
The Right Time
Steelhorse Serenade

Happy listening,

Pierre.

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Bjorn Berge interview

Here is a great acoustic norwegian guitar player in this episode.

Dave Weiner - On Revolute
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Dave Weiner interview (@daveweiner)

For the second time I had the opportunity to talk with Dave Weiner.

I had the pleasure this quiet but VERY intense bluesman, believe me, he has a DEEP voice and it is quite a feat to interview such a nice gentleman with such an articulate way to express himself.

His album "Booker's Guitar" is a pure joy and if Eric plays near you, go check him out!

Eric official website: www.ericbibb.com

Happy listening,

Pierre.

 

Danko Jones
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Danko Jones interview

I am sure you heard at least once the hit "Do You Kiss On The First Date?", the song is great, the guitars are juicy and the opening riff is massive! Well, this gem comes from the Toronto based trio called Danko Jones.

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Philip Sayce and his an innerevolution

I had the great pleasure to interview Philip Sayce, a superb guitar player, while he was in Paris to do some promo for his latest album Innerevolution.

Links

www.philipsayce.com
Galerie de superbes photos de Tasunka du concert du 26 mai de Philip Sayce

Happy listening,

Pierre.

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None other than Nuno Bettencourt in this episode!! I just had today the opportunity to meet and interview this incredible musician I have been a fan of since the early days of Extreme.

A true rock icon in this episode with Matthias Jabs from Scorpions, super-nice guy and very talkative.

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Vernon Reid interview – Living Colour

This is the ONE YEAR anniversary episode of The Guitar Channel!!
Let me tell you it was quite a ride the past 12 months. Even in my wildest dreams when I started I did not think about being able to meet so many great musicians, from Steve Vai to Pierre Bensusan??? No Way!! And here we are, 50 episodes later with many interviews and guitar soundseeings, one year later, going stronger than ever.

Peter Finger
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Peter Finger and Dylan Fowler interviews

In this episode two superb guitar players I interviewed just before the International Guitar Night at the New-Morning in Paris back in September:

Peter Finger

Dylan Fowler

Links:

www.guitar-night.com
www.peter-finger.com
www.myspace.com/dylanfowler1

Happy listening,

Pierre.

Bruce Kulick
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Bruce Kulick interview, KISS lead guitar player

Another guitar super-star on The Guitar Channel with none other than Bruce Kulick himself!!

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Meeting with Mattias "IA" Eklundh was an experience. The guitar player for the swedish power-trio Freak Kitchen is very funny and manages to be also very serious in his answers at the same time.
I have to admit I discovered very recently the music from Freak Kitchen (shame on me, I know!) and I was more than anxious to discuss with such a guitar player.

They will be in France in 2010 (February 2nd at La Maroquinerie in Paris) so don't miss them if they come near you.

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Dave Weiner interview (@daveweiner)

As a follow-up to this episode (where you can listen to a Steve Vai interview) I did a Skype interview with his guitar player for the last 10 years, Dave Weiner.

The 35 minutes plus conversation was recorded through Skype so please excuse the couple of drop-outs you will hear here and there.

Thanks a ton to Dave who took the time to answer all my questions.

Watch out on his website for his up-coming solo album very soon...

Links:

www.daveweiner.com
www.riffoftheweek.com
www.youtube.com/riffoftheweek

Happy listening,

Pierre.

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Paul Gilbert interview (@PaulGilbertRock)

I was able to meet Paul Gilbert for a 15 minute interview a couple of hours before the MrBig show in Paris at Le Bataclan on September 16th 2009.

As per his reputation, Paul was very nice and answered all my questions.

Happy listening,

Pierre.

Steve Vai interview (@stevevai) - Where The Wild Things Are

I almost lost sleep for a week when I learned I was about to interview Steve Vai! I am that big of a fan. I had a blast talking to him. He was extremely nice on the phone and answered all my questions.

Subjects discussed in the Steve Vai interview

Steve talks about his latest live CD/DVD Where The Wild Things Are
About his music
His band
His guitars
And plenty of other stuff

The live CD/DVD Where the Wild Things Are is a great testimony to how good Steve can be when he performs live.