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"Captain" Kirk Douglas: From "Wheels on the Bus" to the Tonight Show

"Captain" Kirk Douglas: From "Wheels on the Bus" to the Tonight Show

Roots guitarist “Captain” Kirk Douglas talks about his background as a pre-school teacher, the role of the guitar in hip-hop, and gives the definitive take on his Prince story.


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A Day in the Life on The Tonight Show

Generally speaking, we’ll get there at 2:00 PM and that has us around for whatever random things may come up. We also do testing to maintain a level of everybody knowing where everybody's at with Covid and so forth. And then we will go out about 4:45 to do a warmup for the audience, and we'll do a song for the audience. Or there's a guy that comes out and warms up the crowds, Seth Herzog. The show begins at 5:00 and we're usually out of there by 6:15. I’m no spring chicken, I have kids, I have two teenagers, I'm married, and my time prior to the show is generally geared towards health and wellness and doing a good performance.

So, I'll wake up and try to get my daughter out of bed so she can get ready for school. And then I'll exercise because I am becoming a vintage instrument and our bodies are our instruments, so I try to take care of myself to that end. I live right next to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, so that gives me little excuse as far as exercising. But yeah, a doctor friend told me that aging is a contact sport and like any sport you have to train for it.

While Annie Clark was named the 26th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone in 2023, she couldn’t care less about impressing an athletic stamp on either her sound or her image.


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On her eighth studio release, the electroacoustic art-rock guitarist and producer animates an extension of the strange and singular voice she’s been honing since her debut in 2007.

“Did you grow up Unitarian?” Annie Clark asks me. We’re sitting in a control room at Electric Lady Studios in New York’s West Village, and I’ve just explained my personal belief system to her, to see if Clark, aka St. Vincent, might relate and return the favor. After all, does she not possess a kind of sainthood worth inquiring about?

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The GibsonES Supreme Collection (L-R) in Seafoam Green, Bourbon Burst, and Blueberry Burst.

The new Gibson ES Supreme offers AAA-grade figured maple tops, Super Split Block inlays, push/pull volume controls, and Burstbucker pickups.

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Mdou Moctar has led his Tuareg crew around the world, but their hometown performances in Agadez, Niger, last year were their most treasured.

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On the Tuareg band’s Funeral for Justice, they light a fiery, mournful pyre of razor-sharp desert-blues riffs and political calls to arms.

Mdou Moctar, the performing moniker of Tuareg guitar icon Mahamadou “Mdou” Souleymane, has played some pretty big gigs. Alongside guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane, drummer Souleymane Ibrahim, and bassist Mikey Coltun, Moctar has led his band’s kinetic blend of rock, psych, and Tuareg cultural traditions like assouf and takamba to Newport Folk Festival, Pitchfork Music Festival, and, just this past April, to the luxe fields of Indio, California, for Coachella. Off-kilter indie-rock darlings Parquet Courts brought them across the United States in 2022, after which they hit Europe for a run of headline dates.

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U.S.-made electronics and PRS’s most unique body profile make this all-American S2 a feast of tones at a great price.

Many sonic surprises. Great versatility. Excellent build quality

The pickup selector switch might be in a slightly awkward position for some players.

$2,029

PRS S2 Vela
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Since its introduction in 2013, PRS’s S2 range has worked to bridge the gap between the company’s most affordable and most expensive guitars. PRS’s cost-savings strategy for the S2 was simple. The company fitted U.S.-made bodies and necks, built using the more streamlined manufacturing processes of PRS’s Stevensville 2 facility, with Asia-made electronics from the SE line.

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