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Hank Garland


The South Carolina family had seemingly come all the way to Nashville for nothing. It was 1945, and an Opry star had invited their guitar-mad, 15-year-old son to join his band on the Ryman's hallowed stage. Now that star Paul Howard, leader of The Arkansas Cotton Pickens, could not remember the invitation he'd extended - in person in Spartanburg, South Carolina and then by phone-to young Walter Louis "Hank" Garland. His parents, skeptical at the invitations, had nonetheless brought their son to Nashville. Only when Hank's father reminded Howard of the phone calls did he remember: On tour, Howard had stopped at Alexander's Music Store in Spartanburg where Hank was buying a guitar string


Article: Album Review

Dave Stryker: Strykin’ Ahead

Read "Strykin’ Ahead" reviewed by John Kelman

Having just turned sixty this year, it's still quite remarkable that Dave Stryker--a musician who, unfortunately and unfairly, fits into the category of “one of the best guitarists most have never heard"--has released well over thirty albums as a leader/co-leader (including his Stryker/Slagle Band, with saxophonist Steve Slagle, and Latin-informed Trio Mundo) in a little more ...


Article: Catching Up With

Larry Coryell: A Family Affair

Read "Larry Coryell: A Family Affair" reviewed by AAJ Staff

This interview was originally published at All About Jazz in March 2000. All About Jazz: The Coryells seems to be your most personal album yet. Larry Coryell: The idea of recording with my sons seemed like a good idea at the time. It was a great joy to record with my sons. ...


Article: Interview

Gary Burton: A Lifetime of Collaborations

Read "Gary Burton: A Lifetime of Collaborations" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

This interview was first published at All About Jazz in April 1999. Vibraphonist, composer and teacher, Gary Burton was among the first modern jazz musicians to come out of the fertile American Midwestern musical ground from which Pat Metheny and others later grew. Born in Anderson, Indiana, Burton began his professional career while still ...


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Mike Brannon

Read "Take Five With Mike Brannon" reviewed by Mike Brannon

Meet Mike Brannon: Having been born in jny: Atlanta and then lived in North Carolina growing up, those Southern roots were likely to blame when I started playing blues/rock guitar. But I soon discovered Wes Montgomery, Hank Garland, Joe Pass, Tal Farlow and finally Pat Martino. After attending Jackie King's Guitar Conservatory of the Southwest, ...


News: Obituary

Charlie Haden, Legendary Jazz Bassist, Dies at 76

Charlie Haden, Legendary Jazz Bassist, Dies at 76

Charlie Haden, the pioneering jazz bassist who played with the likes of Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett before enjoying a decades-long solo career, died Friday at age 76 of a prolonged illness, according to his label, ECM. Praised by critic Martin Williams for his “almost lyric directness,” Haden achieved fame in the late ’50s as a ...


News: TV / Film

A Movie About a Guitarist ... by a Guitarist

A Movie About a Guitarist ... by a Guitarist

One of the coolest things about Steve Vai is that he is committed to his love of the instrument and music. Many artists have enjoyed artistic freedom, controlling their output and being able to maintain their visions thanks to his Favored Nations label. Several years ago, Vai greenlighted a movie bio-pic about the legendary Hank Garland, ...


Article: Interview

Steve Howe: Great Guitars and Great Guitarists

Read "Steve Howe: Great Guitars and Great Guitarists" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Steve Howe has been a major figure in contemporary music for over 40 years. He first came to international prominence with Yes; he's a key figure in rock supergroup Asia; and his distinctive guitar style makes him one of the most recognizable players on the scene. His love of jazz is less well-known but it has ...


Article: Interview

Gary Burton: Forging Ahead

Read "Gary Burton: Forging Ahead" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"I got started in Nashville and knew a lot of the country musicians. I got my first record contract from Chet Atkins who saw me playing in a local club in Nashville and who decided to talk to RCA and get them to offer me a long-term contract," says this renowned musician born in a small ...


News: TV / Film

"Crazy," Film Inspired by the Life of Guitarist Hank Garland

"Crazy," Film Inspired by the Life of Guitarist Hank Garland

Crazy, an independent feature film inspired by the tragic life and groundbreaking music of legendary 1950s-era guitarist Hank Garland, will have a limited theatrical release beginning October 17 at Regal Theatres and Carmike Theatres in Nashville and Malco Theatres in Memphis, TN. The film, which stars Waylon Payne (Walk The Line) as Garland and Ali Larter ...


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