Saturday, September 28, 2002 and Sunday, September 29, 2002 marked a historic milestone event and a dream come true for PBS’s televised live music showcase, “Austin City Limits,” with the inception and staging of the inaugural Austin City Limits Music Festival. The first ACL Music Festival was a major success and watershed music event. Since the Festival’s first kickoff year in 2002, it has progressed from its beginnings into a landmark annual event. It is recognized and acclaimed by music artists, music fans, and music industry mavens as one of the most anticipated, significant, and influential yearly music festivals.
Legendary bass player Jack Casady has fired up his bass guitar on stages with the likes of Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Jimi Hendrix, Warren Zevon, John Lee Hooker, Rusted Root, John Lee Hooker, members of The Grateful Dead, Gov’t Mule and Crosby, Stills, Nash& Young. Working with Jorma Kaukonen, Grace Slick and the rest of the crew of Jefferson Airplane, Casady laid down bass lines for such monumental songs as “White Rabbit”, “Volunteers” and “Somebody to Love.”
Legend, music pioneer, and amazing blue-eyed soul stylist Gregg Allman can proudly lay claim to being one of the all time great, influential, landmark artists in rock history. Some thirty years ago, at a lull in America’s artistic pride when The British Invasion swept her by, Gregg, along with his brother, legendary slide guitar virtuoso Duane Allman, came out of the pastoral southern foothills and co-founded the now mythic, Allman Brothers Band. Their brilliant, astonishing hodge podge gumbo of boogie woogie blues rock, took the world by storm and gave the country back a sense of musical pride, while taking their permanent place in the firmament of music theology.
In today’s modern world there are many paths an artist can take throughout their career. Some prefer to focus their attention solely on one genre, ensemble or solo project, while others stoke their creative fires by moving between projects, bands and jumping between the commercial and non-commercial worlds.
The Gov’t Mule guitarist talks about his album Deja Voodoo, his signature guitar and the young crop of up and coming guitarists
A collaborative project, OHMphrey features OHM members Chris Poland (guitar) and Robertino “Pag” Pagliari (bass) teaming up with Umphrey’s McGee’s Jake Cinninger (guitar), Joel Cummins (keyboards) and Kris Myers (drums). Highly improvisational, the music on their 2009 debut self-titled album is exciting, unpredictable and thoroughly enjoyable. Recorded over several days in Poland’s L.A. studio, the album’s eight tracks are filled with high-energy solos, an interactive group dynamic and enough catchy riffs and lightening-fast runs to satisfy the needs of guitar fans across the board.
Jimmy Herring, lead guitarist for Widespread Panic and The Jimmy Herring Band, considers himself fortunate to have worked alongside many of the musicians he’s respected and adored for years, and that includes situations in which he had to assume the duties of a few of the more esteemed guitarists in history.