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ever since discovering PREMIER GUITARS' HOOKED series I have been totally enamored with it. the series, mostly shot at home during the pandemic, follows prominent guitarists talking about the song that got them interested in GUITAR-BASED MUSIC as a kid. its a great concept as it lends itself to juxtaposing CLASSIC ARTISTS with MODERN PLAYERS that you normally wouldnt associate with one another (such as JADE PUGET of AFI and his DIRE STRAITS choice). just goes to prove that music in universal.
the series also inevitably makes one self-assess what their choice would have been given the opportunity to participate. in my case the most memorable childhood memory i have of being swept up by a guitar sound was ANDY SUMMERS echoing and reverb-drenched opening guitar riff in "WALKING ON THE MOON." likewise the song that made me want to pick up a guitar in first grade was R.E.M.'s "SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE," which ironically was a mandolin being played by PETER BUCK i believe. at the time he was apparently over guitars in general.
regardless, this is a great concept and such a gift for musicians and fans of GUITAR-BASED MUSIC. i look forward to watching more of them as they are published online.
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recently discovered this LONDON-based group LOS BITCHOS that specializes in CUMBIA of all things. their instrumentals are super-catchy and infectious and seem to be a genuine celebration of the genre rather than some well-intentioned but crass cultural appropriation that (let's face it) has been the case too often in the past by other artists (cough, cough, PAUL SIMON).
members range from SWEDEN, AUSTRALIA, URUGUAY and ENGLAND which makes this a multi-cultural affair. totally recommend you check out their infectious grooves and enchanting guitar melodies. well worth it.