Honky-Tonk Electric Guitar: The West Coast Sound
We will concentrate on the hot licks and deep grooves of the classic country and rock ’n’ roll players around Bakersfield and LA: Don Rich with Buck Owens; Roy Nichols with Merle Haggard; James Burton w. Elvis (both ‘em) and everyone else, plus lesser-knowns Phil Baugh & Gene Moles. These players created a fresh, hard driving style that helped propel the electric guitar straight to the to the forefront of the soundscape - in country, rock, pop, tv and movie scores.
This is a fun and informative workshop, with a rich mother lode of great guitar material to pick from. We’ll share plenty of hot licks, some we stole from the pedal steel, plus the rhythm parts that glue it all together. We’ll take a look at practice strategies, tips on playing with others, and the role the guitar plays in different group configurations. We’ll talk a bit on choosing the right guitars, amps and effects, and more importantly, how to get the best out of what you have.
There will be time for questions and answers with Redd & Bill. You’ll have the chance to see and hear how it’s done, up close and live. Plus you’ll get some stories, tips and tricks from a coupla guys who love their jobs and have had the great fortune to play with the best of the best.
Redd Volkaert and Bill Kirchen
Two heavyweight guitar slingers and singers find a common ground with their deep history in Honky Tonk and Rock’n’Roll and their command of the electric guitar.
Redd spent many years as the lead guitarist for the mighty Merle Haggard, and has played and recorded with a who’s who of greats, from Dale Watson to Brad Paisley to Billy Gibbons. He won a Grammy in 2009 for Best Instrumental.
Bill Kirchen is a founding father of Commander Cody, and his diesel-fueled licks drove Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top 10 nationwide. He has played and recorded with Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Nick Lowe and Link Wray