Jas Obrecht's Posts
We mourn the passing of jazz guitarist extraordinaire Johnny Smith. The son of a banjo-playing sharecropper, Smith was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on June 25, 1922. Two musicians in particular inspired him to learn guitar: “I’ll never forget the first …
Interview: In Los Angeles, where the competition for play-for-pay sessions is fierce, Tim Pierce is one of the most in-demand guitarists in town.
Busking – the tradition of playing in public for tips – goes back centuries. Many revered blues musicians began by playing on the streets – Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, B.B. King and Robert Nighthawk among them. So …
In three months’ time, Jimi Hendrix went from being an unknown musician to the leader of the Experience and the talk of the town. Here’s how.
Recorded in a single session, Texas Flood brought the blues roaring back to life and made SRV a star. Here’s the story from those who were there.
The legendary bassist talks about Bob Marley and The Wailers, Peter Tosh, spirituality, equipment, and his life in the forefront of reggae. With interview audio.
The little-known story of how European-based parlor guitar music from the 1860s influenced the creation of the blues.
The evolution of a slide-blues classic, from its origins in the 1930s to its masterful recasting by Robert Johnson and Elmore James to its many covers today.
Album Review: Elliott Randall explores new directions, delivering a dozen evocative, cliché-free instrumentals played with heart, soul, and skill.
Even if the band had never released another record, Eddie Van Halen’s place in rock guitar history would have been assured – his playing in 1978 was that groundbreaking. His sheer speed, unusual note choices, inspired finger tapping, kamikaze whammy …
Ready to leave behind your everyday world? Fancy a magic-carpet ride to a land of mystery and intrigue, where belly dancers undulate and sari-clad beauties sway to the cliché-free, can’t-get-it-out-of-my-head sounds of a guitar-slinging swami? Yeah? Well, then, we’ve got …
Print and audio: Our 12,000-word conversation covers songwriting, spirituality, heroes, and the anatomy of the EJ Signature Stratocaster.
Our new breed of guitar magazine blends literate, in-depth journalism with the tech advancements available to online and mobile app users.
Portions were used as voiceovers for the film Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet. With Jason’s blessing, here is the complete text and audio.
Comparing Mike Bloomfield’s and Johnny Winter’s stunning guitar performances on Dylan’s song about a legendary blues road.
The life and music of the Mississippi Delta bluesman who taught Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson and was rediscovered in the 1960s.