12 QUESTIONS WITH KERRY LIVGREN

Can you give us a brief history of your playing career?
Started in the middle sixties playing a combination of surf music (in Kansas….), R & B, British Invasion, a little of everything actually. Started writing songs and starved for several years, then we got signed with a major label and off we went. By 1976 we had radio hits, were triple platinum sales, and touring the world in arenas.

What inspired you to start playing guitar? 
Standing in front of a surf music band at a local Rec. Center in 1963.

What was your first electric guitar? 
I made it. It was an old Stella acoustic and I had fixed a microphone inside. After that I got one out of the Sears catalog.

What are your top 5 favorite records?
Wow – don’t think I could really answer that, my tastes are too numerous and eclectic.

 What was the proudest moment and/or performance of your playing career? 
Maybe selling out Madison Square Garden.

How did you hear about Reverend? 
Vintage Guitar mag I think.

What Reverend guitar(s) are you using? 
1999 Slingshot and 2006 Flatroc.

What do you like about your Reverend guitar? 
They are totally unique – nothing else like them.

What amps and pedals do you currently use? 
Custom built Jones KL100 with 4×10 cabinet. (they named the model after me!) I also use a Jones-built replica Fender Super Reverb. I use a Vox Tonelab SE pedalboard.

Do you have any unusual hobbies, skills, or pastimes you’d like to share with us? 
Aviation, Agriculture and Theology.

Do you have any advice for up and coming players? 
Do something new and different.

Please tell us about any of your current projects, tours, cds, etc. we should know about: 
Currently working on a new CD Project with Proto-Kaw, a new solo instrumental CD, and my Cantata – “The Resurrection of Lazarus”. www.numavox.com