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Everyone Loves Guitar

Everyone Loves Guitar

Author: Craig Garber

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We sit down and talk with interesting professional guitar players, and find out what makes them tick. Uncover the backstory behind your favorite guitar players, artists and sidemen. If you love guitar, success, life stories and meaningful life lessons, then stick around… you’re in the right place.
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Playing with Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, Gregg Allman, Stevie Ray & Jimmie Vaughan, George Thoroughgood… a very cool story of how the early The Nighthawks had to overcome, playing 300 nights a year… getting sober at age 50, with his wife… moving to Belize from Arkansas and the adjustments he had to make, doing what you love, chickens, parrot and eating the proverbial gibnut Jimmy co-founded The Nighthawks in 1972 and went on to record over 20 LPs with them. In 1986 he began touring with The Assassins. After the Assassins, Jimmy started a trio called Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers. A performer for over 50 years, Jimmy has released over 50 LPs of his own projects. Jimmy currently lives in Belize with his wife Support this Show:  Subscribe  Facebook: Instagram: 
Chicago jazz artist has released 7 solo LPs, has played and recorded with Ramsey Lewis, Donny Hathaway, Jack McDuff, Tony Williams, Dizzy Gillespie,  Grover Washington Jr., Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy Smith, George Benson, loads of others. Why “How you think” defines all aspects of your playing, and your life. Stories on playing with Jack McDuff, Donny Hathaway (cool), Ramsey Lewis & Dizzy… lessons learned, accepting yourself, hanging w/ George Benson, more: Subscribe Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:
Luca Benedetti has been performing in a wide variety of Roots, Jazz, Country, and Americana-inspired projects since moving to NYC in 1996. His most recent collaborations include performances, production and recordings with Jim Campilongo, Martha Redbone, Speeding West, Honeyfingers, Tubby, The Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout, Erik Deutsch, Jon Cowherd, Zephaniah & The 18 Wheelers, The Dang-it Bobbys, Jason Loughlin & The String Gliders, Kelli Scarr & North of Amarillo, The National Reserve, and Margo Valiante Luca has a really interesting background. Born in Rome, he grew up in Italy, New York City, Connecticut, Africa, and Bangkok. He graduated from Berklee, studied under Ron Carter, and has also done session work for a number of major retailers. Luca talks about the pros and cons of growing  up in so many different places and how this shaped his music and his personality. Very candid call with a great jazz player: Subscribe Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:
Chris is the lead guitarist and co-writer for Beasto Blanco, and also has a successful business licensing music to corporations, film & TV. Chris talks about growing up in a tiny town in remote Alaska, dealing with personal tragedies, having realistic expectations in the music business, interesting childhood pastimes and more. Very cool and sincere convo, a MUST listen: If you’d like to support this show: Subscribe Facebook: Instagram:
Ray talks about growing up on a large farm in rural PA, the impact Musician’s Institute had on his career, stories about David Lee Roth, Jake E. Lee and an amazingly unlikely hook-up with Korn… (finally) being accepted by Korn fans, the music business, being a dad, staying true to yourself and LOADS more great stuff. VERY candid convo! If you’d like to support this show: A full band member of Korn, Ray Luzier also played w Steel Panther (6 yrs), David Lee Roth (8 yrs), Jake E Lee (in Wicked Alliance, for 2 yrs), Army of Anyone (2 yrs w/ members of Stone Temple Pilots & Filter), and is currently also a part of KXM (w/ Dug Pinnick & George Lynch), and Jonathan Davis’ solo band (w Chris Nix & Brian Allen) Subscribe Facebook: Instagram:
A full member of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones since 2000, Lawrence is also an LA session player who’s also licensed music for commercials, film and TV. Really relaxed and fun interview, Lawrence shares loads of cool stories about his many moves and why he made them, how he got into licensing music, dealing with a low point in his music career when he first moved to LA, being more positive, and more  If you’d like to support this show: Subscribe Facebook: Instagram:
Easygoing and happy, Diego talks about leaving Madrid to move to NY, moving back to Spain and eventually landing in LA. Why his parents encouraged him to study guitar as a young child, organizational challenges of being a band leader, playing with a 2mm pick and 12’s, why guitar truly makes him feel “Free,” and more If you’d like to support this show: Known as El Twanguero, Diego Garcia has a unique style which blends Spanish guitar, classical, American folk, surf music, flamenco, tango, and fingerpicking. One of the most unique and talented players around, Diego began studying classical guitar in Valencia, Spain, under a student of Segovia Subscribe Facebook: Instagram:
On this Ricky Warwick interview, one day he’s plowing fields on his fathers farm and 6 days later he’s opening up for David Bowie in front of 85,000 people… growing up in rural Ireland & Scotland & moving to LA, how he “fell into” singing, taking responsibility for himself and realizing a low point in life was within his grasp to change, why “You can’t kid yourself…” Forming Black Star Riders and the challenges of getting that band launched, testing the waters in Nashville, tearing it up on stage (literally) with The Almighty, being a dad, not giving up, tolerance, humility, seizing life while you can, learning to say “No,” enjoying life and LOADS more. SUPER cool, awesome vibe and incredibly freaking REAL, a must listen! If you’d like to support this show: Originally from Northern Ireland, Ricky Warwick is a guitarist, songwriter and singer with one of the best voices in Rock n Roll. Ricky co-founded The Almighty, a hard rock band w punk influences, in Glasgow, Scotland. The band released 10, Top 40 singles & 4, Top 20 LPs in the UK. Ricky is also the frontman, rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for Black Star Riders. BSR has released 4 incredible LPs. Among them, 2 U.K. top 15 albums and one U.K. top 10 album. In total, Ricky has released a dozen LPs with The Almighty, 4 LPs with Black Star Rices, and 9 solo LPs, including his most recent LP, When Life Was Hard & Fast, produced by Keith Nelson, guitarist and founder of Buckcherry. Subscribe Facebook: Instagram:
Lou played with Keith Whitley, and 10 years each for both Brooks & Dunn and Faith Hill. The son of a truck driver, Lou’s toured all over the world and has experienced both extreme highs and extreme lows, which he shares in this interview. Lou talks about how Keith Whitley’s death impacted him, working with Billy Gibbons, his absolutely crazy first professional touring gig… not putting all your eggs in one basket, best decision he ever made, what he learned about himself when his parents passed, and much more cool stuff. VERY open convo If you’d like to support this show: Subscribe Facebook: Instagram:
Angie toured the UK while still a student at Berklee, and then fast-tracked it to LA. She keeps it 100% REAL during this convo, talking about the tremendous highs and low lows she’s experienced… challenges of being a black woman in the music business, how she wound up working with CeeLo Green and David Byrne, growing up in Milwaukee, most important business lessons she learned, almost losing her life in India, getting along with others, and LOADS more cool stuff in this fast-paced & very interesting chat: If you’d like to support this show: Subscribe Facebook: Instagram:
On this Greg Leisz interview, how playing with artists like Dave Alvin, k.d. Lang, Matthew Sweet, Bill Frisell, Charles Lloyd & others, helped shape his career… Greg didn’t get into playing as a session player till he was nearly in his 40’s and he shares why he “stuck it out”... Playing with Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton, Robert Plant & Allison Krauss, Ted Hawkins, Joe Walsh, Keith Richards, Emmylou Harris, Linda Rondstadt, Joni Mitchell, Brian Blade, his weirdest gig ever (for a nudist colony!)... Understanding his own abilities, getting out of his comfort zone, Peru, maintaining your sense of wonder, and loads more. Lovely conversation with this music legend If you’d like to support this show: Greg Leisz is a songwriter, sideman, and producer who pays guitar, dobro, mandolin, lap steel and pedal steel guitar. In a successful session and side-man career that’s spanned over 40 years, the diversity of music Greg’s played on is pretty incredible. Greg’s toured or recorded with Dave Alvin (The Blasters), kd Lang (close to 20 years), Ray LaMontagne, Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne (on & off for 20 years), Bill Frisell, Beck, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Joe Cocker, John Fogerty, John Mayer, Joni Mitchell, Lucinda Williams, Robert Plant, Ryan Adams, Sheryl Crow, Neal Casal, The Bangles, The Jayhawks, Smashing Pumpkins, Wilco, Randy Newman, Matthew Sweet, Chris Botti, Brian Wilson, Daft Punk, Bonnie Raitt, Ted Hawkins (Next Hundred Years), Indigo Girls, Jorma Kaukonen, Joe Walsh, Willie Nelson, Morrissey and literally several hundred, if not thousands of others. Subscribe Facebook: Instagram:
On this Joby Ford interview, the joy of playing guitar in an unstructured format, after years of classical training… following his passions of music and art and building something that quenches his thirst for both, what’s kept The Bronx together (and happy) for over two decades, Joby’s top 3 musical experiences, starting a family, work ethic, cooking, bass fishing, Norway, “Not doing dumb shit,” and being cool to people. AWESOME convo, a MUST listen! If you’d like to support this show: One of the smartest & most determined individuals I’ve met - Joby Ford got a baseball scholarship to college, left after 2 years to play guitar in LA &  graduated with an art degree in 1996. He is a founding member of the band The Bronx, since 2002... the band’s spin off group Mariachi el Bronx, since 2010, along with two other side projects, Pounded by The Surf, and The Drips. The Bronx just released their new LP, which was mixed and produced by the amazing Joe Barresi. Subscribe Facebook: Instagram:
A balanced, optimistic person, Chis talks about a scary heart condition he had to deal with, playing with Percy Sledge, a low point in his career when the phone stopped ringing, positive changes he’s made, toughest decision he had to make, and more: If you’d like to support this show: An active touring and session musician in Nashville, Chris has played with Bryan Beller, Jim Brickman, Lee Ann Womack, Lila McCann, Lorrie Morgan, Percy Sledge, Randy Houser, Terri Clark and others Subscribe Facebook: Instagram:
AMAZING stories about Sting, Jeff’s highs and lows, getting sober over 20 years ago… Jeff working at a concession stand one day, flying to Rio as part of Sting’s band, the next… the effects of fame and “false fame,” LOADS more cool and interesting stuff. A MUST LISTEN: If you’d like to support this show: Jeff talks about his book, “Do Stand So Close: My Improbable Adventure as Sting’s Guitarist,” which traces his adventures and his rags to riches to rags to redemption story as Sting’s guitarist. He performed 181 concerts in 25 countries on 6 continents, for over 2 million fans. Along the way, Jeff’s had a successful career as a session player in NYC, working with people like Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Jon Bon Jovi, Chet Atkins, John Patitucci, Sammy Davis Jr. and loads of others. Subscribe Facebook: Instagram:
On this Kokayi interview, the moment he knew he wanted to be a rapper, why he’s the only rapper who MC’s freestyle in the jazz genre, his TedX talk and how he got the gig… Growing up in DC and his tempestuous relationship with his dad, dealing with being dropped from a label, dealing with friends in business (and why it’s not always easy), a healthy way of dealing with depression, difference between Kokayi and Carl Walker (his birth name), best decision he ever made, resilience, Key Lime pie, “NO excuses,” the power of “I don’t have it…” cooking, chess, becoming kinder and more understanding, and loads more. 100% REAL, very cool convo and good vibes! If you’d like to support this show: A Grammy nominated DC Rapper / MC, Kokayi’s been featured on dozens of albums since the onset of his career, including titles by Goldlink, Gregoire Maret, Terri Lynne Carrington (Grammy nominated Waiting Game w/ Social Science), Omar Sosa, Steve Coleman and Dafnis Prieto as well as continuing to perform as a member of Steve Coleman’s Five Elements, Ambrose Akinmusire’s Origami Harvest and Dafnis Prieto’s Proverb Trio. He can also be heard on Whose Hat is This? Everything’s Ok, Goldlink’s At What Cost, MTV's Rebel Music, Kevin Hart's Laugh At My Pain, I Ain’t Scared of You: a Tribute to Bernie Mac and over 60 titles spanning Jazz, Hip Hop, Rock and R&B. He’s also lectured in 35 countries, serves as faculty with the NY based School of Improvisational Music, OneBeat mentor, freelance music emissary with the U.S. State Department & Music Supervisor - Untitled Interactive Games Subscribe Facebook: Instagram:
On this Damon Fowler interview, how he went from being a local sensation to opening for Jeff Beck - how this transformed his career… touring with Johnny Winter, Robin Trower, Dickey Betts, Buddy Guy & George Thorogood...why he chose to lead a band instead of being a sideman, dealing with the loss of his mother, his awesome guitars, becoming a father and how this changed him, Sunday BBQ’s, not being in such a hurry, and more. Really cool vibe, great convo: If you’d like to support this show: Damon Fowler is an electric blues / blues rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Damon grew up playing all the clubs the Tampa Bay and SW Florida area, becoming a regional powerhouse and then a national and now international act - which was accomplished opening for people like Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck and others. In 2011, Damon teamed up with Victor Wainwright, J.P. Soars, Chuck Riley and Chris Peet to form what was to be known as Southern Hospitality. Their first gig was supporting Buddy Guy & their debut album, Easy Livin' peaked at No. 9 on the US Billboard Top Blues Album chart. Damon has a new LP out, his 8th - called Alafia Moon, which was co-produced by himself and George Harris (Cheap Trick, Rick Derringer, Brian Johnson fr AC/DC) Over the years, Fowler has worked with Delbert McClinton, Chris Duarte, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Jeff Beck, Robin Trower, Gregg Allman, Junior Brown, Rick Derringer, Little Feat, Jimmie Vaughan, Victor Wainwright, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band, Dickey Betts (Damon on slide) and the Radiators Subscribe Facebook: Instagram:
Great story about Chris getting the job at Berklee, how he put his family first and made some career sacrifices for them by creating something new and different to do, musically… great story how he wound up marrying his wife, personal improvements he’s made and others he is looking to still make, a GREAT story about Bruce Springsteen and more cool convo If you’d like to support this show: A leading online instructor for TrueFire and, Chris was one of the youngest professors in the guitar department when he was teaching at Berklee. He leads an organ trio called CB3 and the progressive math funk project RedRightReturn. He regularly plays with Oz Noy, Dave Fiuczynski, members of Snarky Puppy, and has recorded and/or toured with Dweezil Zappa, Karsh Kale, James Chance and others  Subscribe Facebook: Instagram:
Dave grew up in Germany and talks about what it was like growing up there as a mixed race child, including having to deal with racism and curiosity. Experiences playing with Stewart Copeland & Jack DeJohnette… great advice for younger players… his unique guitars, creating space with your guitar and much more. Intense convo, great spirit If you’d like to support this show: Founder of the avant-garde band Screaming Headless Torsos & a Professor at Berklee, Dave has played with Stewart Copeland, Jack DeJohnette, Meshell N’degeocello, John Medeski, Hasidic New Wave, Bernie Worrell  Subscribe Facebook: Instagram:
On this Nicolas Meier interview, Growing up in Switzerland and moving to study at Berklee at 19, getting the gig with Jeff Beck, playing with Steve Vai, navigating and adapting his career to Covid, integrating fusion, jazz and other world influences, figuring out how to let go and just be himself, skiing, Ronnie Scott’s, badminton, achieving something unique and feeling comfortable with your own uniqueness. Great positive energy, lots of fun If you’d like to support this show: UK-based guitarist Nicolas Meier plays w/ influences from Turkish, Eastern & Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango and more, all mixed with jazz. Jeff Beck was so impressed he made Nicolas a mainstay of The Jeff Beck Group for two world tours. As an artist, Nicolas has released 12 LPs in various group formats, on his own label MGP Records. Nicolas' solo LP, "Infinity" was performed in a trio format with Jimmy Haslip & Vinnie Colaiuta. Last year he released “Flying Spirits,” a very cool guitar-heavy world music record with Indonesian and jazz influences, again with Jimmy Haslip & Indonesian superstar Dewa Bedjana Subscribe Facebook: Instagram:
Terri talks about her “calling” to music, hanging out with Ella Fitzgerand who introduced to Oscar Peterson (at age 11) and how this changed the trajectory of her life… fitting in with “the guys” but softening over time, why she started making her own LPs and becoming an artist (VERY cool), great stories about playing with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, Yellowjackets, Nona Hendryx, Bill Withers… the origins of her current band and how they put Waiting Game together, the process of combining music with emotionally heavy songs, focusing on the good, funniest thing that happened to her on stage (playing with Stevie Wonder), honesty & authenticity and much more. INCREDIBLY cool vibes, great convo with a lovely human being! If you’d like to support this show: Terri Lyne Carrington is a 3 time GRAMMY award-winning drummer, producer, and educator. At 10 years old, she became the youngest person to receive a music union card in Boston. After attending Berklee on a full scholarship, Terri worked as an in-demand session player in New York City, and later moved to LA, gaining recognition on late night TV as the house drummer for both the Arsenio Hall Show and Quincy Jones’ VIBE TV show, hosted by Sinbad. While still in her 20’s, Terri toured extensively with Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancock and has since toured or recorded with top artists like Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, Woody Shaw, Clark Terry, Diana Krall, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, James Moody, Yellowjackets, Esperanza Spalding, John Scofield, Eric Marienthal, Mulgrew Miller, George Duke, Nona Hendryx, Mike Stern, and many more.  Terri’s new Grammy Nominated LP, Waiting Game, her 9th solo LP... was done with her band Social Science. The LP was recognized as one of the best jazz releases of 2019 by Rolling Stone, Downbeat, and others, and Terri was named JazzTimes Critics Polls’ Artist of the Year, Jazz Artist of the Year by Boston Globe, and Jazz Musician of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. Terri was also the first (and only) woman to win a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental LP, which she did in 2014 for her LP Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue Subscribe Facebook: Instagram:
Comments (6)

Cruz Alvarado

I just found this podcast because Denny Freeman was on. This is the first episode I'm listening to. And the middle of listening to this I learned of Denny's death. I've been such a big fan for so long and his death devastates me....

Apr 26th

Thiago V


Feb 1st

Andrew Green

not a word about him playing randys music.

Nov 13th


Loved this interview! Especially not beating yourself up over the haters. Thank you!

Feb 25th

Shart Coleman

Great convo and nice shout out to Kevin Gilbert and the album Shaming the True. Thanks ELG!

Dec 17th

Jason Guthmiller

What a great dude. Honest, humble, family-oriented, gracious, driven... total class.

Feb 27th
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