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Located in Los Angeles, Norman’s Rare Guitars is a retail store that offers a wide and often changing variety of new, used, and vintage guitars. It is a household name among top musicians and players worldwide. The allure of the store may start with the guitars, but to quote Norman's "nephew" Joe Bonamassa, "you don't buy a guitar, you buy a story." Join Norman and all of his buddies -- some of the world's best professional musicians and industry greats -- as they stop by to talk with Norm and share their stories, intimate details of their lives, and a whole lot of music history.
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On this week's episode of Norman's Rare Guitars, The Podcast, Norm is joined by his good buddies Jason Sinay and Mark McKay. Jason has been compared to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and plays with Mike Campbell and the Dirty Knobs. Mark is an independent American songwriter influenced by include Nick Cave, Lucinda Williams, and Bob Dylan. Together, they have much more in common than exclusively music. They are all passionate about The Midnight Mission and the work within the homeless communities that the Mission serves.
Jason Scheff

Jason Scheff

2020-03-0333:09

On this special episode of Norman's Rare Guitars, The Podcast, Norman is joined by veteran guest Tim Pierce and special guest Jason Scheff from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Chicago. Chicago painted the picture for many of our listeners' youth, and this episode will bring the nostalgia and familiarity you've come to expect from Norman's guests. Stay tuned for a special song that Jason wrote for his father. We hope you enjoy this extremely special episode!
Michael Reno Harrell

Michael Reno Harrell

2020-02-2535:41

Norman is joined by Michael Reno Harrell, an award winning songwriter, as well as a veteran storyteller and entertainer, and he's from the South… the Southern Appalachian Mountains, to be specific. Stick around for the stories, the guitar playing, and the unique and special voice of Michael Reno Harrell.
In this episode, Norm and Nick continue their exploration of making money in music, but in ways most kids don't think about when they start out in a band. Educated by the Royal Academy of Music, Dominic Lewis is a young and very relevant composer of modern day music... in film, TV, animation, and more. Together, Dominic and Daniel have worked with some legends in entertainment -- including Hans Zimmer and Jodie Foster -- and have worked for some of the most relevant films in our modern times; from Free Birds, to How to Train Your Dragon, to Duck Tales, Peter Rabbit, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and X-Men: First Class. Join the conversation of these two masters tell all their secrets and how they have created careers built on their passions for music.
On this episode, Norm and Nick sit with return guest David Becker (of the David Becker Trio), and Derek Frank. Derek is a world-renowned bassist who started with a love of heavy metal -- he is a self-proclaimed "metal head" -- and has toured globally with some of the world's biggest pop acts, including Gwen Stefani and Shania Twain. He's also been on the TV sensation Dancing with the Stars! Hear all about the guitars and basses that they love, why they play them, how they got started in the music business and what makes a great touring musician, on this episode of Norman's Rare Guitars, The Podcast.
Angela Petrilli

Angela Petrilli

2020-02-0440:58

On this episode, Norm is joined by Angela Petrilli, of Picking with Petrilli! Angela is an LA native who was in the band Roses & Cigarettes, until tragedy struck and the other half of her band was taken too soon by cancer. In her efforts to rebuild from such a tragic loss, she's regrouping and hitting the road on her own. Angela will be playing on February 5th at Cinema Barn in Culver City, CA in a show called Building a Jam Band. If you're in town and like this episode, make sure to tell her in person at the show!
Michael Lemmo

Michael Lemmo

2020-01-2851:13

Michael Lemmo has become a bit of a Norman's Rare Guitars celebrity, and for all the right reasons. On this episode, it's just Norm and Mike, talking through Mike's life in music, the way he started, the guitars he plays, and all the personal bits you would want to hear about his life, including why he stayed in Los Angeles, instead of high-tailing it back to PA.
Guy King

Guy King

2020-01-2148:31

Welcome to episode 20! We're so excited to be recording these historical -- yet relevant -- episodes and are grateful for your continued support. If you haven't yet, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe to our show. Guy King is a blues guitar player coming all the way from Chicago, by way of Israel. As Norman says, it's further proof that the American Blues is an internationally adored medium for music. That said, he doesn't call himself a Blues/Jazz player, he calls himself a music player and loves music that's filled with soul. This episode is filled with music, more than many other episodes and is sure to keep your ears warm on these cold, wintery days. Enjoy Norman and Guy King in a way you've never heard either of them before. WHAT WE'RE PLAYING: 2003 ES335 Dot Neck Reissue "It's warm and buttery, right off the shelf"
On this episode, Norm is joined by Mike Hightower and Lightnin' Willie, blues bass and blues guitar legends, respectively. From stories about how to write a song on 3 chords, to parties back in the days, to the LA music scene in it's infant through adult stages, the stories on this podcast will not leave you lonely. From Bob Dillon surprising Willie in Norm's old store's location, to dancing with boxes of ashes, you need to listen to this episode. For more information on the instruments played in this episode, make sure to listen to the end segment "What We're Playing". What We're Playing: Linghtnin' Willie - ES5 (Blonde), 3 P90's with master tone Mike Hightower - '76 P Bass
Bill Champlin

Bill Champlin

2020-01-0701:07:40

It's a new year and Norman's back with Bill Champlin, an American singer, musician, arranger, producer, and songwriter. He formed the band Sons of Champlin in 1965, which still performs today, and was a member of the band Chicago from 1981–2009. He performed lead vocals on three of Chicago's biggest hits of the 1980s, 1984's "Hard Habit to Break" and "Look Away" and "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" in 1988. He has won multiple Grammy Awards for songwriting. In this special episode, Norman, Nick and Bill get into their history together, and separately, their understanding of rock history (and their parts in it), and their adoration for modern greats, like Jacob Collier. If you missed some shows over the holidays, make sure you head back to our page to listen to Elliot Easton, Bruce Forman and Josh Smith!
Happy Holidays from all of us at Norman's Rare Guitars, The Podcast! This exclusive episode is PODCAST ONLY and will not be available on the All Guitar Network. This is just for our awesome podcast listeners. In this special Holiday episode, Norman is joined by his friend of 40+ years -- and left-handed guitar god -- Elliot Easton of The Cars, and Nick Dias. Elliot is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-r and was a major part of rock and roll history. Together they chat about the creation of rock and roll, the custom guitars they've had made especially for Elliot, and stories you've never heard before. Please enjoy this special Holiday episode and remember, we'll be off from now until January 7th, but will return with more NRG greatness!
Bruce Forman

Bruce Forman

2019-12-1736:12

On this episode of Norman's Rare Guitars, The Podcast, Norm joins long time friend and jazz guitar great, Bruce Forman. Bruce has played with many great artists including Ray Brown, Bobby Hutcherson, Roger Kellaway, as well as soundtrack performances on three of Clint Eastwood’s distinguished films—most notably Academy Award-winning Million Dollar Baby. Deep immersion in American culture inspires Forman to contribute to the traditions that he drew from. Formanism (his trio project); original works like The Red Guitar; his popular podcast with Scott Henderson, GuitarWank; Cow Bop and the “road challenges” down historic byways like Route 66; JazzMasters Workshop; his newest project: Junkyard Duo…these are only the latest answers to the endless question that underlies Bruce Forman’s creativity. Bruce Forman’s life and musical journey provide an American saga that is still in full swing. His Texas origins, his early career in San Francisco and New York, and his years on the road, all contribute to the unique and highly personal vision that he demonstrates today. Plus, he and Norm go back decades and their shared stories are proof of their collective history.
Josh Smith

Josh Smith

2019-12-1040:02

Joe Bonamassa says there's only one guitar player that "scares the hell out of him" and that player is Josh Smith. Norm talks with Josh about what life on the road is like and his history of playing from the young age of 6 years old. They discuss all of the artists that inspired Josh growing up and gigging around Florida, Norm's old stomping grounds. As a little kid Josh would attract a crowd because of how talented he was at such a young age and this led to him being made a frontman for many bands. Josh creates a lot of instructional guitar content and discusses how young players learn at lightning speed from watching everything on the internet. This and much more on today's episode of Norman's Rare Guitars The Podcast.
Songwriter and guitar player Michael Georgiades and guitarist and Universal Audio tone guru James Santiago, join Norm as they recount their experiences with the late Ted Greene. Santiago reminisces about his time working for Guitar Player Magazine at the ripe age of 20 and Georgiades talks about playing with Bernie Leadon of the Eagles and the legendary Johnny Rivers. Take a listen to this conversation among old friends on this episode of Norman’s Rare Guitars, The Podcast.
Rick Vito

Rick Vito

2019-11-2601:03:47

Meet Rick Vito, one of Norm’s oldest and dearest friends and also a former band mate who left the band when he got swooped up by Bonnie Raitt. Vito is one of the best slide guitarists of all time and his long and illustrious career led him to play with greats like Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, Bob Seger and countless others. Also on this episode, take a trip down memory lane and meet Norm’s old partner Dan Duehren and his very first employee, Rob Bolger. Their stories from the infancy of the store are sure to crack you up on this special episode of Norman’s Rare Guitars, The Podcast.
Long time friends of Norm's, Kenny Sultan and Tom Ball stop by to play some music and chat about good times, both old and new. Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan have been bringing their unique blend of guitar and harmonica blues, rags and good time music to widely diverse audiences for 40 years. Sometimes Kenny and Tom are a packaged deal, and sometimes they fight for billing... or at least Norm thinks they should. Together and separately they have worked on countless film scores, TV soundtracks, commercials and sessions. They've appeared on television internationally, were featured on the "Levi's 501 Blues" commercials, have played for audiences of 300 million via Voice of America and are frequent guests of National Public Radio. In addition to working with Kenny, Tom has over 260 CD credits... and Kenny was recently honored by Martin Guitars with his own Signature Model 00018KS. Join Norm on this epic tale of global music success from two all-time greats.
Meet "Jingle Jared" from the Jingle Punks! Norm and Nick talk to Jared about where he came from and how he came up with the concept for the Jingle Punks. You may not know them by name, but their jingles and TV work is known world-wide for some of the most recognizable theme songs out there. Sometimes what was once a dream takes on a different shape when it comes to reality, and this success story is no exception. Find out what it takes to be a self-made musician, how to overcome rejection, and how to reinvent your dreams on this special episode of Norman's Rare Guitars, The Podcast.
In this episode, Norm and Lemmo get personal with Henny Hendrexz (BET, Dru Hill, Fantasia, etc.) and Bryan Ewald (demo artist for Paul Reed Smith). True to the sound of their names, these are modern legends. Congratulations to Mollie Montgomery for winning the Guitar Giveaway Contest! We'll be emailing the address provided for shipping information. See below for more information about Lemmo's upcoming show at the Whisky A GoGo on 11/16 at 10:30, in Los Angeles.
Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa

2019-10-2901:02:43

Blues-guitar mega-star, Joe Bonamassa, joins Norman and Nick on this special episode of the podcast. Joe and Norm met when Joe was just a teenager and have established a priceless relationship that includes charity along with music. From their work together with the Midnight Mission, to vacationing Joe's annual Blues Cruise, their relationship speaks for itself, and the stories they share bring more than music to light. Find out which guitars in Joe's collection of over 400, he's too fearful to play and learn more about the career of this amazing musician and "nephew", Joe Bonamassa. ***SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT*** Listen to this episode to see who won the Guitar Giveaway from Norman's Rare Guitars!
Eric Steckel

Eric Steckel

2019-10-2215:47

Norman talks to fellow Philly-born guitar wailer, Eric Steckel! Eric is a young and up-and-coming great, who was discovered by John Mayall. He's on his way up, and he's taking us with him. Don't miss this new artist and get ready for some incredible live guitar playing.
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Simon Folkard

Great podcast guys!

Oct 16th
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Thomas

Been watching on Instagram for awhile. Have to drive from Little Rock to Houston tomorrow... Will definately be listening.

Sep 21st
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Tom Rist

Awesome stuff guys, couldn't wait for this to come out and it did not disappoint

Sep 18th
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