Yardbirds Guitarist Johnny A Interviewed Jan. 14

An interview with Yardbirds guitarist Johnny A was featured on the Jan. 14 edition of Greasy Tracks where he discussed his solo work as well as up-coming plans with the legendary blues-rock band.

To listen to an archive of the program, go here.

The program also marked the anniversaries of the births of Allen Toussaint (1938), George Duke (1946) and Clarence Carter (1936).

Fretmaster In Hartford: Guitarist Johnny A plays Infinity Hall on Jan. 20. (Photo courtesy Gibson Guitars)

Fretmaster In Hartford: Guitarist Johnny A plays Infinity Hall on Jan. 20. (Photo courtesy Gibson Guitars)

Heavily influenced by the music of The Beatles, A played in a number of Boston-based bands in the 1970s and 80s before linking up with J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf for whom A served as guitarist and musical director over a seven-year period.

Artistically speaking, A says he has been more influenced by songs than individual guitarists. When it comes to players, he tabs Chet Atkins as his favorite, but admits to being a big fan of Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin, Wes Montgomery and Robert Fripp’s work with King Crimson.

'Birds Kept A Rollin': Johnny A (left) with bassist Kenny Aaronson, and drummer Jim McCarty at a Yardbirds gig at the Bolton Center in Bayshore, N.Y., last summer. (Arnie Goodman photo)

‘Birds Kept A Rollin’: Johnny A (left) with bassist Kenny Aaronson, and drummer Jim McCarty at a Yardbirds gig at the Bolton Center in Bayshore, N.Y., last summer. (Arnie Goodman photo)

A leads a four-piece band for the up-coming Hartford appearance where he will perform an all-instrumental show, spotlighting a mix of original compositions — including those from his latest release, Driven (Aglaophone Records)  — as well as an interesting mix of covers. Later this month, he returns to the road with the Yardbirds on what will be his fourth tour with the band.

“I want to create instrumental music and deliver it like a vocalist,” he says. “You can be a great player, on any instrument, and people will take notice for a while…but what people really remember is someone who brings them a great melody.”

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