I use my Gristle King pedal for some gain, but
most of the sounds are a result of continually
refining my playing… it never ends. The amps
may change but the sound remains.
What do you think about vintage equipment?
It’s great, but it’s getting way too expensive, so it’s not practical to use live… the
studio is another matter. I usually borrow
what I need in the studio!
Is there a general setup for your instru-
ments (string gauge, action, pickups...)?
I play a Fender Stainless Steel .011 set with
the action pretty low. My pickups vary from
guitar to guitar.
Are there private friendships with other
players or artists you played with?
I’m pretty good buddies with Paul Barrere,
Fred Tackett and the rest of the Little Feat
gang. T Lavitz from the [Dixie] Dregs has
been a long-standing buddy of mine. I like
to hang out with Joe Bonamassa when he
comes to town… I recently met and hung
out with Robben Ford, Guthrie Govan and
David Grissom, and I enjoyed their company
quite a bit… not to mention their playing!
What are your plans for the future?
Finishing a record with Malford Milligan
to come out Spring of ’09, then a tour of
Europe from April to May of ’09. I’m going to
do a record with Reggie Hamilton and Tom
Brechtlein this year and some gigs with them.
I’m doing some tracks on T Lavitz’s new
record, and we’re going to do some gigs with
Tom Brechtlein and Jeff Berlin.
Photo: Sarah Koch