NICK JOHNSTON HAS always occupied two worlds simultaneously — a Schrodinger's Cat of Shred, if you will. Is he a highly capable, achingly melodic and sometimes blazingly fast guitar hero for the modern age? Or is he a composer exploring new levels of melody, harmony and orchestration? With Johnston, you never know until you hit “Play.” On his latest, Wide Eyes in the Dark, we find more of the compositional, fusionesque Johnston rather than the ‘How does he do that?’ shred lord, and yet there are still plenty of licks and tricks, as on previous albums like Remarkably Human and Atomic Mind. It’s just that they’re couched in music that is almost cinematic in its scope and ambition.
“Writing music is kind of like a therapy, Johnston says. “I value that above everything. This is my fifth record, and some of the others felt like they were showing different facets of the same gem, but this one stands out to me and it’s hard to pinpoint why. There are more of the majestic melodies, more of the quiet sections.”
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WELCOME TO THE BUNGLE
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Hooks in You
IN HIS JUST-PUBLISHED FIRST BOOK, IRON MAIDEN STALWART ADRIAN SMITH SHARES A BOATLOAD OF BIG-FISH STORIES
EXACTLY WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DOES THIS ON-THE-RISE HOUSTON TRIO PLAY? GUITARIST MARK SPEER TAKES YOU UNDER THE WIG!
Sonic Blue Persuasion
LONGTIME STRAT ADDICT KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD UNVEILS HIS NEW SIGNATURE OFFERING FROM FENDER — AND A NEW LIVE DVD/ALBUM
HOT ON THE HEELS OF HIS AMAZING NEW BOOK, JIMMY PAGE DISCUSSES HIS EVOLUTION AS A GUITARIST, HIS LEGENDARY GEAR, THE CREATIVE PROCESS THAT WENT INTO THE HOLY TRINITY OF LED ZEPPELIN SONGS — “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE,” “KASHMIR” AND “STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN” — AND THE TIME HE PLAYED AT “FULL ACCELERATION” WITH THE ROLLING STONES
CO-FOUNDING GUITARIST RICHARD WILLIAMS TALKS KANSAS: THE HIGHLIGHTS, THE HITS, THE CLASSIC GUITAR SOLOS AND THE NEW ALBUM, THE ABSENCE OF PRESENCE
MARK TREMONTI TALKS WALK THE SKY 2.0 AND “LAST RITES,” A BRAND-NEW TRACK WITH A JERRY CANTRELL VIBE
Black Beauty Rides Again
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Finding Her Way
Young Rancher Credits UF/IFAS Extension for Much of Her Success
Panic Over The Pacific
WHEN IT’S ALL BARK AND NO BITE
Getting a silage maize crop into the bunker chop-chop
In terms of its cost-benefit ratio, silage maize is arguably the best-value stored green feed for milk production systems in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. However, to maximize the nutritional quality and quantity of this crop, it is important to harvest and handle it at the correct time and in the correct way. Lloyd Phillips reports.
Previous regime meddled with judiciary
Court cases could be filed against many others in the previous government if an investigation is carried out on how they interfered with the Judiciary, Minister of Highways Johnston Fernando said yesterday.
MIKEY IS ON SONG
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His pride and joy
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THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD
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Car driver's miracle rail smash escape
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Support from Johnston & Jeff
Premium bird food manufacturer, Johnston & Jeff, has flown to the aid of four parrot rescue and rehoming centres hit by the coronavirus.
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