I just did a new interview for Ramon Goose's guitar show Youtube channel. Ramon is a UK guitarist who has a really great video series on all things guitar - history, gear, players, etc. He did an earlier one on Ritchie and I emailed him about my new book. We got in touch and I did this interview spot for his show just yesterday.
Here it is - check out my new interview with Ramon Goose for The Guitar Show - we talk about my new Ritchie book and Ritchie's music, playing style, and more.
*New Interview -- my new interview with Christian Swain for Pantheon Podcasts "Deeper Digs in Rock" is now online. In commemoration of February 1959, Christian and I discuss Ritchie Valens, his influence on rock history and rock guitar, and a few other topics. Check it out in its entirety here:
Recently I was interviewed on 89.1 FM KHOI (Central IA) for Stephanie Bates' show "Love of Music". I played some of my own songs, and shared a few of my
favorites by others. We talked about songwriting, the
blues, playing guitar, teaching music, music history, as well as my new
Ritchie Valens book, Ritchie's music and the Winter Dance Party.
New book spotlights Ritchie Valens’ guitars and playing
His Guitars and Music is the new book by guitarist and author Ryan Sheeler available
from Centerstream Publishing (distributed by Hal Leonard Inc.).The book spotlights the guitars and playing
style of Ritchie Valens; the first nationally famous Latino rock star.Valens was a talented young singer and
performer but was also a very skilled guitarist.Many who knew and worked with him attested to
his talent and skill on the instrument.
Ritchie Valens: His Guitars and Music looks at
Ritchie’s guitars that he owned and used both live and in the studio.The book is filled with photographs of
Ritchie, his instruments, commentary from musicians with whom he played and
sanctioned by Ritchie Valens’ estate. The book also offers a new transcription
of “La Bamba” with guitar tablature of Ritchie’s iconic guitar riffs and solo –
with a bonus transcription of the guitar solo from Los Lobos’ version on the
1987 film soundtrack.The book includes
an audio portion where Sheeler discusses and performs the guitar riffs and
solos of "La Bamba” in a full band setting.
Ryan Sheeler is Lecturer in the Department of Music at Iowa
State University where he teaches the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll and performs as a
guitarist in the Central Iowa area.
Ritchie Valens: His Guitars and Music is available
through Centerstream Publishing and Hal Leonard, Inc.
*Pre-Release* - I am very excited that my new guitar book on Ritchie Valens will be released in a few weeks from Centerstream Publishing. More info to come in a few weeks. Pre-Release press info below.