This weeks feature is Robbie Robertson's first album in 13 years: How to Become Clairvoyant.The legendary guitar player, songwriter and leader of The Band (one of the founders of "roots/rock" music) features an eclectic listof songs and guest musicians. The most notable contributor is Eric Clapton, who co-wrote four of the songs and also adds lead and background vocals plus guitar to the album. Stevie Winwood, Robert Randoph and Trent Reznor also make instrumental contributions to the CD.
We'll also feature our usual Roots Rock, ear candy from the likes of The Pines, Lynn Miles, Madison Violet, Eilen Jewell, Kasey Chambers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Harry Manx and Kevin Breit, Jimmy Lafave, Foster & Lloyd, Eric Lindell, The Gaddabouts, and Tara Nevins. Plus some old favorites by Keb Mo, James Taylor, Lyle Lovett, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan.
Where have all the young guitarists gone? And by that I mean: there don't seem to be very many good young guitarists these days--why the hell not?
So many of the guitar- ists who are still playing today and are still considered to be great, were just dusting off their guitar cases back in 1968 (the year that I've been reviewing for several months, and which was one of the most remarkable years for music ever).
On this week's show, I'm going to show you the music of the young guns of 1968--in reverse chronological order: I start with the oldest guys like Jimi Hendrix (age 25), John Cippolina (24, above right), and finish with the youngest of the young: Ted Nugent, who was 19! Inbetween, I'll play creative and unique guitar work of Jeff Beck (23), Ritchie Blackmore (23), Eric Clapton (23, whose 1968 guitar is shown above), Peter Green (21), and Todd Rundgren (20). Read more