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Teles, Strats, & Pauls O My!...Southern Style

For non guitar players, that’s the way we 6-stringers often refer to the iconic invention of Leo Fender & Les Paul.The 
The Telecaster, Stratoscaster and Les Paul--3 different guitar styles which have fueled the music industry and every musical genre you can imagine. It could take months to definitely survey all the categories and sub-categories where these great electric guitars were used.

Tonight...a shortcut. At least as long as one hour will allow. And so we enter southern soul/blues/alt country.

Finally!

Could you name the band that played on more #1 hits than the Beatles, Stones, Elvis and Beach Boys combined? A great trivia question--more importantly--a great slice of music history.

They were called The Funk Brothers--not only did they play on ALL those great Motown hits but they are they are still influential today--think everyone from Talking Heads to Jeff Beck.

Our Local Connection

Its fun to have musicians like Mike Stern, Thomas Youngblood, Mike Pope et alia during Guitar Month--but--we’ve got a host of great musicians in our own backyard. And that’s what the show is about this week--concentrating on Virginia pickers.

"Jazz with Jake" / The Electric Croude & International Guitar Month

Guitar Player magazine got it right calling Jake Hertzog the ambassador to the non-jazz world. Readers of GP know that Jake is a talented Berklee educated musician--and as eloquent as he is smart. I was thrilled to chat  by phone with him recently at his place in NYC as he readied for a gig at the prestigious Iridium club.

The Girl Born Twice

In a “what if” scenario, the U.S. Constitution is suspended and America reverts to ancient Rome’s bread and circuses – modern technology replaces the sword and executions are televised.  Everything not approved by the governing powers is forced underground – from music to Faith.

The 3 M's This Week: Motown, March, Maida

The old cliche of “they don’t write’em like they used to” has more truth in today than ever before. One litmus test is American Idol--notice how many covers the contestants perform. And how many younger members of our generation think this is “real music.” One of the major diiferences between the 1960s and today was the massive outpouring of musical creativity then as opposed to now.

Fe BLUES ary 2013

Musical trends may come and go as whimsically as the big snow storm that never appeared this winter. Its nostalgia. Coming from the Northeast where real seasons existed, I prefer each of the climactic quadrants to behave in a certain way. Of course, they won’t. And that’s as good a reason as any to highlight some unsual blues-y moods.

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