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Welcome to Season 5! Listen in on Greg Koch's conversations with his guitar-hero friends. Every episode Greg unleashes his fiendish humor and unique perspective as "one of the most famous unknown guitar players in the world", asking his often-famous musical friends the questions that we all want to know the answers to! Each episode is brought to you by Fishman and Wildwood Guitars

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Chris Duarte

Chris Duarte

2024-05-3001:02:20

Strap in for a musical odyssey with Texas guitar virtuoso Chris Duarte. This episode is a treasure trove of candid tales and wisdom from the road, offering a glimpse behind the curtain of a touring musician's life. From the logistical ballet of organizing a band to the financial tightrope walk of keeping the music playing. We revel in the memories of our early days, when young ambition and raw talent propelled us from eager protégés to masters of our art.Gearheads and aspiring musicians alike...
Gary Hoey

Gary Hoey

2024-05-2301:04:49

When Gary Hoey picked up his first guitar, little did he know how he'd leave his mark on the world of rock. In our latest episode, Gary takes us on a nostalgic trip, recounting his transition from band life to forging a successful solo career, reminding us that the road to musical mastery is as twisted as a guitar solo (but just as exhilarating). We share the lesson of a musician's son whose two-year program trumped a four-year degree, a testament to the idea that sometimes, less is more...
Dave Scher

Dave Scher

2024-05-1601:08:14

Strap in and let your ears savor the melodic tales of Dave Scher, an Austin guitar luminary who's strumming his way into our hearts here on Chewing the Gristle. Dave unpacks the chords of his musical voyage, from sharpening his skills at the esteemed Berklee College of Music to his current jam-packed tours with rock legends Fastball.
As the echo of guitar strings fades into memory, we sit down with the esteemed Andy Aledort, whose fingers have danced along fretboards in harmony with the legendary Dickey Betts. Our conversation takes you on a backstage tour of those hazy, adrenaline-fueled days and the poignant reflections on an era that shaped the very fabric of rock music. Andy's tales of camaraderie and the birth of his latest record spin a yarn of passion and perseverance, revealing the untold stories of life on the ro...
Ever found yourself in stitches over a case of mistaken identity? I certainly have, and in this groove-packed episode, my friend Ken Haas from Reverend Guitars joins me to recount those laugh-out-loud moments. We're talking everything from Mick Fleetwood doppelgängers to the impact of Rick Vito’s undeniable charisma on Reverend's storied history. As we look back at our shared adventures, we also drop hints about the exciting collaborations that are brewing on the horizon. It's a harmony of hu...
Larry McCray

Larry McCray

2024-04-2559:47

When Larry McCray's soulful voice and fiery guitar licks join the fray, you know you're in for an electrifying episode of Chewing the Gristle. Season 5 ignites with a homespun blend of stories and strums as Larry details his incredible shift from the assembly lines of GM to the main stages of blues music. We wander through the quirky streets of Smackover, Arkansas, Larry's own stomping grounds, and unearth its peculiar place in the annals of oil history. Strap in, gear enthusiasts, becau...
Davey Knowles

Davey Knowles

2024-04-1101:14:32

Strap in, gristle tribe, because our latest jam session with blues-rock maestro Davey Knowles is a deep dive into the soulful crossroads where British folk meets Americana. Hailing from the Isle of Man, Davey's heartfelt anecdotes reveal his journey to the heartland of Chicagoland's music scene, and the unvarnished joy of acoustic performances that followed his recent album drop. As we stoke the gristle campfire, you'll feel the vibrancy of English folk legends Bert Janch and Davy Graham thro...
Jimmy Hall

Jimmy Hall

2024-03-2857:22

Jimmy Hall is a vocalist, harpist, and saxophonist extraordinaire. He is known for his time with Wet Willie, Jeff Beck, the Dickey Betts band, Hank Williams Jr., and as a recent contributor to the Allman Betts Family Revival. Today the mighty Mr. Hall joins Greg to chew the gristle!2:46 - Jimmy’s upbringing, his draw to music, and the early years in Georgia with the Allman Brothers22:02 - Turning pro and receiving support from his parents24:42 - How to sing in a LOUD band30:27 - Back to...
Mike Zito

Mike Zito

2024-03-2158:42

Mike Zito has been a fixture of the American blues and roots scene for a long time, with 17 albums to his own name, along with ime spent in the Royal Southern Brotherhood and The Wheel. He's an incendiary guitar player, vocalist extraordinaire, true blues-cat, rock-n-roller, and an all-around cool dude! Greg and and Mike get into it all on this episode of gristle! 2:05 - What’s new with Mike - building up his record label, and the ups and downs of being on the road16:00 - Formal gu...
Stephen Hull

Stephen Hull

2024-03-1401:08:02

Stephen Hull is a young Wisconsin native who has taken the international blues world by storm, and connected with Greg while on tour in Buenos Aires! Blues Blast magazine called him a "blues dynamo, capable of nailing just about any blues style, yet somehow projecting a distinct, personal voice." The talk road gear and everything else on this addition of Chewing the Gristle!2:24 - Touring Brazil, and enjoying the warmth of winter below the equator5:12 - Escaping Wisconsin to tour the world, a...
Toronzo Cannon

Toronzo Cannon

2024-02-2901:08:38

Toronzo Cannon, hailing from Chicago IL, likes to do things The Chicago Way. He's an Alligator recording artist, bluesman extraordinaire, southpaw, and a cool cat! Mojo Magazine said Toronzo "rises to the front rank of Chicago bluesmen" and The Chicago Sun-Times said "The Bridgeport resident (and CTA bus driver) (is) one of Chicago’s new greats". Dig it as Greg and Toronzo get into the Gristle!1:58 - Who here is a huge Jimi Hendrix fan? And what drew Toronzo to wanting to music and play...
Dylan Adams

Dylan Adams

2024-02-1501:06:42

Dylan Adams is a slide guitar player extraordinaire. Greg first discovered him as many of us have, on social media playing up a storm! Greg was taken away by his beautiful technique, tone, and touch. Dylan has made that heavy impression on many via his Instagram and YouTube accounts, and today Greg and Dylan catch up for a very slide-oriented Chewing the Gristle!3:03 - The resurgence of slide guitar, Dylan’s own unique voice, and The Allman Bros8:46 - What interested Dylan in slide guitar, an...
Reggie Hamilton

Reggie Hamilton

2024-02-0801:16:30

Reggie is bass royalty in LA, where he has been a first-call session and touring bassist for many years. He has toured or recorded with Seal, Eros Ramazzotti, Babyface, Queen Latifah, Billy Childs, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Bette Midler, George Duke, Whitney Houston, Stanley Clarke, David Lynch, John Mellencamp, Warren Zevon, Mariah Carey, Tina Turner, Tiziano Ferro, Boyz II Men, Johnny Hallyday and many, many others. Greg and Reggie get into the Gristle!2:38 - Touring with Chris Bodi...
Nick Moss

Nick Moss

2024-02-0101:01:18

Chicago's Nick Moss has been recognized as one the great guitarists of his generation, garnering accolades from Buddy Guy and praise from Jambase, Relix, and Gratefulweb.com among many others. His recording career spans decades and his albums are staples at blues radio outlets worldwide and are now in rotation at stations with jam and rock formats. Greg and Nick catch up about his musical journey, life on the road, and his gear!1:27 - Hellos, catch-up, sharing the stage w/ the great Nick Moss...
Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

2024-01-1801:06:34

Eric Johnson can be found on anyone's list of the greatest electric guitar instrumentalists ever. His songs such as "Cliffs of Dover" (which won a Grammy) set the high bar for the genre, and have become all-time classics. Greg and Eric talk about G3, influences, tone, and gear on this Chewing the Gristle! 3:16 - Greg and Eric - the pleasure of sitting in together and jamming on stage, and Eric approach to performance throughout the years 7:13 - The upcoming G3 tour with Joe S...
Mike Dawes

Mike Dawes

2023-05-0401:16:30

One of the world's best acoustic guitarists (just ask Total Guitar and Music Radar), Mike Dawes has made fans globally with his exciting and inviting brand of fingerstyle, percussive guitar. He first gained prominence on YouTube with millions of views for solo arrangements such as Metallica's "One", Gotye's "Someone That I Used to Know", Van Halen's "Jump", his own tune "The Impossible" and others. He has gone on to team up with players like Tommy Emmanuel, Periphery, Nick Johnsto...
Tom Quayle

Tom Quayle

2023-03-0101:05:32

Tom Quayle is an extraordinary musician, improviser, composer, cat,instruction-app entrepreneur, and six-string visionary hailing from Leeds in the UK. A master of legato playing, he has played all over the world giving him acclaim that means he can count Dweezil Zappa, John Petrucci, Brett Garsed, Greg Howe, Andy Timmons, and Tim Miller amongst his many fans. Greg and Tom get into the transatlantic gristle! 3:02 - The latest and greatest from Tom, from video courses, new apps, and lots of gu...
Johnny Hiland

Johnny Hiland

2023-02-2301:07:21

The mighty Johnny Hiland astounds with his telecaster manipulations and chicken-pickin'-fricassee par excellence. Known far and wide for his blazingly fast and tasty playing, Johnny is a guitar veteran of the Don Kelley Band (a Nashville institution where other veterans such as Guthrie Trapp, Brent Mason, JD Simo, and more got their start), and he's also played on records for artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Toby Keith, Hank Williams III, and Randy Travis, just to name a few. He was signed...
Duane Betts

Duane Betts

2023-01-1201:00:12

Duane is an incredible guitarist and songwriter, who has forged an impressive musical career by any standard. The son of The Allman Brothers Band's legendary guitarist Dickey Betts (who named him after Duane Allman), he has readily filled those large shoes with aplomb, appearing for years with his father, and also with bands like Dawes, Jamtown (Donovan Frankenreiter, G. Love, and Cody Dickinson), Whitestarr, The Allman Betts Band, and his own projects, such as Duane Betts & The Pistoleer...
Luther Dickinson

Luther Dickinson

2023-01-0501:36:09

North Mississippi Allstars' frontman Luther Dickinson is a great guitar player, musician, and human being! Greg and Luther talk about their recent appearance together with the Allman Family Revival, his influences, Luther and Cody's famous father, producer Jim Dickinson, 80s rock, slide guitar, and all kinds of other fun gristle. Dig it!2:25 - Luther’s time touring with the Allman Betts band, how he linked up with The Revival, and growing up an old (music) soul11:17 - Growing up with a musica...
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Cloud Burst

David Grissom interview was very informative. Thank you Greg

Jun 13th
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