Warren Haynes, Dew-Scented and much, much more in this month’s Gitarist

Sometimes a new album is a reason to have a fairly standard promo interview with musicians. In case of Gitarist, the journalist talks to the musician in question about the instruments and equipment he used for the album and that’s a routine job. Other times, a musician makes a record that is so different from the rest of his repertoire, that the interview is bound to be interesting. Such was the case with Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, The Allman Brothers Band) and his new release ‘Ashes & Dust’. While he certainly had displayed some Folk influences in the past, he went full “Roots” on the album he made with New Jersey-based Newgrass band Railroad Earth. The results of the interesting interview I had with him can be read in this month’s issue of Gitarist.

Other work from my hand include an interview with Marvin Vriesde and Rory Hansen, two of the four Dutch musicians that make up Thrash Metal outfit Dew-Scented besides German singer Leif Jensen these days. We had an interesting chat about how this collaboration started and how it influenced Vriesde to change guitars. I’ve been following the band for quite some time, but I’ll have to admit that these last two studio records – ‘Icarus’ and ‘Intermination’ – are the most consistent and well-written ones in the band’s history. As always, there are quite some reviews I have either written or translated as well.

While you’re at it, make sure you check out my colleagues’ lengthy cover article with Wild Romance guitarist Dany Lademacher as well. As one of the few guitar heroes we have in the Benelux, he has quite a lot to mention and it’s all interesting. Of course, there’s a lot of attention for his signature guitar – which he is holding on the cover – as well. And with all the product reviews and other interesting interviews (Joe Satriani, Sonny Landreth, Bliksem), there should be plenty of interesting stories for any guitar freak out there.

And quite some interesting things are shaping up for future issues as well. More on that later…

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