Jon Herington has been Steely Dan’s guitarist of choice since 2000, making him the longest-tenured axeman in the legendary band’s history. He’s lent his fretwork to the group’s two most-recent studio albums, and concert tours. Plus, he’s contributed to solo albums from both Walter Becker and Donald Fagan. In whatever free time he has left, he’s forged a solo career. His latest album is called Time on My Hands, and it features a heavier rock sound. We talk with Herington about the funny stories behind several of his new songs, and the odd circumstances surrounding his entrance into Steely Dan.
Larry Carlton is one of the most recorded guitarists in all of popular music, playing on over 100 gold albums, including Joni Mitchell’s Court & Spark, Steely Dan’s the Royal Scam, and Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall. He won one of his four Grammy’s for the theme to “Hill Street Blues” in 1981, with Mike Post. Over the last few decades, he’s concentrated more on his solo career – yet his latest offering is a collaboration with his good friend, another great guitarist, Robben Ford.
The new album & DVD is Larry Carlton & Robben Ford Unplugged. Recorded in Paris, the eight song set offers new twists on classics from both artists, as well as a few surprises. We talk to the multi-faceted guitarist about his relationship with Ford, recording with Steely Dan, and why he chose the Gibson E-335 as his “go to” guitar.