November 2020

Hooked

ARTICLES

Charlie Starr Hooked ZZ Top

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."
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Joe Bonamassa Hooked on Jeff Beck

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.
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Spirit Adrift Nate Garrett Hooked on Black 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.
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John Osborne Hooked Hendrix

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.
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Dawes Taylor Goldsmith hooked dire straits

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.
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Josh Smith Hooked on SRV

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.
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Bohlinger Dire Straits Hooked

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.
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Hooked Johnny Stachela

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.
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All Them Witches Hooked

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.
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Molly Tuttle Hooked

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.
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GE Smith Hooked Mike Bloomfield and Brian Jones

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.
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Bully Hooked Butthole Surfers

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.
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Daniel Donato Hooked 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.
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Phil X Hooked Led Zeppelin

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.
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Hooked Cage the Elephant Led Zeppelin Nick Bockrath

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.
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Emily Wolfe the Eagles Hotel California Life in the Fast Lane Hooked

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.
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Duane Betts Hooked on the Smashing Pumpkins Cherub Rock

Hooked: Duane Betts on the Smashing Pumpkins' "Cherub Rock"

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.
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Baroness Gina Gleason on Pantera Dimebag Darrell Cowboys From Hell Domination

Hooked: Baroness' Gina Gleason on Pantera's "Domination"

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.
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mark lettieri snarky puppy jimi hendrix hey joe hooked on guitar

Hooked: Mark Lettieri on Jimi Hendrix's "Hey Joe"

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.
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Mike Sullivan Van Halen Panama 1984 hooked on guitar

Hooked: Russian Circles' Mike Sullivan on Van Halen's "Panama"

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.
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