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Episode 11 - Duane Eddy (Part 1)

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In March of 2016, I'll be releasing a weekly podcast that delves into the lives, careers and studio experiences of musicians, music producers, and even a few music biz-types who have been involved in excellent music. Some will be artists you recognize, others will be the musicians behind the scenes you may not be aware of, but each one has a great story to tell and brings a perspective to great music that will be of interest to music fans of all kinds. Stay tuned here and subscribe if you'd like to hear each episode as it gets released starting in March!

Episode 11 - Duane Eddy (Part 1)

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This week we're honoured to have the legend of TWANG drop into the Henhouse, Mr. Duane Eddy himself! For those of you who don’t know him, Duane Eddy revolutionized the sound of the electric guitar and became the king of "twang" with his trusty Gretsch guitar in hand. He had huge records in the 50’s and 60’s, most of which were instrumental. His playing and innovative guitar sounds, in conjunction with the pioneering production work of Lee Hazelwood resulted in over 12 million records sold before 1963! He had massive hits with “Rebel Rouser”, “Peter Gunn”, “Movin’ and Groovin’” and so many more.  These songs were fixtures on the radio as well as TV, being a regular guest on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. He toured and performed with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, BB King, Chet Atkins and countless others. Duane was rightfully inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Duane Eddy lives in Nashville and was generous enough to drop into the Henhouse a while back and sit and tell stories and talk about some of the sessions for those legendary songs, some of his earliest musical experiences, and his involvement in the pivotal years of American Rock and Roll. He saw an Epiphone Casino hanging on my wall, which is the closest thing I have to a Gretsch, asked to play it and kept it on his lap the entire time and picked out some examples as he talked. There’s no amp, you’re just hearing him plucking on an unamplified electric as he talks. It was a huge thrill to have him here, and because of the length of our conversation, I decided to split it into 2 full episodes. Have a listen to now to Part 1 of my conversation with Duane Eddy!