Big labels give you more potential resources, and more restrictions, and more mainstream commercial thinking.

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With an impressive 22 CD's to his credit, and an active live touring schedule, Canadian guitarist Rik Emmett shows no signs of slowing down.

Trio of guitarists Pavlo, Rik, and Oscar Lopez  blended their acoustic styles into Mediterranean and Latin contexts.

With countless awards and accolades to his credit, in September of 1988 Rik began a highly successful solo career which to date has produced 10 albums.

Sometimes my imagination feels very active, and the soil in my mind is very fertile…..Other times, it’s the dry season, and my life gets overly complicated and gets in the way of creativity/productivity. And in an age when program directors found it hard to play consistently good music by known artists, Rik was bucking the trend, cranking out hit after killer track. RE: Yes, at early stages, very much so.

His latest, entitled “Folk Songs for the Farewell Bonfire” (referred to as The Bonfire Sessions)  includes 18 solo acoustic / vocal tracks and 6 jazz guitar instrumentals, available exclusively as downloads off of FIGHT had a Telly through a little orange Roland amp as a clean rhythm bedtrack (it might have been doubled): a couple of scorching Akkerman tracks through an old 50 watt Marshall…a fingerpicky arpeggiating classical on the front and back end, and, if memory serves, a chorussed 12 string electric on the B verses. He first became interested in music when he was a child.

Paul Stanley. He may be best remembered as Triumph's dynamic front man whose explosive guitar solos and stirring vocals left a trail of adoring fans around the world. Facebook –, Instagram –

I’d like to take a year off sometime, just to do some prose writing, just to see what would come out. He is 67 years old and is a Cancer.

In some respects, it was actually a bit of a negative, but generally, it opened some doors, and gave me some opportunities that I never would have had if people didn’t know who I was.

“Libre” became heavily requested at duo tour dates. For your event’s refund or credit eligibility visit your account or learn more about options for canceled, rescheduled and postponed events. Pepper, (which would be amazing – I’ve never had that luxury) then, no, smaller labels can’t give you all the liberty you want. Robben Ford?

I’m sure that purists from any school (classical, jazz, rock fusion, etc.) I catalogue the ideas, and then try to flesh them out.

In 2011 “reCOVERy Room 9“ was released (also an acoustic duo with Dave Dunlop), featuring nine cover songs from a wildly eclectic range of pop music. He is also a writer for Guitar Player magazine and teaches songwriting and music business at Humber College in Toronto. Best known as the guitarist (and often the singer) of hard-edged prog rockers Triumph, Rik Emmett went on to launch his own solo career after leaving the group in the late '80s.

BTW – nowadays, I very rarely use a pick.