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Season 2 is upon us! Listen in on Greg Koch's conversations with his guitar-hero friends. Every episode Greg unleashes his fiendish humor and unique perspective as "one of the most famous unknown guitar players in the world", asking his often-famous musical friends the questions that we all want to know the answers to! Each episode is brought to you by Fishman and Wildwood Guitars
 
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New York guitar player of doom Gil Parris has played with Dr. John, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Diane Schuur, and Bernie Williams. Along with being a sideman, he's equally known for leading his own projects. Greg and Gil talk about his signature Reverend guitar (with Fishman Fluence Single-Width pickups), Gil's musical journey, and other gristle of all f…
 
Hattiesburg, Mississippi's own Webb Wilder is well known for deftly walking the musical ground between rock 'n' roll and progressive country. An accomplished guitarist and performer, he's also an actor and longtime DJ. Webb and Greg cover where he's at after this crazy year, and what the future holds. Of course, they also talk gear! 1:30 - Webb’s t…
 
Willy is an acoustic guitar wizard, bending his incredible technique and unconventional style to the will of his muse for over 20 years now. Greg and Willy talk about rigs, influences, Wisconsin, fequencies, and the emergence of musicians from the pandemic. 2:41 - Willy’s understanding of sound frequencies, and how to communicate with a front of ho…
 
Daryl has been the exceptional touring guitarist/bassist with Genesis since 1977 (42 years), and Phil Collins' main guitarist since his first solo album. Besides digging into his time with both, Greg and Daryl talk about his early years with Jean Luc Ponty, Gino Vannelli, and Daryl's solo project, and also what it's like for a touring musician to l…
 
Shonn has received accolades for his guitar work with many superstars, including Mary J Blige, John Legend, Jill Scott, Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Patti LaBelle, Gym Class Heroes, and Carol King. His own Milwaukee-based band Shotgun has been making waves nationally. Greg and Shonn get into the details of the many facets of Shonn's musical life! 1:45 - The p…
 
Scott is no stranger to big stages, as he was Gregg Allman's guitarist and musical director until his death, and is now the newest member of Little Feat. An incredible guitarist and singer, Sharrard's musical journey started long before his time with these venerable bands. Greg and Scott get into the details! 2:36 - Scott’s home and creative anchor…
 
Duke is a guitarist's guitarist, known for his melodic virtuosity and classic tone. He draws six-string enthusiasts from far and wide to his frequent shows in Boston when he isn't on the road or in the studio with artists such as Peter Wolf, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dennis Brennan, Slaid Cleaves, and The J Geils Band to name a few. Greg…
 
One of YouTube's most popular guitar heroes, Chris is known for his stellar guitar playing (Guitarist Magazine's 2020 Best Blues Guitarist) along with the wit and insight he brings to his weekly, self-produced "Friday Fretwork" series. Greg and Chris dive into a little of everything: influences, tone, fatherhood, vintage pickups - P-90s, and vintag…
 
A potentate of the instrumental guitar relm, Prashant is an incredible player, engineer and producer. Greg digs into Prashant's musical journey through the Berklee College of Music, Greg Howe, and then onto the LA music scene. 1:52 - Prashant’s year in 2020 - moving from LA to Northern California, celebrating the birth of his third child, and treas…
 
The legendary Robben Ford has played with everyone from Miles Davis to KISS, and over his long career, he's consistently pushed the boundaries of his own incredible guitar playing to dizzying heights. Greg and Robben catch up on the former LA musician's current life in Nashville, Robben's new record "Pure", the Guitar Dojo, vintage guitars, and oth…
 
The Titan of the Telecaster, King of Dieselbilly, and Mr "Hot Rod Lincoln" himself Bill Kirchen chews the Gristle with Greg today. They dig into Bill's history, beginnings and talk about the differences between being a working musician then and now. And of course, they talk Tele! 1:36 - Bill’s first live-music experience in a year 3:41 - How Bill’s…
 
"The Fretless Monster" Tony Franklin has played with some of rock's most iconic names, and he's well known for his individual approach to the fretless bass. He's played with Roy Harper, The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, David Gilmour, Kate Bush, Whitesnake, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Greg and Tony catch up about remote recording, LA vs England, Th…
 
Butch is one of the most in-demand producers in the rock and pop music world, and he also happens to be one powerful beast of a guitarist and songwriter. Greg and Butch get down and dirty on producing, gear, LA vs Nashville, and many other gristly topics. Dig it! 3:59 - Butch’s thoughts on the evolution of music in regard to the internet - is it th…
 
Arlen is the father of modern-day guitar instruction, and widely known as the "Master of the Telecaster". His early "Hot Licks" series of videos changed the medium by which many of us would learn guitar, and his book "Slide Guitar" influenced many of today's guitar heroes (including Greg)! Greg and Arlen go back to the beginning and talk about his …
 
One of the fiercest players in Nashville, Andy Wood is recognized as part of the forefront of this generation’s top influential guitarists. Touring with acts as diverse as Rascal Flatts and Sebastian Bach, Andy's musicianship is legendary. Greg and Andy talk about the Woodshed Guitar Experience, Telecasters, and the upcoming post-COVID world for gu…
 
Devin is a prolific potentate of modern metaldom! It is hard to put a label on Devin that sufficiently covers the breadth of his complex and impressive musical identity. Devin does it all, with dedicated fans worldwide and over 25 albums to his name. Townsend's musical insights are always as deep, heavy and colorful as his music, so prepare to feas…
 
Blackberry Smoke has been a true southern rock force for 20 years now! Charlie's guitar playing and singing are a big part of that equation. Today, Greg talks to Charlie about his musical upbringing, his favorite gear, his influences, and all other kinds of delicious gristle! 1:13 - Charlie’s Ampeg Dan Armstrong Lucite, and his Telecaster from Echo…
 
Guthrie is one of Nashville's most exciting guitarists. A regular member of Jerry Douglas' band, the list of musicians Guthrie has supported is staggering - Garth Brooks, John Oates, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Dolly Parton, Tim O’Brien, and Delbert McClinton just to name a few. Guthrie and Greg talk covid, Guthrie's musical journey,…
 
The legendary Steve Vai and Greg delve deep into Steve's early history, talking about LA, Zappa, and a whole lot more! Steve Vai's influence on the guitar world is profound, from his early work pioneering the design of "super strats" like his Ibanez signature models, to his ever-changing approach to tone and his insightful perspective on music theo…
 
One of the 5 Chet Atkins' "Certified Guitar Players (CGP)", Steve is a country-music legend both for his amazing picking and his songwriting - he has 4 Grammy awards, over 50 charted billboard singles, 14 number 1 songs, he is a Grand Ole Opry member, and he's in the Musician's Hall of Fame just to name a few of his accolades. Greg and Steve talk a…
 
Tosin is truly a 21st Century guitar-hero, leading a new generation of players into sonic parts-unknown. With Animals as Leaders, he's pushed past the boundries of progressive-metal and has helped to define a new, mind-bending world of "djent", seamlessly integrating multiple tones, time-signatures, and music-styles into something wholly new and ex…
 
Jason talks guitars with Greg! "Grammy-winning Singer-Songwriter" is the title most frequently attached to Jason Isbell's moniker, but his fans know he is also a monster guitarist with a passion for the instrument. Greg asks Jason about his musical upbringing in Alabama, his favorite guitars and gear, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Joe Walsh, David Crosby,…
 
Greg welcomes the mighty Doyle Dykes, one of the contemporary masters of fingerstyle guitar, the nicest guy in the world, a great storyteller, and of course, a frightening guitar player. They talk thumb picks, hot licks, and the glory of gear! 1:46 - That time in Hollywood that Dolye inspired Greg to learn how to self-accompany as a guitar player, …
 
The Kentucky Headhunters' Greg Martin has long been revered for his hot playing and glorious tone. He's also a gear aficionado with an impressive collection and first-hand perspective on all things vintage guitar. Greg and Greg discuss "Hank the Plank", The Allman Brothers, Cream, and 100w Marshalls, all amongst other magnificent tonal tangents. 2:…
 
Possibly the most successful and prolific country session guitarist of all time, Brent is at the top of the list of Nashville cats. You've heard him playing on literally hundreds of hit records. Greg and Brent get into what it's like to be a studio musician in Nashville, Brent's journey, and of course, his guitars and gear! 1:35 - Andy Wood’s Woods…
 
One of the most lauded guitar instructors and authors in history, Andy literally has hundreds of books and videos to his name. You may also find him playing slide guitar in the Dickie Betts band, collaborating with Double Trouble, contributing to the Experience Hendrix tours, or fronting his various solo projects. Greg raps with the frequent Guitar…
 
English guitarist Matt Schofield is a proud torchbearer of the British blues guitar. He has toured internationally with his trio for decades, cementing his reputation as one of the most exciting and distinctive blues guitarists in the world. Greg and Matt talk about traversing lockdown, home gear vs. live gear, and Matt's inspirations, and his relo…
 
Joe and Greg talk about gear and the guitar life! What more could you ask for? They discuss Joe's new signature Epiphone, Greg's new amp, practicing, Clapton, Les Pauls, Pedals, and more. Greg kicks off Season 2 with Joe Bonamassa! 4:53 - The time Greg drooled incessantly over one of Joe’s original Fender Broadcasters, and a discussion about Teleca…
 
With over 2 million YouTube subscribers, Rick Beato is a brilliant musician, producer, and educator who is consistently creating the finest musical content there is to be found on the interwebs. Greg and Rick rap about Rick's own professional musical journey before YouTube, his time as a bassist and producer, the importance of improvisation, and ho…
 
An original Fabulous Superlative with Marty Stuart, Kenny is a Nashville touring vet, studio ace, and a general 6-string hellion on every possible level. In addition to Marty, Kenny can be heard on records by Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Patty Loveless, Rodney Crowell, Jim Lauderdale, Lucinda Williams, Joe Ely, Ray LaMontagne, Lana Del Rey, Eric Churc…
 
Redd is Telecaster royalty. He played in Merle Haggard's band for many years after making a name for himself as a go-to Nashville studio guitar-slinger. Redd's own band held court at Austin's famed Continental Club for nearly 20 years, and his residency was not to be missed. Now residing in Virginia, Redd connects with Greg to talk about navigating…
 
Jim Campilongo's name is synonymous with "Telecaster-master". He is often found on lists of the finest musicians to ever touch a Tele, and with good reason, as his playing both stretches and dismantles any perceived boundaries of the instrument. Greg and Jim engage in a musical discourse about Jim's own journey, and of course, they talk telecasters…
 
Psychedelic blues provocateur JD Simo has spent his recent months at home with his new toddler and his new "Greasy Time" live stream! This lauded guitarist raps with Greg about everything from his own journey, gear, and his frequent co-conspirator Tommy Emmanuel. 1:49 - Adjusting to life at home with a new toddler, and the sobering effect of a fres…
 
Eric has won Blues Rock Artist of the Year for the last 2 years, but he has been a force in the Blues scene since he released his first solo record at 16. Greg and Eric catch up about Eric's unusual style of left-handed playing, and of course their mutual love of all things Jimi Hendrix! 2:17 - Eric’s excitement with the near completion of his new …
 
From gigs with Michael Jackson to Jeff Beck, Jennifer Batten's technical prowess and unique musical signature have cemented her place as one of the world's most compelling guitarists. She breaks it all down with Greg, talking about her entire career! 6:07 - Jennifer’s decision to move from Los Angeles to Oregon 8:45 - The story of Jennifer’s first …
 
Jeff talks guitars with Greg! You know him from Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, and The Goldbergs, but did you also know that Jeff Garlin is a six-string aficionado? Jeff shares his hilarious perspective with Greg on all things guitars, comedy, and Covid in this gristle-filled hour of mirth and delight. 4:02 - Jeff’s thoughts on gigging…
 
You have heard Robbie McIntosh even if you don't know it. Maybe it was that perfect guitar solo on "Middle of the Road" by the Pretenders, or perhaps on a Paul McCartney record, or in the band at a John Mayer concert. Robbie has long been the secret touring/studio guitar-weapon of many of the world's finest, including Norah Jones, Mark Knopfler, Ro…
 
Playing 7-string guitars long before it was cool, Charlie Hunter is well known as a singular, powerful voice on the guitar. Hybrid guitars are his thing - he's known for improvising flawless bass and guitar lines simultaneously, all in the name of creating great music. Greg and Charlie talk about his early days, lessons with Joe Satriani, time with…
 
One of the best blues guitarists on the planet, Kirk Fletcher is a bright light in the current international blues scene. He built his reputation a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and the Mannish Boys, and he has frequently appeared on stages with Joe Bonamassa, Eros Ramazzotti, Josh Smith, and other heavyweights. Greg and Kirk talk about Kirk'…
 
Roscoe Beck is a legendary bassist, known for his work with Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Leonard Cohen, The Dixie Chicks, his time with the band Passenger, and also his relationship with Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimmie Vaughn. Greg and Roscoe talk about Jaco Pastorius, playing bass, and building relationships! 1:52 - Roscoe’s current gig with Eric Johns…
 
Johnny A is a guitar hero of the highest order, whose long career as a fontman-instrumentalist has won him die-hard fans the world over. He's also well known for his work supporting other luminaries such as Peter Wolf, The Yardbirds, Delanie & Bonnie, and Bobbie Whitlock, just to name a few. Greg and Johnny talk about all of that today, and also gu…
 
Rick is an often unsung hero in the guitar universe, playing some of rock's most classic solos on records that didn't bear his own name on the cover. He was a member of Fleetwood Mac, and the list of artists he's toured and recorded with is downright incredible (Bob Seger, Bonnie Raitt, John Prine, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Jessie Colin Young, Ste…
 
Instagram guitar phenom Mateus Asato joins Greg to talk about guitar on Social Media, John Mayer, Tori Kelly, and Mateus' own musical journey from Brazil to LA. 8:17 - Having a music career that allows you to remain busy and inspired to share content online and through social media 10:35 - Mateus’ consideration of a solo record, and the interesting…
 
Deke Dickerson is a rockabilly monster! He doesn't just play those amazingly cool Mosrite-style Hallmark Guitars, he assaults them with the full force of rock'n'roll! Deke catches up with Greg about flaming Fender Twin Reverbs, Merle Travis, Scotty Moore, Roy Buchanan, Gino King, Echosonics, and all things Ecco-Fonic. 2:25 - Growing up in Missouri,…
 
Josh Smith is one of the most respected guitar players on the planet, receiving awards and accolades from venerable sources too numerous to list! Greg and Josh discuss Gear (what else!), the new landscape for live musicians, Derek Trucks, and Josh's long career path from child prodigy to a bonafide guitar hero. 4:47 - The uncharted territory of liv…
 
Mark Lettieri is a renowned guitarist and member of Grammy Award-winning band Snarky Puppy. Greg and Mark cover a lot of ground in this episode, covering everything from Mark's early days to the role of musicians in our new, virtual world. For more information, visit marklettieri.com. 1:46 - What Mark has been up to recently - writing music, record…
 
David Grissom is a road warrior and an ace studio guitarist, who has worked with Buddy Guy, John Mellencamp, Joe Ely, Storyville, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Dixie Chicks (just to name a few). Greg and David sit down to talk about life, live music, learning, and staying excited by keeping their guitars close at hand. 2:21 - Life during lockdo…
 
Andy Timmons is a guitar player of no small merit. Having played with Danger Danger, Simon Phillips of the band Toto, Olivia Newton-John, and many more, Andy has also led a very successful solo career. 2:37 - Who doesn’t love breakfast cereal? 8:15 - Andy’s journey as a young guitar player, his teachers, his early style, influences, playing with Da…
 
Jeff Pevar is an acclaimed guitarist and session musician. With both a solo career and a reputation for playing alongside numerous musical legends, Jeff is no stranger to the guitar. Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, Meat Loaf, and many more are just a few of the names that Jeff can chalk up on his resumé. 2:31 - OBS, streaming, bu…
 
Brian Fallon is the New Jersey born-and-bred singer/songwriter/American punk rocker extraordinaire, and lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist of the band The Gaslight Anthem. Brian has contributed to other projects such as The Horrible Crowes and Molly and the Zombies, as well as releasing material as a solo artist. 1:08 - Being from New Jersey, and honor…
 
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