Rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge shows off her extensive collection of guitars and tells the story behind a few special instruments. Continue reading
Carlos Santana came to the U.S. as a teenager and decades later is regarded as one of rock’s greatest guitarists. Jeffrey Brown sat down with Santana to discuss the "screaming charisma" that first inspired him to play guitar, his career as a Latino musician and being honored for lifetime achievement at the Kennedy Center. Continue reading
Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper may have a generation between them, but their love of blues brought them together. With Musselwhite on the harmonica and Harper on guitar and vocals, the two musicians have collaborated on an album, "Get Up!" Jeffrey Brown sits down with the artists for a taste of their ‘all purpose blues.’ Continue reading
A New Jersey woman thinks she’s found the famous Fender Stratocaster that drew boos when Bob Dylan plugged in at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. The singer disputes that claim. Jeffrey Brown interviews the host of PBS’ History Detectives, which featured the story on its season premiere. Continue reading
Singer-songwriter and performer Shawn Colvin traces her early days, musical career and struggles with depression in her new memoir, “Diamond in the Rough,” and looks to the future with her first album in six years. Colvin discusses both with Jeffrey Brown. Continue reading
An unlikely culprit has stirred up controversy in the music community: The Lacey Act, legislation aimed to curb illegal logging. Based on suspicions that the Gibson Guitar Corporation violated the act by importing illegal wood, federal agents raided the company’s facilities in Tennessee in August, raising concern among musicians that their instruments could be at risk of government confiscation.
Last night on PBS’s American Masters, viewers got an intimate portrait of one of America’s most famous singers. Joan Baez began performing with her guitar in coffee shops at just 17, but went on to help define the sound and social momentum of the 1960s with her politically-charged folk songs.
The first thing Argentine musician Gustavo Santaolalla wants people to know about him is that he is an artist: one who works with a guitar rather than an easel. The 57-year-old has spent the last four decades recording, producing and composing music for his various labels, bands and movies.
On his new solo album “Get Lucky,” the Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter and guitar great Mark Knopfler takes an almost nostalgic look at the people and places he encountered growing up in Britain, painting their portraits through a blend of rock, blues, and folk.