Jimmy Page: Number One

I was talking with a couple friends of mine the other day about riff Gods. In specific, I mentioned Jimmy Page as the top riffster, at which I paused, and then partially recanted as Keith Richards came to mind. They’re both quite able at writing the hook and hits but it was Page I aligned […]

Randy Rhoads: Jackson Rhoads

“All aboard, ha, ha, ha” Dun-nah…. Dun-nah, dun-nah, dun-nah “Ai, ai, ai”. That refrain, called out by John Michael Osbourne, also known as Ozzy, was my first exposure to the diminutive Randy Rhoads way back in the summer of 1981. I remember exactly where I was, in my friend Howie’s house, listening on a little, […]

David Gilmour: The Black Stratocaster

Quick question, do you know what the longest lasting album on the Billboard Top 200 is? What if I told you that this album has spent a total of 917 (as of November of 2015) weeks on the chart? Can you guess? The closest competitor is Bob Marley and the Wailers for the Legend greatest […]

Rory Gallagher: Off the Handle

To quote the song I took the title of this post from, “I fly off the handle, a little too quick, some say, I’m an angry man.” Those words couldn’t have been farther from Rory Gallagher, an incredible blues guitarist and singer from Ireland. Fellow guitarists Brian May, Gary Moore, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, the Edge, Joe Bonamassa, Slash […]

Chet Atkins: Gretsch

A lot of people, sadly, have no knowledge of Mister Guitar. Let’s just sum up quickly as this man’s contributions would take tens of thousands of words to do even remotely right. As creator of the “Nashville Sound”, he won 15 grammys, was the Country Music Award’s Instrumentalist of the Year 11 times. Inducted to […]

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Number One

August 27th, 1990 was one of the saddest days of my life. Beyond the losses I’ve felt from friends and family whom have passed, the biggest impact a celebrity death has EVER had on me was when SRV passed away 36 days from his 36th birthday. I choked back tears when I heard the news from […]

Jerry Cantrell: Blue Dress

I am a huge fan of Alice in Chains, from the opening of Facelift they had me. Think Jerry McGuire and Zellweger saying “You had me at hello” except it was more like “Take another Hit and Bury Your Brother.” You cannot imagine the smile on my face when I first heard Layne Staley call that […]

Trademarks: The Headstock Wars

In business, when an idea takes off, invariably others will follow the money and get involved and sometimes, it gets ugly. No business ever predicted what would happen with rock and roll in the 1950s except maybe the record companies and radio stations who had been manufacturing artists for years. When Elvis released Heartbreak Hotel […]

Keith Richards: Micawber

You know, when I think of Keith Richards, it’s kind of like this surrealistic stereotype of 60s rockers, well, 60s rockers who survived. Keith looks ancient, seriously, but he’s just 73 years old. Are you kidding me? 73?! No way, that ain’t right. I have to say, I like affecting a Keith Richards’ mumble, this […]

Peter Frampton: The Phenix

Nope, not a typo, that’s the name of the triple pickup, black, 1954 Les Paul Custom that graces the cover of eponymously named Frampton Comes Alive. The Phenix, like its’ namesake, went through fire only to be born again. An amazing story spanning more than 30 years but should take less than 10 minutes to tell. […]