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The Emperor of Electro-Harmonix

Back in the late 1970s, I worked in the diamond district of of NYC. At first it seemed exotic. Then daily tedium set in so badly I found myself taking lunch breaks a block down on 48th street to save my sanity--the music street as its known. At the time Electro- Harmonix had a great showroom. Cool and dark on blistering Manhattan days, it was like stepping into a time portal with untold treasures of guitar effx boxes.

Stretching the Boundaries

In thinking about this week's World Music Show blog (4/7), perhaps the above title should be changed to "Stretching the Borders," for part of the theme of the show this go-round is that I'm trying to expand the definition of "World Music." Call me an upstart if you will, but part of what I like to do is to explore when the beats of "World Music," began creeping into the fabric of "Pop Music." 

Ahh...coustic, this week? Part II of IGM on The Electric Croude

Never say never... but our mix this week is generally sprinkled with great in-studio performances by Chris Lucas, Laura Ann Singh and husband & wife virtuosi Rusty and Susan Farmer. Yes, this is part II of International Guitar Month. Last week we kicked off our month long celebration with Mike Molenda, ed-in-chief of Guitar Player magazine, now in its 45th year.

Don't Be Scared...It’s Just Music

Why does music scare some people? I mean, I can understand when violent or degrading lyrics are used. And that's not really scary, but rather a matter of either personal taste or a poor taste in musical expression by the artist. What I'm talking about is when new or foriegn beats are heard or when the lyrics heard are sung in a language other than what someone may be used to. 

Peter Green, Mike Bloomfield and MORE! John Answers Questions! Henry Questions Answers!

Join us this week for Time for the Blues (4/1/12) as we're featuring Peter Green, the originator of Fleetwood Mac! We'll also sample some of the later career of legendary guitarist Mike Bloomfield as well as some new stuff! For a treat, we'll dip into our mailbag here--your questions are way better than our answers!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year... for Guitarists.

Trade show people wanting to showcase their guitar goods have the NAMM conference for gear and mingling each winter... the rest of us, like yours truly, eagerly await Guitar Player magazine in our mailboxes each month. A late bloomer on the 6 string, I began reading it a couple of years before I began to play in the  late 1970s. And its still my periodical of choice. Unlike many institutions that seem to worsen with age, Guitar Player keeps getting better.

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