Saturday, June 23, 2012

''GUITAR GODS: Michael Hedges"

 - David "Skinny Devil" McLean
Originally published in Tinfoil Magazine
Date: Friday, May 03 2002 @ 16:47:19 BST

               There are guitar gods, and then there are Guitar Gods - the former of whom are those who excel in many areas, but the latter of whom are the elite few who manage to radically re-shape our view of what the guitar can do. Michael Hedges was a revolutionary player, combining pristine classical technique, rhythmic fire, a fresh ear, and a flare all his own to create something that was wholly new in the world of music.

The following interview took place in late 1990, a few days before Michael Hedges performed at Bogart's in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA), and 7 years before Michael's tragic death in December of 1997.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Book Review: "Language of the Blues"

- David "Skinny Devil" McLean
 Originally published in Tinfoil Music 
Date: Wednesday, January 04 2006 @ 12:39:57 GMT

               They set out with their hoes over their shoulders and their few possessions in a sack to hop the train, which would take them to the next town to find work in the fields. The year was 1850...or 1890...or 1910. By 1934, the BTA estimated there were some 1.5 million transient workers - or hoe-boys, shortened to "hobos" - riding the rails in the U.S. The term "hobo" showed up in songs by Howlin' Wolf, Memphis Minnie, and John Lee Hooker. We learn this, and other fascinating tales, from musician & journalist Debra Devi in her new book, "The Language of the Blues".

"Guitar Gods: An Introduction"

- David "Skinny Devil" McLean
Originally published at Tinfoil Music
Date: Sunday, March 10 2002 @ 12:37:03 GMT

               Steve Stevens, Joel Wanasek, Francesco Fareri, Stevie Salas, Jennifer Batten... Established gurus and heroes waiting in the wings, the "Guitar Gods" series talks to some of the finest players on the scene!