Going Loopy Part 24

Here is Going Loopy Part 24. I thought I’d start doing something different with this one, by putting together a “jam track” to improvise over the top of.

The drums and the bass are Apple loops, but all of the guitar is me. As usual, the lead guitar is completely improvised.

Under the Influence Episode 3

Here is Episode 3 of Under the Influence, where myself and Rob Lane, talk all things Hard Rock.

For this episode, we each gave one another the task of listening to an album that had passed us by, back in the day. I was given the task of listening to “Cherry Pie” by Warrant and I asked Rob to listen to Badlands second album, “Voodoo Highway” We both enjoyed this one!

Under the Influence Episode 2

So, here we go! Under the Influence Episode 2 is now live.

This time, Rob Lane and I discuss a band who are dear to both us; the mighty Van Halen. In particular, we discuss the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album and I get to geek out about my old Music Man EVH guitar, which I really wish I hadn’t sold…

Under the Influence: Episode 1

Here is Episode 1 of a new video series I have started with my good friend Rob Lane. “Under the Influence” will see us discuss many different aspects of guitar music, with an emphasis on our shared love of 80’s and early 90’s Hard Rock! Episode 1 sees us both select our Top Five “Pre 93” Hard Rock Albums. That was a difficult task!

Stay tuned for more episodes in the New Year.

Local (Guitar) Heroes Episode 4: Richard Shaw

Here is Episode 4 of my Local (Guitar) Heroes videos and its a special one, where I talk to “local boy” done good, Richard Shaw. Richard is a member of Metal Legends, Cradle of Filth and is therefore playing in the big league! He’s toured all over the world and played some massive festivals, including Download. He also got to write with the band, as soon as he became a full member. But he is still true to his local scene roots, as we’ll hear in the video.

We get into how he came to join Cradle of Filth, memories of our first gigs and we also get to indulge in our love for Paul Reed Smith Guitars.

Local (Guitar) Heroes Episode 3: Lil Jim

Here is Episode 3 of my Local (Guitar) Heroes Series. I’m delighted to be talking to a mainstay of the Derby scene and an all round nice guy, Lil Jim.

I first met Jim when he started booking my band The Nightwires, to play at The Flowerpot in Derby. He always treats us with utter respect and runs a great night. Part of that comes from being a lovely bloke, but also because Jim is a great musician and knows how things need to work at a gig, from a musicians perspective.

His main instrument is the Accordion, but he plays a bit of guitar too, so he qualifies for these videos! In fact, Jim is a self contained one man band and puts on a stellar show, one well worth checking out.

So once more, sit back and enjoy our chat, as we touch on the very serious issue of a musicians mental health and the not so serious issues of cheap guitars and how to get a straight line when decorating! Got to have a DIY tip!