Show #1: Guitar Gods

It was an epic day on the radio, as traffic stopped, schools closed, and computer servers went haywire as everyone around the globe tuned in for inaugural radio show of The Rock Renaissance. Well, maybe that’s stretching it a bit. Let’s just say a few people stopped by, but for the rest of you, I’ve got all you need right here on the blog.

The show was part of the Rock History 101 series entitled “Guitar Gods.” I wanted to focus on some of the obvious guitar heroes of ancient rock lore as well as a few lesser knowns.  Here’s the playlist with some info on these guitar greats:

  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” [Jimi Hendrix]

One of the Experience’s wildest numbers, it was in fact thrown together as an impromptu jam for a television crew.

  • John Mayall And The Bluesbreakers – “Steppin’ Out” [Eric Clapton]

One of the many songs that helped Clapton earn his title as “God.” Is this where the guitar god title came from?

  • Led Zeppelin – “Heartbreaker” [Jimmy Page]

Along with Clapton and Beck, Jimmy Page got his start in the Blues Revival band The Yardbirds. 

  • Jeff Beck – “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers” [Jeff Beck]

One of Beck’s best known instrumentals, this track was actually written by the great Stevie Wonder.

  • Neil Young – “Cinnamon Girl” [Neil Young]

The loud rocker with Crazy Horse is famous for Young’s guitar solo only containing one note.

  • The Allman Brothers Band – “Whipping Post” [Duane Allman]

Allman isn’t simply heralded as a guitarist, but is also considered to be one of the best slide guitarists of all time.

  • Santana – “Soul Sacrifice” [Carlos Santana]

One of Santana’s better known songs highlights all of the band members including ringleader Santana.

  • Frank Zappa – “Muffin Man” [Frank Zappa]

Not seen as much of a guitar great, Zappa could rip through a guitar solo better than almost anyone.

  • Ten Years After – “I Woke Up This Morning” [Alvin Lee]

The relatively unknown guitarist is immortalized by his epic Woodstock performance.

  • Stevie Ray Vaughan – “Pride And Joy” [Stevie Ray Vaughn]

The 80’s saw a huge revival of interest in the Blues mostly due to the popularity of Vaughn.

  • Joe Satriani – “Satch Boogie” [Joe Satriani]

A quick studio throwaway that was labeled as “Satch Boogie” by the engineer and ended up being one of  Satch’s best known tracks.

  • Mountain – “Mississippi Queen” [Leslie West]

One of the greatest power trios of all time feature the mountainous guitar of West.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get rocking and enjoy the awesomeness of Show #1! Click below to either stream the show through your browser (internet thingy) or download the MP3 onto your computer (nerd thingy).

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  1. Thanks for sharing, and great article on Carlos.

  1. Carlos Santana, the Guitar Legend | The Written Blit

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