Sister Rosetta Tharpe: From Spirituals To Swing

One of the great heroes of early rock and roll, Gospel, blues and swing was Sister Rosetta Tharpe. She rose to fame as one of the most popular Gospel singers of her time and it turned out she was just as famous for playing the electric guitar in after hours clubs as well. She managed […]

Shredding Guitarist Randy Rhoads With Ozzy Osbourne

One of the greatest talents the rock music industry ever saw was Randy Rhoads. Randy achieved his fame as a member of Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. He was one of the greatest riff men in rock music, pioneering some of the most popular guitar riffs fans ever heard. Plus he could play a pretty […]

Steve Lukather And Glen Campbell Together In Studio

Every once in a while, we are offered a behind-the-scenes look at some of the greatest guitarists to take the stage. And sometimes we get even more lucky and see a younger guitarist talking with one of his guitar heroes. In this case I stumbled upon an interview sometime ago with Steve Lukather and Glen […]

A Few Things To Consider When Playing A Semi-Acoustic Guitar

Semi-acoustic and hollowbody guitars have been around forever, and for good reason too… they sound great. But before you strap on a Gibson ES-335, there are a few tips you should consider. Our friends over at MusicRadar put together a great article featuring the 10 essential tips for playing this style of guitar. I thought […]

The Hybrid Guitar Styles Of Richard Thompson

In celebration of Richard Thompson’s latest CD release, “Electric,” I thought it would be cool to introduce this great guitarist, singer and songwriter here on Mike’s Guitar Talk. Although he has been around for some time, and many of his songs covered by a wealth of musicians, some may not be familiar with Richard Thompson. […]

Country Artist Joe Ely Reunited With His Guitar Stolen 27 Years Ago

Sometimes there are happy endings in the business, and for Joe Ely it’s looking like he’s going to get a small taste of one. 27 years ago one of his custom guitars was stolen, and it sounds like it was definitely unique. The theme of the solid body electric guitar was billiards, with pool ball […]

New Eric Clapton Record Released Called “Old Sock”

One of our favorite guitarists just released a brand new album filled with easy going tunes from a wide array of influences. All I can tell is this must have been an album Eric released for himself. His playing and singing on the record is just as good as ever and he sounds like he […]

Guitar Effects Walkthrough With Jazz Guitarist Bill Frisell

There are endless possibilities of guitar effects due to the thousands and thousands of effects pedals and processors available for the guitar. And while all these possibilities exist, many jazz guitarists don’t take advantage of them to create their sounds. There are a few though, who constantly experiment with new effects like Pat Metheny and […]

Joe Bonamassa Live Cover Of Blind Faith’s “Had To Cry Today”

Joe Bonamassa has played a lot of different music styles during his career. That’s the nice thing about being free in the music world. He’s able to play the music he wants to play and his fans take it all in every time he comes out with something new. Today’s post is a simple one. […]

Alvin Lee, Beloved Guitarist Of Ten Years After, Passes Away At 68

We lost one of our favorite guitarists last week in Alvin Lee. Alvin fronted the British rock band Ten Years After, who had their breakthrough performance in front of thousands of fans at Woodstock 1969. The performance marked a turning point in the band’s history and Alvin secured his spot in music history as one […]