April 2019

Articles by Bill Murphy

Prince Rogers Nelson: 1958-2016

April 22, 2016
The way to get to know Prince is through his music. A tribute to a true original on guitar, onstage, and beyond.
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American Primitive: Glenn Jones

April 12, 2016
The veteran guitarist and banjo picker reveals his secrets for achieving gorgeous simplicity via the wealth of sounds, colors, and remembrances on his sixth solo album, Fleeting.
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SIMO: New Interview and Exclusive Full Album Stream

January 25, 2016
To set the vibe for his power trio’s second album, JD Simo headed to the Allman Brothers’ Museum in Macon and got his hands on Duane Allman’s ’57 goldtop.
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Kurt Vile: Just Let It Flow

November 17, 2015
The primal 6-stringer reveals how his theory of the subconscious domino effect shaped his latest solo album.
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John Fogerty: That Old Travelin’ Bone

November 2, 2015
The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman discusses his new memoir, why cars are crucial to his music, and his latest gear and YouTube video finds.
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Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters

November 13, 2014
Guitarists Justin Adams and Liam “Skin” Tyson take us inside the making of Plant’s widest-ranging solo album to date.
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Blake Mills: Emotional Rescue

October 16, 2014
On his second solo outing, Blake Mills grabs the spotlight with a dream team of special guests—including Don Was, Fiona Apple, Jon Brion, and Jim Keltner—for a poignant, heartfelt journey back in time to the way rock records used to be made.
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Reunion Rhapsody: Nickel Creek

April 29, 2014
Grammy-winning alt-roots trio Nickel Creek reunites for A Dotted Line—an infectiously exuberant album that showcases guitarist Sean Watkins’ command of his favorite Gibson J-45.
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Interview: Gary Clark Jr. - Lone Star Rising

November 5, 2012
With props from the likes of Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton, Austin’s Gary Clark Jr. is out to blast soul-rocking blues into the 21st century with his fulllength debut, Blak and Blu.
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How to Choose a 1/4" Cable

October 8, 2012
It’s the one thing all guitarists and bassists use, but until relatively recently many players paid little heed to its effects on our tone. Here we detail the specs, materials, and other factors to consider when buying your next instrument or effects patch cables.
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10 Stompboxes That Changed the World

September 5, 2012
In the right hands, a deftly applied pedal can be infinitely more than just another color in an aural palette. Here we take a look at 10 players whose ingenious intertwining of technique, feel, and stompbox use redefined music and the very way we hear guitar and bass.
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Forgotten Heroes: Carol Kaye

August 10, 2012
Her fluidly picked Fender bass lines have propelled classic songs by the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, Joe Cocker, Frank Sinatra (and his daughter Nancy), Ray Charles, Lou Rawls, Glen Campbell, Barbra Streisand, Sonny & Cher, and the Monkees, to name just a few.
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Pete Cosey: 1943 - 2012

May 31, 2012
The "original noise-bringer" laid down seminal tracks for Chess Records and launched fusion fusillades with Miles Davis.
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