I get to see and experience a lot doing my LOUDGUITARS work and these last few days were a great inspiration to me.
I had the great pleasure of meeting and interviewing local guitar maker and success story, Mike Carparelli of Carparelli Guitars. It was a nerve-racking first for me, doing an on-camera interview with a roomful of industry people, and 3 cameras but the story of Mike Carparelli is so compelling that I became engrossed in it and I believe we captured a story that is sure to inspire anyone looking to do something in life. Mike Carparelli, in 5 short years, has built a truly innovative new guitar line that combines all the coolness of a vintage instrument with modern attributes and tools to achieve almost any tone. Amazingly inspiring.
I also had a chance to interview Canadian instrumental guitar recording artist James Evans, who is currently number 1 on the Toronto Reverbnation Charts, and has 36000 fans on his Reverbnation page, and 56000 hits. James took the time to chat about a guitar that he had just scored from Ian Thornley (Thornley, Big Wreck), a Gibson doubleneck. He also went on to discuss the process of recording his new release and his internet success. James is a one-man machine and is an example of what is possible if you put your mind to it. Another inspiration.
Fast forward to late Saturday afternoon where we have, not only an interview with Blues Legend Johnny Winter, but Paul Nelson as well. This man struck me. He is largely responsible for resurrecting Mr. Winter. Not quite 9 years earlier, Paul joined Johnny’s band and quickly became a close friend. He worked diligently to help wean Johnny off all of the stuff that had been slowly killing him. Paul soon became Johnny’s Manager/Producer and has managed to help Johnny get back into the best shape he has been in, in years, both personally and musically.