When you think of guitar, which artists do you think of? I suppose it’s all a matter of opinion, really. That said, Jerry Douglas is one of the top players out there today, and has been for 40 some odd years.
When Andrew and I started Vinyl Writer, one of the first things I said to him was, “You gotta interview The Dave Kellan Band. They’re awesome.” I’m thrilled to finally have the chance to show the world just how awesome this band is!
Amid the buzz of his new album, teaching guitar via Skype, and Masterclasses for Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy Camp, Joel was kind enough to take time out of his restless schedule to sit with me to discuss Running Games, and much more.
I’ve said before, the Rock game has long been dominated by men. These days, there are so many incredible, shredding lead guitarists out there who are females and in this way, Rock has never had more balance than it does now.
The new age of of fierce, rocking female guitarists is stronger than ever. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing several already, and it’s my pleasure to have Nikki Stringfield with us today.
Steve Brown, founder of Hard Rock band Trixter, has spent the last 40 years rocking with the likes of Dennis DeYoung, Def Leppard and of course- Trixter. He’s one of the hardest working, dedicated and talented guitarists of his era- of any era, really.
Mark Whitfield is a fantastic Jazz guitarist who has been at it for over 30 years. He has collaborated with some of the finest musicians in the business across all genres to great success. His influence is undoubted during his era, and when it is all said and done, Mark will stand side by side all of the other greats of past, present and future.
The late 70s and early 80s era of Arrogance is especially good. Their musicianship was top notch. As the guitarist of Arrogance during that period, Rod Abernethy was a huge part of their sound. Rod is truly one of the underrated guitarists of his generation.
Steve Hackett’s early explorations of two-handed tapping and sweep picking were far ahead of their time, and influenced the likes of Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhodes and an entire generation of guitarists to come. Steve’s work with Genesis as well as his solo work lays bare a body of work that is second to none.
Kerry Marshall Jr, known professionally as Kerry “2Smooth” Marshall has steadily become one of the most sought after axes for hire in music today. Not only has Kerry worked with some of the most talented musicians on the planet (as you’ll learn below) across multiple genres.