Rig Rundown: Derek Wells

PG’s John Bohlinger joins Derek Wells in the studio to check out the decorated Nashville hit-maker’s recording rig, which includes a custom-built pedalboard and a six-pack of tube amps.

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The multi-instrumentalist shows how to cover more sonic territory then any mere mortal should be expected to handle.

Premier Guitar’s Perry Bean met with Carl Broemel when My Morning Jacket stopped in Nashville on their summer tour in support of their latest album, The Waterfall. Broemel gave us the goods on the tools of tone that covers everything from crying pedal steel to cranked Les Pauls and Duesenbergs.


While the songwriting process is different with every song, Isbell believes in hooking the listener early. “If your first line’s not working, then nobody’s going to listen to the second one,” he says.
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Americana’s poet laureate on the gritty Dumble tones that fuel his latest album—and why Outkast’s music is perfect for breaking in flattops.

The last few years have been life-changing for Jason Isbell. Since departing the seminal Southern rock outfit Drive-By Truckers nearly a decade ago, Isbell created a quintet of studio albums, got sober, married singer/songwriter Amanda Shires, and is expecting a daughter. And since releasing his breakthrough album, Southeastern, in June 2013, he’s become a critical darling of the Americana scene.

Southeastern is a heavy album. Isbell tackles topics that could be uncomfortable in the hands of a lesser wordsmith. He captures the essence of Southern culture without playing into stereotypical traps that fuel today’s lowest-common-denominator country hits. Imagine Faulkner ghostwriting for the Band, with everything passing through John Prine.

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