December 2016

Guitarists

Sam Bush’s Mondo Mando

October 14, 2016
The expressive mandolin pioneer has a lot to say on his new album, Storyman—and he plays a little guitar, too.
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Dex Romweber’s Silvertone Soul

October 14, 2016
A punkabilly guitar legend finds balance in battered guitars, piano ballads, reverb-drenched vibes, and the inspiration of classic gospel and R&B.
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Davy Knowles: 'Three Miles from Avalon' Full Album Premiere

October 13, 2016
The bluesman goes back to basics with his coalescing live band to capture a raw, late-’60s vintage vibe on his third solo LP.
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Goodbye June: “Danger in the Morning” Video Premiere

October 13, 2016
A triple-guitar attack, spacious ’verb, and Southern swag flow through the Nashville group’s latest riff-laden stomper.
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Woodstock Sessions Announces David Torn Workshop

October 12, 2016
The workshop will be rooted in dialogue and partly conducted according to the nature of the course of conversation and participants’ active engagement.
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Pixies’ Joey Santiago & Paz Lenchantin: Accidental Heroes

October 12, 2016
The guitar-and-bass team discusses their new LP, Head Carrier, and the festering feedback and dissonant dynamics that made the Boston quartet alt-rock legends.
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PG Exclusive! Devin Townsend Interviews Steve Vai

October 10, 2016
More than two decades after Townsend’s big break as a teenager singing for guitar “Svengali” Vai, the pair convenes to discuss the recent project that brought them full circle.
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Andy Reiss and His Barney Kessels: A Love Story

October 6, 2016
The Time Jumpers guitarist talks about how he fell for a rare Gibson model, his instrument lineup for the group’s new album, and playing in a four-guitar band with Vince Gill, Ranger Doug, and steel giant Paul Franklin.
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Rig Rundown: C.W. Stoneking

October 5, 2016
A few pedals, a pair of classic guitars, and a faithful recreation of a Princeton are all this Australian 6-stringer needs for his unique style of Delta blues.
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GALLERY: Riot Fest 2016

October 4, 2016
See what guitars and basses the punks, metalheads, and hardcore rockers used during the Windy City’s other 3-day festival.
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Kevin Morby’s Unfancy Sparkle

September 29, 2016
A Brooklyn singer-songwriter makes an acoustic psychedelic album, Singing Saw, using cheap flattops, a Fender Jaguar named Dorothy, studio savvy, and—yes—an actual singing saw.
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Rig Rundown: God Is an Astronaut

September 28, 2016
The instrumental post-rock group shows how they mix tried-and-true instruments with modeling technology for an expansive soundscape set for orbit.
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Six-String Solace

September 27, 2016
Premier Guitar talks to certified music therapists across the U.S. about their specialized approaches to using guitar as an instrument of healing.
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Charlie Hunter’s Impossible Mission

September 22, 2016
How a monster musician fine-tuned his ability to play bass, guitar, rhythm, and melodies—and tell one-liners—all at the same time.
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Rig Rundown: Allah-Las

September 21, 2016
The SoCal surf-garage rockers prove an instrument, a pedal, and lots of reverb is all you need to have a raging dance party.
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Ouija Board Blues: Jimmy “Duck” Holmes

September 16, 2016
With his Epiphone Masterbilt, a Mississippi juke joint owner channels the ghosts of Skip James, Henry Stuckey, and other long-gone guitarists to carry an old, rare, haunting, and influential Delta sound into the present.
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C.W. Stoneking: Tortured Spirits & Two Microphones

September 15, 2016
After pairing his backwoods vocal drawl with a National Duolian for 20 years, the Australian 6-stringer switches to a Jazzmaster and primitive tube combos to project his haunting, primal, and fantastically unique take on American Delta blues.
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Rig Rundown: Los Straitjackets

September 14, 2016
The masked guitarists demonstrate how a pedal-less setup is the right fit for their instrumental brand of surf rock.
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Robot Killers: Screaming Females’ Marissa Paternoster and “King” Mike Abbate

September 13, 2016
The Jersey punks demonstrate the destructive capabilities of a well-placed fuzz, a spasmodic riff, and vocal lines perennially set to “stun.”
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Super Colliders: Deerhoof’s Ed Rodriguez and John Dieterich

September 8, 2016
The King Crimson- and John Cage-inspired brothers in guitars analyze their heady prog pop, signature Eastwood axe, and bizarre gig playing for world-class physicists.
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