7 Questions with Jason Verlinde

7 Questions with Jason Verlinde Jason Verlinde has his fingers in a lot of musical pies - if he’s not actively working on getting the current quarterly issue of Fretboard Journal out the door, he’s probably interviewing a person of great guitar-world interest for the Fretboard Journal podcast, planning a 3-day summit featuring visitors from around the world, or practicing his… musical saw? Now that we’ve piqued your interest, let’s learn a little more. You’re the Publisher of Fretboard Journal, which is a very different type of digest than [...]

7 Questions with Pat Bergeson

7 Questions with Pat Bergeson Equally revered for his jazz (and blues) harmonica chops as he is for his guitar work, Nashvillian Pat Bergeson has a unique perspective on the feature sets of amplifiers, and a story about a fateful gig in Germany that might make you fall out of your chair.  What challenges does a harmonica player deal with in live or studio settings when amplified, that a guitarist maybe doesn’t?  The main challenge is feedback. That's the challenge for harmonica players playing through an amp. If you [...]

7 Questions with Chef Dean Fearing

7 Questions with Chef Dean Fearing Sure, he may be one of the most well known Chefs in the whole nation - but did you know that Chef Dean Fearing is also a huge Tele nut and has a long standing, 35-year band together with another Chef-musician friend? Rounding out their lineup is never difficult, as Dean says they offer “only the best of foods and best bottles of wine, ever!” We understand your thoughts on solid state amplifiers have recently changed - Can you tell us more about [...]

7 Questions with Dave Stryker

7 Questions with Dave Stryker How many actively gigging musicians have the bandwidth, drive, and ability to record an album a year - since 1990?? Not many, which alone puts Bud fan, Dave Stryker in rarified company. Read more about what makes him tick and what's coming down the pipeline from him. How did your involvement in the recent PBS production for Wes Montgomery’s 100th birthday come about? The producer Robert Todd Gould and conductor/arranger Brent Wallarab contacted me because of my affiliation with Indiana University (I’m the Jazz [...]

7 Questions with Jake Shimabukuro

7 Questions with Jake Shimabukuro A truly unmatched phenom on the ukulele and a globally recognized recording and performing artist, Hawaii’s own Jake Shimabukuro loves to plug in (and occasionally kick on some distortion), is currently working with George Harrison’s family, and always manages to make a mess out of the kitchen. Let’s delve a little deeper… This year’s performance schedule is already looking pretty full! Will you be performing new material or primarily be supporting your most recent release, Jake & Friends?  We're always trying to come up [...]

7 Questions with Grammy Award-winning Jason Vieaux

7 Questions with Jason Vieaux From Piazolla to Metheny - with detours through Jay-Z and Mastodon - Grammy award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux records, plays, and appreciates it all. Join us to learn more about this fascinating and incredibly talented musician! Tell us about the recent work you completed with Pat Metheny, and what it was like to work with him In March or April of 2021, Pat released a record called Road to the Sun, which is unlike anything he'd ever done in his very long, storied career. We've known [...]

7 Questions with Ty Danco (Archtop Foundation)

7 Questions with Ty Danco, of the Archtop Foundation Ty Danco is an exceptionally interesting man to research! With a background that involves Olympic level athletics, finance, entrepreneurship, cryptocurrency, and a ubiquitous online profile image of him revealing a NOFX T-shirt under a button down in Superman-esque fashion, he now gives all his time and focus to the Archtop Foundation and their recently acquired “Blue Guitars” collection. Ty, with all that you had and have going on, describe your involvement in the Archtop Foundation for us and how you [...]

7 Questions with Frank Vignola

7 Questions with Frank Vignola He hosts several annual players' camps, a weekly guitar night at NYC's Birdland Jazz Club, has written and published more than 20 books with Mel Bay, and has about 97 other irons in the fire. Meet the multitasking magnate, Frank Vignola! Tell us about the Big Jersey Guitar Camps The Big Jersey Guitar Camps were started in 2018. I started them because I was hired as a teacher at a lot of camps all around the country and the world, and I noticed that [...]

Bruce Forman on GrumpsTV and the Rocky Mountain Archtop Festival

Bruce Forman talks GrumpsTV, humor & entertainment, and the Rocky Mountain Archtop Festival You started your video series, GrumpsTV, during the pandemic. What were your goals for the production? Well, I was just trying to keep from going sane; that’s basically it. I’ve always liked being an entertainer as well as a player, so when shit shut down and there were no gigs, I just created a little TV show at home. In my hope of hopes, I’d love for it to be a TV or Netflix special, you [...]

7 Questions with Luthier Steve Grimes, Grimes Guitars

A Conversation With Hawaii-Based Builder Steve Grimes From the Northwest to the extreme Southwest - Maui-based builder, Steve Grimes is celebrating his 50th year in luthiery. He shares with us his thoughts on the industry at large, the upcoming Rocky Mountain Archtop Festival, and some new innovations in his own designs. Where did you begin your building career? I started in Seattle, in 1972, moving out to Port Townsend, WA in ‘74. I lived and built there for 8 years, and then moved out to Maui in 1982. Every [...]

7 Questions with Howard Alden

A Conversation With Jazz Master Howard Alden We sat down with Howard to discuss what's new in his world, some of his favorite luthiers, and his upcoming appearance at the Rocky Mountain Archtop FestivalSept 9-11th, 2022 in Arvada, Co. How's gigging post lockdown? Things are slowly waking up in the music business after a two year hiatus! Things are starting to happen. I'm actually going to Spain in a couple of weeks to, for a brief tour. I went over there last March as well. And I'm going back [...]

7 Questions with Leo Nocentelli of The Meters

A Conversation With Funk Legend Leo Nocentelli of The Meters We sat down with Leo Nocentelli, legendary guitarist and founder of The Meters, to get his thoughts on his influence on younger generations, funk music today, and what he loves about his Henriksen amp. How do you feel about the influence of your music, now, on multiple generations? Well, it’s hard to feel anything but gratitude, you know, because what I do and what I've done as a guitarist just came natural. It wasn't planned or anything. So it's [...]


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