Eric Johnson
Jan18

Eric Johnson

How long does it take to become a legend ? John Wooden started coaching the UCLA basketball team in 1948 and it was 16 years, some of them pretty rough, until his team won its first national championship. He ultimately won 10 of them in 12 years, including seven in a row, and is considered by many to be the greatest college athletic coach of all time. Similarly, in the case of Eric Johnson, he started playing guitar in 1965 and joined...

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Sonny Landreth
May15

Sonny Landreth

Sonny Landreth Biography Southwest Louisiana-based guitarist, songwriter, and singerSonny Landreth is a musician’s musician. The blues slide guitar playing found on his two Zoo Entertainment releases,Outward Bound (1992) and South of I-10 (1995) is distinctive and unlike anything else you’ve ever heard. His unorthodox guitar style comes from the manner in which he simultaneously plays slide and makes fingering movements on...

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Peter Frampton
May12

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton Biography Guitarist, Singer (1950–) English musician Peter Frampton began his career with the bands Humble Pie and The Herd. He is best known for his hit album Frampton Comes Alive!. Synopsis Born in 1950 in England, musician Peter Frampton began his career with the bands Humble Pie and The Herd. He is best known for his hit albumFrampton Comes Alive! which sold more than 10 million copies and held the notable...

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Lowell Fulson
Jul04

Lowell Fulson

Lowell Fulson Biography Lowell Fulson recorded every shade of blues imaginable. Polished urban blues, rustic two-guitar duets with his younger brother Martin, funk-tinged grooves that pierced the mid-’60s charts, even an unwise cover of the Beatles’ “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road!” Clearly, the veteran guitarist, who was active for more than half-a-century, wasn’t afraid to experiment. Perhaps...

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Charlie Byrd
Jul04

Charlie Byrd

Charlie Byrd Biography Tasteful, low-key, and ingratiatingly melodic, Charlie Byrdhad two notable accomplishments to his credit — applying acoustic classical guitar techniques to jazz and popular music and helping to introduce Brazilian music to mass North American audiences. Born into a musical family, Byrdexperienced his first brush with greatness while a teenager in France during World War II, playing with his idol Django...

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Tiny Grimes
Jul04

Tiny Grimes

Tiny Grimes Biography Tiny Grimes was one of the earliest jazz electric guitarists to be influenced by Charlie Christian, and he developed his own swinging style. Early on, he was a drummer and worked as a pianist in Washington. In 1938, he started playing electric guitar, and two years later he was playing in a popular jive group, the Cats and the Fiddle. During 1943-1944, Grimes was part of a classic Art Tatum Triowhich also...

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