5 Eddie Van Halen Songs That Explain His Genius

“Van Halen was not just an awesome guitarist. He developed a repertoire of techniques that transformed the way that the guitar was played.”

Via NPR Music

How Eddie Van Halen changed rock guitar-playing forever 

Even though I had no idea how to create the deviously mesmerizing sounds Eddie had produced on the instrument, I couldn’t help but admire it and think that it was this guitar, and a pair of divine hands, that was responsible for flipping the world of rock guitar-playing on its head.
~ Max Kalnitz, Insider

Source: How Eddie Van Halen changed rock guitar-playing forever – Insider

Abraxas turns 50

Santana’s second album was released on September 23, 1970.

It’s #207 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was deemed “culturally, historically, or artistically significant” by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in their National Recording Registry in 2016.

In short — it’s a classic and should be in every music lover’s collection if not — as is often the case with Santana albums — for the album artwork alone.

Roy Buchanan ~ The man who tumbled The Stones down

b. September 23, 1949

He bacame a guitar legend in the early ’70’s, an influence on Jimi Hendrix , Eric Clapton, John Lennon and more. He turned down an invitation to joing The Rolling Stones earning him the nickname, The man who “tumbled The Stones down…”

For whatever reason, people rarely mention Roy Buchanan when asked for their list of great guitar players.  But you have to have something goin’ on to be asked to join the greatest rock ‘n roll band in the world — and say, “no.”

Take a gander at Roy Buchanan live in Austin, Texas circa 1976. The whole thing is a wonder but particularly so around the 5:40 mark.

Top Priority 

Rory Gallagher’s 10th is released on September 16, 1979. On the heels of his hugely successful “Photo-Finish” world tour, his then record label, Chrysalis let it slip that his next album would be a “top priority.” Gallagher took the music back to the basics — the blues rock that put him on the map as one of the most prolific guitarists of his era.


I remember waking up on August 27, 1990 and shaking my head just a little still in wonderment of the musical happening just hours before. At breakfast, we talked about how lucky we were to witness Clapton, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and Stevie Ray Vaughan all on the same stage together. On the way home later, we literally had to pull of the highway when we heard the news on Milwaukee radio. Silence. We just sat there in stone, cold silence.