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Artists on Recording Techniques by Jeff Touzeau

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9. Jackie Greene: A Natural Bluesman from California

Jackie Greene’s album American Myth is definitely a guitarist’s guitar album, laced with a variety of deeply rooted blues-based tracks—some screech and holler, while others are silkily plucked on his ’62 Martin D-18. Throughout American Myth, multi-instrumentalist Greene displays a wide range of guitar-playing styles, taking cues from blues heroes such as Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, and Willie Dixon.

Greene was drawn to the blues; from the classic bluesmen of the Mississippi Delta to Led Zeppelin, it became part of his blood. As a result, his recordings sound very natural—almost effortless. Throughout his career so far, Greene has made a point to surround himself with the best players ...

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