Back in the studio (part 3)

Last night, we got the final session of tracking done (on a new album for The Nick Gladdish Band), with a day left until lockdown #2 comes into effect across the UK. Nick met drummer & producer John Timney at TRAXX Studios in North Tyneside for five hour. They didn’t just tracked all the vocalContinue reading “Back in the studio (part 3)”

Back in the studio (part 1)

Last Thursday & Friday, I was back in the studio with the Nick Gladdish Band, as we finally started work on his new album Last One Get The Lights. In normal times, this would have taken place in April, and by now, we’d be on another tour supporting the finished product. In fact, we alreadyContinue reading “Back in the studio (part 1)”

Elderwood Guitar review: my custom-made semi-hollow

I have never owned a semi-hollow guitar before, despite having played 335 style and ‘thinline’ guitars on several occasions. This year, I had the budget to rectify this, but with so many great options out there, I was undecided on where to invest my hard-earned money. Enter Elderwood Guitars, a one-man operation based in Carlisle,Continue reading “Elderwood Guitar review: my custom-made semi-hollow”

Ten guitarists who influenced my playing, in pictures

This is one of those exercises / challenges which circulates around Facebook from time to time (much like the one which inspired a previous post about ten albums which inspired me). This one asked guitarists to post photographs of ten guitar players who had been the greatest influence on their own playing. I find theseContinue reading “Ten guitarists who influenced my playing, in pictures”

Harley Benton launch £70 power amp for guitar pedal boards

Greetings guitar folk. We are back with a little bit of guitar gear news which seems to have dropped this morning… Most guitar players have probably heard of Harley Benton before. The brand (owned by the European online music superstore Thomann) are well known for bringing surprisingly good guitars into the beginner/lower priced end ofContinue reading “Harley Benton launch £70 power amp for guitar pedal boards”

Great Guitarists #11: Sister Rosetta Tharpe

In this installment, a singer and guitar player who took the blues, folk and gospel and created what could arguably be considered the forerunner to rock’n’roll… Sister Rosetta Tharpe Born in 1915, Tharpe (born Rosetta Nubin) started playing guitar and singing in church at the young age of just four years old. Touring with anContinue reading “Great Guitarists #11: Sister Rosetta Tharpe”