Unplugged

Interviews

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...