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.
Val McCallum, Jackson Browne: “So Gregg Allman & I are peeing at the urinal…”
On this interview, his first gig, playing tennis with Tatum O’Neal at Ryan O’Neal’s house, dealing with the loss of his brother who overdosed, and his mother, actress Jill Ireland, 6 months later… cool stories about working with Harry Nilsson, Ivan Neville & the Neville Brothers, Albert Lee, Greg Allman, Vonda Shepherd, Sting, Al Green, Barry Manilow, Lyle Workman, Jim Keltner, Michael Landau, being the house band for TV show Ally McBeal… his cool vintage guitars, and loads more. VERY cool and gen
Carl Verheyen: Supertramp “Your one goal is to make music sound different...”
Carl tells dozens of stories here, his 2 signature guitars, his top 3 studio sessions, movie and television experiences, celebrity music lessons he’s given, and how he got the gig with Supertramp. He also talked about why he’s walked away from some gigs, including an Allan Holdsworth gig, and a 14-month gig that would have paid him close to a half-million dollars… A total PROFESSIONAL, in every sense of the word, with amazing enthusiasm for guitar:
Bjorn Englen: Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony MacAlpine, Uli-Jon Roth, “Nothing was going to stop me...”
Bjorn talks about what makes Sweden such fertile ground for musicians, and how Yngwie impacted this… Bjorn took a lot of chances at times in his career, but as he says, he “didn’t know what to be afraid of,” and this is something anyone can learn from… learning to speak up for, and being honest with yourself… more. One of the most well-respected metal veterans around
Randy Cooke: “Enjoy things you’re doing and people you’re with...”
On this Randy Cooke interview, tons of cool stories: Playing with Tom Morello, Rik Emmett, Long John Baldry, Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr, Sass Jordan, life-changing serendipitous musical encounters, hand-bombing, sneaking into a club to see The Police!... webbed feet, learning when to say “This isn’t a fit for me,” taking steps to change his situation, cooking, Call of Duty, Italy, moving to America, and why you need to acknowledge there are NO guarantees in life. GREAT Convo, super cool and real!
Russell Ferrante, Yellowjackets: “It was magical!...”
On this Russell Ferrante interview: playing his second professional gig at Shea Stadium, opening for WAR, then getting signed to a major label deal… playing with Art Blakely, Wayne Shorter, Phil Upchurch, Rockwell, Marcus Miller, Joni Mitchell, Eric Marienthal, the North Sea Jazz Festival… putting together his awesome new LP, Inflexion, marriage, family, San Jose, caring for his father during his last days, Italy, gratitude, and why he’s lived a charmed life. What a lovely human being, good vibes only
June Millington, Fanny: “Tomorrow is another day...”
June was the co-founder, singer, songwriter and lead guitar player of the rock group Fanny. In 1970, Fanny became the first all-female rock band to release an album on a major label. June also runs the Institute for Musical Arts, an organization she co-founded in 1986 to support women and girls in music and music-related business
I've listened to the Audley Freed, Frank Sardonis and Ty Tabor episodes so far. All were excellent! I am very familiar with Audley and Ty but had not heard of Frank. I've enjoyed his episode the most so far. Mature beyond his years and a great variety of musical tastes. Craig does a great job asking questions not just about guitars and music, but life in general. Thanks for what you do!
Yeah! Tim Mitchell.
Loved the Tim Mitchell episode. He’s one of the greatest dudes I know. Looking forward to checking out the Grecco Buratto and Adam Zimmon episodes next!
- Brendan Buckley -
A must listen for musicians and fans of MUSIC!
Craig, Thanks for the insightful interviews and and amazing guests! Time after I time I am intrigued and captivated by players sharing their stories on how music became a force in their lives! So many instances I find myself listening to players I have never heard of and/or from genres I am not even particularly a fan of...
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