September 15, 2020
Our Nashville correspondent explains the debt he owes Mark Knopfler for the inspiration that continues 30 years after first hearing the lively song.
September 8, 2020
How the sharp-dressed men's Fandango hit transformed the string bender's career by introducing him to the blues.
September 1, 2020
It wasn't a riff or a song that sparked this bluesy psych-rocker's fire for guitar—it was Peter Buck's choppy, buzz-saw rhythm tones on the platinum LP from 1994.
August 25, 2020
The blazing bluegrass flatpicker recalls her dad introducing her to drop-D and how to use ringing chord notes around melodies via this old-time fiddle tune.
August 18, 2020
The former Saturday Night Live ringleader and Roger Waters sideman recalls how both Mike Bloomfield and Brian Jones knocked off his socks in 1965.
August 11, 2020
The poppy indie-grunge songstress remembers working out the band's first cover for an encore surprise during their first headlining tour.
August 4, 2020
The cosmic country picker pinpoints the moment he put down the skateboard and picked up the guitar to unleash his inner Slash.
July 28, 2020
The exuberant Bon Jovi lead guitarist goes back to the '70s when Page blew off his doors with slinky, nuanced playing and then performs a chunk of the song with bassist Daniel Spree and drummer Brian Tichy.
July 21, 2020
The guitarist for the double Grammy winners remembers the moment he discovered "the secret society" of lead guitar.
July 14, 2020
The badass Austin rocker retells how a Hotel California backdrop and washing the family car steered her to guitardom.
July 7, 2020
While he proudly honors his rich guitar DNA with the Southern-fried Allman Betts Band, DB remembers the comfort that rushed over him while playing the Siamese Dream slasher.
June 30, 2020
The shredder fires through the Dimebag Darrell solo from Cowboys from Hell that first sunk its teeth into her guitar-playing heart.
June 23, 2020
The Snarky Puppy guitarist remembers learning the power of the riff and the bliss of figuring out tab to wrangle the Experience's first single.
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.
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.
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.
May 26, 2020
Mr. Blues Power remembers his inner Iommi being awakened when first nailing the haunting Paranoid classic.
May 19, 2020
The sister duo of Rebecca and Megan Lovell explains how the brother connection between Duane and Gregg Allman sparked their obsession with guitar.
May 12, 2020
The platinum-selling British guitarist recalls begging his father to repeatedly replay the iconic song featuring Slowhand and Skydog.
May 5, 2020
The Nashville country star and certified guitar dork remembers when mentor Randy Bachman showed her the quintessential "Hendrix chord."