What a thrill—my photo on the cover of Premier Guitar! This is my second PG cover and it’s an honor to be given the gig.
Tube freaks may recognize some vintage and new-old-stock glass here: a Mullard EL34 (Great Britain), Westinghouse 6V6 (USA), and National 6L6 (Soviet Union). I use a wonderful THD Univalve head to audition these and other “orphan” tubes. Unlike most amps, the low-watt Univalve operates on a single power tube, so I don’t have to create pairs or quartets for tone tests. This means if I come across one working vintage or NOS specimen, I can use it to make music. As experienced guitarists will tell you, different tube types. brands, and even countries of manufacture can yield dramatically different tones in guitar amps. It’s nerdy, but fun to explore some of the many sonic variations power tubes offer. Factor in different guitars and speaker cabinets, and it becomes an endless journey.
Tommy Emmanuel can make his guitar do anything—it’s simply an extension of his being at this point. Here he wows the crowd at the 2015 Jerry Reed Tribute held at Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom on 06-11-15.
Brent Mason was in the house band at the Jerry Reed Tribute and he was on fire all night.
Telecaster wizard Jim Weider replaced Robbie Robertson as The Band’s lead guitarist—a chair he held for 15 years. Here he’s wailing at Nashville’s City Winery with his new group, The Weight (05-03-15).
Backed by his outrageous quintet, John Jorgenson digs into his jazz manouche guitar at the City Winery 03-30-15.
Here he’s flanked by percussionist Rick Reed and bassist Simon Planting.
Mandolin legend Sam Bush joins Jorgenson and his band for a spirited jam.
Left to right: Simon Planting, Jorgensen, Rory Hoffman, Bush, and Andy Leftwich. Staggering musicianship!
The legendary Jorma Kaukonen playing his signature Martin model at Nashville’s City Winery 02-28-15.
Wayne Krantz at the City Winery 02-11-15.
Arlen Roth and Greg Martin (of the fearsome Kentucky Headhunters) duel on slide at the City Winery 01-20-15. Tom Hambridge—who produced Roth’s new album, Slide Guitar Summit—is on drums.
From the same show: Roth and Lee Roy Parnell in a friendly slide shootout. The old-West tinting adds a quick-draw gunslinger vibe, methinks.
Todd Bond with Elliot Root at 3rd & Lindsley 10-19-14
Neil Zaza at Douglas Corner 09-27-14
Rickey Godfrey at Douglas Corner 09-27-14
Justin Kalk Orchestra at 3rd & Lindsley 09-28-14