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Hooked: Kenny Wayne Shepherd on Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"

Hooked: Kenny Wayne Shepherd on Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"

November 24, 2020
The platinum-selling blues rocker highlights the Electric Ladyland hit's innovative wah work and swaggering groove.
Hooked: Tash Sultana's on John Mayer's "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room"

Hooked: Tash Sultana's on John Mayer's "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room"

November 17, 2020
The Aussie looping marvel celebrates the Continuum hit that sparked a switch from Teles to Strats.
Hooked: Nels Cline on the Yardbirds' "Over Under Sideways Down"

Hooked: Nels Cline on the Yardbirds' "Over Under Sideways Down"

November 10, 2020
The Wilco wizard gets nostalgic adopting the personas of British Invasion faves, including Jeff Beck's gooey drone in G.
Hooked: Stephen Brodsky on Led Zeppelin's "Communication Breakdown"

Hooked: Stephen Brodsky on Led Zeppelin's "Communication Breakdown"

November 3, 2020
The Mutoid Man maestro and Two Minutes to Late Night staple notes "the glue" he needed to stick with guitar lessons and traces how the mighty Zep steered the evolution of his bands.
Hooked: Blackberry Smoke's Charlie Starr on ZZ Top's "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings"

Hooked: Blackberry Smoke's Charlie Starr on ZZ Top's "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings"

October 27, 2020
The Southern-rock frontman honors the Texas boogie legends for their 50+ years of "fantastic tone and tasteful playing."
Hooked: Joe Bonamassa on Jeff Beck's "Let Me Love You"

Hooked: Joe Bonamassa on Jeff Beck's "Let Me Love You"

October 20, 2020
The slinky intro riff was all it took for the burst-loving rocker to chase a lifetime of British blues.
Hooked: Spirit Adrift on Black Sabbath's "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"

Hooked: Spirit Adrift on Black Sabbath's "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"

October 13, 2020
Nate Garrett pays tribute to Iommi and the record store clerk responsible for his dependency on heavy riffs.
Hooked: John Osborne on Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing"

Hooked: John Osborne on Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing"

October 6, 2020
Certified guitar geek and half of the country-rock guitar attack in Brothers Osborne remembers how SRV introduced him to Hendrix, expanding his 6-string aspirations from '90s teenage angst.
Hooked: Taylor Goldsmith on Dire Straits' "Sultans of Swing"

Hooked: Taylor Goldsmith on Dire Straits' "Sultans of Swing"

September 29, 2020
Mark Knopfler taught the Dawes bandleader everything he needs to know about dynamics and the expressiveness of the Strat.
Hooked: Josh Smith on Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Scuttle Buttin'"

Hooked: Josh Smith on Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Scuttle Buttin'"

September 22, 2020
The L.A.-based studio ace and blues hound sets the stage about how SRV's power punched him in the chest and forever changed his world.
Hooked: John Bohlinger on Dire Straits' "Sultans of Swing"

Hooked: John Bohlinger on Dire Straits' "Sultans of Swing"

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.
Hooked: Allman Betts Band's Johnny Stachela on ZZ Top's "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings"

Hooked: Allman Betts Band's Johnny Stachela on ZZ Top's "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings"

September 8, 2020
How the sharp-dressed men's Fandango hit transformed the string bender's career by introducing him to the blues.
Hooked: All Them Witches' Ben McLeod on R.E.M.'s <i>Monster</i>

Hooked: All Them Witches' Ben McLeod on R.E.M.'s Monster

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.
Hooked: Molly Tuttle on "Angeline the Baker"

Hooked: Molly Tuttle on "Angeline the Baker"

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.
Hooked: G.E. Smith on Paul Butterfield Blues Band's "Shake Your Money-Maker" and The Rolling Stones' "The Last Time"

Hooked: G.E. Smith on Paul Butterfield Blues Band's "Shake Your Money-Maker" and The Rolling Stones' "The Last Time"

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.
Hooked: Bully's Alicia Bognanno on Butthole Surfers' "Who Was in My Room Last Night?"

Hooked: Bully's Alicia Bognanno on Butthole Surfers' "Who Was in My Room Last Night?"

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.
Hooked: Daniel Donato on Guns 'N Roses' "Paradise City"

Hooked: Daniel Donato on Guns 'N Roses' "Paradise City"

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.
Hooked: Phil X on Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog"

Hooked: Phil X on Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog"

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.
Hooked: Cage the Elephant's Nick Bockrath on Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love"

Hooked: Cage the Elephant's Nick Bockrath on Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love"

July 21, 2020
The guitarist for the double Grammy winners remembers the moment he discovered "the secret society" of lead guitar.
Hooked: Emily Wolfe on the Eagles' "Life in the Fast Lane"

Hooked: Emily Wolfe on the Eagles' "Life in the Fast Lane"

July 14, 2020
The badass Austin rocker retells how a Hotel California backdrop and washing the family car steered her to guitardom.