Buddy Guy http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/837/all en Dear Guitar Hero: Buddy Guy Discusses Muddy Waters, Fender Strats, Touring with The Rolling Stones and More http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-buddy-guy-discusses-muddy-waters-fender-strats-touring-rolling-stones-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p><em>He’s been called the greatest living guitarist by Eric Clapton, he’s played with blues legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and his new double album, </em>Rhythm and Blues<em>, is a powerhouse set with guest shots by Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Gary Clark Jr., Beth Hart and Keith Urban. But what </em>Guitar World<em> readers really want to know is....</em></p> <p><strong>What’s the most important thing you learned from Muddy Waters? — Marc Merriwether</strong></p> <p>That you should play music for the love of it, not for the money. It’s 57 years since I first arrived in Chicago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and when I came here I didn’t have the slightest idea that I would be good enough to play guitar with Muddy or even make a record. I was working as a custodian at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. </p> <p>But I come up to Chicago, and the next thing I know, Muddy was asking me to play. And I found out that the money Muddy was making wasn’t much more than I was making working day jobs at LSU. But here’s Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson…and they were having so much fun just playing. And I learned that they were playing for the love of music, not the love of money. </p> <p><strong>What are you driving these days? — Butch Teagarden</strong></p> <p>I’m into classic cars, man. I got a ’55 T-Bird, a ’58 Edsel and all them old cars. I got a lot of what they call “vintage” cars. Eric Clapton can spot one of them a mile away and then asks me how much I want for it. Eric talked me into buying a Ferrari about 20 years ago. </p> <p>I read that they had caught him driving one in Europe, and I think he was doing 170 miles an hour. The cops couldn’t catch him. They had to tell ’em to stop him in the next town. I asked him about it and he said, “Man, you must get a Ferrari. It sits down.” But that damn thing … You know, when you get to my age, there isn’t a lot of room inside a Ferrari. It’s like a prop plane. Even them big jumbo planes, if you go into the cockpit to see the pilot, he don’t have much room to move around or cross his legs and stuff. And every time I get in a Ferrari, I feel like I’m flying a plane. </p> <p><strong>Your string bends have always been awesome. What gauge strings do you use? — Paolo Sandoval</strong></p> <p>I was using very thin strings in the early days, when I made my first record, “Sit and Cry and Sing the Blues,” in 1958. I laugh about it now because they’d break so easily, being so thin. But they were real easy on your fingers. The thing is, I couldn’t always afford new strings when they broke. I’d go play a gig at night and I didn’t have but one string and could not afford another one. So I had to get heavier strings. </p> <p>Later on guys like Hendrix and Stevie Ray were using the really thick haywire strings, which would cut the tip of your finger if you bent them in the B.B. King style. B.B. King used to put glue on the tips of his fingers to protect the skin and keep them from bleeding. So right now I’m using an 11 for my first string, a 13 to 14 for the second, probably a 16 to 18 for the third. And for the wound strings I think I start around 28 and go up to 35 for the fifth string and maybe 40 for the number-six string. </p> <p><strong>What was it like opening the Rolling Stones in the Seventies? — Idriss Moussaka</strong></p> <p>In 1970, me and Junior Wells opened a whole tour for the Rolling Stones throughout Europe. And when you open a show for them, some fans are gonna look up and say, “That’s not the Rolling Stones!” Sometimes the few people there who knew us—two or three maybe—were okay. </p> <p>But the rest of the 40, 50 or 60 thousand were saying, “Who the hell is this?” A lot of people weren’t ready for me and Junior back then. But I kept saying to myself, “Well, they got us out here. Play a few licks and maybe you’ll sell a few more records next time you make one because somebody saw you with the Rolling Stones.” But it was exciting. And even today I get people right now coming up and saying, “I didn’t know who you was till I saw you on a stage with the Stones.”</p> <p><strong>How and when did you first know that that Fender Stratocaster was the guitar for you? — Doug Polanski </strong></p> <p>I saw the late Guitar Slim play when I was still very young. That was the first time I saw a Strat. He had a 100-foot cord coming in the door, playing “I Done Got Old.” And I’m saying, “Is that a guitar? What the hell is that?” Later on, I played with a guy named Big Poppa [Tilley]. He had a little three-piece band, two guitars and drums, and he played a little harmonica. And he bought a Strat for me to play in his band. </p> <p>That was the first time I got to play one. When I first came to Chicago, I had a Gibson Les Paul, but I was so in love with the Strat. So when the Les Paul got stolen, I got my first Strat, a ’57. One reason why I fell in love with the Strat back then was that acoustics and other guitars weren’t built so solid. If something happened, they could crack easy and all of that. Back then I couldn’t afford a new guitar if something happened to mine. </p> <p>And I found out the Strat has a steel rod in the neck and it was a solid piece of wood, so if you drop it you might scratch it, but you couldn’t hurt it. That’s what made me fall in love with it. Plus, Leo Fender had that tone and that sound on it, man. So I got hooked with that experience. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KRihhTQik2k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>How did you like recording “Messin’ with the Kid” with Kid Rock on your new album? — Peter Brown </strong></p> <p>We had a great time. “Messin’ with the Kid” was the biggest record by my late musical partner, Junior Wells. And I always said, “You know, I’m waitin’ on Kid Rock to do this song.” He laughed when I told him, and said, “Man, I’ll come in and do it. I never thought of that.” I told him, “I beat you to it.” Kid Rock and I go back a long way. He’s into the deep blues. </p> <p>He was there when they honored me at the Kennedy Center awards at the White House last year. He said, “I wouldn’t miss it for the world.” Every musician you know of, even some of the hip-hoppers, are into some of the things we did way back then. </p> <p><strong>What is the real origin of the polka dots on your Strat? — Mia Sanderson</strong></p> <p>Well, I’m the oldest boy in my family. There were five of us: three boys and two girls. And when I left Louisiana for Chicago 57 years ago, my mother had a stroke and didn’t want me to go. She wasn’t even able to walk or talk right anymore, but she got to where she could understand a few things and I could understand her. </p> <p>And I wanted to make her feel good, so I say, “Well, I’m gonna go to Chicago and make more money than I’m making here, and I’m gonna be sending you money back and you’ll see how well I’m doing. I’m gonna drive back down to you in a polka-dot Cadillac.” I knew I was lying to her. And when she passed away in 1968, I said to myself, “You lied to your mama and never got a chance to tell her you were lying.” That bothered me. </p> <p>And one day I said to myself, “You know what? I’m gonna see if Fender will make me a polka-dot Strat.” At first they said they couldn’t do it, but then they hired a guy who said, ‘We can do it.’ They made me one or two, and then they tried it out at the NAMM show. </p> <p>They made 100 or 200, just to see what would happen, and they let me know the 200 were gone before they even got there. These days, I think I own about seven or eight of them. But I got some sons and grandsons come up to see me now. And sometimes I open up a case after they leave and the guitar is gone!</p> <p><strong>“Poison Ivy” is a track you originally cut for Vanguard Records in 1968. What made you want to revisit it on <em>Rhythm and Blues</em>? — Mike Mulcahy</strong></p> <p>Did I record it before? I don’t remember that. I know I would sing it in person. But I wanted to do it on my new album to honor the late Willie Mabon, who had a hit on Chess Records with “Poison Ivy” [in 1954]. When we got in the studio we were doing mostly new songs, but I wanted to honor a few people like Willie Mabon, Junior Wells and Guitar Slim by doing some of their songs. </p> <p><strong>What do you think of the new young generation of blues guitarists? — Bob Andres</strong></p> <p>I think they’re great. Gary Clark Jr., he’s a young man who plays on my new album. I’m really pulling for him, because it takes young people to keep the blues alive. Like another young guy I’m promoting—Quinn Sullivan. When I first met him, he was seven and he was playing as well as Eric Clapton, me, B.B. King or Jeff Beck or any of those guys. </p> <p>How did he learn all that at seven years old? Here I’m 77 and I still haven’t found some of those notes! He just turned 14 and we got a CD coming out on him soon. You know, we don’t get much airplay on the blues anymore, for some strange reason, until some young kid come along. That’s what happened with the British guys, like the Stones and Clapton. They opened the door. And Stevie Ray and all of them. Youth is the one to keep the blues going. That’s what makes the world go ’round, and that is what we need for the blues. I know it would put a big smile on Muddy’s face.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-buddy-guy-discusses-muddy-waters-fender-strats-touring-rolling-stones-and-more#comments Buddy Guy Dear Guitar Hero GW Archive October 2013 Interviews News Features Magazine Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:57:33 +0000 Alan di Perna 19129 at http://www.guitarworld.com Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Guy Jam at Legends in 1989 — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/stevie-ray-vaughan-and-buddy-guy-jam-legends-1989-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Some more incredibly rare video of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan in action has suddenly become available on YouTube.</p> <p>Below, watch Buddy Guy jamming with Vaughan on July 30, 1989, at <a href="http://www.buddyguy.com/">Buddy Guy's Legends</a> in Chicago.</p> <p>The event? It was Guy's 53rd birthday party.</p> <p>This video mysteriously appeared on YouTube March 19. We think the top commenter (on YouTube) puts it best:</p> <p>"Wow is all I can say!!!!! I've heard this was video taped from a few people, even saw a couple grainy photos from said video. But I never thought any of this would see the light of day! Please tell me the whole thing was recorded!!?" </p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gr-DVjbrMaM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em><a href="https://soundcloud.com/damian-fanelli/mister-neutron-comanchero-1">Damian Fanelli</a> is the online managing editor at </em>Guitar World<em> and </em><a href="http://www.guitaraficionado.com/">Guitar Aficionado</a><em>. His New York-based band, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Blue-Meanies/226938220688464?fref=ts">the Blue Meanies,</a> has toured the world and elsewhere. Fanelli, a former member of Brooklyn jump-blues/swing/rockabilly band <a href="http://www.thegashousegorillas.com/">the Gas House Gorillas</a> and New York City instrumental surf-rock band <a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/MisterNeutron">Mister Neutron,</a> also <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsQ9pIkLXiA">composes</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7ICimc774Y">records film soundtracks.</a> He writes GuitarWorld.com's <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/next-bend-clarence-white-inspired-country-b-bender-lick-video">The Next Bend</a> column, which is dedicated to <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/next-bend-10-essential-b-bender-guitar-songs-damian-fanelli">B-bender guitars and guitarists.</a> His latest liner notes can be found in Sony/Legacy's </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Complete-Epic-Recordings-Collection/dp/B00MJFQ24W">Stevie Ray Vaughan: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection.</a><em> Follow him on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/damianfanelliguitar">Facebook,</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/damianfanelli">Twitter</a> and/or <a href="https://instagram.com/damian_fanelli/">Instagram.</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/stevie-ray-vaughan-and-buddy-guy-jam-legends-1989-video#comments Buddy Guy Damian Fanelli SRVDF Stevie Ray Vaughan Videos News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:30:44 +0000 Damian Fanelli 23804 at http://www.guitarworld.com Buddy Guy Premieres New Song, "Born to Play Guitar" http://www.guitarworld.com/buddy-guy-premieres-new-song-born-play-guitar/24892 <!--paging_filter--><p>Buddy Guy’s new album, <em>Born to Play Guitar,</em> will be released July 31, but he’s made the title track available for listening in advance of the disc’s release.</p> <p>“I’ve got a reputation and everybody knows my name,” Guy sings on the tune. “I was born to play the guitar. People, I got blues runnin’ through my veins.”</p> <p><em>Born to Play Guitar</em> will be released via Silvertone/RCA Records and is the followup to Guy’s 2013 album, <em>Rhythm &amp; Blues.</em> The new record includes collaborations with performers such as Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Van Morrison, who appears on “Flesh &amp; Bone,” a song dedicated to the late B.B. King.</p> <p>The album is available for preorder from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Born-Play-Guitar-Buddy-Guy/dp/B00ZGVMKCE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1436123930&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=buddy%20guy%20born%20to%20play%20guitar&amp;tag=vglnkc4515-20">Amazon</a> and iTunes.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KRihhTQik2k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/buddy-guy-premieres-new-song-born-play-guitar/24892#comments Buddy Guy News Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:34:30 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24892 at http://www.guitarworld.com Willie Dixon at 100: 10 Essential Willie Dixon Covers — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/10-ten-best-willie-dixon-songs-covers-essential <!--paging_filter--><p>Although you probably won't see too many "100 Years of Willie Dixon" celebrations online today, we felt we needed to say something about this incredibly important figure in Chicago blues and rock history.</p> <p>Dixon, who—as we've implied above—was born July 1, 1915, was primarily a bassist and singer (who also played guitar), but a bassist and singer who happened to write hundreds of incredible, often dark and eerie songs, several of which found their way into the catalogs of the biggest blues and rock artists of the Sixties, Seventies, Eighties and beyond.</p> <p>These include Stevie Ray Vaughan, Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, the Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Cream (and Eric Clapton), the Doors, the Grateful Dead, Gary Moore, George Thorogood, Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor and Howlin’ Wolf—<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_songs_written_by_Willie_Dixon">to name just a few.</a></p> <p>Today we'd like to celebrate Dixon's would-be 100th birthday by pointing out 10 noteworthy covers of his songs. In fact, let's make it 11. I say noteworthy, as opposed to best, because there's simply a staggering amount of recordings to consider (live and studio). Let's just say you can't possibly go wrong with these 11.</p> <p>Note that we've tried to include live versions of the songs, because they're a hell of a lot more fun to watch than audio-only YouTube "videos." Enjoy! P.S.: Dixon died in 1992 at age 76.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Jeff Beck, "I Ain't Superstitious"</strong></p> <p>Although Howlin' Wolf recorded this Dixon tune in 1961, most rock fans made its acquaintance when Jeff Beck covered it on his first solo album, <em>Truth,</em> in 1968. </p> <p>The song recounts various superstitions, including a black cat crossing the pathway, so Beck imitates the sound of a cat with his guitar and wah pedal. It's just one of a multitude of sounds Beck can coax out of a guitar. That said, if my cats sounded like this, I'd rush them to the all-night animal hospital ASAP.</p> <p>Here's a live version from 2009, 41 years after it appeared on <em>Truth</em>. Beck even got the original vocalist, Rod Stewart, to sing it. That's Tal Wilkenfeld on bass. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/q3K2jwzpc0U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Cream, "Spoonful"</strong></p> <p>Just as “Crossroads” introduced a new generation of music fans to the mystique of Robert Johnson, Cream’s “Spoonful” brought exposure to Dixon, who wrote the song, and Howlin’ Wolf, who originally recorded it in 1960.</p> <p>And while Howlin’ Wolf’s stark-and-dark version is haunting in its own right, Cream’s take on the song—driven by Clapton’s guitar and Jack Bruce’s heavy bass—moves it several steps further along.</p> <p>At Cream’s live shows, “Spoonful” gave the band members plenty of room to stretch out, as can be heard on the nearly 17-minute-long version on Cream’s <em>Wheels of Fire.</em> Below is another great live version, complete with pro-shot footage of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Bruce in action. And just like the second season of <em>F Troop,</em> this video is in color.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CgP7kfIwlE8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Muddy Waters, “I Just Want to Make Love to You”</strong></p> <p>Here's a live version of a powerful Dixon number that Muddy Waters made famous. This live version features Johnny Winter, Otis Blackwell, Eddie "Bluesman" Kirkland, Dave "Honeyboy" Edwards and Foghat, so you know it was filmed in the Seventies, which it was (1978). Let's not forget the Stones' sped-up version of this song, which is enjoyable in its own British way.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RUOYD3mu2l0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>The Doors, "Back Door Man"</strong></p> <p>"Back Door Man," a Chicago blues classic, was recorded by Howlin' Wolf in 1960 and released in 1961 by Chess Records as the B-side to Wolf's "Wang Dang Doodle." The Doors got to it a few years later, including it on their eponymous debut album. Doors drummer John Densmore said "Back Door Man" is "deeply sexual and got everyone moving."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sf3KG8VAtJg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Eric Clapton, "Third Degree"</strong></p> <p>When Clapton recorded his intense <em>From the Cradle</em> album, which was hailed as his "return to the blues," he was sure to include several Dixon compositions, including this one, which was co-written by Eddie Boyd. The other two were "Hoochie Coochie Man" and the dramatic and greasy “Groaning the Blues.”</p> <p>Check out this fine mid-Nineties live version of "Third Degree" featuring Clapton playing a very nice Gibson. We wish he would play this guitar more often. OK, "we" is me.</p> <p>By the way, in a 2011 GuitarWorld.com poll, <em>From the Cradle</em> was voted Clapton’s fourth-best guitar album, sandwiched between Cream’s <em>Wheels of Fire</em> (Number 5) and <em>Disraeli Gears</em> (Number 3). </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AjqcMaDJGmo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Muddy Waters, "Hoochie Coochie Man"</strong></p> <p>This song was recorded or performed by a huge list of name-brand artists, including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Phish, the New York Dolls, Dixon himself, the Allman Brothers Band and more. But <em>the</em> version belongs to Muddy Waters, who initially recorded it in 1954. It became one of Waters' most popular and identifiable songs and helped secure Dixon's role as Chess Records' chief songwriter.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NV_ZhBcNiQQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>The Rolling Stones, "Little Red Rooster"</strong></p> <p>Can you believe the Stones took this song to Number 1 on the U.K. singles charts in late 1964? I think it's the only time (ever) that a pure blues song has claimed the top spot on the U.K. charts.</p> <p>"[This] was [Brian Jones'] masterpiece, his inspired guitar howling like a hound, barking like a dog, crowing like a rooster," said Rolling Stones biographer Stephen Davis. As former Stones bassist Bill Wyman added, "I believe 'Rooster' provided Brian Jones with one of his finest hours."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OfJVeHKVcE8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, "Let Me Love You Baby"</strong></p> <p>This upbeat Dixon tune, a highlight of Vaughan's 1989 <em>In Step</em> album, also was covered by Buddy Guy in ancient times. Check out this fan-filmed live version from November 11, 1989, at New York City's Madison Square Garden. I was actually at this show. A drunk guy threw up directly behind me, but my brother and my friend didn't tell me. Good times!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6ci0Fk14Y7s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>The Small Faces, "You Need Loving"</strong></p> <p>I love including the Small Faces on these lists, because in 2015, they just don't get the love they deserve. I also like what happens at exactly 3:35 in the YouTube player below. Be sure to head to that spot. Does it remind you of anything? Remember it was recorded in 1966.</p> <p>When Dixon wrote this tune, it was called "You Need Love." The song was, um, "borrowed" a few times after that.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tp0jZ4BGuDw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Led Zeppelin, "I Can't Quit You Baby"</strong></p> <p>Here's the powerful, echo-filled <em>Coda</em> version of Dixon's "I Can't Quit You Baby" as performed by Led Zeppelin. This is actually one of my favorite officially released Led Zeppelin recordings of all time. I love how Jimmy Page intentionally jumps the gun on the turnaround chords <em>because he knew it would sound exciting if he did.</em> And it did.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9jzGulTn6N8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Buddy Guy, "When My Left Eye Jumps"</strong></p> <p>Buddy Guy's version of this Dixon/Al Perkins tune features some great singing and guitar playing. It also includes the line: "When my left eye get to jumpin', and my flesh begin to crawl / I know you got some other mule, that's kickin' in my stall." Genius! </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TEMcudqynnc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em><a href="https://soundcloud.com/damian-fanelli/mister-neutron-comanchero-1">Damian Fanelli</a> is the online managing editor at </em>Guitar World<em> and </em><a href="http://www.guitaraficionado.com/">Guitar Aficionado</a><em>. His New York-based band, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Blue-Meanies/226938220688464?fref=ts">the Blue Meanies,</a> has toured the world and elsewhere. Fanelli, a former member of Brooklyn jump-blues/swing/rockabilly band <a href="http://www.thegashousegorillas.com/">the Gas House Gorillas</a> and New York City instrumental surf-rock band <a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/MisterNeutron">Mister Neutron,</a> also <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsQ9pIkLXiA">composes</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7ICimc774Y">records film soundtracks.</a> He writes GuitarWorld.com's <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/next-bend-clarence-white-inspired-country-b-bender-lick-video">The Next Bend</a> column, which is dedicated to <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/next-bend-10-essential-b-bender-guitar-songs-damian-fanelli">B-bender guitars and guitarists.</a> His latest liner notes can be found in Sony/Legacy's </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Complete-Epic-Recordings-Collection/dp/B00MJFQ24W">Stevie Ray Vaughan: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection.</a><em> Follow him on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/damianfanelliguitar">Facebook,</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/damianfanelli">Twitter</a> and/or <a href="https://instagram.com/damian_fanelli/">Instagram.</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/doors-0">The Doors</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/jeff-beck">Jeff Beck</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eric-clapton">Eric Clapton</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/cream">Cream</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/led-zeppelin">Led Zeppelin</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/10-ten-best-willie-dixon-songs-covers-essential#comments 10 Best Songs blues Buddy Guy Cream Damian Fanelli Eric Clapton Essential Listening Jeff Beck Stevie Ray Vaughan The Doors Top 10 Willie Dixon Guitar World Lists Videos Blogs News Features Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:11:07 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24855 at http://www.guitarworld.com The Rolling Stones and Buddy Guy Play "Champagne and Reefer" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/watch-rolling-stones-jam-champagne-and-reefer-buddy-guy-video <!--paging_filter--><p>This past Tuesday night, the Rolling Stones brought their Zip Code Tour to the Marcus Ampitheater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. </p> <p>Legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy opened the proceedings and later joined the Stones for a rendition of the Muddy Waters classic "Champagne and Reefer." </p> <p>This isn't the first time Guy has joined the band for a version of that particular song. They performed it together at New York City's Beacon Theater in 2006; that performance that was captured in the Martin Scorsese concert film, <em>Shine a Light</em>. </p> <p>Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the comments and on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/leVF-euvQO8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/watch-rolling-stones-jam-champagne-and-reefer-buddy-guy-video#comments Buddy Guy Muddy Waters The Rolling Stones Videos News Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:56:48 +0000 Jackson Maxwell 24809 at http://www.guitarworld.com Eight Acoustic Blues Masters — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-8-acoustic-blues-masters <!--paging_filter--><p>Feeling a little down and out?</p> <p>There’s no better soundtrack for your mood than the blues.</p> <p>Here we rounded up an inspiring assembly of guitar masters really laying it down on acoustic guitar.</p> <p>From current blues wizards to classic masters, check out these vids of Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Tommy Emmanuel and more.</p> <p>And then pick up your own acoustic and dig on in!</p> <p><strong>Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Lost Acoustic Blues</strong></p> <p>The original source for this recording is from a radio and TV interview in France.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/o4hfp93c_Ts" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Jimi Hendrix 12-String Blues</strong></p> <p>Here’s Jimi Hendrix with his 12 string acoustic guitar.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IPtv14q9ZDg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Rory Block "Crossroad Blues"</strong></p> <p>The country blues guitar legend Rory Block performs her take on Robert Johnson's "Crossroad Blues." </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TqTUoV67M60" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Eric Clapton Acoustic Blues Jam</strong></p> <p>Eric Clapton live in San Antonio Texas, acoustic blues jam.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KCPzUUuLNHY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Tommy Emmanuel 12-Bar Blues in E</strong></p> <p>This performance took place in Copper Mountain, CO in 2006. Pretty sick!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/E3F9bzeCgTQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Buddy Guy Acoustic Blues Set</strong></p> <p>Buddy Guy doing an acoustic set featuring "Strange Brew," "What'd I Say," and "Ain't That Peculiar" at BB King Blues Club in New York City, November 14, 2011.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Gg3iF7rA7l8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Muddy Waters “I Can’t Be Satisfied” Acoustic Blues</strong></p> <p>Check out this archival recording by the "father of modern Chicago blues."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BPfJoBwWRQ8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Terry Robb</strong></p> <p>And just for fun, Portland-based Terry Robb shares some acoustic blues at it's finest! He’s a 16 time winner of the Cascade Blues Association "Muddy Award: Acoustic Guitarist of the Year.” Learn more at www.TerryRobb.com</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/o5Zao2OOmI4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-8-acoustic-blues-masters#comments Acoustic Nation Buddy Guy Eric Clapton Jimi Hendrix Rory Block Stevie Ray Vaughan Terry Robb Tommy Emmanuel Blogs Videos Tue, 28 Apr 2015 03:27:57 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24397 at http://www.guitarworld.com The 30 Most Badass Guitarists of All Time http://www.guitarworld.com/30-most-badass-guitarists-all-time <!--paging_filter--><p>Guitar players are the coolest creatures on this planet. </p> <p>Don’t believe us? Consider Buddy Holly. Take away his guitar and he might as well be Melvin Poindexter, full-time accountant and part-time carnival geek. Give him a Stratocaster and suddenly he’s dumping Peggy Sue Gerron and shacking up with Maria Elena Santiago, <em>una caliente Latina</em>! </p> <p>In fact, guitarists are on a whole different planet when it comes to defining cool. When you play guitar, you can get away with all kinds of acts normal people could never attempt. Face it: An ordinary dude could not walk down the street wearing a leopard-skin jacket, high-heel cowboy boots, flowing silk scarves and dozens of silver bangles without getting beaten up within minutes. </p> <p>But put a guitar case in that dude’s hands and suddenly grown men want to buy him a drink, and ladies slip him their phone numbers. Or try doing Chuck Berry’s famous duck walk without a guitar; people will think you’re mental. But do it with a guitar and they’ll pelt you with a sea of money and panties. </p> <p>Since guitar players are automatically cool, that means cool guitar players are the coolest of the cool. In this issue, we exalt this elite class of cold — the players who even we would sell our wives and first born just to have some of their mojo rub off on us. Some of them are pioneers who paved a bold, daring path to define new styles of cool, while others are simply the kind of guitarists we want to be when we never grow up (which is part of being cool). </p> <p>These people are the real reason why the guitar remains the world’s most popular instrument, so let’s all raise our headstocks and give them a 21-power-chord salute. </p> <p><strong>JAMES HETFIELD</strong><br /> <strong>Born</strong> August 3, 1963<br /> <strong>Band</strong> Metallica<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar</strong> 1984 Gibson Explorer<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff</strong> “Leper Messiah” — <em>Master of Puppets</em> </p> <p>Most metal guitarists would kill to have half of the power and precision of James Hetfield’s right hand, not to mention his ability to write the most devastating riffs known to mankind, from “Seek and Destroy” and “Creeping Death” to “Enter Sandman.” Of course, most musicians with skills comparable to Hetfield’s have such big egos that they become the targets of our murderous intentions. That’s not the case with Hetfield. </p> <p>Years of hard-earned success and fame have not changed his down-to-earth attitude. Even though he has become one of the world’s richest rock stars, he hasn’t married a supermodel or become a pompous art collector. Instead, he’s remained true to his working-class roots, spending his spare time building incredibly cool kustom cars and cruising the streets with his car club buddies, the Beatniks of Koolsville. </p> <p>His kustom masterpieces like “Slow Burn” (a 1936 Auburn boat-tail speedster), “Skyscraper” (a 1953 Buick Skylark) and his daily driver known as “The Grinch” (a 1952 Oldsmobile) are drivable works of art that defy the bland Toyota Priuses, Lexuses and Land Rover SUVs of his Northern California environs like a stiff middle-finger salute wearing a skull ring.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xZ1z-QPr6ZE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>JOE STRUMMER</strong><br /> <strong>Born</strong> August 21, 1952 (died December 22, 2002)<br /> <strong>Band</strong> The Clash, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar</strong> 1968 Fender Telecaster<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff</strong> "Train in Vain" — <em>London Calling</em> </p> <p>Joe Strummer was far from the most proficient rhythm guitarist in punk rock, and his tone was often downright wimpy. </p> <p>Yet you’d never find a punk rocker who didn’t want to be just like him. Whereas most punk guitarists found inspiration from the same hard rock and proto-metal players that they pretended to despise, Strummer was influenced by reggae, rockabilly, soul, ska and even early New York rap music when most of the world still hadn’t heard of the Sugarhill Gang. </p> <p>Those influences helped him develop a truly unique rhythm guitar style that no one has been able to duplicate since. Perhaps the coolest thing about Joe Strummer is no one could ever predict what he would do next. In 1981, the Clash played 17 consecutive nights at the 3,500-capacity Bond’s International Casino nightclub in Manhattan, but when they returned to New York the next year they played two sold-out shows at Shea Stadium as an opening act for the Who. </p> <p>Julien Temple’s documentary, <em>Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten</em>, reveals what many would perceive as Strummer’s flaws: from his hippie squatter roots to the way he dissed former bandmates during the Clash’s last gasps. But ultimately, Strummer was a man who simply did wanted he wanted to do without giving a shit what anybody else thought.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eNot47WRBFk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>SLASH &amp; IZZY STRADLIN</strong><br /> <strong>Born </strong>July 23, 1965 (Slash); April 8, 1962 (Izzy)<br /> <strong>Band </strong>Guns N' Roses<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar </strong>1985 Gibson Les Paul Standard (Slash); Gibson ES-175 (Izzy)<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff </strong>"Welcome to the Jungle" — <em>Appetite for Destruction</em> </p> <p>Rock music has produced some memorable tandem guitar teams: Keef and Ronnie, Angus and Malcolm, Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing to name a few. </p> <p>But Slash and Izzy Stradlin, with the original lineup of Guns N’ Roses, have to go down as one of the coolest duos ever. Gutter rats Slash and Izzy had just enough yin and yang going on to provide the color and contrast that made them more than the ordinary lead and rhythm guitar team. </p> <p>Both loved similar bands, like Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin, but Izzy’s tastes leaned more toward groove-oriented bands like the Rolling Stones and the Doors, with a healthy dose of punk rock thrown in, while Slash loved guitar heroes like Michael Schenker and Jeff Beck. </p> <p>The combination of Slash’s rough-edged pyrotechnic solos and Izzy’s raw power chords and off-kilter rhythms resulted in an unusual mish-mash with massive crossover appeal that metalheads, punks, glam poseurs, pop fans and classic rockers loved alike. Slash and Izzy also made vintage guitars cool again, strapping on Gibson Les Pauls, Telecasters and ES-175 hollowbodies when most guitarists were playing DayGlo superstrats, pointy metal weapons or minimalist headstock-less Stein-bortions. </p> <p>Balding guitar players also have Slash and Izzy to thank for making hats fashionable rocker attire during a time when big hair was all the rage.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zBmFVlOqR4M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>JIMI HENDRIX</strong><br /> <strong>Born </strong>November 27, 1942 (died September 18, 1970)<br /> <strong>Band </strong>The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Band of Gypsys<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar </strong>Fender Stratocaster<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff </strong>"Machine Gun" — <em>Band of Gypsys</em> </p> <p>Most guitarists view the guitar in terms of scales to master and tones to tame, but Jimi Hendrix viewed the instrument as an open canvas for his imagination, pulling sounds out of his Stratocaster and Marshall stacks that no one previously knew the guitar was capable of making. </p> <p>The first guitarist to chain effect pedals together, Hendrix combined their tones and textures with whammy bar squeals and growls and unorthodox playing techniques to make the guitar sound like a symphony, animals, armies or the far reaches of outer space. While most Sixties psychedelic music was banal bubblegum pop with fuzz-tone guitar hooks, Hendrix made music that actually sounded like a trip after ingesting a cocktail of LSD, mushrooms and THC. </p> <p>What makes Hendrix stand out is how he could play chilling, beautiful music without the sonic bombast as well. Naked, unadorned songs like “Little Wing” and “Red House” still burn with intensity even without sound effects and studio trickery, showing Jimi’s uncanny ability to speak through his instrument. </p> <p>His playing shocked, awed and frightened even Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, who still view Hendrix as some sort of supernatural, mythical being. Of course, they may have also been scared of how Jimi could make even a puffy shirt and a marching band jacket look fashionable.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xJ2Qya1KCoo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>EDDIE VAN HALEN</strong><br /> <strong>Born </strong>January 26, 1955<br /> <strong>Band </strong>Van Halen<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar </strong>Homemade "Frankenstein" Strat<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff </strong>"Panama"—<em>1984</em> </p> <p>Eddie Van Halen forever changed the way that the guitar is made and played, but that’s not why he’s cool. Sure, he’s single-handedly responsible for the whole hot-rodded guitar and amp phenomenon that brought companies like Jackson and Charvel fortune, techs like Jose Arredondo and Lee Jackson fame and inventors like Floyd Rose immortality. </p> <p>Yes, he perfected the two-handed tapping technique that made the guitar sound like a fucking synthesizer. And, okay, he crafted a legendary sound that guitarists are still trying to duplicate today. But what makes Eddie cool is his attitude—especially how he makes work seem like it takes no effort at all. </p> <p>While he could put out an album of his farts or slap his name on any shitty guitar and still make millions, he is a painstaking perfectionist who spent years agonizing over every minute detail of his EVH Wolfgang guitar and EVH 5150 III amp before offering it to the public and who has refused to release a new Van Halen album until he feels it’s ready. </p> <p>Even after splitting with Valerie Bertinelli after 26 years of marriage, surviving battles with alcohol and cancer and enduring the presence of David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar for most of the last 38 years, nothing has wiped the big, warm, friendly smile off of his face.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/w-NshzYK9y0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>LINK WRAY</strong><br /> <strong>Born </strong>May 2, 1929 (died November 5, 2005)<br /> <strong>Band </strong>Link Wray and the Ray Men, Robert Gordon<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar </strong>Supro Dual Tone<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff </strong>"Run Chicken Run" — <em>Rumble: The Best of Link Wray</em> </p> <p>Back in 1958, most guitarists and guitar amp designers tried to avoid distortion. Not Link Wray. When he recorded his instrumental “Rumble,” Wray poked holes in the tweeters of his Premier Model 71 amp to make it sound even more nasty and distorted than it could on its own. </p> <p>A direct line can be drawn from “Rumble” to “My Generation,” “Anarchy in the U.K.” and “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” The song is often credited as the origin of the power chord, but it also heralded the transformation of rock from the music of youth to the soundtrack of juvenile delinquency. Several radio stations banned “Rumble” because they thought it was too sexy, raunchy and violent. Wray even dressed like a juvenile delinquent, embellishing his greasy black pompadour with a leather jacket, jeans and shades at a time when most white rock and rollers still took fashion cues from Perry Como and Bing Crosby. </p> <p>Wray kept the hits coming through the Sixties, issuing singles like “Jack the Ripper,” “Ace of Spades,” the manic “Run Chicken Run,” the appropriately titled “The Fuzz” and the coolest version of the <em>Batman</em> theme ever. Wray rocked hard until the end, playing his last gig only four months before he passed away at the age of 76.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ac9brCLmnRk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>JOHNNY RAMONE</strong><br /> <strong>Born </strong>October 8, 1948 (died September 15, 2004)<br /> <strong>Band </strong>The Ramones<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar </strong>Mosrite Ventures II<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff </strong>"Blitzkrieg Bop" — <em>Ramones</em> </p> <p>If ever there were a forensic investigation to identify the true biological father of punk rock guitar, all DNA evidence would point clearly to Johnny Ramone. The guitar style that people most associate with punk—briskly downpicked barre chords executed with blinding precision at breakneck tempos and marshaled in service of concise catchy song structures—is the invention, progeny and proud legacy of the man born John Cummings on Long Island, New York. </p> <p>Johnny was a strange case, a rock and roll outsider who was obsessed with uniformity. And that obsession helped forge the Ramones aesthetic: the identikit leather jackets and ripped jeans worn by each band member, the single surname shared by all four (in the absence of any actual familial kinship) and the terse pacing of the music itself, with not a single excessive note or lyrical utterance. </p> <p>It all added up to a cartoonish minimalism that struck a vital cultural nerve when the Ramones burst out of Manhattan’s Lower East Side CBGB scene in the mid Seventies. They were the perfect antidote to the bloated self-indulgence of Seventies arena rock and the tendency—a hangover from the hippie era—for rock and rock musicians to take themselves way too seriously. The Ramones were passionate about rock, without ever being pompous. </p> <p>Their songs cut right to the melodic and rhythmic core of great rock and roll. Johnny contributed song ideas and slashing guitar arrangements, but he also kept the whole thing on the rails. A straight guy in a world of addicts, perverts, weirdoes and psychos, Johnny’s politics were dubious. But, like Mussolini, he made the Ramones’ rock and roll train run on time for more than two decades. John Cummings passed from this life in 2004 after a five-year fight with prostate cancer. </p> <p>But in the clashing clangor of Green Day, Rancid, Blink-182 and the next bunch of punk rock misfits rehearsing in some basement or garage, Johnny Ramone lives on.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BbDekaqw3lQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>JAMES WILLIAMSON</strong><br /> <strong>Born </strong>October 29, 1949<br /> <strong>Band </strong>Iggy and the Stooges, Iggy Pop<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar </strong>Gibson Les Paul Custom<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff </strong>"Search and Destroy"—<em>Raw Power</em> (Iggy and the Stooges) </p> <p>James Williamson was the man who facilitated Iggy Pop’s transition from self-lacerating Stooges frontman to solo artist, icon and all-around elder statesman of punk. In a way, Williamson was the only man for the job. He shared Iggy and the Stooges’ Detroit garage rock roots and was a friend of Stooges founding guitarist Ron Asheton during the mid Sixties. </p> <p>But he also had his act way more together than any of the Stooges during their cataclysmic heyday. By the early Seventies, the Stooges were two albums into their career and starting to come apart at the seams due to myriad drug problems and an overall lack of widespread commercial acceptance of their music. </p> <p>Williamson injected new life into the group, bringing an ideal balance of discipline and frenzy, best heard on the group’s 1973 disc <em>Raw Power</em>, the album that launched thousands of punk and post punk bands. “I’m his biggest fan,” the legendary Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr once said of Williamson. “He has the technical ability of Jimmy Page without being as studious and the swagger of Keith Richards without being sloppy. He’s both demonic and intellectual, almost how you would imagine Darth Vader to sound if he was in a band.” </p> <p>Williamson went on to produce and play on Iggy’s classic solo 1979 album <em>New Values</em>, which features gems like “I’m Bored” and “Five Foot One.” The guitarist also played a key role on the follow-up disc, <em>Soldier</em>, anchoring a punk rock all-star lineup that included ex-Pistol Glen Matlock, Ivan Kral from the Patti Smith Band and Barry Adamson from Magazine. Shortly after <em>Soldier</em>, Williamson took a hiatus from rock to study electronic engineering, becoming Vice President of Technology and Standards for Sony. </p> <p>When Ron Asheton died, Williamson took an early retirement from Sony and returned to his rightful place as the Stooges’ guitarist. Their new album, <em>Ready to Die</em>, came out this year.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PMKFLHx2c-M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>BUDDY GUY</strong><br /> <strong>Born </strong>July 30, 1936<br /> <strong>Band </strong>Solo, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy &amp; Junior Wells<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar </strong>1957 sunburst Fender Stratocaster, polka-dot Buddy Guy signature Fender Strats<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff</strong> "The First Time I Met the Blues" — <em>Can't Quit the Blues</em> </p> <p>Buddy Guy is our greatest living link to blues tradition—a man who sat and played with immortals like Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Willie Dixon and Otis Spann, and who still climbs up onstage at events like the Crossroads Festival to jam with greats such as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Carlos Santana, not to mention newcomers like John Mayer. </p> <p>Clapton himself has repeatedly called Guy “the greatest living guitarist.” Hendrix literally knelt at Buddy’s feet in the late Sixties, the better to study his riffs. Guy’s secret? He combines an old-time blues feel with the technical facility of a modern guitar player. He was a youngster at the legendary Chess Records in early Sixties Chicago. Fresh up from Lettsworth, Louisiana, Guy was some 20 years junior to giants like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, yet old enough and gifted enough to share the studio with them. </p> <p>And when Cream, Hendrix and Led Zeppelin brought amped-up guitar hysteria to the fore, Buddy was still in his prime, ready, able and eager to join the fray. He’s still going strong today, an inspiration—and intimidation—to all who would strap on an electric guitar and dive deep into the mighty river that is the blues.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/m9v5Oevbyx8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>JOHNNY THUNDERS</strong><br /> <strong>Born </strong>July 15, 1952 (died April 23, 1991)<br /> <strong>Band </strong>New York Dolls, the Heartbreakers, Gang War<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar </strong>Gibson Les Paul Jr.<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff </strong>"Chinese Rocks" — <em>Blank Generation: The New York Scene (1975-78)</em> (The Heartbreakers) </p> <p>Johnny Thunders’ snot-nosed New York take on Keith Richards’ cool is one of the pillars on which punk rock was built. An Italian-American guy (birth name John Anthony Genzale Jr.) from Queens, he was born a little too late to be part of the Sixties rock explosion. But the bands of that era were his influences, and he put his own spin on them in the early Seventies as the New York Dolls came together with Thunders on lead guitar. </p> <p>Thunders had the riffs to match the glam-trash group’s mascara. He took rock guitar and cooked it down to its essence, playing open chords and switchblade riffs that laid bare the amphetamine urgency behind the Dolls’ concise, catchy tunes. The Dolls had split up by the time punk rock got underway in New York and London, but their influence was profoundly felt on both shores. </p> <p>Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols has repeatedly cited Thunders as a major influence, Dee Dee Ramone was a friend, colleague and drug brother, and Richard Hell played alongside&nbsp; him in the Heartbreakers. While Thunders shared Keith Richards’ appetite for excess, he sadly was not blessed with Keef’s monumental endurance. </p> <p>Thunders died in New Orleans in 1991 under mysterious, although most likely drug-related, circumstances.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/P-M9Ymvgd0A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>KEITH RICHARDS</strong><br /> <strong>Born </strong>December 18, 1943<br /> <strong>Band </strong>The Rolling Stones, the X-Pensive Winos<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar </strong>1953 Fender Telecaster <strong>Coolest Riff </strong>“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” — <em>Out of Our Heads</em> </p> <p>Keith Richards has made living on the edge his life’s mission. Grinning blissfully—and blatantly stoned—from mid-Sixties picture sleeves, lean and lanky, swathed in flowing scarves and stylish shades, he defined the look, the attitude and the swagger essential to the vocation of rock guitarist. </p> <p>From day one, his playing asserted the primacy of riffs and rhythm as the structural backbone of rock music. Following his lead, an entire generation discovered the ancient mysteries of the blues and learned to cultivate a little sympathy for the devil. Effortlessness is the key to Keef’s cool. </p> <p>He’s sauntered down through the decades unfazed by stints in jail and hospital, heroin addiction, assorted femmes fatales, copious boozing, rampaging Hells Angels and assaults from fellow icons like Chuck Berry and Peter Tosh. Unconstrained by the grinding gradations of clock, calendar, public morality or legal prohibition, he has defined life on his own terms. </p> <p>The same lawless sense of effortlessness defines his playing. Guitar slung low, cigarette dangling from his lip, he’s never hyper, never tries too hard and always swings free of such limited concepts as lead versus rhythm. This is what enables him to get down to the raw truth of the groove.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qpGqwHdZJ4Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>ROY ORBISON</strong><br /> <strong>Born </strong>April 23, 1936 (died December 6, 1988)<br /> <strong>Band </strong>Solo, the Traveling Wilburys<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar </strong>Gibson ES-335<br /> <strong>Classic Riff </strong>“Oh, Pretty Woman”—<em>The Essential Roy Orbison</em> </p> <p>Most people think of Roy Orbison as the super-smooth crooner who sang songs like “Crying,” “In Dreams” and “Only the Lonely.” But Orbison was also a wicked guitar player, who ripped out several impressive solos on early Sun Records singles like “Ooby Dooby.” In fact, Sun owner Sam Phillips was more impressed with Orbison’s guitar playing than his singing during the early days of the rocker’s career. </p> <p>Although Orbison’s good friend and Sun Records labelmate Johnny Cash may be known as “the Man in Black,” Orbison habitually dressed from head to toe in black in the early Sixties, a decade before Cash adopted his dark uniform. Even Orbison’s raven hair and impenetrable jet Ray-Bans were blacker than the cover to Spinal Tap’s <em>Smell the Glove</em>, adding to his alluring persona as a mysterious, brooding artiste. </p> <p>By 1964, most of Orbison’s early rock and roll contemporaries were either dead, strung-out on drugs, in jail or making crappy movies, but Orbison’s musical career still hadn’t reached its peak. In between the ballads, he recorded singles like “Mean Woman Blues” (check his wild guitar solo) and “Oh, Pretty Woman” that showed upstarts like the Beatles, the Animals and the Rolling Stones that Americans still could rock harder than any Brit.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_PLq0_7k1jk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>MIKE NESS</strong><br /> <strong>Born</strong> April 3, 1962<br /> <strong>Bands </strong>Social Distortion, Easter, solo<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar </strong>1971 Gibson Les Paul gold top with Seymour Duncan P-90s<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff </strong>“Ball and Chain”—<em>Social Distortion </em> </p> <p>Bull necked and heavily tattooed, Mike Ness is not the kind of guy you’d want to mess with. The Southern California guitarist, singer and songwriter has known good times and bad, punching his way out of a serious drug addiction in the mid Eighties. He has funneled these experiences into some of the most hard-hitting, plain-dealing rock songs to come out of the SoCal punk milieu. Ness launched Social Distortion in 1978. </p> <p>Initially a hardcore act—in fact one of the most vital bands on the Orange County beach town/skater hardcore scene—Social Distortion morphed over the years into a vehicle for Ness’ ever-evolving narrative songwriting gift, dedicated to a few simple-but-slamming guitar chords and lyrics that recount life’s hard lessons. </p> <p>An avid skateboarder and hot-rod enthusiast, Ness epitomizes working-class Southern Californian culture. Springsteen comparisons are always dangerous, but the Boss did appear on Ness’ 1999 solo disc <em>Cheating at Solitaire</em>. Springsteen also named Social Distortion’s <em>Heaven and Hell</em> as his favorite record of 1992. Brian Setzer is another kindred spirit and musical collaborator. Ness is one skate punk kid who has stood the test of time.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QVRpOXGcZ9Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>JAMES HONEYMAN-SCOTT</strong><br /> <strong>Born </strong>November 4, 1956 (died June 16, 1982)<br /> <strong>Band</strong> The Pretenders<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar</strong> 1980 custom metal-front Zemaitis<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff </strong>“Tattooed Love Boys”—<em>The Pretenders </em></p> <p>James Honeyman-Scott’s moment in the spotlight was far too brief. He recorded only two albums with the Pretenders before he died of heart failure, but those tracks revealed incredible talent and versatility that quickly made him the most revered guitarist to emerge during the early days of post-punk new wave. </p> <p>Honeyman-Scott’s solos were concise and economical, getting the point across in only a few measures. His solo on “Kid” is a pop song unto itself that evokes the Beatles’ finest melodic moments, while his three- and four-second bursts on “Tattooed Love Boys” unleash more emotion, fire and style than most guitarists can convey in an extended 15-minute solo. </p> <p>Unlike most new wave guitarists at the dawn of the Eighties, Honeyman-Scott had impeccable fashion sense. He always maintained a timeless detached rocker look, and his aviator shades, medium-length shag haircut, suit jacket and jeans attire never really went out of style, unlike the geometric haircuts and DayGlo suits that many of his contemporaries wore. He always played the coolest guitars onstage as well, from classic Gibson Les Pauls and Firebirds to custom-made Hamers and Zemaitis metal-front guitars. </p> <p>He even married a model with coolest imaginable name for a guitarist’s girlfriend—Peggy Sue Fender.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/erW_1wA8smo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>BRIAN SETZER</strong><br /> <strong>Born</strong> April 10, 1959<br /> <strong>Bands </strong>Stray Cats, Brian Setzer Orchestra<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar</strong> 1959 Gretsch 6120<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff</strong> “Runaway Boys”—<em>Stray Cats </em> </p> <p>Most musicians who revive a musical style from the past are like classic-car restorers, refusing to modify it in any way and insisting on keeping it exactly as it was back in the day. Brian Setzer is more like a hot rodder, keeping certain essential elements as a foundation but updating them with a lot more power, speed and style. </p> <p>With the Stray Cats he made rockabilly sound as dangerous as punk, and his fleet-fingered solos impressed even the most technically minded metalheads. He pulled off a similar feat in the Nineties with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, making big-band jazz appealing to rockers. </p> <p>Although Gretsch went out of business and ceased making guitars about the same time that the Stray Cats emerged, Setzer helped bring the company back to life by showing players just how cool Gretsch guitars could sound. As a result, Setzer was the first artist since Chet Atkins to be honored with his own signature-model Gretsch guitar. </p> <p>For those of us who dread Christmas music, Setzer’s holiday collections with the Brian Setzer Orchestra provide relief, giving guitar fans plenty of shredding solos to enjoy in between schmaltzy verses about figgy pudding and some fat, creepy man in red velvet pajamas.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YLwqaAJgFsI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>DJANGO REINHARDT</strong><br /> <strong>Born</strong> January 23, 1910 (died May 16, 1953)<br /> <strong>Band</strong> Quintette du Hot Club de France<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar</strong> Selmer Modèle Jazz<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff</strong> “Mystery Pacific”—<em>The Very Best of Django Reinhardt </em> </p> <p>Electric guitarists like Charlie Christian and T-Bone Walker rightfully get a lot of credit for introducing the concept of the single-string electric guitar solo, but many historians forget that Belgian Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt was shredding the strings a few years before those gents—and he didn’t need electricity. </p> <p>The acoustic solos Reinhardt recorded with the Quintet of the Hot Club of France between 1936 and 1940 are simply astounding displays of virtuosity, melodic taste and speed that left indelible impressions on players throughout several generations, including Les Paul, Jimmy Page and Michael Angelo Batio. Django didn’t even need all four fretting fingers either, using only two left hand fingers to play complicated chords and hyperspeed solos (his third and fourth fingers were badly burned in a fire). </p> <p>Django’s “handicap” later inspired Tony Iommi and Jerry Garcia to keep playing guitar after they permanently injured their fretting hands. Django lived life as hard and fast as he played guitar. A notorious gambler, drinker, gourmand and womanizer, he died of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 43, but his solos continue to awe players today.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wufCkIla_ic" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>T-BONE WALKER</strong><br /> <strong>Born</strong> May 28, 1910 (died March 16, 1975)<br /> <strong>Bands</strong> Solo, Sebastian’s Cotton Club Orchestra, Freddie Slack’s Orchestra<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar</strong> Gibson ES-250<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff</strong> “Strollin’ with Bone”—<em>The Complete Imperial Recordings, 1950–1954 </em> </p> <p>As the first blues guitarist to pick up an electric guitar and play single-string solos in the late Thirties, T-Bone Walker didn’t just lay down the foundation for electric blues and rock and roll—he also built the first three or four floors. John Lee Hooker credits T-Bone Walker with making the electric guitar popular, claiming that everybody tried to copy T-Bone’s sound. </p> <p>That’s not an overstatement, as traces of T-Bone’s influence can be heard in the early recordings of Albert, B.B. and Freddie King, Muddy Waters, and especially Chuck Berry, who adopted many of Walker’s signature licks as his own. A sharp-dressed, flamboyant performer who played the guitar behind his head and did the splits without missing a note, Walker helped reposition the guitar player from the sidelines to center stage, inspiring Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan to copy his impossible-to-ignore moves. </p> <p>Walker’s licks were so fresh and ahead of their time that his solos on the 1942 single “Mean Old World” and his 1947 breakthrough “Call It Stormy Monday” still inspire guitarists today.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JxaTaDs_uC0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>JIMMY PAGE</strong><br /> <strong>Born</strong> January 9, 1944<br /> <strong>Bands</strong> The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, the Firm, Coverdale/Page<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar</strong> 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff</strong> “Black Dog”—<em>Led Zeppelin IV </em> </p> <p>Normal people define cool as laid-back, excellent or highly skilled, but most guitarists define cool as Jimmy Page circa 1975 in a black velvet bellbottom suit decorated with embroidered dragons, playing a Les Paul slung down to his knees. As the musical mastermind behind Led Zeppelin, one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Page elevated the guitar riff to an art form, crafting orchestrated overdubbed parts that bludgeoned listeners like the hammer of the gods. </p> <p>Page’s musical contributions with Led Zeppelin are well known to readers of this magazine, but here are some cool facts about him you may not know. As a session musician in the Sixties, Page played guitar on the singles “Gloria” by Them, “You Really Got Me” by the Kinks, “I Can’t Explain” by the Who and “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones. </p> <p>He’s owned homes previously lived in by Richard Harris, Michael Caine and Aleister Crowley, and his guitar collection consists of more than 2,000 instruments. The devil sold his soul to Jimmy to learn how to play the blues. As for that guy in the Dos Equis ads, forget him—Jimmy Page has already won the title of Most Interesting Man in the World.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6tlSx0jkuLM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>BILLY GIBBONS</strong><br /> <strong>Born</strong> December 16, 1949<br /> <strong>Band</strong> ZZ Top<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar</strong> 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard, a.k.a. “Pearly Gates”<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff</strong> “Heard It on the X”—<em>Fandango! </em> </p> <p>Bumper-sticker philosophy says that he who dies with the most toys wins. If that’s true, Billy Gibbons would be the hands-down champion. </p> <p>The sharp-dressed ladies man known to his friends as “the Reverend Willie G” owns more hot rods, Harleys, vintage and custom guitars, amps, stomp boxes, museum-quality African art pieces, cowboy jackets, tortoise-shell combs and cheap sunglasses than two dozen sultans of Dubai could ever hope to acquire. </p> <p>Every ZZ Top tour is a treat for guitar geeks, as Gibbons uses the occasions to unveil a six-string surprise. (Last year it was an elusive Gibson Moderne.) But what really makes Gibbons cool is a certain undefinable quality called “vibe.” Anyone who has ever met Billy and gotten to know him—however briefly—has an outrageous story to tell about the encounter. </p> <p>Gibbons has also twisted more than a few towering tall tales in his time, but his life is so surreal that it’s hard to tell where the truth ends and the trip takes over. His colorful manner of speech, known as “Gibbonics,” has made him one of <em>Guitar World</em>’s favorite interview subjects, especially since his poetic ponderings are loaded with insight, wisdom and a unique sense of humor.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CPAR2zSV84I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>ZACKY VENGEANCE &amp; SYNYSTER GATES</strong><br /> <strong>Born</strong> December 11, 1981 (Vengeance); July 7, 1981 (Gates)<br /> <strong>Bands</strong> Avenged Sevenfold (both), Pinkly Smooth (Gates)<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitars</strong> Schecter Vengeance Custom (Vengeance); Schecter Synyster Custom (Gates)<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff</strong> “Unholy Confessions”—<em>Waking the Fallen </em> </p> <p>You’d be hard-pressed to find a more distinctive guitar tandem in modern metal than Zacky Vengeance (Zachary Baker) and Synyster Gates (Brian Haner, Jr.). From their sound, to their look, even to their names, the duo routinely go down guitar paths other metal axmen don’t dare travel, spicing up Avenged Sevenfold’s otherwise dark and aggressive attack with, among other things, hooky, major-key melodies, laid-back acoustic picking, buoyant, carnival-esque rhythms and a whole lot of style. </p> <p>They can also shred like nobody’s business: Though Vengeance largely fills the role of rhythm player while Gates handles the majority of the solos, almost every A7X song finds the two locking up for at least one or two rampaging runs of dual-guitar harmony leads. </p> <p>Vengeance and Gates’ ascent to the top of the metal guitar heap did not always seem inevitable. Avenged Sevenfold began life as a somewhat traditional Orange County–style metalcore act, as evidenced on their 2001 debut, <em>Sounding the Seventh Trumpet</em>, for which Vengeance served as the primary guitarist. But the band has been reinventing and refining its sound ever since. By A7X’s third effort, 2005’s <em>City of Evil</em>, they had morphed into a swaggering, thrashy unit with an adventurous edge that showed itself in everything from the grand, instrumentally dense songs to the band’s theatrical image. </p> <p>On 2007’s self-titled effort and the new <em>Nightmare</em>, Avenged Sevenfold have continued to expand their sonic template, leaving Vengeance and Gates plenty of space to explore a range of different styles. At the end of the day, however, metal is metal, and at its essence that means killer riffs and shredding solos, which the duo unleash in abundance. A7X staples like “Bat Country,” “Almost Easy” and the latest single, “Nightmare,” are chock full of blistering rhythms and finger-twisting, speed-of-light leads, while they tread that sweet spot between catchy melodicism and all-out aggression. </p> <p>As metal guitar continues to evolve in even faster and wilder ways, expect Vengeance and Gates to be two of the players leading the pack for a long time to come.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vSaBveD7zvA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>MUDDY WATERS</strong><br /> <strong>Born</strong> April 4, 1915 (died April 30, 1983)<br /> <strong>Band</strong> Solo<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar</strong> 1958 Fender Telecaster<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff</strong> “Rollin’ and Tumblin’ ”—<em>The Real Folk Blues</em> </p> <p>The father of electric blues, McKinley Morganfield was born in rural Mississippi, where he absorbed the folk blues stylings of Son House, Big Bill Broonzy and Robert Johnson. But in the Forties, he made the pilgrimage to Chicago, picked up an electric guitar and forged a bold new style all his own. </p> <p>He assumed the stage name Muddy Waters and released a series of historic recordings on the legendary Chess Records label. These discs established the quintessential Muddy Waters persona—the jive-talkin’, sharp-dressed, tough-as-nails, mojo-workin’ Hoochie Coochie Man. Waters’ confident, cocky vocal delivery was augmented by the knife-edge drama of his bottleneck guitar leads. This steely, highly electrified sound galvanized a new rising generation of British rock musicians when Muddy first visited those shores in 1958. </p> <p>A group of blues-crazy Brits even took their name from one of his songs: the Rolling Stones. The blues in general, and the recordings of Muddy Waters in particular, became the “roots music” for the youth counterculture that sprang up in the Sixties. Countless bands, from the Stones on down, have assayed Waters classics like “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” “Got My Mojo Workin’,” “You Shook Me,” “I Just Wanna Make Love to You” and “Mannish Boy.” </p> <p>Leading rock publications Rolling Stone and Mojo also paid proud titular homage to Muddy Waters, who passed away in 1983. It’s no overstatement to say that there would be no rock and roll had Muddy Waters not come along.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/x6Q2uTqB3lM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>BILLY ZOOM</strong><br /> <strong>Born</strong> February 20, 1948<br /> <strong>Bands</strong> X, Billy Zoom Band<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar</strong> Gretsch Silver Jet<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff</strong> “Johnny Hit and Run Pauline”—<em>Los Angeles </em>(X)</p> <p>As guitarist for the seminal punk band X, Billy Zoom played a key role in launching the L.A. punk scene in the late Seventies. His raw-nerved guitar work with X drew heavily on Fifties rockabilly, spelling out the connection between punk rock and the original rock and roll music. </p> <p>But Zoom also served as the perfect foil for X’s principal songwriters, singer Exene Cervenka and bassist John Doe, who were arty, bohemian denizens of hip L.A. environs like Silverlake and Venice. Zoom was a politically conservative Christian greaser from the notoriously uncool southern L.A. suburbs of Orange County. In the now-classic L.A. punk documentary <em>The Decline of Western Civilization</em>, he is famously shown refusing to get a tattoo. </p> <p>But opposites not only attract—sometimes they also make groundbreaking music together. This is certainly true of Zoom’s collaboration with Doe and Cervenka. Since that band broke up, Zoom has gone on to do session work with everyone from the late John Denver to the Raconteurs. He’s also become semi-legendary as a guitar amp hotrod guru, having tweaked circuitry for Jackson Browne, the Black Crowes, Los Lobos, L7 and Social Distortion, among many others.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1Nt-vGexNDE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>WAYNE KRAMER &amp; FRED "SONIC" SMITH</strong><br /> <strong>Born</strong> April 14, 1948 (Kramer); September 13, 1949 (Smith; died November 4, 1994)<br /> <strong>Bands</strong> The MC5 (both), Gang War (Kramer), Sonic Rendezvous Band (Smith)<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitars </strong>Custom Strat with American Flag finish (Kramer); Mosrite Ventures (Smith)<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff </strong>“Ramblin’ Rose”—<em>Kick Out the Jams</em> (MC5)</p> <p> The MC5 were the nexus where radical politics and proto-punk belligerence first came together. This dangerous mixture touched off an explosion that’s still rocking the world today. The group burst out of Detroit in the cataclysmic year of 1969, with its roots firmly planted in mid-Sixties garage rock, and mutated by injections of inner-city R&amp;B and free-jazz mayhem. </p> <p>The MC5 was founded by guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred “Sonic” Smith, friends since their teen years and veterans of the Detroit garage rock scene. They honed a two-guitar attack that owed much to the heavy rock sounds being popularized at the time by acts like Cream, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Led Zeppelin. But Kramer and Smith laid down their riffs with more reckless abandon and a greater sense of desperate urgency than any of those groups. </p> <p>Many Sixties rock acts made political statements, but the MC5 were among the first rockers to make a serious commitment to revolution, aligning themselves closely with the White Panther Party (a Black Panther offshoot organization) and effectively serving as the White Panthers’ agitprop machine. Their blue-collar Detroit roots lent a certain gritty gravitas to their stance. These weren’t effete rock stars dabbling in left wing chic but working-class guerrillas with ammo belts strapped across their bare chests and guitars brandished as rifles. </p> <p>Kramer served a prison sentence on drug-related charges after the MC5 split up. When he got out, he teamed up with Johnny Thunders to form Gang War and later re-emerged as a solo artist on L.A. punk label Epitaph. Smith went on to lead the punishingly loud Sonic Rendezvous Band and married New York punk rock poet, artist, singer and originator Patti Smith. He passed away in 1994. But from the Clash to Fugazi, Crass and Green Day, the politicized wing of punk rock continues to fly the banner first raised by the Motor City 5.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8XhQRFO4M7A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>CHUCK BERRY</strong><br /> <strong>Born</strong> October 18, 1926<br /> <strong>Band</strong> Solo<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar</strong> Gibson ES-355<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff</strong> “Johnny B. Goode”—<em>Gold </em> </p> <p>Chuck Berry is probably the only man alive who could kick Keith Richards ass, and not only would Keef let him get away with it, he’d thank Chuck afterwards. That’s because Keef knows that without Chuck there would have been no Rolling Stones, let alone the Beatles or Beach Boys. </p> <p>Chuck Berry is the true founding forefather of rock and roll. His guitar playing in the mid Fifties defined the true personality and vocabulary of rock and roll guitar so comprehensively and conclusively that it’s impossible to find any rock player who doesn’t still steal his licks, riffs and tricks today. In fact, Berry doesn’t even tour with his own band; instead, he hires local musicians to back him up, because almost everyone all over the world knows how to play his songs. </p> <p>Berry is also an energetic performer who invented perhaps the ultimate rock and roll stage move: the duck walk. Surprisingly, Chuck still performs this signature move when he plays onstage, even though he’s now in his 80s.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6ROwVrF0Ceg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>LOU REED</strong><br /> <strong>Born</strong> March 2, 1942<br /> <strong>Bands</strong> The Velvet Underground, solo<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitars</strong> Gretsch Country Gentleman (Velvets), Schecter, Klein, Sadowsky and other customs<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff</strong> “Sweet Jane”—<em>Loaded </em>(The Velvet Underground) </p> <p>The dark underbelly is Lou Reed’s comfort zone. Despair and degradation are his muses. Emerging in the mid Sixties at the helm of the Velvet Underground, he offered up a gritty black-and-white alternative to the rainbow-colored pyschedelia of the prevailing rock culture. He brought us along, albeit reluctantly, to meet junkies and hustlers, S&amp;M bondage goddesses and suicidal transvestites. He was one of the first rock guitarists to embrace chaos truly and wholeheartedly. </p> <p>But the avant-garde din of Velvet Underground rave-ups seemed a genteel curtain raiser compared with the full-bore cacophony of Lou’s 1975 solo opus <em>Metal Machine Music</em>. The noise-guitar side of Lou’s legacy set the stage for cutting-edge genres like industrial, art damage, dream pop, grunge and present-day noise exponents, like Wolf Eyes and Yellow Swans. </p> <p>But Lou’s edgy lyrical stance and image spawned something even more fundamental to deviant aesthetics: punk rock. It is with considerable justice that he graced the first cover of <em>Punk</em> magazine in 1976 and was subsequently dubbed the Godfather of Punk. Lou embodied a new kind of rebel hero, an amalgam of two distinctly different but equally vilified social pariahs: the disaffected intellectual and the scumbag street hustler. In recent years, he’s added a third persona: the grumpy old man. </p> <p>And let's not forget his recent album with Metallica ... Still, there can be no underestimating Lou’s immense contribution to rock or the fierceness of his commitment to obtaining guitar tones and lyrical images that cut like a knife and leave a permanent scar.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Uc26EFI1_nw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>JOHNNY MARR</strong><br /> <strong>Born</strong> October 31, 1963<br /> <strong>Bands</strong> The Smiths, Electronic, the Pretenders, The The, Johnny Marr and the Healers, Modest Mouse, the Cribs, solo<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar</strong> Rickenbacker 330<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff </strong>“What Difference Does It Make?”—<em>The Smiths </em> </p> <p>Johnny Marr is a chief architect of the post-modern rock-guitar aesthetic. As the guitarist for seminal Eighties poetic pop stars the Smiths, he created a tonal palette and crisp stylistic approach that still forms the roadmap for much modern rock guitar playing. It was Marr who created the orchestral guitar soundscapes that enhanced the moody drama of Smiths singer Morrissey’s introspective lyrics and ironically detached vocals. </p> <p>From the low-string riff for “What Difference Does It Make?” to the deep tremolo textures and swooning string bends of “How Soon Is Now,” Marr always seemed to have the notes and the tone to suit the moment perfectly. Marr’s work has been profoundly influential to guitarists of the Nineties and beyond. Noel Gallagher of Oasis dubbed Marr “a fucking wizard,” and Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien has cited Marr as the reason he picked up a guitar. In essence, Marr is a classicist, drawing much of his approach from the guitar sounds of the Sixties British Invasion, yet deftly adapting those influences to rock and roll modernity. </p> <p>He embodies the stylish sideman identity forged by guitar greats like George Harrison and Keith Richards: a neatly trimmed pudding-basin haircut, and a stage presence that never upstages the frontman. Yet, he is intriguing in his own right. Marr’s post-Smiths career has been stellar. He’s worked with everyone from New Order’s Bernard Sumner (in Electronic) to Oasis to John Frusciante, and has been quite active recently with both Modest Mouse and the Cribs. He has an uncanny knack for being around whenever cool music is happening.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/r8VgouaH4No" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>RITCHIE BLACKMORE</strong><br /> <strong>Born </strong>April 14, 1945<br /> <strong>Bands</strong> Deep Purple, Rainbow, Blackmore’s Night<br /> <strong>Iconic Guitar </strong>Fender Stratocaster with scalloped neck<br /> <strong>Coolest Riff </strong>“Smoke on the Water”—<em>Machine Head </em>(Deep Purple) </p> <p>The original dark knight of metal guitar, Ritchie Blackmore boasts a surname that evokes Medieval England and a pedigree that goes back to the beginning of classic rock. Early studies in classical guitar left him with an astounding legato technique that laid the groundwork for the neoclassical and shred movements several decades later. </p> <p>In the early Sixties, Blackmore did sessions with legendary British producer Joe Meek and apprenticed with U.K. session ace (and Jimmy Page mentor) Big Jim Sullivan. Blackmore founded Deep Purple in the late Sixties and led the group through various incarnations. He also spearheaded metal icons Rainbow with the late Ronnie James Dio and has more recently played a role in Blackmore’s Night with his wife Candice Night. </p> <p>The history of metal wends ever onward, but, much like Mephistopheles, Ritchie Blackmore has a way of always turning up.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7mCK05dgwgU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>JOE PERRY</strong><br /> <strong>Born</strong> September 10, 1950<br /> <strong>BANDS</strong> Aerosmith, Joe Perry Project<br /> <strong>ICONIC GUITAR</strong> Gibson Les Paul<br /> <strong>COOLEST RIFF </strong>“Walk This Way”—<em>Toys in the Attic</em> (Aerosmith) </p> <p>Joe Perry is the American distillation of the good-old Keith Richards/Jimmy Page recipe for sideman/lead guitarist cool. He’s got the look and the licks, and he’s maintained both over the course of three or four decades—despite all odds. Jagger and Richards are the Glimmer Twins, but Perry and Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler went down in history as the Toxic Twins. </p> <p>They took the Sixties formula of sex, drugs and rock and roll to new heights in the decadent Seventies. Yet they also cranked out a steady stream of hard rock gems throughout a career that has known more ups and downs than a roller coaster. What’s perhaps most amazing about Tyler and Perry’s partnership is that Perry is the <em>sensible</em> one. </p> <p>He averages only about one meltdown to Tyler’s every three and keeps the Aerosmith juggernaut anchored with endless heavy guitar hooks. He’s even marketed his own brand of hot sauce. How cool is that?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZS3YYzecik0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/aerosmith">Aerosmith</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/deep-purple">Deep Purple</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/zz-top">ZZ Top</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/billy-gibbons">Billy Gibbons</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/jimmy-page">Jimmy Page</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/30-most-badass-guitarists-all-time#comments Articles Buddy Guy Chuck Berry Django Reinhardt GW Archive T-Bone Walker ZZ Top Guitar World Lists News Features Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:46:42 +0000 Alan Di Perna, Chris Gill, Richard Bienstock 3497 at http://www.guitarworld.com Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Guy and More Perform Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Texas Flood" on 'Austin City Limits' — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/kenny-wayne-shepherd-buddy-guy-and-more-perform-stevie-ray-vaughans-texas-flood-austin-city-limits-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Texas Flood" as performed by an all-star band — gathered for a special occasion.</p> <p>The clip, which you can check out below, features Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Guy, Willie Nelson, Doyle Bramhall II, Lukas Nelson (WIllie's son), Robert Randolph and Lyle Lovett — all backed by Stevie Ray Vaughan's band, Double Trouble (bassist Tommy Shannon, keyboardist Reese Wynans and drummer Chris "Whipper" Layton, who introduces the song).</p> <p>The performance of the Larry Davis-penned tune, which was made popular (and downright essential) by Vaughan in the Eighties, is from tonight's broadcast of <em>Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years</em>, a special honoring the program’s 40th anniversary. </p> <p>The show will air 9 to 11 p.m. EST on <a href="http://pressroom.pbs.org/Home/Programs/a/AUSTIN%20CITY%20LIMITS%20CELEBRATES%2040%20YEARS.aspx">PBS Arts Fall Festival.</a> </p> <p> Besides the artists named above, the show features performances by Jimmie Vaughan, Gary Clark Jr., Foo Fighters, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Bridges, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and more. For more information about <em>Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years</em> and its complete lineup of artists (plus several photos by Scott Newton), <a href="http://acltv.com/artist/austin-city-limits-celebrates-40-years/">head here.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SbboP1_U-LY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/kenny-wayne-shepherd-buddy-guy-and-more-perform-stevie-ray-vaughans-texas-flood-austin-city-limits-video#comments Austin City Limits Buddy Guy Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stevie Ray Vaughan Videos News Fri, 03 Oct 2014 19:30:59 +0000 Damian Fanelli 22500 at http://www.guitarworld.com Buddy Guy Covers Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Long Way from Home" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/buddy-guy-covers-stevie-ray-vaughans-long-way-home-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Blues legend George "Buddy" Guy was born on this date — July 30 — in 1936, as the U.S. was struggling to unfetter itself from the tenacious grasp of the Great Depression.</p> <p>It's ironic that when I need a lift from depression (great, middling or otherwise), I can simply watch this well-worn video of Buddy Guy performing "Long Way From Home," a track from <em>Family Style,</em> the 1990 album by the Vaughan Brothers, Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan.</p> <p>It was recorded May 11, 1995, for PBS's <em>Austin City Limits</em> and released more than a year later as a CD and video called <em>Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan</em>, a star-studded SRV tribute hosted by Jimmie, who appears in the video below. The DVD features performances by Jimmie (We dig his true-to-the-original version of "Texas Flood"), Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Robert Cray, Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt and more.</p> <p>The clip is special because it's a composite of everything that's intriguing — and/or off the wall — about Buddy Guy. There's the theatrics as he makes right-hand gestures and facial expressions while fretting notes with his left hand; there's his slightly off-pitch, 16-second-long, just-plain-crazy sustained note; his undeniable stage presence, a bit of flash at the end — and let's not forget the vocals, for which Guy rarely receives enough credit. </p> <p>As always, enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bWSfWECYdSM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/buddy-guy-covers-stevie-ray-vaughans-long-way-home-video#comments Buddy Guy Damian Fanelli Stevie Ray Vaughan Videos News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:48:07 +0000 Damian Fanelli 21986 at http://www.guitarworld.com Video: Blues Legend Buddy Guy Visits Guitar Center http://www.guitarworld.com/video-blues-legend-buddy-guy-visits-guitar-center <!--paging_filter--><p>Legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy recently visited Nic Harcourt and <em>Guitar Center Sessions</em> to play some guitar and to discuss his humble beginnings, his career and, of course, the blues.</p> <p>You can check out 15 minutes worth of the in-depth interview in the video below.</p> <p>To hear the entire 50-minute conversation, visit <a href="http://www.GuitarCenter.com/Podcast">GuitarCenter.com</a>.</p> <p>For more about Guy and his latest album, <em>Rhythm &amp; Blues</em>, visit <a href="http://www.BuddyGuy.com">BuddyGuy.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/un-OXLWhvDc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-blues-legend-buddy-guy-visits-guitar-center#comments Buddy Guy Guitar Center Videos Interviews News Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:41:38 +0000 Guitar World Staff 20638 at http://www.guitarworld.com Guitar World's 30 Best Albums of 2013 http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-30-best-albums-2013 <!--paging_filter--><p>Last year brought us a shiny new Van Halen album — the first, in fact, to feature David Lee Roth behind the mic since 1984.</p> <p>That means the bar was set pretty high for 2013 — at least in terms of major rock events.</p> <p>Luckily, Black Sabbath came along with a killer of a reunion album (OK, partial reunion) called <em>13</em>, the band's first studio release to feature Ozzy Osbourne since 1978.</p> <p>Truth be told, 2013 was a fairly strong year for guitar-centric releases. We got to hear new riffs and/or blinding runs by guys named Tony Iommi, Joe Satriani, Guthrie Govan and John Petrucci. We also were treated to a double dose of Buddy Guy, a touch of Richie Kotzen (and Billy Sheehan), some Warren Haynes, Steven Wilson, Brad Paisley, Chris Broderick, Dave Mustaine and more.</p> <p>If there's one thing to take away from the 30 albums below, it's this: The guitar is very much alive and well in 2013. It survived the rise of the keyboard in the '80s and the overwhelming bass-barrage of electronic dance music of the early 21st century and shows no signs of waning in relevancy. </p> <p>Whether you're still plugging into a vintage Vox AC30 with your trusty Strat or just got your hands on an Axe FX and a new Ibanez eight-string, the guitar isn't going away any time soon.</p> <p>Below, check out <em>Guitar World</em>'s picks for the 30 best studio albums of 2013, as chosen by the editorial staff.</p> <p>Look out for our upcoming year-end lists of 2013's best reissues/box sets/archival releases, plus rock books and more. In the meantime, check out <em>Guitar World</em> Editor-in-Chief <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-staff-picks-brad-tolinskis-top-10-albums-2013">Brad Tolinski's picks for the 10 Best Albums of the Year.</a></p> <p>See you next year!</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/black-sabbath">Black Sabbath</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dream-theater">Dream Theater</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-30-best-albums-2013#comments Black Sabbath Buddy Guy Ghost B.C. Joe Satriani Megadeth Paul McCartney Year End 2013 Guitar World Lists News Features Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:53:27 +0000 Guitar World Staff 18756 at http://www.guitarworld.com October 2013 Guitar World: Avenged Sevenfold Talk 'Hail to the King,' Yngwie Malmsteen, Mick Mars, Buddy Guy, Mayhem Fest and More http://www.guitarworld.com/october-2013-guitar-world-avenged-sevenfold-talk-hail-king-yngwie-malmsteen-mick-mars-buddy-guy-mayhem-fest-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p>The all-new October 2013 issue of <em>Guitar World</em> is <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/products/guitar-world-october-13-avenged-sevenfold/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWOCT13">available now</a>! And you have two covers to choose from!</p> <p>The new issue features <strong>Avenged Sevenfold</strong>, who are back after a yearlong hiatus, during which they healed from the death of Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan and put their lineup back in order. The heavy metallers come back stronger than ever with <em>Hail to the King</em>, their new hard rock-influenced album. <strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfolds-synyster-gates-and-zacky-vengeance-discuss-their-hard-rock-influenced-new-album-hail-king">Preview this story HERE!</a></strong></p> <p>We've also got <strong>Mötley Crüe</strong> axman <strong>Mick Mars</strong>, who shares his vast collection of rare Gibsons and Fenders, including a ton of vintage Strats. <strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/mick-mars-shares-his-vast-collection-rare-gibsons-and-fenders-including-ton-vintage-strats">Preview this story HERE!</a></strong></p> <p>Plus: Famed neoclassical guitarist <strong>Yngwie Malmsteen</strong> recounts his rebellious teen years and how he discovered inspiration in an excerpt from his new autobiography, <em>Relentless: The Memoir</em>. <strong><a href="http://www.st-origin.guitarworld.com/relentless-yngwie-malmsteen-recounts-his-rebellious-teen-years-and-how-he-found-inspiration-through-niccol-paganini">Preview this story HERE!</a></strong></p> <p>Guitarists of <strong>Mastodon, Children of Bodom, Five Finger Death Punch, Amon Amarth</strong> and other Mayhem Festival acts share their unadulterated responses to our annual metal survey.</p> <p>There's also <em>Guitar World's</em> guide to budget axes and much more!</p> <p><strong>Five songs with tabs for guitar and bass:</strong></p> <p> • Van Halen - "On Fire"<br /> • The Beatles - "I Feel Fine"<br /> • Avenged Sevenfold - "Nightmare"<br /> • The Allman Brothers Band - "Soulshine"<br /> • Bob Dylan - "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/oct2013">Plus all-new lesson columns by:</a></strong></p> <p>• Joe Don Rooney<br /> • Jacky Vincent<br /> • Jimmy Brown<br /> • Mike Stern<br /> • Metal Mike<br /> • Keith Wyatt<br /> • Dale Turner<br /> • Andy Aledort</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/oct2013">And gear reviews!</a></strong></p> <p>• Schecter<br /> • Carvin<br /> • D'Angelico<br /> • Epiphone<br /> • Samson<br /> • Budda </p> <p>... and more!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/products/guitar-world-october-13-avenged-sevenfold/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWOCT13">For more information, check out the new issue at the Guitar World Online Store!</a></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/october-2013-guitar-world-avenged-sevenfold-talk-hail-king-yngwie-malmsteen-mick-mars-buddy-guy-mayhem-fest-and-more#comments Avenged Sevenfold Buddy Guy October 2013 News Features Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:55:08 +0000 Guitar World Staff 19153 at http://www.guitarworld.com Favorite Guitar Solos: Stevie Ray Vaughan, "Leave My Girl Alone," Austin City Limits, 1989 http://www.guitarworld.com/favorite-guitar-solos-stevie-ray-vaughan-leave-my-girl-alone-austin-city-limits-1989 <!--paging_filter--><p>Stevie Ray Vaughan, the guitarist who has had the greatest influence on me as a player, died 23 years ago today on August 27, 1990.</p> <p>Basically, everything changed for the very young version of me the first time I saw him play live. It was March 1984 at Kean College in Union, New Jersey. After that night, I tore up, stomped on and burned the book on what I thought being a blues guitarist was all about — and started all over again.</p> <p>For me, that same excitement about Vaughan lasted until about six or seven years ago, when I decided I wasn't letting enough new influences into my playing, wasn't giving other — you know, living — guitarists a chance to wow me or have that same, life-changing effect on me. Plus I started to feel weird telling people that my favorite guitarist was a guy who'd been dead for 17 years. </p> <p>But I've been feeling a little guilty about that decision lately, and I've been intentionally going back for my daily doses of SRV's music, discovering things I might've missed as a spindly kid. It's been a bit like getting reacquainted with an old friend.</p> <p>But as I re-evaluate Vaughan's work with a new (or is it old?) eye, one thing hasn't changed: my favorite favorite SRV performance. It is, and always has been, his live rendition of Buddy Guy's "Leave My Girl Alone" as performed at Austin City Limits in 1989.</p> <p>As I used to say 20 years ago, it's got everything that was awesome about SRV: the intensity, the passion, the timing, the speed (Did I mention the intensity? Check out how he literally growls his way into the ridiculously awesome solo at 2:06). Check it out below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="400" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Iw4hfBUb5QA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at </em>Guitar World,<em>.</em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/jimmie-vaughan">Jimmie Vaughan</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/favorite-guitar-solos-stevie-ray-vaughan-leave-my-girl-alone-austin-city-limits-1989#comments Buddy Guy Damian Fanelli Stevie Ray Vaughan Blogs Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:52:45 +0000 Damian Fanelli 12519 at http://www.guitarworld.com Buddy Guy to Release New Double Album, 'Rhythm & Blues,' July 30 http://www.guitarworld.com/buddy-guy-release-new-double-album-rhythm-blues-july-30 <!--paging_filter--><p>Blues legend Buddy Guy has announced he'll release a new studio album, <em>Rhythm &amp; Blues</em>, through RCA Records on July 30 — which happens to be the guitarist's 77th birthday.</p> <p>Best of all, <em>Rhythm &amp; Blues</em> will be an all-too-rare-in-2013 double album, and you can check out the complete track listing below.</p> <p>Guy's special guests this time around include Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Gary Clark Jr, Beth Hart and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford.</p> <p>The album, the followup to 2010's <em>Living Proof</em>, will be available for pre-order June 25.</p> <p><strong><em>Rhythm &amp; Blues</em> Track Listing</strong>:</p> <p><em>RHYTHM – Disc 1</em><br /> 01 Best In Town<br /> 02 Justifyin’<br /> 03 I Go By Feel<br /> 04 Messin’ With The Kid (featuring Kid Rock)<br /> 05 What’s Up With That Woman<br /> 06 One Day Away (featuring Keith Urban)<br /> 07 Well I Done Got Over It<br /> 08 What You Gonna Do About Me (featuring Beth Hart)<br /> 09 The Devil’s Daughter<br /> 10 Whiskey Ghost<br /> 11 Rhythm – Inner Groove</p> <p><em>BLUES – Disc 2</em><br /> 01 Meet Me In Chicago<br /> 02 Too Damn Bad<br /> 03 Evil Twin (featuring Steven Tyler, Joe Perry &amp; Brad Whitford)<br /> 04 I Could Die Happy<br /> 05 Never Gonna Change<br /> 06 All That Makes Me Happy Is The Blues<br /> 07 My Mama Loved Me<br /> 08 Blues Don’t Care (featuring Gary Clark Jr.)<br /> 09 I Came Up Hard<br /> 10 Poison Ivy</p> <p>For more Buddy Guy updates, check out his <a href="https://www.facebook.com/therealbuddyguy?fref=ts">Facebook page</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/buddy-guy-release-new-double-album-rhythm-blues-july-30#comments Buddy Guy News Fri, 14 Jun 2013 20:46:58 +0000 Damian Fanelli 18577 at http://www.guitarworld.com Video: Jeff Beck Honors Buddy Guy with "I'd Rather Go Blind" http://www.guitarworld.com/video-jeff-beck-honors-buddy-guy-id-rather-go-blind <!--paging_filter--><p>The 35th-annual Kennedy Center Honors aired last night, December 26, on CBS. </p> <p>And while honorees Led Zeppelin seem to have received the most media attention of late, blues guitar great Buddy Guy also was honored. </p> <p>The special, which was recorded in Washington, DC, on December 2, featured a performance of "I'd Rather Go Blind" by Jeff Beck and singer Beth Hart. The classic blues track, which is credited to Ellington Jordan and Billy Foster, was made famous by Etta James. </p> <p>You can check out the video below.</p> <p>Guy received tributes from Gary Clark Jr., Tracy Chapman and Bonnie Raitt during the event.</p> <p>The 90-minute awards show, which also recognized Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman and ballerina Natalia Makarova, drew more than 8 million viewers last night. </p> <p>Guy released a new live album, <em>Live at Legends,</em> earlier this month. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Xq4Kqhk4TYQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Photo: cbs.com</em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jeff-beck">Jeff Beck</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-jeff-beck-honors-buddy-guy-id-rather-go-blind#comments Beth Hart Buddy Guy Jeff Beck News Thu, 27 Dec 2012 21:56:28 +0000 Damian Fanelli 17463 at http://www.guitarworld.com