Unplugged

Interviews

Jennifer Batten

Who cannot picture king of pop Michael Jackson belting out a song next to lead guitarist Jennifer Batten, with her tower of peroxide blonde hair flowing behind?   It is an iconic cultural image branded on the minds of anyone who saw her play on Jackson's Bad (1987–1989), Dangerous (1992)...

Gail Ann Dorsey

American Gail Ann Dorsey is perhaps best known as David Bowie’s long-term bass guitarist, but she is also a singer and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with an incredible range of top artists that include: Eric Clapton, Tears for Fears, INXS, Gwen Stefani, The The, Boy George, the B52s, Lou Reed, NIN, and many more.  She...

Badi Assad Interview

If you have ever had the sensation that you cannot believe what you are seeing or hearing is really happening, then you are in some small way prepared for the experience of the Brazilian virtuoso guitarist Badi Assad.   It is true that Assad is one of only three women on Rolling Stone’s list of 70 Brazilian guitar masters, whose...

Muriel Anderson Interview

Muriel Anderson is one of the world's foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists. She is the first female to have won the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship. Her recent CD 'Nightlight Daylight' has won top honours in 11 national awards and is slated to receive another in October.   Illinois-born but of Finnish...

Lita Ford Interview

Lita Ford is a British-born American rock legend.   Ford -"heavy metal’s leading female rocker" according to Rolling Stone - was lead guitarist for the Runaways in the late 1970s before starting a solo career that saw her co-write the hit ´Close my eyes forever´ with Ozzy Osbourne, among many others.   Her...

Mimi Fox Interview

New York born Mimi Fox is an internationally renowned jazz guitarist who has played and recorded with Branford Marsalis, Diana Krall and Charlie Byrd, among many others.   In the late 1970s she moved to California and took lessons from Bruce Forman and Joe Pass. As a prodigious young talent , however, she had already been teaching...

Glen Matlock Interview

Punk legend, Sex Pistols' bass guitarist and song writer Glen Matlock has not slowed down since he appeared on the incendiary Bill Grundy 'Today' programme in December 1976. That infamous interview launched punk rock into the mainstream and effectively ended Grundy's career.   Aside from various Pistols' reunions, Paddington-born...

Cris Méndez

We met on a beautiful April afternoon: she was punctual, in cowboy boots, blue jeans, and a jacket with swallows sewn into it, the same ones she’s got tattooed among many others. Two questions were more than enough to make us feel at home, as if we were chatting to an old friend. That’s what happens when you talk with Cris Méndez, when she...

Max Cottafavi

Like it or not, the tome with the letter “L” from the Italian Contemporary History of Music belongs to Ligabue. Luciano Ligabue. Beyond fanaticism on the one hand, and critics on the other, that the Correggio boy (Reggio Emilia, 1960) has breathed fresh air into the Italian rock scene is undisputable. He has written beautiful pages - as if...

Ivano Icardi

We ran into Ivano Icardi by coincidence. And by coincidence we listened to his new record, So Far Away, in an era in which we were looking for instrumental records for our Jukebox, where the guitar would be the only and indisputable star. We looked on the other side of the pond, lost between Brad Paisley’s Play (2008) and Shawn Lane’s...

Paul Reed Smith

Last Thursday (Nov.11) before more than a hundred impassioned fans of the brand and of the 6-string, the Hard Rock Cafe in Madrid turned into an unbeatable stage for the presentation of the new 2017 models PRS Maple Top “SE”, in the hands of Adagio Distribution. And who better to preside over the event than Paul Reed Smith...

David Knopfler

I confess. I’m a guitarist. A frustrated one.     Like so many others I grew up listening to the greats ­- Clapton, Page, Santana, Waters, Jansch ­- and yes, Hendrix, of course Hendrix. Also the great guitar bands The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Yardbirds, Pink Floyd and, naturally, Dire Straits. Not the extensive...

Chuck Morrongiello Portrait

Every human being is a world unto themselves. And each has their own destiny. The destiny of Chuck Morrongiello (Brooklyn, New York, 19/ 05/ 1960) was, and is, tied to the six strings. A third generation Italian-American, his family roots are in Sant’Angelo dei Lombardi, a village in southern Italy now sadly famous for having been almost...

Danny Gómez

Self-taught musician, accomplished guitarist and one of music’s hardest workers; Product designer, expert brand builder, promoter, researcher and musical director. He is Spain’s representative for Brian May Guitars, Ambassador for Fender, manager… Danny Gómez knows every language you can think of, and can interpret them; both mercenary...

Rafa Gutiérrez (Hombres G)

At long last! Time to stop being so damned serious and party down… It's 1985 and the Transition has come and gone, water under the bridge. Thank God for that.   Jeans have been cropped up so high they look like fisherman's gear, the t-shirts rolled up by the boys, while the girls slip in a pair of shoulder pads to boot. The hip...

Carvin Jones Band

A month away from summertime, Madrid is brimming with beauty. The sky could not be a more intense blue, the sun makes everything shine big and bright: the cars (both the old and the new, it matters not), the old buildings, the myriad of green hues rustling in the trees, the flowers sassily looking down on us from the balconies overlooking the...