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Episode 197- Jim Campilongo- The Picasso of the Telecaster


The interview I’ve wanted to do since 2007. Jim Campilongo plays by his own rules. To me he is one of the most creative and original guitarists & songwriters in music today. When you hear someone complain that everybody does the same thing, tell them about Jim Campilongo, they’ll be silenced and satisfied.

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This track will change your guitar DNA- “Like Butter”


Episode 196- Sterling Ball


The one and only Sterling Ball and friends deliver probably one of the most fun guitar records for 2018. “The Mutual Admiration Society”

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Where it all began-


Episode 195- Dog Tired Guitars


Here’s a lesson in ingenuity and marketing. We sit down with Roger Cowan to discuss how Dog Tired Guitars has and is morphing to the market, while holding on to their core values.

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Check out The Cain’s Balloom Special-


Episode 194- Curtis Fornadley- “Resonance”


He’s a brilliant guitarist, composer and author. Curtis Fornadley is with us to discuss “Resonance” his latest release.

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Check out Tone Wizards-


Episode 193- Top 20 Albums of 2017


Here’s our Top 20 Albums for 2017. The records we just couldn’t stop listening to throughout the year…

20. Steve Hunter- Before the Lights go out-

Hear our interview with Steve right here And look for our Track By Tack episode of “Before the Lights go out” coming in 2018

19. JD McPherson- Undivided Heart & Soul

18. Ray Wylie Hubbard- Tell The Devil, I’m getting there as fast as I can

17. Ian Moore- Strange Days

Check out our interview with Ian right here-

16. Band Of Heathens- Duende

15. Ralph Towner- My Foolish Heart

14. Indigenous- Gray Skies

Look for our track by track episode of Gray Skies in 2018. In the meantime here’s more on Mato Nanji from Indigenous-

13. Jeff Beck- Live at the Hollywood Bowl

12. Larkin Poe- Peach

11. Milligan-Vaughan Project

Check out our interview with Tyrone right here-

10. Nikki Lane- Highway Queen

9. OTIS- Eyes of the Sun

Check out our interview with OTIS-

8. Johnny Hiland- Standing Strong

Here’s out Track by Track interview with Johnny Hiland-

7- Foo Fighters- Concrete & Gold

6. Jonny Lang- Signs

Here’s our exclusive interview with Jonny Lang on “Signs”-

5. Alastair Greene- Dream Train

Here’s our Track by Track interview on “Dream Train”-

4. Cheap Trick- We’re Alright

3. Eric Johnson- Collage

Here’s our exclusive interview with EJ on “Collage” & more-

2. Jimmie Vaughan Trio (Featuring Mike Flanigin) Live at C-boys

1. Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives- Way Out West-

These days it’s rare when an entire album can transport you to a place or time, create strong visuals that are memorable and lasting. This is a record for headphones and to listen to the wonderful layering from Kenny Vaughn and Mr. Stuart. This is one of those records that you wished were longer, because you dont want the journey to end. So, we just keep playing it over and over. Now if country music isn’t for you, I invite you to give it a try anyway and take a moment to consider, this is not the canned country music coming out today, this is a true love letter to American music that will enrich your ear, soul and inspire your playing.


Episode 192- OTIS “The Band”


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Episode 191- Eric Johnson- Celebrating the past, and facing the future with an open heart


We sit down with EJ to discuss the past, the present and whats ahead for this incredible musician who is an open conduit for the “Anything is possible” mode of thinking and feeling. Eric is entering a new phase to his creation and his open heart approach has gotten us all excited for whats ahead and its very evident in his latest offering, “Collage”

All things EJ-

Scroll to 21:57 to hear EJ play with virtually no effects. Its not the gear, it’s the player-(Something we discuss in the episode)


Episode 190- Alastair Greene- Ridin the “Dream Train”


We go track by track with Mr.Greene on his latest, “Dream Train”

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Episode 189- Jonny Lang- Signs


We go track by track with Jonny Lang on his latest release, “Signs”

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Live in Austin TX-


Eric Johnson- Painting With A New Brush On “Collage”


You’ve gotta love when an artist of any genre pushes themselves to greatness, but when an artist who has reached a certain level of expertise realizes that, and then let’s go of expectations for themselves and asks the audience to do so as well, you then get the unification of the artist and his instrument of expression and an emotional experience on a new level. It’s like a satisfying exhalation and realization.

Such is the case with “Collage” the latest release from Eric Johnson. I think Eric has always had fun writing, creating and bringing music to life, but after digesting this disc he’s letting everyone know in no uncertain terms he’s having fun and following his heart and letting go of some of the cerebral aspects of the past. In my interview with Eric which airs Wednesday 12/13/17 on he said now more than ever he’s playing from the heart and a bit less from the head. “He’s trying to let it go”.

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The record consists of 5 covers/renditions uniquely performed that range from Stevie Wonder (“Up Tight, Everything’s Alright) to a stirring acoustic Hendrix piece (One Rainy Wish), as well as a Caribbean take on The Beatles (We Can Work It Out), but the stand out for these ears was a throbbing intense version of BB King’s (Rock Me Baby) that we can’t stop playing here at the offices of Guitar Radio Show.

But it’s the EJ originals that are in a wonderful state of flux here on “Collage”. To capture this amazing guitarist as he is entering his next chapter is REALLY the treat from this disc. Oh sure, it’s Eric, but it’s the most natural, exposed and heartfelt Eric I think we’ve seen thus far, with hopes of more of this ahead. Amazing Tracks like “Stratagem” (and it is quite a gem) and the Jazz/pop tinged “To Love You” (the resolve in the chorus is perfect) is evidence of the road forward. Oh and did I mention the vocals? Most vocalists decline as time goes on. This is by far Eric’s best vocal performance to date.

But the kicker here for me is the last track on the disc, “To Whom It May Concern”. When I heard it, I thought, “Wait!!!” It’s Eric, but… he’s not thinking here, there’s no thought, just heart. His more than 10,000 hours of mastery were there to support him, but it was his emotional journey that transcended all of it. I really can’t wait for you all to hear this as I know it will reach you as it did me. During our interview we joked about how cool it would be if he did an entire disc like this, Just hit record and let it all go, no thinking, just feel it, play it and see what you get.

This is a great disc from a great American musician and it will definitely be part of the top 10 for 2017 on the Guitar Radio Show list, we highly recommend it. It arrives everywhere on November 17, 2017.

Eric hits the road on January 23rd 2017 in support of “Collage” and the “Ah Via Musicom” Tour where the original band from his 1990 release will split the show in two, playing music from “Collage” in the first half of the show and then after intermission, playing the “Ah Via Musicom” record in its entirety. go to more info on the tour and “Collage”.

Mark Daven
Guitar Radio Show