Can you give us a brief history of your playing career?
Let’s see… toured and/or recorded with Tin Machine, David Bowie, Paul Rodgers, The Cure, Public Enemy, Mick Jagger, Ozzy Osbourne, NIN, Sister Machine Gun, The Rolling Stones, Club d’Elf, Natalie Imbruglia, Godhead, Jeffrey Gaines, X World 5, Protecto and others. Wrote scores for a variety independent films. Recorded 4 solo albums.
What inspired you to start playing guitar?
My father loved music (both kinds – country AND western). He thought i was too serious about my school work and he believed that playing an instrument would make me more “sociable”. By my freshman year in high school he eventually talked me into it and set up lessons for me with a friend, Turk Van Lake, who used to frequent the same drinking establishment that my dad did. As it turned out, Turk was quite a heavy cat back in the day having played with Tommy Dorsey, Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra and others. All that corresponded with my dicovering Humble Pie, Free and Mott The Hoople. The die was cast.
What was your first electric guitar?
A Fender Telecaster.
What are your top 5 favorite records?
An impossible question to answer… i’ll go with personal classics from my formative years and avoid contemporary favorites…
Katy Lied- Steely Dan
Into The Storm- Jack Bruce
Nantucket Sleighride – Mountain
Wired- Jeff Beck
Rocking The Fillmore- Humble Pie
Tribute To Jack Johnson- Miles Davis
And, yes, I know that’s six but i can’t cut it down any more than that.
What was the proudest moment and/or performance of your playing career?
I’m just happy and thankful to get to do what i do and have an audience for it… i don’t really look at it in terms of accomplishment and career. i view this as my art. it’s just what i do.
How did you hear about Reverend?
i had seen Reverend Guitars hanging up in various music stores… i’m drawn to guitars that have their own thing… that aren’t Les Paul or Strat or even PRS copies. Guitars that are waiting to have their history written. Not guitars that were designed half a century ago and that have the baggage of being strongly identified with other players, tones or genres.
What Reverend guitar(s) are you using?
My signature model and a Double Agent with a Stetsbar vibrato.
What do you like about your Reverend guitar?
Solid, simple,and affordable with distinctive and wide tonal range. The Dimarzio neck pickup and Reverend humbucker work great together. Combined with the phase switch and the very special secret weapon – the bass contour knob – i can go from fat to stinging and it’s all at my fingertips. the bass contour knob is the shit. And i love the reverend locking tuners. it is very important to me that the guitar that i play is the same as the guitar that anyone can buy from any Reverend dealer (except for the sweat, dents and scratches).
What amps and pedals do you currently use?
Traynor, Bogner and Koch amps. Blackstone Appliances Mosfet Overdrive, Source Audio Multiwave Distortion, Lovepedal Eternity, Fulltone Soul Bender, Digitech Timewarp, the occasional vibrator, an ancient Digitech XP300 Space Station and a bunch of different dj-oriented signal processing effects.
Do you have any unusual hobbies, skills, or pastimes you’d like to share with us?
just trying to keep it real.
Do you have any advice for up and coming players?
Music is not a career choice. it’s a calling. It’s a satisfying and wonderful road but it’s also a hard road. Only take this path if you can’t live without it. This is not American Idol. If you are driven by a desire for fame and money become an evangelist or a vulture capitalist. Do the rest of us a favor get the fuck out of the way. Do something else. Then you can play music as a “hobby”.
Please tell us about any of your current projects, tours, cds, etc. we should know about:
Working on solo album #5 and playing live with my band “Reeves Gabrels And His Imaginary Friends”. Playing with on interesting projects with like-minded individuals. To keep current with my musical endeavors check out: