Rank #1: Warren Haynes interview from Govt Mule (@govtmuleband)
Do I need to write an introduction for Warren Haynes? He was in Paris for a concert with Govt Mule so I jumped on the opportunity to interview him guitar in hand to talk about Shout!, the latest Mule release, about his career so far, about his approach to guitar and many more. Extracts from Shout! played before the interview * World Boss * No Reward * Scared To Live * Stoop So Low Some pics taken before the interview Enjoy, Pierre. PS: you enjoyed this interview? Get the Backstage Pass to support the show and to access great exclusive video content, deals and the private community. The Guitar Channel is your independent guitar media, 100% passion, 0% ads. Passion amplifier since 2009.
Rank #2: Van Halen Rising: interview with the author Greg Renoff
As a big fan of Van Halen I had to read this book about the early years of the band. While at the 2016 Winter NAMM I took the opportunity to interview Greg Renoff, the author of Van Halen Rising. The book website: www.vanhalenrising.com Book review No need to be an ultra fan of Van Halen to enjoy reading the book. It's really a fascinating read to get all the details of what it takes to make it big in the music business. We forget too often the incredible amount of hard work and energy needed to get to a level where you can actually become a major player. Of course, if you are a Van Halen fans you will enjoy the book even more as it is full of stories about the early years. Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre.
Rank #3: Kenny Wayne Shepherd interview – Lay It On Down
Kenny Wayne Shepherd continues a career filled with excellent albums. Lay It On Down is no exception and offers a beautiful collection of Blues, Blues/Rock and Country songs. It will not change the face of the world, it does not invent much but God, it is excellent music!! In the interview below Kenny talks about how this record was done, how he used his Dumble amplifiers to get his tone and much more. Kenny Wayne Shepherd interview Audio podcast version of the interview: Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre.
Rank #4: Andy Timmons interview: Theme From A Perfect World, his new album
During the 2017 NAMM there was no time to record an interview with the one and only Andy Timmons even though we met during the great X-Jamm concert so a couple of weeks later we organized this Skype interview to catch up. Here's the full unedited 1 hour session Guitar in Hand available with the Backstage Pass. Themes discussed in the interview * 2017 NAMM Debrief * Souvenirs of the X-Jamm concert organize by Blue Mouth Promotions * In-depth discussion about his latest album Theme From A Perfect World * Analysis of two songs from the album * The launch of his teaching website www.guitarxperience.net Andy Timmons interview Here's the audio version of part 1 of the 1 hour video interview in the podcast feed: Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre.
Rank #5: Charlie Hunter: 7-string guitar player
Discovered in the excellent podcast No Guitar Is Safe produced by Jude Gold, The Guitar Channel is very happy to present you with an interview with Charlie Hunter, a 7-string guitar player. This Guitar in Hand interview took place during the 2016 Montreal Jazz Festival before his concert. Charlie plays an electric guitar built by luthier John Traugott with 3 strings from a bass guitar and 4 string from a regular guitar. This instrument allows Charlie to sounds like two musicians playing when there's only him. It's quite something to see (as per the video below). Charlie Hunter website: www.charliehunter.com www.traugottguitars.com :Charlie's luthier Charlie Hunter: 7-string guitar player Video of "No Money No Honey" Here's a song extracted from his album Everybody's Got A Plan Until They Get Punched In The Mouth: Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre.
Rank #6: Guitar Review – Halfbreed Springer model by Springer Guitars
Back in September, The Guitar Channel proposed you to listen to a guitar only using the audio file of the review. The objective was to use more our ears than our eyes to evaluate the sound. The suspens is over, now is the time to reveal the mystery guitar! It's a guitar hand built by luthier Mikaël Springer in his workshop East of France: the Halfbreed Springer model proposing a great singlecut design with a P90 in the neck position and humbucker in the bridge (both from Häussel Pickups). Video Fuitar Review - Halfbreed Springer Guitars Audio version of the review available in the podcast and below: Thank you Springer Guitars for being a pro partner on The Guitar Channel Review setup * Sound path: Guitar > Cable > Amp * Ampl: V-Twin Kelt Amplification (www.keltamplification.com) * Sound: SM58 > Tascam DR-60D The settings on the V-Twin Kelt amp were the same throughout the review: Springer Halfbreed photo album Conclusion Huge supporter for a while now of the work of luthier Mikaël Springer, I suggest you draw your own conclusions from what you have heard in the video above. Hopefully Keith Richards, the Stones, ZZ Top and a few others will pardon me for happily destroying some of their songs, I find that these riffs fit perfectly the program of this guitar, though it can do more than Rock or Blues. Guitar available for testing at the showroom for members of the connoisseur club and for the people sent by Mikaël. Do not hesitate to contact the luthier Mikaël Springer to start the conversation with him. Until the next gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
Rank #7: Pete Thorn interview – In the heat of Shibuya, Tokyo
Pete Thorn is a musician who works a lot, whether to produce his excellent videos on guitar gear or to tour behind great international stars around the world, he never stops. After Paris in 2013, our paths crossed again but at the end of the world this time since this new interview was held in Japan, in the Shibuya district of Tokyo while Pete had played the day before Budokan with Tsoyushi Nagabuchi, a legendary venue in the capital of Japan. Pete Thorn interview in Japan The full audio version of the interview is available in the podcast and below: Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
Rank #8: @JoeJacksonMusic guitar player @TeddyKumpel pedalboard demo
Joe Jackson and his band were part of the official indoor schedule of the 2016 edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival. As I already did an interview with his guitar player Teddy Kumpel in Paris, the contact was already established, we did a pedalboard demo and interview right on the stage where they performed the same night. Teddy Kumpel website: www.teddyjam.com Joe Jackson guitar player Teddy Kumpel pedalboard demo Summary of the pedalboard demo: * Demo of the main sounds used live with Joe Jackson * The detail of the configuration of the pedalboard * How Teddy uses his iPad and Bluetooth keyboard * The full setup of the pedalboard * The unusual pedals combination Audio version of the video interview Here's the audio track of the video recording: Teddy Kumpel gear photos A couple of pictures taken on the stage before the interview: Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre.
Rank #9: An interview to know all you need to know about Reverb.com
What better than to ask all the questions we have to one of the guy in charge at Reverb.com in order to understand better how this marketplace works? That's what The Guitar Channel did during the 2017 Winter NAMM with Kevin Drost who is in charge of the international development of Reverb.com. Kevin Drost interview Audio version of the video available in the podcast: Don't miss The Guitar Channel selection of products on Reverb.com: http://theguitarchannel.biz/reverb/ Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre. -
Rank #10: @DweezilZappa interview: a new album coming up
I was able to catch Dweezil Zappa on Skype in between tours with the Zappa Plays Zappa project and the recording of the first solo album in 10 years. Subjects discussed in the interview * His first guitar * The main turning points in his career * How to go from the Zappa Plays Zappa project to recording again his own music * The difficulties to recreate his dad's original sounds * The next projects * Word of wisdom Enjoy, Pierre.