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In the early ‘20s a Vaudeville guitar player named George Beauchamp paid a visit to a stringed instrument shop. His complaint: no matter how loud he played, his guitar just couldn’t compete with the rest of the instruments in the orchestra.
So, the owner of that shop, John Dopyera, developed the idea of fitting a guitar body with aluminum cones. Discs of fine-spun aluminum that vibrate to amplify sound. Make the body out of metal, and you’ve got a National guitar.
See what actor Chadwick Boseman had to say about playing the magnificent James Brown in “Get On Up”, out TODAY!
This week features one of the most powerful, soulful guitarists in Chicago’s history: the late Luther Allison from way back in January, 1997, just seven months before his untimely death.
R.L. Burnside talks about getting the name “Reverend”, eating neck bones, and his musical family
Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown talks about his process, NOT being a bluesman, his best home cooking, and knowing he was going to be a musician before he even left the womb!
Every week, Elwood Blues digs deep down between the seats and pulls another interesting, exciting, revealing interview with another blues personality from the archives.