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Live Chat With Puddle of Mudd Guitarist Paul Phillips
On Wednesday, August 17, Puddle of Mudd guitarist Paul Phillips, "stopped by" for a live chat with his fans and GuitarInstructor.com users. We'd like to thank Paul and his fans—and you, of course—for helping to make it a fun and informative experience. If you missed the chat, you can replay it here!
Puddle of Mudd first splashed onto the hard rock scene in 2001 with their debut album, Come Clean, which has sold over 5 million copies and produced four Top 10 rock singles, including their smash hit "Blurry" (which has one of the greatest natural harmonics riffs in rock history). Ten years later, the band is set to release a covers album titled re:(disc)overed, which will contain covers of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and Bad Company, among others, on August 30. The first single from the album will be the Rolling Stones classic "Gimme Shelter."
Virtuoso Jeff Loomis Announces New Solo Album
Guitarist Jeff Loomis returns to the studio at the end of this month to begin recording his eagerly awaited sophomore solo album. With key players contributing to the release, there is no doubt fans will be pleased. Aaron Smith (7 Horns 7 Eyes) will be producing the album. "He [Smith] has been a friend for a while now and has helped me out with various recording projects over the years," says Loomis. "We've been working on demos and pre-production for the past few weeks and are very happy with the way things are turning out."
Loomis has also enlisted a group of impressive musicians to back the project. Dirk Verbeuren of Soilwork will be tracking drums, and Shane Lentz will be handling bass. "Doing drums, as most of you know, is Dirk Verbeuren. I don't think there's really anything else I can add to that. His name just sort of speaks for itself. Up until about two weeks ago, I was planning on doing the bass parts myself but then saw this amazing bass player on YouTube and said to myself, 'I need to have him on the record.' I got in touch and was thrilled to find out he was into it. I'm really looking forward to hearing what he's going to be bringing to these songs."
In addition, Loomis plans on collaborating with a handful of other vocalists and musicians including Christine Rhodes, who previously contributed to Nevermore's Dreaming Neon Black album.
Official Guitar Tab for New Blink-182 Single
We just uploaded the official Blink-182 guitar tab for their new single "Up All Night." Get it here.
In other Blink news, the band recently told Jam Showbiz that fans should expect a very diverse record when Neighborhoods comes out on September 27. Singer/guitarist Tom Delonge even went as far as to say that some songs "are like prog-rock Blink." While I have a feeling you won't soon be seeing a Blink-182/Opeth tour, it's nice to see one of the most talented pop-punk bands of their generation branching out into more experimental territory.
Warrant Singer Jani Lane Found Dead in Los Angeles Hotel
According to a report at TMZ.com, ex-Warrant singer Jani Lane was found dead in a Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, outside of Los Angeles, California, on Thursday evening. The cause of death has not yet been released. Lane was 47.
Lane and Warrant blasted onto the L.A. hair metal scene with their 1989 debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, a double-platinum disc that produced three hit singles in "Down Boys," "Sometimes She Cries," and the smash power ballad "Heaven." The band's 1990 follow-up album, Cherry Pie—also double-platinum—became their most popular release and also produced three hit singles: "Uncle Tom's Cabin," "I Saw Red," and their biggest hit, "Cherry Pie." Lane eventually left Warrant to pursue a solo career.
Top 10 Essential Blues Guitar Solos
"Ever since the first guitar hero, Sylvester Weaver, recorded the first blues guitar solos on "Guitar Blues" and "Guitar Rage" in 1923, [solos] have been an integral part of the blues experience," our friend Dave Rubin wrote in his excellent book, 25 Great Blues Guitar Solos (from which many of the comments below are sourced, and in which you can fine every solo on this list, save for the last one). The following songs feature 10 of the finest blues guitar solos ever recorded, each representing must-know repertoire for every aspiring blues guitarist.
"Honky Tonk" Billy Butler
Players diverse as James "Blood" Ulmer and John Fogerty have paid homage to Butler by copping note-for-note the solo from this 1956 masterpiece of style, continuity, structure, and bluesy lyricism.
"Okie Dokie Stomp" Gatemouth Brown
Named for a New Orleans deejay, it is one of the more challenging classic blues instrumentals due to its rippin' tempo and unstinting sense of swing.
"Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong" Michael Bloomfield
At age 14, Bloomfield would stand outside Chicago blues clubs to catch stray notes from Muddy Waters, Little Walter, and Howlin' Wolf, and within just a few years, he was sitting in with them!
"Wayfaring Pilgrim" Roy Buchanan
Buchanan's slow blues were as deep and melancholy as any, with cries, whispers, moans, and flat-out agonizing wails pouring forth from that old '53 Tele.
"Be Careful With a Fool" Johnny Winter
As Mr. Rubin says, "[This] extended slow blues positively glows as torrents of molten notes explode from his axe as if from a blast furnace."
"Sweet Sixteen" B.B. King
It's B.B. King. Need we say more?
"Texas Flood" Stevie Ray Vaughan
Jimmie Vaughan used to say that Stevie always sounded like he was busting out of jail. Tell me those chromatic microtonal bends sprinkled throughout don't sound like Stevie's bending the cell bars in this solo!
"I Smell a Rat" Buddy Guy
Buddy's smile can light up a stadium, but few bluesmen have ever played with as much scalding intensity or primordial passion as Guy does on this tune.
"Blues Power" Albert King
To paraphrase Joe Walsh: "Albert King could blow away most guitarists with his standby switch on!"
"So Many Roads" Joe Bonamassa
For too long, Stevie Ray Vaughan has been considered the last blues guitar hero. Well, Joe Bonamassa's got next! The best blues guitarist to hit the scene in the past 20 years, as this solo clearly demonstrates!
Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play The Blues on a Big Screen Near You September 7
Centennial, Colo. – August 10, 2011 – Grammy Award winning artists Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton will offer fans a spellbinding evening of blues and jazz in Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues, a one-night in-theater concert event broadcast to nearly 550 movie theaters nationwide on Wednesday, September 7, at 7:30 p.m. local time. The concert also includes a special appearance by blues musician Taj Mahal, who joins the duo for two songs, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage. This intimate performance from Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City brings together an unrivaled cross-generational, cross-cultural collaboration as the pair of musical virtuosos brought to life a repertoire of songs selected by Clapton and arranged by Marsalis. Captured this past spring from Jazz at Lincoln Center's renowned annual gala, the iconic duo, performed to a sell-out crowd.
Tickets for Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues are available at participating theater box offices and online at FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
Presented by NCM Fathom and Reprise Records, Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues will be broadcast nationwide through NCM's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.
Oz Noy and Adam Rogers Churn Out Notes and Fun at the Bitter End
One of the best things about living in the greater New York City area is that there is always some insanely talented musician playing somewhere—even at 11:00 pm on a Monday night! Last night (8/8) at the Greenwich Village institution the Bitter End, there were four such musicians: the capable yet transparent rhythm section of drummer Gene Lake and bassist Fima Efron holding down the groove, while guitarists Oz Noy and Adam Rogers took the spotlight and never let go.
With more turns and thrills than a roller-coaster theme park, Noy and Rogers traded licks and solos over delectable arrangements of tunes written by both men, as well as really funky take on "Electric Ladyland," arranged by Rogers. Though occasionally sounding a little too gymnastic with his searing arpeggios, Rogers shined brightest when he let off the gas and played in a more traditional—if still twisted—electric blues style, where echoes of Albert King meshed with Charlie Parker. Noy, as usual, offered up more outside lines than a preschool art class, but with a flow and logic that has to be heard to be believed. Every note had purpose, weaving a tapestry of improvisation not unlike Wes Montgomery (sans octaves and with a turbo boost). But Noy also knows how to have fun, such as on Rogers's tribute to Les Paul simply titled "Les," in which he inimitably contorted rockabilly-jazz licks to the audience's beaming delight.
Although Noy is commonly found beating Fender Strats into submission, this evening, he wrung the neck off what appeared to be a '59 reissue Gibson Les Paul Standard, while Rogers wrought his fiery lines on an incredibly resonant Les Paul-style guitar made by Ronin and called the PalusMourn.