December 2020

Artists

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Riff Rundown: Howling Giant's "Comet Rider"

June 21, 2020
Guitarist Tom Polzine uses various BPMs to walk you through the major and minor tendencies that unravel during the lead single off The Space Between Worlds.
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Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel on Longevity as a Solo Guitarist

June 19, 2020
The charismatic fingerpicker tours relentlessly and draws large, enthusiastic crowds to his solo concerts in the U.S., his native Australia, and around the world. Listen as he shares how he built his career and why naps are so important.
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Rig Rundown: Mt. Joy's Sam Cooper

June 17, 2020
“Astrovan” took him from lawyer to soulful indie-pop headliner on the back of his rewired, ragged ’69 Jag and a bed of shimmering ’verbs and reversed delays.
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Listen to the July 2020 PG Spotify Playlist

June 17, 2020
This month's tracks include Willie Nelson, Kinga Głyck, Lamb of God, Jack Broadbent, and more.
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Wong Notes

Wong Notes Episode 3: Molly Tuttle

June 17, 2020
The fiery flatpicker meets up with Cory to discuss her unique clawhammer style, developing a repertoire, and playing rhythm guitar in bluegrass and old-time music.
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Tommy Emmanuel

How Tommy Emmanuel Met Chet Atkins

June 17, 2020
One of the most engaging and entertaining guitarists on the planet recalls the enduring creative relationship he shared with his mentor, Chet Atkins.
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Hooked: Russian Circles' Mike Sullivan on Van Halen's "Panama"

June 16, 2020
Thanks to an older brother and the iconic 1984 album, the post-rock instrumentalist reminisces about his first "gig" on his parent's porch with a tee-ball stand and tennis racket.
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Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel on the Art of Solo Guitar

June 15, 2020
The debut episode of the Chasing Frets podcast features Emmanuel sharing his process and approach to solo guitar—while demonstrating his trickiest tunes.
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Sadler Vaden Anybody Out There? Riff Rundown

Riff Rundown: Sadler Vaden's "Anybody Out There?"

June 14, 2020
The axman for Jason Isbell's 400 Unit rips through the pentatonic lick that's the foundation of the title track from his 2020 album.
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Willie Nelson’s First Rose of Spring Might Be the Album We All Need Right Now

June 11, 2020
Brimming with poignant ballads and the indelible sound of his trusty guitar, Trigger, Nelson’s 70th solo album is a milestone the 87-year-old outlaw country legend doesn’t think too much about, because he’s busy planning his next one. But with the world in a state of turmoil, Willie’s warmth and humanity shines extra bright.
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John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin Reunites the 4th Dimension for Charity Single

June 10, 2020
All proceeds from "Lockdown Blues" will benefit the Jazz Foundation of America.
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Rig Rundown: Luke Schneider

June 10, 2020
The hippie-cowboy pedal steeler for Orville Peck and Margo Price breaks out modulation mutators and synth stomps for a solo mission full of ethereal bends and sublime swells combining cosmic country and ambient new wave.
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Wong Notes

Wong Notes Episode 2: John Scofield

June 10, 2020
The jazz-funk guru sits down to talk about his approach to rhythm, playing with Miles, and working in both the jazz and jam scenes.
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Hooked: Nick Reinhart on Weezer's "Undone — The Sweater Song"

June 9, 2020
The wacky guitar wizard revisits the summer of '94 when goosebumps rushed over him while first hearing the "Blue Album"'s lead single and pinpoints falling in love with the "wrong" notes.
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Irist

Riff Rundown: Irist's "Creation"

June 7, 2020
Crushing metalheads Pablo Davila and Adam Mitchell showcase the fingertapped melodies and chunky chords that are the bedrock for the Order of the Mind track.
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Thorbjørn Risager’s Scandinavian Blues with a Twister

June 4, 2020
The leader of Danish band the Black Tornado distills a range of influences from B.B. King to JJ Cale into a modern take on a classic genre.
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Rig Rundown: Eric Krasno

June 3, 2020
The co-founding guitarist for Soulive and Lettuce, Grammy-winning bandmate in Tedeschi Trucks, and producer for Norah Jones and 50 Cent welcomes PG into his new California home studio for a tour of his tone treats.
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Hooked: Tyler Bryant on Tom Petty's "Honey Bee"

June 2, 2020
The blues rocker fondly remembers getting out of a speeding ticket because of the swaggering Wildflowers hit and eventually sharing a bill with the Heartbreakers in Hyde Park.
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Kinga’s Feeling the “Crazy Notes”

June 1, 2020
She’s too humble for her own good, but the bass phenom’s compositions and videos are making virtuosity more fun than it’s been in ages.
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Wrath Reborn: Lamb of God's Willie Adler, Mark Morton & John Campbell

May 28, 2020
Despite parting ways with founding drummer (and brother) Chris Adler and the uncertain fate of a summer tour with Megadeth, the trio discusses their eponymous 10th LP’s triumphant declaration of identity.
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