22 episodes

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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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.

    Michael Lemmo

    Michael Lemmo

    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.

    • 51 min
    Guy King

    Guy King

    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"

    • 48 min
    Mike Hightower and Lightnin' Willie

    Mike Hightower and Lightnin' Willie

    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

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Bill Champlin

    Bill Champlin

    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!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS BONUS EPISODE! Elliot Easton

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS BONUS EPISODE! Elliot Easton

    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!

    • 56 min
    Bruce Forman

    Bruce Forman

    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.

    • 59 min

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