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Jon Gomm

Jon Gomm

2022-11-1701:05:44

Jon Gomm is an acoustic guitar player extraordinaire and singer-songwriter of doom and destruction, along with playing a pretty wicked drum set on his guitar as well! Greg and Jon cover a lot of gristle in this episode!2:00 - That time Jon watched Greg at a clinic, and then played adjacent each out in Germany4:47 - A typical week for Jon - touring, playing, writing, and the like11:09 - Jon's touring rig15:14 - Jon's unique playing style, when different techniques were introduced, and B-Benders18:32 - Influences, and striking out on his own23:27 - Music degrees, the hordes of money they help you accumulate, and early gigs31:37 - A typical set when Jon performs33:16 - Being a showman on stage34:34 - Different tunings, and those mistakes that live on YouTube forever38:45 - Developing friendships through the love of music, and the modern influx of music education and technicality46:11 - What's Jon been listening to recently48:27 - What's coming down the road for Jon, and thoughts on physical pressings56:36 - The pressure of the modern music industry ($$$)Total Length: 65:44Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.
Mike Keneally

Mike Keneally

2022-11-1001:05:09

Can you imagine playing with Frank Zappa on your first gig as a young man? That's what Mike Keneally did! He's gone on to record and tour with the likes of Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Beer for Dolphins, and all kinds of various complex musician luminaries. Greg and Mike get into the grease on this episode of Gristle!5:54 - What’s coming down the road for Mike: a solo band, the Zappa band, and ProgJect10:39 - Honoring the creative ideas that have been sitting on the shelf 20:10 - The interesting considerations you fail to see until you have 3 or more different projects under different names, and understanding the metrics23:18 - Frank Zappa: his improv style, his roots, and everything in between36:46 - Looking back on Frank’s work, and stepping into his band as a young professional39:17 - What Mike does to maintain his complex repertoire49:27 - Loving and respecting the music in order to keep things fresh and fun59:01 - Paul Gilbert’s Great Guitar EscapeTotal Length: 65:09Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.
Rhett Shull

Rhett Shull

2022-11-0301:03:00

Guitar player extraordinaire and internet leviathan Rhett Shull joins Greg this week! His sensational YouTube channel is one of the most popular sources for all things guitar, but Rhett's canorous content creation doesn't stop there. You'll find him on TikTok, Instagram, hosting the Dipped in Tone podcast with Zach Broyles, creating excellent online courses, and touring the world with his band. We aren't sure when he sleeps!  Greg and Rhett cover many gristle-infused guitar and internet topics on this podcast!2:21 - Life in Atlanta, a studio build, and oiling the YouTube machine6:06 - The importance of engaging with your audience, and the power of the internet15:24 - The glory of the Les Paul, and its evolution over the years24:07 - Controversy aside, Eric Clapton holds his place his history 28:32 - Connecting the dots between your heroes, their heroes, and their heroes heroes34:34 - Being your own boss vs being the hired gun39:47 - Tone woods, and does it matter?55:17 - One must not forget Albert King, and appreciating the guitar greats of our kindTotal Length: 63:00Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.
Jared James Nichols

Jared James Nichols

2022-10-2701:19:34

Jared has been dominating the world with great rock powers and blues savagery! Greg and Jared talk about their Wisconsin roots, and they get deep into the Gristle and gear. A global ambassador for Gibson Guitars, Jared gets into the development of his signature guitar. They also talk about primal jams and tone! Feast!2:35 - Jared’s journey, from WI to LA, and off to Nashville, and running with the idea of going solo10:57 - The luck and joy of seeing the world as a traveling musician14:19 - Jared’s signature guitar - the inspiration behind it, and the journey through its development23:12 - Guitar consumption: buying, playing, collecting - what’s your poison, and understanding the assignment29:01 - Manufacturer relationships33:41 - Jared’s new single, the most recent iteration of his band (circa October ’22), and Jared’s approach to recording47:57 - PRIMAL JAMS AND TONE (are we talking about Led Zeppelin?), and the best guitar-techs in the planet58:13 - Road stories, the thrill of touring abroad, and the challenges of being a working musicianTotal Length: 79:34Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.
Carl Burnett

Carl Burnett

2022-10-2001:05:061

Carl is one funky individual! He's toured the world as a member of Branford Marsalis' Band and he has worked with Bill Withers, Larry Carlton, and other luminaries. Carl Burnett is a funk guitar superstar, with countless sessions, videos, and television scores to his name. He Greg the lowdown on his journey (and his gear) on today's installment of Chewing the Gristle!2:31 - Poppa Was A Rollin’ Stone!4:01 - The magic of the wah 7:31 - Carl’s time in New York, that time Greg and Carl met for some music savagery, and the Telecaster15:02 - Modern vs vintage instruments, the Branford Marsalis years24:25 - The art of improvisation vs through-composed material, Carl’s start as a musician, influences, Larry Carlton, and so much more45:18 - The power of relationships, publishing vs work-for-hire, the power of live music, and the unequivocal symbiosis of playing with other musiciansTotal Length: 65:06
Sonny Landreth

Sonny Landreth

2022-10-1340:501

A "slide guitar potentate of unparalleled proportions", Sonny's slide work is known far and wide for his signature technique. As evidenced by his influential work with John Hiatt, Landreth's amazing playing always serves the song first. Eric Clapton says, “Sonny Landreth is probably the most underestimated musician on the planet, and also probably one of the most advanced.” His own albums have featured Mr. Clapton, along with Eric Johnson, Vince Gill, and others. He tells Greg about his journey from Chet Atkins to Delta Blues and beyond in today's gristle-filled conversation.2:08 - Sonny’s relationship with John Hiatt; what brought them together, and the fun of reuniting7:52 - Sonny’s slide playing; how it developed, cool tips and tricks, and thumb pickin’16:10 - Influences and adding to that stew of tasty morsels to feast upon21:29 - The magic of Sacred Steel slide guitar25:05 - Sonny’s tone, and how it lends to his creative voice28:12 - Digging through old videos to discover the secrets of tone and creativity and the gear acquisition conundrum35:48 - TONE TALKTotal Length: 40:50Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.
Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert

2022-10-0601:18:201

Paul is a legend in the guitar world known for his super-herculean chops, and also because he is a "musician with massive musicality ". You might have discovered him during his time in the mind-bending Racer X, or of course with the international MTV super-stars Mr. Big. Maybe the Power Drill Guitar technique got your attention. Paul Gilbert has kept his fans faithful for decades by delivering the best shred guitar around. Additionally, he's a hell of a nice guy who is also super-funny, which makes for a delightful conversation with Greg on the Season 4 opener of Chewing the Gristle!1:55 - Paul plays upright bass??  Plus happy mistakes, learning new things, and Van Halen10:06 - Paul’s musical journey18:53 - Improvisation; when and how Paul developed his improv chops22:46 - Paul and gear; obsession or necessity, and Paul’s current live and studio rigs31:18 - Paul on the road - how much time in a bus vs at home?35:55 - Learning, teaching, and sponging styles from the greats.38:09 - Paul’s vocal influences, slide tricks, and Paul’s signature guitar48:16 - Portland, OR, Paul’s journey to the Pacific Northwest, and familial music traits57:40 - New music: future or past, and hearing loss61:55 - What’s next for Paul, what is it about music that is so magical, and CATS.68:57 - The ZepTotal Length: 78:20Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.
Phil X

Phil X

2022-05-1956:40

From YouTube to Bon Jovi, Phil X is known worldwide for his amazing guitar playing and larger-than-life persona! As one of the first YouTube guitar heroes, Phil was an internet influencer before that was even a thing. From his humble beginnings on the Fretted America website to filling the shoes of Richie Sambora to become Bon Jovi's main guitarist, Phil's story (and playing) is both incredible and inspiring!1:48 - What’s Phil up to??4:29 - From Canada to Los Angeles, and how the gospel of Phil X never changed8:53 - Phil’s rise to fame through internet videos13:26 - From stadiums to clubs, the continued trouble of COVID, and the new Phil X signature guitar25:17 - Amps and pedals!  What is Phil rocking these days, and what does he bring with him when playing with Bon Jovi34:31 - How to create your own sound while staying true to the iconic sound you hear in your head39:54 - The ES-335, and delicious, delicious vintage gearTotal Length: 56:40Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.
Jeff Kollman

Jeff Kollman

2022-05-1201:16:38

A veteran of Glenn Hughes' band, the Alan Parsons Project, Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats, and his own Cosmosquad, Jeff Kollman is a guitarist of the highest order.  Greg and Jeff talk about his journey, his gear, and his musicianship in today's episode!2:30 - Hail from Toledo, OH - we have the great and mighty Jeff Kollman!4:30 - Jeff’s jazz playing, his influences, and the importance of good teachers10:37 - Jeff’s move from Toledo to California, and the grueling life that Los Angeles can bring15:30 - Getting tied in to the session-scene, and transitioning to life on the road18:30 - Jeff’s gear over the years, and the mystery of vintage amps and guitars25:45 - The integration of digital, and a few fun stories35:02 - More stories of fun, hilarity, and rock savagery40:51 - Does Jeff have any eyes on Nashville?46:58 - Elliot Easton and The Cars, more gear talk, and the Jeff’s future touring plans55:17 - Playing with The Alan Parsons Project, the tricky decisions surrounding self-distribution as an independent artist, and the new generation of guitar players and content creatorsTotal Length: 76:38Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.
Fred Tackett

Fred Tackett

2022-04-2801:08:03

You might know Mr. Tackett as Little Feat's guitarist, but Fred's contributions to the musical world are simply staggering, with literally hundreds of sessions to his credit, on mandolin and trumpet, as well guitar. Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Nicolette Larson, Barbara Streisand, Jimmy Webb, and countless others have called on Fred's musical services over his incredible career. Why? Because Fred is a monster player and genuine gentlemen to boot!  He gets into the gristle with Greg on today's episode.1:34 - Fred’s signature ‘Texas Twister’ guitar lick3:48 - Fred’s INSANE discography as a session guitar player, trumpet player, and mandolinist, and what it was like back in the heyday of session work11:26 - How Fred’s gear changed over the years as a session player, and packing days to pack the bank15:27 - Fred’s time with Little Feat - the how, the when, the where…24:46 - Transitioning from the studio to the road…with Bob Dylan34:51 - Fred’s rig while playing with Dylan36:13 - From Bob Dylan to Bob Seger37:05 - How session musicians most often get paid39:42 - Little Feat’s ‘Let It Roll’ record, balancing the line between session and tour work, adjusting band members, a few of Fred’s favorite tunes, and guitars!51:52 - Fred’s musical background growing up in ArkansasTotal Length: 68:03Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.
Nathaniel Murphy

Nathaniel Murphy

2022-04-2101:11:07

If you follow all things guitar on Instagram, then you've likely been amazed by Nathaniel's virtuosity at some point. Often the face (and hands) in the Chicago Music Exchange videos, Nathaniel's playing is spectacular on seemingly any guitar, in any style.  Greg and Nathaniel have a lot in common, and they explore countless varieties of glorious gristle in this episode!2:35 - Nathaniel’s unique sound, and how it developed10:01 - Nathaniel’s career in soccer (football for those in the rest of the world) prior to guitar11:57 - How Nathaniel got into guitar growing up in the UKr17:07 - Eric Clapton, open tunings, records that changed our lives, the power of improvisation, and The Zep!29:44 - A typical week as a working guitarist in Chicago31:46 - Greg and Nathaniel’s upcoming show, and being considerate when sitting in with other guitar players43:19 - The power of pause and rewind when learning from the greats, and having fun online57:31 - You gotta embrace the filth, and being proud of your playingTotal Length: 71:08Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.
Justin Derrico

Justin Derrico

2022-04-1401:07:20

As the guitarist on the Voice, extreme versatility is a requirement for Justin Derrico. What sets him apart from other guitarists is the passion, skill, and personal style he brings to whatever he is called on to play. Also, as Pink's main guitarist for years, he has his road credentials as well!  Greg and Justin break it all down in today's episode.1:31 - What’s new with Justin - master classes with Fishman, playing guitar, and a whole lot of hanging out3:33 - Jimi Hendrix. Nuff said.7:22 - The blessings of the YouTube-verse, and the ability to deep dive into guitar wormholes 13:28 - A catchup with Greg Koch, Wildwood, and Fishman16:49 - Justin’s gig with P!nk and The Voice, and how his personal style carries through30:00 - A day in the life working as a guitar player on The Voice35:22 - What kind of gear does Justin play with on tour versus in the studio51:54 - Self-accompaniment as a guitar player59:08 - Les Pauls, Tele, pickups, and more!Total Length: 67:20Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.
Jon Paris

Jon Paris

2022-04-0701:37:371

A member of Johnny Winter's band and a frequent guest of Les Paul's, Milwaukee native and NYC resident Jon Paris has stories to tell! Greg and John get into the Gristle on today's episode.1:59 - Growing up outside of Milwaukee, starting out as a drummer, the intriguing naturing of the early Beatles, and Jon’s band The Ox16:19 - Jon’s chops playing the bass and harmonica19:13 - Jon’s transition from The Ox to New York, and a bunch of fun stories39:33 - Jon’s relationship with Johnny Winter, and floating around with friends and different bands in New York55:38 - Getting the gig with Johnny Winter, hanging out with Les Paul, and so much more86:39 - Some of Jon’s favorite guitar players, and GETTING LOUDTotal Length: 97:37Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.
Danish Pete Honore

Danish Pete Honore

2022-03-3101:35:08

If you dig both guitars and YouTube, then you probably know Danish Pete. He's the first face you will see on the formidable YT channel of Andertons, which has long been ground zero for all things guitar-gear on the platform.  Pete's musical journey long precedes his time in front of the camera, and even crosses paths with Tom Jones! Greg and Pete get into the Gristle!1:48 - Danish Pete ending up in Denmark - did the name proceed the man, or the man the name?5:20 - The first time Pete picked up a guitar 13:24 - Pete’s first foray into the professional arena playing with Tom Jones23:52 - Pete’s choice to stay in the UK over time, and more Tom Jones foolery37:19 - The connection with Andertons, and transitioning out of tour life53:11 - Kids, babies, and keeping up professional communication, and making sure you cast a wide net as an entrepreneur79:37 - The Importance of authenticity as a creative Total Length: 95:08Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.
Bernard Allison

Bernard Allison

2022-03-1701:09:39

Bernard Allison's blues lineage is direct, as the son of Luther Allison he grew up around the greats (Muddy Waters, Hound Dog Taylor, Albert King), and early in his career as part of Koko Taylor's band, he shared stages with even more (Johnny Winter,  Stevie Ray Vaughan).  Greg and Bernard talk about what it was like being brought up in that environment as a guitarist, and then, of course, they talk gear!3:01 - Bernard’s new record, and recording during the pandemic9:45 - Getting acquainted with Bernard’s dad, guitar legend Luther Allison12:46 - What drew Bernard to the guitar?  Was his father an inspiration?  And what it means to stay authentic as a player17:13 - What it was like exist in the realm of old school Blues greats, and the different generation of Blues players23:10 - Being self-taught, integrating influences to become the guitar player he is today, and who the heck is this SRV guy??40:36 - Albert King, and where did he get his licks?48:59 - How Bernard ended up in Minneapolis, and his time spent living in France59:03 - Wireless guitar systems62:31 - Blade Guitars by Gary LevinsonTotal Length: 69:39Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.
Phillip Sayce

Phillip Sayce

2022-03-1001:07:19

We have here a special and riveting conversation here, friends, with the one and only Phillip Sayce.  Welsh born and Canadian raised, Phillip has been blessing our ears with fine musicality for years.  From Melissa Etheridge and Jeff Healey, to the southern bad boy Uncle Kracker, Phillip is no stranger to rock!2:16 - Emerging from COVID - what’s it look like, how do we do this?12:04 - Amazing guitar players from Canada, and the blessing of hunkering down for the winter14:37 - Hooking up and playing with Jeff Healey, and being careful in the snow25:16 - Phillip’s signature sound and its evolution39:30 - The story behind Phillip’s glorious ’63 Stratocasters44:53 - Tone woods — the hype is real, but does it matter?50:11 - How influences affect our personal sound, and the power of passion in getting betterTotal Length: 67:20Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.
Doug Rappoport

Doug Rappoport

2022-03-0301:22:27

Doug's stunning playing with the Edgar Winter group has won him fans the world over. Greg and Mr. Rappoport talk amps, pedals, organs, pickups, and many other flavors of delicious gristle!3:17 - From the UK to LA - Doug’s youthful journey as a young guitar legend13:44 - Influential country rock and blues players, and the creativity of Hendrix at the core of both players24:29 - Doug’s time with Edgar Winter - the how, the why, the what30:34 - Manipulating Marshall amps, pedals, and everything in between to achieve THE TONE 34:20 - The glory of Friedman and Koch amps41:10 - Jam Pedals43:13 - Going on the road with a Hammond organ, and the conception of the Koch Marshall Trio51:39 - More guitar influences, and the evolution of guitar playing over the years68:05 - The challenge and reward of mastering the sweet sound of single-coil pickupsTotal Length: 82:27Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.
AJ Ghent

AJ Ghent

2022-02-2401:07:48

AJ's melodic and inspired steel guitar playing has brought the sound of the Sacred Steel tradition to a whole new audience.  AJ was raised within that heritage, as his great uncle Willie Eason and his grandfather Henry Nelson were the founders of the style. Now, with fans like Tosin Abasi supporting and sharing his music the world over on Instagram and YouTube, AJ Ghent is bringing peace through music everywhere he can be heard!1:25 - The Sacred Steel guitar method, AJ’s own personal style, and his live album6:20 - Growing up in a family of Sacred Steel players within the Church, and the genesis of the style12:47 - The technical prowess that goes into Sacred Steel playing, and AJ’s transition from lap steel to electric guitar20:20 - AJ’s Abasi Lareda w/ Fluence pickups, and his go-to amps24:37 - Living in Atlanta, hanging with Col. Bruce Hampton, and the fear of flying36:35 - The COVs, how AJ has been getting through, and playing his part in bringing peace through music59:25 - AJ’s ear for vocal melodies, and the importance of ‘singing’Total Length: 67:48Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.
Angela Petrilli

Angela Petrilli

2022-02-1501:09:16

Angela's YouTube lesson series receives thousands of views each week, and you may have seen her as part of Jennifer Batten's Guitar Symposiums or caught one of her videos at Norman's Rare Guitars. Greg and Angela talk about all kinds of excellent gristle on today's episode!1:19 - The term “influencer’, what it means to Angela, and the interesting confluence of the internet and music-making5:10 - Angela’s time at UCLA, and what inspired her to pick up the guitar12:37 - The glory of Muddy Waters17:08 - “But why do you need so many guitars…?”20:30 - Single-coils vs humbuckers vs Wordle28:56 - Revenue sharing on YouTube and what it’s like to be a content creator35:31 - Angela’s deep dive into J.J. Cale and David Gilmour39:52 - Angela’s live rig46:09 - A day in the life, and future plans57:52 - The death of legendary amp manufacturer Howard DumbleTotal Length: 69:17Fishman Dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug-in. Wildwood Guitars One of the world’s premier retailers of exceptional electric and acoustic guitars.
Joel Paterson

Joel Paterson

2022-02-1001:20:39

Joel is "a titan in Chicago's roots music scene" -AP , playing everything from jazz to honky tonk with a style that is decidedly his own.  Greg and Joel get into the gristle, covering Joel's musical journey, and also what it's like to be a guitar player in this day and age. 2:08 - Joel’s time playing with Harmonica legend Jim Liban, and shared woes of guitars lost to impulsive trades8:17 - Joel’s influences, and how he became the player he is today (from Rockabilly to Merle Travis)15:17 - Moving to Chicago, making a living as a musician, and how he’s able to self-produce timeless guitar music22:33 - Keeping the bills paid as a musician during the pandemic, and keeping the repertoire fresh37:40 - Joel’s view on social media as a guitar player54:25 - Loop pedals, getting old, and Honda CivicsTotal Length: 80:39
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Cloud Burst

David Grissom interview was very informative. Thank you Greg

Jun 13th
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