Chewing the Gristle with Greg Koch

By Greg Koch

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Get Ready for Season 3! Listen in on Greg Koch's conversations with his guitar-hero friends. Every episode Greg unleashes his fiendish humor and unique perspective as "one of the most famous unknown guitar players in the world", asking his often-famous musical friends the questions that we all want to know the answers to! Each episode is brought to you by Fishman and Wildwood Guitars

Episode Date
Brian Ray
4100

What do Etta James and Paul McCartney have in common? The answer is Brian Ray, the talented guitarist (and bass guitarist) who has been an essential piece of both of their bands! Brian also has an extensive vintage guitar collection, so get ready for some gear talk with Greg!

1:06 - Brian’s INSANE guitar collection, and the allure and beauty of vintage guitars
8:00 - Brian’s indoctrination into Rock ’n Roll
20:21 - The blessing and importance of parents’ loving support, and Brian’s progression as a Rock ’n Roll pirate
25:20 - Etta James and Brian Ray
31:40 - The mystique of 1950-era Burst Les Pauls, and Greg’s vintage Strat & Tele
42:40 - Brian’s personal and professional relationship with Paul McCartney, what it’s like performing with the group, and so much more
59:43 - Brian’s signature guitars
63:37 - Plans for the future

Total Length: 68:20

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Dec 03, 2021
Bruce Foreman
4726

Jazz guitar potentate Bruce Foreman is not only a monster player. He is also an extremely funny and entertaining individual with some great stories. Dig in as Greg and Bruce chew it up good!

2:12 - Monterey, California - the beauty, the mystique, and the home of one Bruce Foreman
6:26 - Where and how it started for Bruce (guitar and music, that is)
12:47 - Bruce’s personal foray into jazz, and the importance of understanding and loving the music
19:39 - Instagram, and life at home as a restless touring musician during a pandemic, and the amazing story of inheriting a legendary guitar
41:22 - Don’t hate - appreciate!  The importance of being open to different styles and sounds
45:47 - Recording guitar with Clint Eastwood
59:14 - Life on the road, and thoughts on the future of touring

Total Length: 78:46

Nov 25, 2021
Pete Thorn
4268

Proudly brandishing the moniker of "Guitar Nerd", Pete Thorn is among the most revered guitarists on the interwebs, where his reviews and how-to videos garner thousands of views on YouTube and Instagram. Pete built his guitar reputation as a go-to session guitar guy with famed producer Linda Perry in LA and also spent years on the road with the likes of Chris Cornell, Don Henly, Melissa Etheridge, Jewell, Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi, and others.  Greg and Pete get into the gear AND the gristle!

1:13 - What’s this about playing guitar in a vampire musical in Oshkosh, Wisconsin?
3:29 - Getting out of the house to play, perform, or travel as the pandemic winds down
6:14 - The Pete Thorn signature guitar from Suhr Guitars, and gear acquisition during the pandemic
9:13 - Pete’s interest in love with recording and audio production, and the delicate intricacies of performing live with backing tracks
31:14 - Growing up in Canada, and moving to Los Angeles to attend the Guitar Institute
40:16 - Pete’s early influences, and how his taste evolved over time
46:10 - Pete’s gear, then and now
57:50 - Thoughts on being a session player
63:06 - The near future for Pete, and all that he has planned

Total Length: 71:08

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Nov 18, 2021
Guy King
4221

Israeli-born and Chicago-based blues and jazz guitarist Guy King has spent decades wowing audiences with his unique style and unusual approach. Greg and Guy get into his tone and many other varieties of gristle!

3:16 - The meeting of the musicians - when Greg and Guy met to jam with Nick Moss, Josh Smith, and Dave Spector, and Guy’s new record
4:33 - Guy’s tone, style, and personal flavor - how the heck does he do it, and the importance of writing music that uplifts your soul
28:40 - Dynamics when playing on low-gain, and Guy’s thoughts on amplifiers
36:23 - What Guy’s up to after the release of his record (during a pandemic)
40:45 - Playing locally versus touring
54:31 - Popular music, and where emotional and technical complexity lies within the popular arena

Total Length: 70:21

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Nov 11, 2021
Vernon Reid
5425

Veron has long defied guitar genres, expectations, and conventions. His explosive work leading Living Colour turned everyone's head in the age of hair metal, and ever since he has never stopped innovating and creating in new and unexpected ways.  Greg and Vernon Reid get deep into music and metaphysics in ways that only they can. Get ready!

1:30 - Upcoming tours with Living Colour, the complexities of touring during COVID, and a discussion about the in-depth social and metaphysical differences in types of music
16:47 - The evolution of guitar player, music, and audio engineering over time
24:58 - Music - it’s all about the context, and who you are as a player
34:44 - How Vernon approaches getting better at guitar after a lifetime of playing, and thoughts on improvisation
51:14 - Jef Lee Johnson, and how some of the greatest players alive can remain under the radar their entire lives
63:14 - Today’s modern politics, and cancel culture in music

Total Length: 90:2
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Nov 02, 2021
Tomo Fujita
4165

Tomo Fujita is one of the most well-known guitar teachers on the planet, famously beloved by his current and former students at Berklee College of Music (including John Mayer). His YouTube and Instagram channels have a treasure-trove of useful lessons for guitarists of all levels, and their popularity led Guitar World to name him among "15 of the greatest all-star guitar teachers" (a list that also included the Gristleman himself).

2:57 - What drew Tomo to the guitar, the influence of Jeff Beck and Larry Carlton, and earning a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music
9:40 - Graduating from Berklee, transitioning to becoming a professor, and the early years as a teacher
13:27 - Tomo’s website ‘Guitar Wisdom’, and the importance of finding balance in your life
20:24 - How to navigate lesson plans for students who aren’t exactly excited about the material
33:20 - Performing in the US versus Japan & other countries
35:36 - Tomo’s favorite type of guitars, unique short-scale guitars, and vintage guitars
46:26 - Playing the guitar in the time of COVID
50:16 - Tomo’s relationship with Ibanez Guitars, and his work with them as an advisor to help build out better guitars for less
62:15 - How to stay motivated

Total Length: 69:25

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Oct 27, 2021
Elliot Easton
3517

Elliot Easton redefined what it means to be a guitar hero as a founding member of The Cars. His melodic and concise solos are absolutely essential to those classic Cars records. Elliot and Greg connect about The Cars, Elliot's early years, and his individual approach to the guitar!

1:36 - The latest and greatest with Elliot as the pandemic winds its way down (hopefully)
5:57 - A young Elliot growing up in New York and his obsession with guitar from early on
14:49 - Elliot’s time with The Cars and his approach to soloing
23:04 - The formation of The Cars
31:29 - The evolution of early The Cars arrangements, and the fashion decisions behind the band
33:21 - Elliots rig when touring regularly with The Cars
36:33 - Performing and playing as a Lefty
42:49 - Downtime with the guitar - practice versus play
46:57 - Elliot’s first show (will blow your mind)

Total Length: 58:37

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Oct 22, 2021
John 5
3942

John 5 has been the go-to guitarist for an incredibly varied list of people you know (Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, David Lee Roth, Avril Lavigne, Rob Halford, k.d. lang, Garbage, Meat Loaf, Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, and even Lynyrd Skynyrd). Greg and John get into his journey and his gear!

2:23 - Ahhh the sweet, sweet solace of the guitar
4:21 - Growing up in Michigan, playing dive bars, the grace of his parent’s support, and staying clean while hoofing it broke it Hollywood
14:13 - TELECASTERS!!!! - An homage to SRV and Jimi Hendrix, John’s Fender endorsement, his favorite Tele, and thought on amps
37:50 - The John 5 signature Telecaster
42:37 - John’s first professional gig with KD Lang
45:30 - John’s look, and how it came to be
50:02 - John’s Instagram success and performance hilarity
51:51 - John during COVID times, his new album, and the joys of touring

Total Length: 65:42


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Oct 14, 2021
Ariel Posen
5219

Season 3 is off to a great start with Ariel! Known for his stunning solo releases and also his time with The Bros. Landreth, Ariel is one of the most popular and lauded modern guitarists out there. Greg gets deep with Ariel regarding his musical journey, techniques, and gear. Enjoy the ride as Season 3 gets going with Ariel Posen!

2:17 - Greg’s influence on Ariel in his early days via his “Best of Stevie Ray Vaughan” video
4:46 - Growing up in Winnipeg as a player and musician — ‘What’s in the water??’
14:37 - The turning point for Ariel as a ‘professional musician’ — transitioning out of high school and working part-time jobs to diving head first into playing full-time
16:58 - Ariel’s musical and slide guitar inspired influences
25:22 - Ariel’s main guitar, favorite fuzz pedal, slide tricks, and everything in between
48:01 - Ariel’s time during COVID
70:42 - Releasing music in today’s modern age

Total Length: 86:59

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Oct 07, 2021
Gil Parris
4078

New York guitar player of doom  Gil Parris has played with Dr. John, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Diane Schuur, and Bernie Williams. Along with being a sideman, he's equally known for leading his own projects. Greg and Gil talk about his signature Reverend guitar (with Fishman Fluence Single-Width pickups), Gil's musical journey, and other gristle of all flavors!

2:12 - Gil Parris during the pandemic: solo performances, group performances, finding oneself busier than anticipated, and thoughts on the guitar years of yesterday vs today
10:58 - Gil’s fascination with jazz, how it assimilated into his playing, and splitting duties between solo artist and professional side-man
26:17 - Gil’s signature guitar from Reverend Guitars, and his favorite amps for studio and stage
29:07 - Greg’s new obsession with Jef Lee Johnson, and what it was like for Gil to develop his own unique voice in the New York guitar scene
34:11 - Gil’s relationship with guitarist and baseball player Bernie Williams, and thoughts on performing in this new stage of the pandemic
39:27 - Site-reading horror stories
50:45 - What’s on the horizon for Gil - new videos, new guitars, and more!


Total Length: 67:58

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Aug 12, 2021
Webb Wilder
4239

Hattiesburg, Mississippi's own Webb Wilder is well known for deftly walking the musical ground between rock 'n' roll and progressive country.  An accomplished guitarist and performer, he's also an actor and longtime DJ. Webb and Greg cover where he's at after this crazy year, and what the future holds. Of course, they also talk gear!

1:30 - Webb’s time during the pandemic - two birthdays, an album release, streaming shows
3:44 - ‘Americana’ and ‘Rock N Roll’ - Webb’s definition, the general energy around the genre, and creative freedom found within
8:46 - A few cool musicians on Webb’s radar
13:28 - The history of Webb Wilder - influences, inspirations, and a whole lot more
21:42 - Nashville - the music scene vs the homestead scene
24:18 - The pros and cons off live-streaming, and the life-long sickness that is gear procurement
47:41 - Pedalboards versus plug-and-play, and more guitar-talk
59:16 - Bringing gear when touring in Europe versus renting, and Webb’s on-the-go bag
63:20 - The future of the road for Webb

Total Length: 76:03

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Aug 05, 2021
Willy Porter
3814

Willy is an acoustic guitar wizard, bending his incredible technique and unconventional style to the will of his muse for over 20 years now.  Greg and Willy talk about rigs, influences, Wisconsin, fequencies, and the emergence of musicians from the pandemic.

2:41 - Willy’s understanding of sound frequencies, and how to communicate with a front of house engineer
5:17 - Life as a musician as we drift out of the pandemic, the interesting phenomenon of live-streaming performances, and living with uncertainty as a musical professional
13:14 - Willy’s influences as a player and musician
22:16 - Record deals, recording companies, and Willy’s choice to live in Wisconsin
31:55 - Willy’s upcoming full-band project
33:51 - Willy’s acoustic rig, and how it’s evolved over the years
43:40 - Recording to tape versus digital - the mindset, the sound, the feel
56:51 - Willy’s immediate future

Total Length: 63:35


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Jul 29, 2021
Daryl Stuermer
4122

Daryl has been the exceptional touring guitarist/bassist with Genesis since 1977 (42 years), and Phil Collins' main guitarist since his first solo album.  Besides digging into his time with both, Greg and Daryl talk about his early years with Jean Luc Ponty, Gino Vannelli, and Daryl's solo project, and also what it's like for a touring musician to live in Milwaukee!

1:11 - Moments before the pandemic,  the near-reuniting of Genesis, and how the band prepares for rehearsal
7:51 - Daryl’s gear on the road with Genesis, his new Mesa Badlander and Godin guitars, and the power of in-ear monitors
11:09 - How improvisation plays into a Genesis show
13:16 - Daryl’s early days on guitar - influences, style, and early bands with his brother
20:02 - How Daryl got tied into working with Genesis, and the importance of preparation 
31:31 - Recording "In the Air Tonight"
33:26 - The Secret Policeman's Other Ball
34:34 - Phil Collins as a drummer - whoa
39:55 - Adjusting to the ascent to playing with Rock ’n Roll royalty, and having to shift his style to accommodate the needs 
45:51 - Daryl’s transition back to Milwaukee
51:19 - Daryl’s solo project

Total Length: 68:42


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Jul 22, 2021
Shonn Hinton
4176

Shonn has received accolades for his guitar work with many superstars, including Mary J Blige, John Legend,  Jill Scott,  Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Patti LaBelle, Gym Class Heroes, and Carol King. His own Milwaukee-based band Shotgun has been making waves nationally. Greg and Shonn get into the details of the many facets of Shonn's musical life!

1:45 - The pandemic, and Shonn’s focus on his solo project ‘Shonn Hinton & Shotgun’
6:33 - Shonn’s relationship with guitarist and ‘CTG’ guest Scott Sharrard, that time Greg Koch filled in for Shonn at his church gig, and the beauty of Gospel music
15:34 - Shonn’s transition from playing in the Church to playing R&B with Mary J. Blige & John Legend
23:05 - Playing with Mary J. Blige - no charts, preparation, and vibe - and the gear involved (it’ll surprise you)
34:52 - Jill Scott, and the freedom she allowed her band
36:57 - How Shonn juggles his schedule, his business mindset as a writer and arranger, and playing recently with Jubu Smith
51:33 - The future is bright for Shonn Hinton
59:59 - What new music has Shonn excited

Total Length: 69:36

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Jul 15, 2021
Scott Sharrard
5156

Scott is no stranger to big stages, as he was Gregg Allman's guitarist and musical director until his death, and is now the newest member of Little Feat. An incredible guitarist and singer, Sharrard's musical journey started long before his time with these venerable bands. Greg and Scott get into the details!

2:36 - Scott’s home and creative anchor: The Rust Belt, and musical influence of Southern Roots music
10:36 - Growing up with a singer-songwriter father, records and guitars scattered around the house, and the support of loving parents
18:14 - The love of Roots music, Guitar Gods Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimi Hendrix, and the true lessons taken from arguably the greatest generation of guitar players
35:24 - Scott’s transition to New York, and his plan to make music happen amidst a difficult cultural and political background
42:02 - Scott’s connection with Gregg Allman and Peter Frampton, and the glory of The Alllman Brothers and Humble Pie
60:30 - Scott’s time with The Allman brothers - challenges and successes 

Total Length: 85:57

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Jul 08, 2021
Duke Levine
4563

Duke is a guitarist's guitarist, known for his melodic virtuosity and classic tone. He draws six-string enthusiasts from far and wide to his frequent shows in  Boston when he isn't on the road or in the studio with artists such as Peter Wolf, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dennis Brennan, Slaid Cleaves, and The J Geils Band to name a few. Greg and Duke talk about his upbringing, Patreon and Social Media, Amps, Telecasters, Practicing, Hendrix's Snickers Bars, and Boston.

2:13 - Jeff Beck, Les Paul, a memorable performance, and Duke’s take on one of Greg’s favorite tunes “Love & Peace”
7:44 - Duke’s early inspirations, influences, and familial connection to music
13:00 - Duke’s Patreon account, thoughts on social media as a professional musician, and live-streaming
22:01 - The Koch Amp, and some good ol’ pedal talk
29:21 - How Duke’s splitting his time between his band vs performing with other artists, and what lured him ultimately to the Telecaster
45:35 - String gauge, Jimi Hendrix, and Snickers
50:50 - Practice vs play
63:34 - Repertoire talk - what you know and when you whip it out
68:52 - Duke’s decision to live and remain in Boston throughout his career

Total Length: 76:03


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Jul 01, 2021
Chris Buck
4432

One of YouTube's most popular guitar heroes, Chris is known for his stellar guitar playing (Guitarist Magazine's 2020 Best Blues Guitarist) along with the wit and insight he brings to his weekly, self-produced "Friday Fretwork" series. Greg and Chris dive into a little of everything: influences, tone, fatherhood, vintage pickups - P-90s, and vintage guitars!

1:30 - Cardinal Black, the coming together and working into the studio with Steve Winwood
4:59 - Life during lockdown: how Chris spends his time (Friday Fretwork on YouTube, band rehearsals, brand endorsements, and anything to avoid getting a proper job)
7:32 - Touring, and how it fits in the mind of a new dad
11:49 - How would the younger version of Chris look at Chris now?
16:47 - Influences - from guitar players and bands to the inspiration of Chris’ father
24:41 - Tone - the early days, and how it’s evolved over time
32:26 - The playing of Eric Clapton, its power, inspiration, and growth over time
44:53 - The importance of being flexible in the ability to play different types of guitars, from Fender to Rickenbacker
53:48 - The allure and beauty of P-90 pickups
63:27 - Gibson ES-335’s, an undeniably delicious morsel with a diverse history

Total Length: 73:52


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Jun 24, 2021
Prashant Aswani
4304

A potentate of the instrumental guitar relm, Prashant is an incredible player, engineer and producer. Greg digs into Prashant's musical journey through the Berklee College of Music, Greg Howe, and then onto the LA music scene.

1:52 - Prashant’s year in 2020 - moving from LA to Northern California, celebrating the birth of his third child, and treasuring time with family
5:19 - Coming out to your parents that you want to be a professional musician, and Prashant’s experience telling his parents as a first-generation American
7:37 - Prashant’s experience attending Berklee College of Music, and translating classical Indian instrumentation and musicality to guitar-music, improvisation, jazz, and rock
19:24 - Taking lessons from guitarist Greg Howe, and the recording of Prashant’s first album
24:14 - The story behind Prashant’s self-distributed album, a one-way ticket to Milan, and his move to LA to work in Pop music
35:07 - The transition to recording and producing professionally, and the importance of staying creative and understanding that word-of-mouth is the best gig-finder a musician can utilize
40:38 - How have things changed over time in the music scene of Los Angeles, and how social media plays a role

Total Length: 71:45

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Jun 17, 2021
Robben Ford
4128

The legendary Robben Ford has played with everyone from Miles Davis to KISS, and over his long career, he's consistently pushed the boundaries of his own incredible guitar playing to dizzying heights. Greg and Robben catch up on the former LA musician's current life in Nashville, Robben's new record "Pure", the Guitar Dojo, vintage guitars, and other topics of true gristle delight! 

1:16 - Robben’s move to Nashville, and the warmth of the city he fully embraced
2:47 - Robben’s confident foray into the world of social media, how he came to find personal success doing so, and the enriching value of teaching
8:14 - Life during lockdown with Robben Ford, the Robben Ford Guitar Dojo, and producing a number of fun new records
13:08 - The recording of Robben’s new record
15:10 - Life in Ojai, California compared to life in Nashville
17:06 - Thoughts on touring now that the pandemic is easing
22:45 - Robben’s guitar collection through the years - the Fender Esprit, his telecaster, Les Paul, and love affair with vintage guitars 
30:59 - The Dumble (and more amp talk)
46:12 - The importance of hearing safety, and a few funny stories about stage volume
53:35 - How might Robben have done things differently throughout his career
61:21 - Music in a post-pandemic world

Total Length: 68:48

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Jun 10, 2021
Bill Kirchen
4783

The Titan of the Telecaster,  King of Dieselbilly, and Mr "Hot Rod Lincoln" himself Bill Kirchen chews the Gristle with Greg today. They dig into Bill's history, beginnings and talk about the differences between being a working musician then and now. And of course, they talk Tele!

1:36 - Bill’s first live-music experience in a year
3:41 - How Bill’s music journey began (hint: it was folk music), and brought him out west to San Francisco
10:24 - Bill as a “rambler”, what that means to him, and the hit “Hot Rod Lincoln”
13:12 - Bill’s decision to relocate to Washington, D.C.
15:21 - What drew Bill to the Telecaster, and the beauty and mystery of vintage Teles
26:10 - Bill’s preferred guitar rig in these contemporary times, and a juicy conversation about TONE
33:54 - Bill’s touring / performance schedule pre-pandemic, and how he pivoted professionally in 2020
51:13 - Earnings as a musician - where and how to make a living
56:54 - Bill’s relationship (professional and personal) with Nick Lowe
64:15 - The D.C. music scene in the mid to late ‘80s, and Bill’s relationship with Danny Gatton
71:31 - Austin, Texas - Bill’s current home and inspiration

Total Length: 79:43

May 20, 2021
Tony Franklin
5061

"The Fretless Monster" Tony Franklin has played with some of rock's most iconic names, and he's well known for his individual approach to the fretless bass. He's played with Roy Harper, The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, David Gilmour, Kate Bush, Whitesnake, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Greg and Tony catch up about remote recording, LA vs England, The Firm, and other various gristle. Dig it all!

2:05 - What’s new with Mr. Tony Franklin - transitioning from Pro Tools to Studio One, upgrading his computer, remote recording sessions, and writing a book! So much creativity!
6:04 - Surrendering to the paths that life presents you, and the gratitude that grows from going with the flow
9:12 - Was Tony ever tempted to move back to England from Los Angeles, and what kept him in Southern California?
11:17 - What does Tony’s future performance schedule look like (practically vs empirically)?
20:17 - Greg’s first time seeing Jimmy Page and The Firm (with Tony on bass) was transcendental- how was it from Tony’s perspective?
37:35 - How Tony’s musical preferences were shaped growing up in a musical family, how they evolved over time, a venerable discussion on the late, great Beethoven, and The Firm
67:48 - What was it like on stage with The Firm?
75:08 - A reminder that life as a musician, famous or not, is about remembering what’s important to ones own life

Total Length: 84:22

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May 13, 2021
Butch Walker
4290

Butch is one of the most in-demand producers in the rock and pop music world, and  he also happens to be one powerful beast of a guitarist and songwriter.  Greg and Butch get down and dirty on producing, gear, LA vs Nashville, and many other gristly topics. Dig it!

3:59 - Butch’s thoughts on the evolution of music in regard to the internet - is it the Golden Age of music, or a something else entirely - from artist exposure, production royalties, and everything in between.
15:16- The idea of a “producer”, and how Butch has crafted a career around it
24:35 - Butch in the studio - his mindset, go-to-recipes, and the spirit of making records
28:07 - The vibe of a song, and how truly important it is to the song (maybe more so than all the technical stuff, lyricism, etc)
36:13 - Guitars, gear, mics, and more!  
53:14 - NFTs, and the world of WTFs
59:16 - Butch’s life in Los Angeles, and his move to Nashville
65:49 - How Butch manages his schedule, finds musicians to work with, etc

Total Length: 71:30

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May 06, 2021
Arlen Roth
4690

Arlen is the father of modern-day guitar instruction, and widely known as the "Master of the Telecaster". His early "Hot Licks" series of videos changed the medium by which many of us would learn guitar, and his book "Slide Guitar" influenced many of today's guitar heroes (including Greg)! Greg and Arlen go back to the beginning and talk about his upbringing, the scene in Woodstock NY, and what Arlen's been up to as of late!

1:44 - Arlen’s book “Slide Guitar” (written at 19 on tour with John Prine), and his inspiration to write it
9:50 - How Arlen developed his transcription chops, music theory, and developing his ear
15:09 - Growing up in a family of cartoonists, and the encouragement of artistic expression
20:24 - How Arlen got turned on to early Roots music, and attending art school
25:05 - Woodstock, NY, the artistic community centered around the town, linking up with John Prine, and playing in New York City
35:00 - What lead Arlen to creating teaching material
39:29 - Some good guitar stories - from behind the camera, on the road, etc
50:56 - Arlen’s relationship with Danny Gatton
61:33 - What Arlen’s been up to these days (an upcoming album, acoustic performances, clinics, oh my!)

Total Length: 78:10

Apr 29, 2021
Andy Wood
3405

One of the fiercest players in Nashville, Andy Wood is recognized as part of the forefront of this generation’s top influential guitarists. Touring with acts as diverse as Rascal Flatts and Sebastian Bach, Andy's musicianship is legendary. Greg and Andy talk about the Woodshed Guitar Experience, Telecasters, and the upcoming post-COVID world for guitarists.

3:07 - The fun and success of Andy’s COVID-friendly 2020 Woodshed Guitar Experience, plus what Andy’s been up to recently between his podcast and work with Rascal Flatts
8:29 - How Andy got involved with Rascal Flatts
13:55 - Andy Signature guitar from Suhr Guitars, and his love of Telecasters
23:40 - Patreon, Instagram, and the evolution of guitar playing as it relates to social media, improvement, and creativity
46:28 - How musicians might transition back into playing live, and what Greg and Andy miss most about social (music) gatherings

Total Length: 56:46

Apr 22, 2021
Devin Townsend
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Devin is a prolific potentate of modern metaldom! It is hard to put a label on Devin that sufficiently covers the breadth of his complex and impressive musical identity. Devin does it all, with dedicated fans worldwide and over 25 albums to his name. Townsend's musical insights are always as deep, heavy and colorful as his music, so prepare to feast!

1:16 - Dealing with the invisible angst of today’s modern problems, and a few delightful proverbs to lift the spirits
5:46 - What’s Devin up to in 2021, how he views what he does as a musician and producer from a macro perspective, his upcoming creative project ‘The Puzzle’, and the power of honesty
18:07 - The emotional complexities of touring, the power of creativity in isolation, and the importance of personal community
23:45 - Maintaining vocal chords and performance during long stretches of tour, and tricks to playing guitar and singing at the same time
30:27 - Guitar solos: when, where, and what to say
37:49 - The Internet
49:49 - Learning a new language (musical and verbal), and how to apply new knowledge to your guitar playing
60:55 - Demystifying the greats, and a crash course in ‘Jimi Hendrix for Dummies’
71:06 - Devin’s love of echo, and understanding the musical current that each player tends to find themselves swimming in

Total Length: 82:23

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Apr 15, 2021
Charlie Starr
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Blackberry Smoke has been a true southern rock force for 20 years now! Charlie's guitar playing and singing are a big part of that equation. Today, Greg talks to Charlie about his musical upbringing, his favorite gear, his influences, and all other kinds of delicious gristle!

1:13 - Charlie’s Ampeg Dan Armstrong Lucite, and his Telecaster from Echopark Guitars
3:35 - Charlie’s upcoming record, his new single, the day-to-day of a professional musician during COVID, and Greg as streaming Ragtime-Wanker
14:15 - The success of Charlie’s band Blackberry Smoke, past and present
17:46 - Charlie’s background growing up in a Bluegrass family, and early gear stories
27:25 - The Rolling Stones and their magical stew of rock
32:20 - P-90 pickups and the power of a single pickup
36:41 - Guitar amps, combinations, studio vs live, and getting acquainted with in-ear monitors
43:57 - Playing, touring, and eating in Europe - arguably the most delicious continent on the planet
50:36 - A guitarist’s playing style, and how the inspiration from other players and idols is so wildly important - from Jimi to the Allman Brothers
67:06 - How the legacy of Southern Rock and growing up in Georgia shaped Charlie as a player and musician

Total Length: 76:35

Apr 08, 2021
Guthrie Trapp
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Guthrie is one of Nashville's most exciting guitarists. A regular member of Jerry Douglas' band, the list of musicians Guthrie has supported is staggering - Garth Brooks, John Oates, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Dolly Parton, Tim O’Brien, and Delbert McClinton just to name a few. Guthrie and Greg talk covid, Guthrie's musical journey, and, of course, gear!

4:18 - The saving grace of online social platforms and education for musicians during the pandemic, and the ironic and comical ways touring musicians ended up saving money in 2020
9:10 - Growing up on the Gulf Coast, and what brought Guthrie to Nashville
14:22 - How our early musical influences shape our creativity, even if they’re a little out in left field 
27:23 - What drew Guthrie to the Telecaster, and the glory of Dire Straits
40:44 - Guthrie’s Cassista Telecaster, the veil of gear lust, and the undeniable power of vintage guitars
55:05 - What the future holds for Greg and Guthrie

Total Length: 62:40


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Apr 01, 2021
Steve Vai
4105

The legendary Steve Vai and Greg delve deep into Steve's early history, talking about LA, Zappa, and a whole lot more! Steve Vai's influence on the guitar world is profound, from his early work pioneering the design of "super strats" like his Ibanez signature models, to his ever-changing approach to tone and his insightful perspective on music theory. Settle in for this gristle-infused interview with the great Steve Vai!

1:04 - Steve’s new house in Los Angeles, neighborhood block parties, and Steve’s old ‘Mothership’ home studio
5:00 - Steve’s choice to stay in LA versus moving to another music city
6:27 - Steve’s early days in LA - what brought him there, the support of parents, and whether or not pursuing professional musicianship was ever a choice for Steve and Greg
19:46 - Working with and learning from Frank Zappa
25:36 - How’s Zappa’s approach to improvisation influenced Steve
36:17 - How ‘gain’ has changed over the years, the new guitar pedals from Universal Audio, and new ‘joint shifting’ technique
49:26 - Thoughts on Steve’s new music / guitar theory book, and thoughts on music education in the 21st century
58:44 - How Steve’s been spending time during the pandemic, and thoughts on the future

Total Length: 68:26


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Mar 25, 2021
Steve Wariner
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One of the 5 Chet Atkins' "Certified Guitar Players (CGP)", Steve is a country-music legend both for his amazing picking and his songwriting - he has 4 Grammy awards, over 50 charted billboard singles, 14 number 1 songs, he is a Grand Ole Opry member, and he's in the Musician's Hall of Fame just to name a few of his accolades. Greg and Steve talk about Chet, The New Nashville Cats, and Strats, along with all sorts of other glorious guitar gristle in this episode.

2:12 - When Steve and Greg first met at a Fender event, and wondering if country music and B-Bender guitars held any relevance at a Fender event
3:42 - Steve’s early years as a guitar and bass player, and growing up in Indiana surrounding by musicians in the family
7:44 - The beauty of Chet Atkins style guitar in its style and nuance - from style, articulation, and genre-blending motifs to the complexity of repertoire
13:25 - The James Burton Guitar Festival, that time Steve Wariner almost lit the place on fire with his incendiary playing, and the importance of practice
18:10 - Guitar collections - is it something Steve cares much about, or does he just enjoy picking and plucking?
26:00 - The Stratocaster and its 5-way toggle switch - does Steve swap it out for a 3-way, or keep it au naturel?
32:43 - Steve’s involvement with The New Nashville Cats
38:01 - Jack Pearson, and Steve’s experience with the Grammy awards
57:50 - When and why Steve took up singing
68:16 - A few of Steve’s guilty musical pleasures

Total Length: 73:05

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Mar 18, 2021
Tosin Abasi
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Tosin is truly a 21st Century guitar-hero, leading a new generation of players into sonic parts-unknown. With Animals as Leaders, he's pushed past the boundries of progressive-metal and has helped to define a new, mind-bending world of "djent", seamlessly integrating multiple tones, time-signatures, and music-styles into something wholly new and exciting. He's also brought new technological advancements in guitar design to the masses with his Abasi Concepts guitars, which incorporate 7 and 8-string multi-scale designs. Greg and Tosin cover a lot of ground here, so buckle-up! 


1:26 - The influence of social media on modern day musicians
7:01 - The difference between wanting to play, and having to play - how to deal with creative roadblocks
9:34 - Tosin’s creative process working through varying time signatures, thoughts on improvisation, and how Animals As Leaders approaches new material
17:44 - How Tosin decided to pursue instrumental music, and the idea of the lead vocal as just another melodic element within an ensemble
27:48 - Tosin’s music and artistic influences over the years, the complexity of jazz less as a music style and more of a genre itself, and the beauty of opinion within music
54:05 - For those times when you feel like you need a break from listening to music, where to find inspiration, and the interesting evolution of purchased music vs streaming music
60:20 - Tosin’s ‘Abasi’ line of guitars, how his playing style lent to the creation of the guitar, and how improvisation plays into the Animals As Leaders palette 

Total Length: 91:12


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Mar 11, 2021
Jason Isbell
3594

Jason talks guitars with Greg! "Grammy-winning Singer-Songwriter" is the title most frequently attached to Jason Isbell's moniker, but his fans know he is also a monster guitarist with a passion for the instrument. Greg asks Jason about his musical upbringing in Alabama, his favorite guitars and gear, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Joe Walsh, David Crosby, and Twitter!

3:25 - Jason’s new birthday present - a lovely ’65 Candy Apple Red Stratocaster to match his ’65 Tele in the same color
4:11 - Jason’s Instagram channel, and how he keeps his chops fresh
8:43 - Vintage guitars, the light-hearted regret of not investing in old school guitars in the 70s, and Jason’s evolution as a player
11:53 - Growing up in the Muscle Shoals scene, Johnny Sandlin's garage and working with Rick Hall (FAME studios)
17:44 - Jason’s personal recording setup
21:36 - The story behind Jason’s burst Les Paul, the Ed King "Red Eye"
26:09 - The glory of Jimi Hendrix stories 
28:52 - A few other beautiful pieces in Jason’s guitar collection…
36:27 - Jason’s live rig
44:46 - Led Zeppelin, bootleg demos, and Jason’s incredulity regarding Robert Plant’s appreciation for Jason’s songwriting and playing
48:50 - Joe Walsh tells Jason about giving Jimmy Page his "Number One"
52:24 - Jason on Twitter, his relationship with David Crosby, and the beauty of social media in regard to music, learning, etc

Total Length: 59:54



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Mar 04, 2021
Doyle Dykes
3265

Greg welcomes the mighty Doyle Dykes, one of the contemporary masters of fingerstyle guitar, the nicest guy in the world, a great storyteller, and of course, a frightening guitar player. They talk thumb picks, hot licks, and the glory of gear!

1:46 - That time in Hollywood that Dolye inspired Greg to learn how to self-accompany as a guitar player, and how it’s beneficial for songwriting, performance, etc
9:50 - Doyle’s induction into the Thumb Picker’s Hall of Fame
11:47 - Doyle’s book “The Lights of Marfa”, and what it was like recording an Audio Book
13:31 - How Doyle approves various level of preparedness in performing his library of (difficult) guitar music, the legend of Merle Travis, and a bit of playing on Doyle’s old Martin
29:45 - Celebrating the music of the Washington D.C. area, and more stories about Doyle’s inspiring musical circle
34:15 - Experimenting with different picking styles, and thoughts on the use of a thumb pick
37:52 - Some of Doyle’s guilty pleasures (bands, artists, etc)
42:28 - Doyle’s favorite owned gear
46:42 - How Doyle’s been spending his time during COVID

Total Length: 54:26

Feb 25, 2021
Greg Martin
4413

The Kentucky Headhunters' Greg Martin has long been revered for his hot playing and glorious tone. He's also a gear aficionado with an impressive collection and first-hand perspective on all things vintage guitar. Greg and Greg discuss "Hank the Plank", The Allman Brothers, Cream, and 100w Marshalls, all amongst other magnificent tonal tangents.

2:47 - Greg Martin’s ‘Licks From The Outhouse’, the unparalleled glory of playing through a cranked 100W Marshall, and tons of pedal talk!
14:55 - Greg’s amp setup when playing with The Kentucky Headhunters
18:49 - An average year in the life of a Kentucky Headhunter
22:53 - The power and importance of a good vibrato
31:34 - Going down the Cream rabbit hole… 
42:04 - Greg’s ’58 Les Paul “Hank” - the story, the acquisition, and a date with Greg Koch’s ’53 Telecaster
57:27 - The Allman Brothers in all their glory, and the musical genealogy that follows their legacy

Total Length: 73:34

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Feb 18, 2021
Brent Mason
3835

Possibly the most successful and prolific country session guitarist of all time, Brent is at the top of the list of Nashville cats. You've heard him playing on literally hundreds of hit records. Greg and Brent get into what it's like to be a studio musician in Nashville, Brent's journey, and of course, his guitars and gear!

1:35 - Andy Wood’s Woodshed Guitar Experience, and what it was like for Greg and Brent to perform and attend during COVID-19.
2:55 - Brent’s time playing with the Mark O’Connor and The New Nashville Cats
5:28 - The magic of the thumb-pick, how Brent came into his playing style, and depth of learning found in early country guitar.
10:18 - What inspired Brent to move to Nashville, and how his transition into session work bloomed into quick success
19:45 - When in a session, it’s important to know what type of color palette to use when going to paint, you dig?  Amps, guitars, pedals, gear - when and where how to use what.
23:47 - Brent’s telecaster that Fender replicated, how he came by it, and a few of Brent’s early guitars.
29:42 - What brought Brent to play a B-Bender
35:06 - How sessions have changed over the years
42:05 - How musicians get paid during sessions - then and now
45:34 - Touring vs studio musician, and advice for new guitar-slingers looking to make a buck in Nashville
52:00 - Some good ol’ guitar stories

Total Length: 63:56

Feb 11, 2021
Andy Aledort
5370

One of the most lauded guitar instructors and authors in history, Andy literally has hundreds of books and videos to his name. You may also find him playing slide guitar in the Dickie Betts band, collaborating with Double Trouble, contributing to the Experience Hendrix tours, or fronting his various solo projects. Greg raps with the frequent Guitar World contributor about Hendrix, the Who, Cream, SRV, Mick Taylor, and all things guitar!

1:55 - Jimi Hendrix relics, owned by the good Sir Andy Aledort himself.
7:03 - Monterey, California - the legendary jazz fest, the beauty of the town, and an exciting road trip to check out the stage of heroes.
12:57 - Some good ol’ (likely-never-been-heard-before) Who stories.  Who?  The Who!
17:10 - Hendrix, Greg’s love and obsession, Andy’s shared fanaticism, the bad-ass-ery of Cream, and the esoteric draw of guitar playing.
34:16 - Andy’s evolution on the guitar, how art was always a strong influence in his life, and the way music takes each of us in different directions
53:41 - The greatness of Stevie Ray Vaughn.
78:44 - A story about opening for Mick Taylor.

Total Length: 89:30


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Feb 04, 2021
Matt Schofield
4643

English guitarist Matt Schofield is a proud torchbearer of the British blues guitar. He has toured internationally with his trio for decades, cementing his reputation as one of the most exciting and distinctive blues guitarists in the world. Greg and Matt talk about traversing lockdown, home gear vs. live gear, and Matt's inspirations, and his relocation to the US!

2:07 - How Matt’s spent 2020 under lockdown, the difficulty of a lack of human interaction, and thoughts on the future of life as a professional musician
9:22 - Matt’s recording rig - studio vs home setup, the Universal Audio Ox, his live rig, pedals, and gear, gear, gear!!
20:47 - Revisiting old records to improve your playing, refining your tone search, and improving your ear
32:51 - Matt’s experience coming up as a young musician in the UK, tracing the lineage of blue’s and roots music through the late, great B.B. King, and discovering Robben Ford
66:41 - Matt’s decision to move from the UK to pursue music in the States

Total Length: 77:24

Jan 28, 2021
Joe Bonamassa
4729

Joe and Greg talk about gear and the guitar life! What more could you ask for? They discuss  Joe's new signature Epiphone, Greg's new amp, practicing, Clapton, Les Pauls, Pedals, and more. Greg kicks off Season 2 with Joe Bonamassa!

4:53 - The time Greg drooled incessantly over one of Joe’s original Fender Broadcasters, and a discussion about Telecasters in general
7:41 - Joe’s first vintage guitar - a Candy Apple Red ’72 Fender Strat
14:53 - Joe’s current perspective on vintage gear
18:29 - The importance of practice, putting in your 10,000 hours, and removing your ego from your instrument
26:43 - Eric Clapton, his diversity of a player, and his undeniable gusto as a player
37:45 - When Greg and Joe first met, and how they’re getting through stay-at-home life
43:34 - Joe’s new signature Epiphone guitar, Greg’s new tweed amp from Koch amps, and a whole lotta pedal talk
56:41 - Joe’s Les Paul journey through his career, and how amps play a very important role in his playing
72:01 - If Joe was forced to chose 2 of his guitars….

Total Length: 78:49


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Jan 21, 2021
Rick Beato
4361


With over 2 million YouTube subscribers, Rick Beato is a brilliant musician, producer, and educator who is consistently creating the finest musical content there is to be found on the interwebs. Greg and Rick rap about Rick's own professional musical journey before YouTube, his time as a bassist and producer, the importance of improvisation, and how to find inspiration in general, all amongst other glorious and insightful tangents. Can you dig that?

Dec 17, 2020
Kenny Vaughan
4568

An original Fabulous Superlative with Marty Stuart, Kenny is a Nashville touring vet, studio ace, and a general 6-string hellion on every possible level. In addition to Marty, Kenny can be heard on records by Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Patty Loveless, Rodney Crowell, Jim Lauderdale, Lucinda Williams, Joe Ely, Ray LaMontagne, Lana Del Rey, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Porter Wagoner, Alan Jackson, and Sugarland -  just to name a few!

2:25 - Catching up during COVID - what Kenny’s been up to
4:08 - For the love of Telecasters, Kenny’s early developmental years as a guitar player, and his personal guitar heroes
19:37 - Kenny’s first amp (a home build!), and a few of his early rigs
21:49 - The ‘Beano’ record, it’s glory, and how it was received by the world when it was first released
24:09 - Taking lessons from Bill Frisell
28:17 - Kenny’s decision to make guitar his full-time job
32:50 - Kenny’s developmental influences - those who really helped him identify his style and preferences
37:40 - Kenny’s transition out of Denver into the world of professional guitar - from New York to Chicago, and everywhere in between, and ultimately landing in Nashville
47:23 - Life as a session player vs a touring musician
58:28 - Kenny’s current rig, and rack gear vs. combo amps
63:38 - Nashville - the current scene, and Kenny’s place in it, and Jim Oblon!

Total Length: 76:05

Dec 10, 2020
Redd Volkaert
4283

Redd is Telecaster royalty. He played in Merle Haggard's band for many years after making a name for himself as a go-to Nashville studio guitar-slinger. Redd's own band held court at Austin's famed Continental Club for nearly 20 years, and his residency was not to be missed. Now residing in Virginia, Redd connects with Greg to talk about navigating bands, studios, scenes, and of course Telecasters.

1:51  - Redd’s transition from Austin to Virginia, why moving around the country keeps his playing fresh and inventive, the constant hustle of being a guitar player in a city like Nashville and Austin, and the benefits of moving to a small town
17:59 - The importance of relationships and friendships in the music industry, and the flip-side of running your own solo project
20:46 - Knowing when and how to use stylistic & improvisational freedom
24:54 - Life as a musician in Canada, its bustling music scene, and Redd’s transition to California where he coincidently linked up with steel guitar player Bobby Black
31:55 - LA and the funny unwritten law of subbing out your gig if another pays better without risk of getting fired
33:59- Redd and the Telecaster
37:30 - What kind of music Redd grew up listening to
46:20 - Redd’s go-to amps then and now

Total Length: 71:23

Dec 03, 2020
Jim Campilongo
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Jim Campilongo's name is synonymous with "Telecaster-master". He is often found on lists of the finest musicians to ever touch a Tele, and with good reason, as his playing both stretches and dismantles any perceived boundaries of the instrument. Greg and Jim engage in a musical discourse about Jim's own journey, and of course, they talk telecasters!

6:57 - Jim’s new record “Two Guitars” - a duet album with Luca Benedetti - and the fun story behind its inception
15:05 - Jim’s early life in San Francisco, his formative years as a guitar player, and what drew him to the Telecaster
23:45 - Joining his first group, learning the ropes of jazz and swing, and how to jam within an ensemble
32:44 - Jim’s transition into a solo guitar player
45:39 - Jim’s early rig: amps, pedals, and geetars!
57:59- New York, New York! Jim’s time in the Big Apple - how was it, and how is it (as a guitarist)?

Total Length: 74:20

Nov 26, 2020
JD Simo
4340

Psychedelic blues provocateur JD Simo has spent his recent months at home with his new toddler and his new "Greasy Time" live stream! This lauded guitarist raps with Greg about everything from his own journey, gear, and his frequent co-conspirator Tommy Emmanuel.

1:49 - Adjusting to life at home with a new toddler, and the sobering effect of a fresh diaper
6:58 - JD’s transition to life at home after years of being on the road, setting up his home studio, and the birth of his live-stream series “Greasy Time”
15:25 - JDs new record and thoughts on releasing material during a pandemic
18:53 - JDs journey as a guitarist and player; from playing in the Don Kelley band, working as a session player, to signing record contracts
23:53 - Playing with Tommy Emmanuel, and balancing the challenge of playing solo, sitting in with great players, and finding your own personal voice
35:42- Passing music appreciation down to your kids, and when realizing there may actually be serious potential in their playing
43:18 - Guitars!  JD’s beloved 335, a few cool “Pawnshop” guitars, and a bunch of old goodies
69:12- Closing sentiments on food and delicious feasts

Total Length: 72:21 

Nov 19, 2020
Eric Gales
1967

Eric has won Blues Rock Artist of the Year for the last 2 years, but he has been a force in the Blues scene since he released his first solo record at 16. Greg and Eric catch up about Eric's unusual style of left-handed playing, and of course their mutual love of all things Jimi Hendrix!

2:17 - Eric’s excitement with the near completion of his new record
6:14 - How Eric derived his chordal style of playing, and developing his voice as a left-handed player
8:23 - Gospel music - the approach, the chords, the “moves”, and the soul behind it all
13:27 - Eric, the Experience Hendrix, and the influence of Jimi Hendrix
20:13 - Improvisation, and the deep well of inspiration and authenticity that can be found through it
23:47 - Eric’s hopes and plans for the future as a musician and player

Total Length: 32:48

Nov 12, 2020
Jennifer Batten
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From gigs with Michael Jackson to Jeff Beck, Jennifer Batten's technical prowess and unique musical signature have cemented her place as one of the world's most compelling guitarists. She breaks it all down with Greg, talking about her entire career!

6:07 - Jennifer’s decision to move from Los Angeles to Oregon
8:45 - The story of Jennifer’s first tour, and the glory of Elvis impersonators
11:55 - Jennifer’s early years - from growing up in New York to moving to Southern California, and the influence of her father’s obsession with jazz
23:43 - How Jennifer developed her two-handed tapping technique, and how she viewed her future while attending GIT during the era of early Fusion music.
32:58 - The road to getting the gig with Michael Jackson, playing on the “Bad” Tour
42:44 - Meeting with her idol Jeff Beck during the “Bad” Tour in the UK, and how they linked up to work together afterward
57:43 - What the future holds for Jennifer

Total Length: 64:32

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Nov 05, 2020
Jeff Garlin
3663

Jeff talks guitars with Greg! You know him from Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, and The Goldbergs, but did you also know that Jeff Garlin is a six-string aficionado? Jeff shares his hilarious perspective with Greg on all things guitars, comedy, and Covid in this gristle-filled hour of mirth and delight.

4:02 - Jeff’s thoughts on gigging during COVID, how it relates to him as a stand-up comedian, and his philosophy regarding his favorite guitars
11:38 - A day in the life of Jeff’s acting schedule on set
14:01 - Jeff’s guitar collection, including the new Fender 70th Anniversary Broadcaster
18:24 - Jeff’s new show with guitarist Jimmy Vivino on Gibson TV
21:31 - The Telecaster: one of the mightiest axes of all time
25:24 - Comedy, “cancel culture”, and professional authenticity
29:13 - When and how developed his obsession with the guitar, and who in Jeff’s entertainment circle is also secretly a guitar-nut
39:20 - The allure of creativity-enhancing substance as a guitar player, and sobriety
44:40 - Why does politics have to be such a sticky subject?  Just spread light and love!

Total Length: 61:04


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Oct 29, 2020
Robbie McIntosh
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You have heard Robbie McIntosh even if you don't know it. Maybe it was that perfect guitar solo on "Middle of the Road" by the Pretenders, or perhaps on a Paul McCartney record, or in the band at a John Mayer concert. Robbie has long been the secret touring/studio guitar-weapon of many of the world's finest, including Norah Jones, Mark Knopfler, Rod Stewart, Josh Groban, and Tori Amos. Today he talks guitars with Greg!

7:52 - Robbie’s time with Paul McCartney, and Greg’s personal excitement having been a long-time follower of Robbie’s career
17:11 - Robbie’s career - from playing with The Pretenders to John Mayer
26:35 - A shared affinity for resonator guitars
30:09 - Growing up in the UK, and Robbie’s earliest days as a guitar player - from jazz to blues and everything in between
42:26 - When your personal musical influences become your compatriots and peers
54:54- Gear! Favorite amps, guitars, and pedals.
56:42 - What is Robbie currently up to?

Total Length: 62:39aw

Oct 22, 2020
Charlie Hunter
4137

Playing 7-string guitars long before it was cool, Charlie Hunter is well known as a singular, powerful voice on the guitar. Hybrid guitars are his thing - he's known for improvising flawless bass and guitar lines simultaneously, all in the name of creating great music. Greg and Charlie talk about his early days, lessons with Joe Satriani, time with Michael Franti, and of course his gear!

4:12 - Charlie’s decision to move his family from New York / New Jersey down to North Carolina 
6:01 - Roaming around the country in a family school bus - on the road from an early age - and growing up in Berkeley, CA
9:42 - The Berkeley guitar scene, taking lessons from Joe Satriani, and Charlie’s early musical inspirations
19:13 - Charlie’s decision to pursue music in Paris, France
31:51 - Moving back to the US, joining up with longtime friend Michael Franti, and eventually starting his own group
46:54 - The realities of being a working musician
56:29 - Charlie’s new upcoming record
59:35 - Guitars!

Total Length: 68:57

Oct 15, 2020
Kirk Fletcher
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One of the best blues guitarists on the planet, Kirk Fletcher is a bright light in the current international blues scene. He built his reputation a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and the Mannish Boys, and he has frequently appeared on stages with Joe Bonamassa, Eros Ramazzotti, Josh Smith, and other heavyweights. Greg and Kirk talk about Kirk's history, gear, and how to find your own sound!


4:14 - Kirk’s musical history - from growing up in California under the umbrella of his father, the Pentecostal preacher, and his older brother, a guitar player 17 years his senior - and why he gravitated toward playing the blues
12:21 - The pentatonic scales - the true building blocks for developing your playing, and where guitar playing legends have made a name for themselves
14:43 - The early and formative years of gigging
19:42 - Kirk’s go-to (and favorite) guitars, amps, and pedals
26:52 - Future plans for Kirk in the time of COVID
29:42 - What has Kirk been listening to lately?
33:22 - The fun of finding new music and inspiration as kid in an era without the internet
38:22 - Why Kirk decided to move to Europe
44:09 - The importance of finding inspiration in reviving your personal repertoire, and the continued pursuit of learning
54:04 - A final word on Stratocasters, and the players who made them legend

Total Length: 69:27


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Oct 10, 2020
Roscoe Beck
3680

Roscoe Beck is a legendary bassist, known for his work with Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Leonard Cohen, The Dixie Chicks, his time with the band Passenger, and also his relationship with Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimmie Vaughn. Greg and Roscoe talk about Jaco Pastorius, playing bass, and building relationships!

1:52 - Roscoe’s current gig with Eric Johnson, and how the two came to play together
10:08 - Something was in the water at North Texas State - from becoming fast friends with Jimmy Vaughn to sharing the stage with Stevie Ray at a local club
16:14 - Roscoe’s early days with the band Passenger, and his friendship with Jaco Pastorius
33:57 - Linking up with Leonard Cohen, and playing with him up until his passing
37:38 - Roscoe’s diverse style as a bass player, knowing when and how to be effective, and early influences
55:51 - Most importantly, music is about relationships - both with the music, and with the people

Total Length: 61:20

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Oct 01, 2020
Johnny A
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Johnny A is a guitar hero of the highest order, whose long career as a fontman-instrumentalist has won him die-hard fans the world over. He's also well known for his work supporting other luminaries such as Peter Wolf, The Yardbirds, Delanie & Bonnie, and Bobbie Whitlock, just to name a few. Greg and Johnny talk about all of that today, and also guitars, gear, and glorious fuzz.

4:17 - Johnny’s affinity for instrumental rock/jazz/blues, and how it relates to his own musical inspirations and career
9:08 - Playing with the new iteration of The Yardbirds - the challenges and joys
13:30 - The fuzz pedal - a glorious, inspiring creation, and how devastating that device can be in the hands of someone like Jimi Hendrix
20:38 - Johnny’s thoughts on the future of live music during the pandemic, and what he’s doing to stay busy and inspired
24:37 - Johnny’s signature guitar from Gibson Guitars - how it came to be, and what makes it unique
36:46 - The many hats of Johnny A during his musical career - from drummer to playing with Peter Wolf, and developing his voice on the guitar as both an arranger and player
46:00 - Reflecting back on old recordings and arrangements, and how it influences new creative endeavors
49:42 - Why playing guitar only gets more fun as you grow up
61:30 - ‘Cocktails In The Kitchen’ with The A’s, and the beauty of social connectivity through live-streaming

Total Length: 68:05

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Sep 24, 2020
Rick Vito
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Rick is an often unsung hero in the guitar universe, playing some of rock's most classic solos on records that didn't bear his own name on the cover. He was a member of Fleetwood Mac, and the list of artists he's toured and recorded with is downright incredible (Bob Seger, Bonnie Raitt, John Prine, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Jessie Colin Young, Steve Goodman, Roger McGuinn, Todd Rundgren and John Mayall - just to name a few!). Greg raps with him about his early days, his signature slide playing, guitar gear, and of course some stories from the studio and the road!

2:58 - The Peter Green Tribute Concert: Rick’s firsthand experience at the amazing event with the surrounded by the world’s best guitarists, musicians, and producers
8:46 - Rick’s early days as a guitar player, and landing a gig with Delaney and Bonnie
13:10 - The story of Rick’s first recording session (featuring some very intimating characters)
18:54 - Rick’s journey continues: from Bobby Whitlock of Derek and the Dominos to John Mayall
23:25 - Rick’s gear as a session player
25:31 - Rick’s slide guitar inspirations
29:28 - The infamous ‘Like A Rock’ solo
33:03 - A story about Jackson Browne and Stevie Ray Vaughn
37:12 - Rick’s relationship with Reverend Guitars, and the development of his signature guitar
40:57 - “One of the greatest guitar acquisition stories of all time” ~ Greg Koch
49:46 - Rick’s future plans

Total Length: 58:54

Sep 17, 2020
Mateus Asato
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Instagram guitar phenom Mateus Asato joins Greg to talk about guitar on Social Media, John Mayer, Tori Kelly, and Mateus' own musical journey from Brazil to LA.

8:17 - Having a music career that allows you to remain busy and inspired to share content online and through social media
10:35 - Mateus’ consideration of a solo record, and the interesting mindset that goes into producing musical content for Instagram
15:18 - The importance of working with a record producer
18:16 - Mateus’ home studio setup, and how he records himself both in LA and Brazil
21:02 - Mateus’ time at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA, moving to the United States, and his transition into the professional world
25:24 - Mateus’ early musical influences - from Christian music to Dreamtheater and Eric Johnson
35:01 - That one time John Mayer started following Mateus on Instagram - no big deal, right?
38:11 - The challenges of slide guitar
49:11 - Mateus’ playing style - is it Gospel? Is it Neo Soul? What is it?? And how he linked up with Tori Kelly
58:32 - Mateus’ goals for the future as a guitar player and musician

Total Length: 72:08

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Sep 10, 2020
Deke Dickerson
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Deke Dickerson is a rockabilly monster! He doesn't just play those amazingly cool Mosrite-style Hallmark Guitars, he assaults them with the full force of rock'n'roll! Deke catches up with Greg about flaming Fender Twin Reverbs, Merle Travis, Scotty Moore, Roy Buchanan, Gino King, Echosonics, and all things Ecco-Fonic.

2:25 - Growing up in Missouri, sneaking into local venues to see his favorite musicians hit the stage, and what inspired Deke to first pick up the guitar
8:29 - Deke’s priceless Roy Buchanan story - something about a catching a Fender Twin Reverb on fire…?
12:43 - Deke’s love of Roots music, and the beginnings of his foray into collection cool, historic guitars and amps - from vintage Gretchs and Gibsons to Mosrite Guitars
20:52 - Deke’s upcoming Merle Travis biography, the exciting adventure to uncover old writings from the man himself, and a conversation about Merle’s story and guitar-expertise
27:36 - Merle Travis vs Chet Atkins
30:03- Deke’s signature guitar from Hallmark Guitars, and a slew of amazing pieces Deke has acquired over the years
33:10 - The story of Gino King’s long lost guitar
45:15- Deke’s vintage Echosonic amp, and the inspiration of Scotty Moore

Total Length: 58:33

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Sep 03, 2020
Josh Smith
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Josh Smith is one of the most respected guitar players on the planet, receiving awards and accolades from venerable sources too numerous to list! Greg and Josh discuss Gear (what else!), the new landscape for live musicians, Derek Trucks, and Josh's long career path from child prodigy to a bonafide guitar hero. 

4:47 - The uncharted territory of live-music during a pandemic, and virtual gigs
9:12 - Josh’s new live DVD, “Live at the Spud”
16:15 - Josh’s journey; from Florida to Los Angeles and everywhere in between. From learning the Blues early on, to fronting bands before he could drive
20:46 - Josh’s long-time friendship with Derek Trucks
26:43 - Touring Europe: to use your own band, or not to use your own band - that is THE question
36:30- The beauty of exposure on the internet, and finding an audience in places you never dreamed
38:25 - The importance of jamming without ego, and making room for everyone to shine in their own light on stage
46:52 - Gear! Guitars, amps, and pedals!

Total Length: 61:45

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Aug 27, 2020
Mark Lettieri
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Mark Lettieri is a renowned guitarist and member of Grammy Award-winning band Snarky Puppy. Greg and Mark cover a lot of ground in this episode, covering everything from Mark's early days to the role of musicians in our new, virtual world. For more information, visit marklettieri.com.

1:46 - What Mark has been up to recently - writing music, recording, session work, etc
4:33 - Mark’s initial foray into the Tech Industry, why he decided to transition into music, and how his PR/Tech background came in handy
10:38 - How Mark got linked in with Snarky Puppy in the Dallas-Forth Worth Metroplex, and how the group writes, arranges, and works together in the studio
16:11 - Mark’s early influences in 90’s grunge and alternative rock, and branching out into Blues, Jazz, Soul, etc
21:48 - Gear! From Grosh Guitars to ash-body Stratocasters, Les Pauls to Ibanez guitars, no stone is left unturned (with a few Vintage pieces scattered throughout)
32:01 - Non-traditional ways of making a living as a musician, and the era of the Internet
35:18 - Tour life - local, domestic, international, and everywhere in between
40:07 - The Instagram algorithm, social media, and how to play them to work in your favor
48:30 - Mark’s thoughts on the future of live music and the industry as a whole
52:38 - The Fearless Flyers

Total Length: 65:04


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Aug 20, 2020
David Grissom
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David Grissom is a road warrior and an ace studio guitarist, who has worked with Buddy Guy, John Mellencamp, Joe Ely, Storyville, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Dixie Chicks (just to name a few). Greg and David sit down to talk about life, live music, learning, and staying excited by keeping their guitars close at hand.

2:21 - Life during lockdown, and a shared longing for the stage
9:00 - David and Greg’s time on stage together, and the importance of empowering and supporting one another rather than competing
15:31 - David’s personal definition of success as a musician and guitar player
19:42 - David’s decision to move to Austin, TX to pursue music (and Mexican food)
30:15 - The DGT from Paul Reed Smith Guitars - behind the development, and what makes the guitar so special
37:51 - How important are guitar pedals, vintage equipment, and all the gear we drool over?
41:44 - Practice, practice, practice (and not in the way you might think)
47:23 - Finding gear that’s right for you

Total Length: 51:57


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Aug 13, 2020
Andy Timmons
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Andy Timmons is a guitar player of no small merit. Having played with Danger Danger, Simon Phillips of the band Toto, Olivia Newton-John, and many more, Andy has also led a very successful solo career.

2:37 - Who doesn’t love breakfast cereal?
8:15 - Andy’s journey as a young guitar player, his teachers, his early style, influences, playing with Danger Danger, and transitioning to solo work/session playing.
18:16 - Blending hard rock and blues to come up with a unique and tasteful soup of groovy all his own.
21:39 - The development of Andy’s “…Plays Sgt. Pepper” album, and thoughts on the “British Invasion”.
27:07 - Andy’s time playing with Olivia Newton-John.
31:25 - Andy’s time playing with Simon Phillips (once drummer of the band Toto).
35:22 - The importance of being a versatile player and musician in today’s music industry, and Andy’s transition into teaching.
53:52 - Being a true fan of music, discovering new influences, and how it forever keeps your playing and enjoyment interesting.

Total Runtime: 63:33

Aug 06, 2020
Brian Fallon
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Brian Fallon is the New Jersey born-and-bred singer/songwriter/American punk rocker extraordinaire, and lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist of the band The Gaslight Anthem. Brian has contributed to other projects such as The Horrible Crowes and Molly and the Zombies, as well as releasing material as a solo artist.


1:08 - Being from New Jersey, and honoring Jersey’s One-True God: Bruce Springsteen.
3:15 - Growing up with music in the family.
7:13 - The glory of the Telecaster.
14:33 - Brian’s thoughts on the immediate future of live music, and how’s he’s been spending his time at home during lockdown.
18:04 - Taking lessons again as an adult, and opening your mind anew to learning.
25:25 - The art of practice.
31:16 - The importance of warming up, stretching, and taking care not to damage the tools of your trade - YOUR FREAKING HANDS!
33:23 - Brian’s acoustic collection, and the beauty of a vintage instrument.
38:30 - The rise of The Gaslight Anthem, the importance of building your audience from a grassroots level, and being fearless in learning from your peers.
50:58 - Brian’s dream guitars.
60:16 - Brian’s passion for amp building.

Total Runtime: 64:44

Aug 01, 2020
Joe Satriani
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Joe Satriani is a shred guitar legend among legends. As a guitarist and teacher, Joe has influenced the likes of Steve Vai, Kirk Hammet, Andy Timmons, etc. As a guitarist, musician, and composer, Joe has been nominated for 15 Grammy awards. Joe has played with the likes of Deep Purple, Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen, and many others.


6:13 - Utilizing stacked forths on guitar, Joe’s early years as a guitar player, and how he developed his style of improvisation, chordal harmony, and melodic phrasing.
17:29 - A shared love for Jimi Hendrix and his creative freedom as a guitar player.
27:09 - Joe’s take on blending rock, pop, metal, and everything in between, and how he accidentally developed his sweep technique.
34:30 - How Joe stays fresh as a guitar player, and talks about some of his personal influences.
43:56 - The importance of having confidence in your own creative voice.
48:55 - Joe’s goals and plans for the future as a musician, and the development of Joe’s new record.
57:26 - Joe’s experience playing with Deep Purple.

Total Runtime: 67:04

Aug 01, 2020
Jeff Pevar
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Jeff Pevar is an acclaimed guitarist and session musician. With both a solo career and a reputation for playing alongside numerous musical legends, Jeff is no stranger to the guitar. Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, Meat Loaf, and many more are just a few of the names that Jeff can chalk up on his resumé.


2:31 - OBS, streaming, building your audience online in 2020, and the importance of diversifying your skillset as a musician.
6:16 - Playing with David Crosby.
10:22 - Jeff’s style as a fusion playing, blending rock, jazz, and R&B, Jeff’s “Jazz is Dead” record, and the legacy of The Grateful Dead.
16:40 - How Jeff “made it big” by getting gigs with nationally and internationally known ensembles.
20:43 - Getting the gig with Ray Charles, and a few good stories from the road.
40:25 - Gear, gear, gear - Jeff’s favorite go-to pieces, and what to use to be a successful session and live guitar player
51:01 - How Jeff procured one of Neil Young’s guitars.
53:46 - What’s next for Jeff.

Total Runtime: 56:17

Aug 01, 2020
Steve Lukather
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Steve Lukather is a guitarist, songwriter, singer, and producer. He's a renowned session guitarist, founding member of the band Toto, solo artist, and author. Steve has released 15 albums with Toto, 8 records as a solo artist, received 5 Grammy wins and published an autobiography. Need we say more?


2:26 - Steve’s new L-4.
5:20 - Life during lockdown.
7:07 - Steve’s new solo record.
20:46 - Thoughts on the future of touring as a musician.
24:21 - Stories from Steve at the height of his career as a session musician.
30:14 - The importance of having your own style as a guitar player.
36:53 - Steve’s advice on playing guitar over complex chord changes.
40:35 - More stories from Steve’s days as a session player.
47:32 - Thoughts on who Steve would have or would like to play with in the past/future.
55:10 - Going sober.

Total Runtime: 63:47

Jul 30, 2020