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Get Ready for Season 3! 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

Chewing the Gristle with Greg Koch Greg Koch

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Get Ready for Season 3! 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

    Gretchen Menn

    Gretchen Menn

    One of Guitar World's Top 50 Guitarists, Gretchen Menn first grabbed everyone's attention with Zepparella, an all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band that has been turning heads for years.  Gretchen's work goes far beyond Zeppelin, and today Greg and her get into the details!

    2:51 - The joys of playing, being able to focus focus focus as a player during lockdown, and the art of avoiding professional humiliation
    6:14 - Gretchen’s take on playing Led Zeppelin tunes live for a living — a mix of staying true to the spirit of Jimmy Page and finding her own personal voice
    10:07 - Zeppelin — bootlegs, off-nights, and the greatness that was and forever will be
    18:20 - Gretchen’s latest album, and her approach to composition
    23:58 - The study of classical guitar, fine-tuning your practice technique, Gretchen’s foray in pilot’s school, and bringing your guitar on an airplane
    47:17 - Steve Morris, Frank Zappa, The Dixie Dreggs, Jeff Beck, and the great players who pull Classical influence into Rock
    54:39 - Gretchen’s touring plans

    Total Length: 67:17

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Andy McKee

    Andy McKee

    An incredibly influential acoustic guitarist, Andy's "Drifting" YouTube video went viral long before "going viral" was a thing. Years later, Andy has easily cemented his place as the standard-bearer for modern, percussive guitar playing (pioneered by players like Michael Hedges, Don Ross, and others, and then brought to new heights by Andy).  Greg and Andy get into the Acoustic Gristle today! 

    1:58 - Andy’s current life and playing schedule during Winter ’21 with Tommy Emmanuel, and his early influences
    7:07 - Andy’s unique playing style, and what drew him to utilize the body of the guitar as a percussion instrument
    13:31 - How Andy approaches live performances, leaving space for dynamic improvisation, bringing guitars on tour, and playing with fanned frets
    25:12 - Growing up and living in the Midwest, and life during lockdown
    32:34 - The beauty of playing guitar for the sake of having fun, eating for the sake of eating, and travel
    39:32 - What’s coming down the pipeline for Andy
    44:10 - Andy’s new label and touring plans

    Total Length: 62:26
    Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Brian Ray

    Brian Ray

    What do Etta James and Paul McCartney have in common? The answer is Brian Ray, the talented guitarist (and bass guitarist) who has been an essential piece of both of their bands! Brian also has an extensive vintage guitar collection, so get ready for some gear talk with Greg!

    1:06 - Brian’s INSANE guitar collection, and the allure and beauty of vintage guitars
    8:00 - Brian’s indoctrination into Rock ’n Roll
    20:21 - The blessing and importance of parents’ loving support, and Brian’s progression as a Rock ’n Roll pirate
    25:20 - Etta James and Brian Ray
    31:40 - The mystique of 1950-era Burst Les Pauls, and Greg’s vintage Strat & Tele
    42:40 - Brian’s personal and professional relationship with Paul McCartney, what it’s like performing with the group, and so much more
    59:43 - Brian’s signature guitars
    63:37 - Plans for the future

    Total Length: 68:20
    Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Bruce Foreman

    Bruce Foreman

    Jazz guitar potentate Bruce Foreman is not only a monster player. He is also an extremely funny and entertaining individual with some great stories. Dig in as Greg and Bruce chew it up good!

    2:12 - Monterey, California - the beauty, the mystique, and the home of one Bruce Foreman
    6:26 - Where and how it started for Bruce (guitar and music, that is)
    12:47 - Bruce’s personal foray into jazz, and the importance of understanding and loving the music
    19:39 - Instagram, and life at home as a restless touring musician during a pandemic, and the amazing story of inheriting a legendary guitar
    41:22 - Don’t hate - appreciate!  The importance of being open to different styles and sounds
    45:47 - Recording guitar with Clint Eastwood
    59:14 - Life on the road, and thoughts on the future of touring

    Total Length: 78:46

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Pete Thorn

    Pete Thorn

    Proudly brandishing the moniker of "Guitar Nerd", Pete Thorn is among the most revered guitarists on the interwebs, where his reviews and how-to videos garner thousands of views on YouTube and Instagram. Pete built his guitar reputation as a go-to session guitar guy with famed producer Linda Perry in LA and also spent years on the road with the likes of Chris Cornell, Don Henly, Melissa Etheridge, Jewell, Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi, and others.  Greg and Pete get into the gear AND the gristle!

    1:13 - What’s this about playing guitar in a vampire musical in Oshkosh, Wisconsin?
    3:29 - Getting out of the house to play, perform, or travel as the pandemic winds down
    6:14 - The Pete Thorn signature guitar from Suhr Guitars, and gear acquisition during the pandemic
    9:13 - Pete’s interest in love with recording and audio production, and the delicate intricacies of performing live with backing tracks
    31:14 - Growing up in Canada, and moving to Los Angeles to attend the Guitar Institute
    40:16 - Pete’s early influences, and how his taste evolved over time
    46:10 - Pete’s gear, then and now
    57:50 - Thoughts on being a session player
    63:06 - The near future for Pete, and all that he has planned

    Total Length: 71:08
    Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Guy King

    Guy King

    Israeli-born and Chicago-based blues and jazz guitarist Guy King has spent decades wowing audiences with his unique style and unusual approach. Greg and Guy get into his tone and many other varieties of gristle!

    3:16 - The meeting of the musicians - when Greg and Guy met to jam with Nick Moss, Josh Smith, and Dave Spector, and Guy’s new record
    4:33 - Guy’s tone, style, and personal flavor - how the heck does he do it, and the importance of writing music that uplifts your soul
    28:40 - Dynamics when playing on low-gain, and Guy’s thoughts on amplifiers
    36:23 - What Guy’s up to after the release of his record (during a pandemic)
    40:45 - Playing locally versus touring
    54:31 - Popular music, and where emotional and technical complexity lies within the popular arena

    Total Length: 70:21
    Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.

    • 1 hr 10 min

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