My Life in Five Riffs

Music is a continuous thread, connecting people to a common experience across barriers and boundaries. I developed the concept for “My Life in Five Riffs” to give artists a way to show music fans where they came from and how they evolved. The episodes have become a popular series for Guitar Player.

Jason Isbell: My Life in Five Riffs

A pair of Grammy awards underscores Jason Isbell’s reputation as a singer/songwriter, but his latest album, The Nashville Sound [Southeastern], also finds him flexing his 6-string strengths. Along the way to mastering his mix of melody, ferocity, and restraint, Isbell’s journey intersected some serious guitar techniques. Here are the five riffs that changed his life. … Continue reading Jason Isbell: My Life in Five Riffs

Nels Cline of Wilco: My Life in Five Riffs

Nels Cline follows two distinct tracks in his guitar playing, alternating the avant-jazz arc he explores solo along with the psychedelic-punk-freakout textures he brings to Wilco. Here are the five riffs that changed his life, and inspired his own fearless fretting. Read the full article and watch the video online Download PDF