Say what you like about John Mayer but the man has impeccable taste in sidemen. News from the Mayer camp itself was that tastychops favourite Trussart slinger, Doug Pettibone, was to be joining the mouth-y one for his (just cancelled) Spring dates. Pettibone is such a great, edgy player and his playing is stylistically quite a shift away from the sweet, on-the money vibe of Mayer’s previous wingman, Robbie Macintosh.
Pettibone’s previous work with Lucinda Williams is awe inspiring and with the more rootsy, southern vibe of the new Mayer record it could be a great fit. Lets hope JM gets his throat sorted and the show can get back on the road.
Have you checked out the lead single ‘Shadow Days’ from ‘Born and Raised’? Thoughts?
Doug Pettibone is my kinda guy … he loves Trussarts, he’s played with Lucinda Williams and Ray LaMontagne (two of my fav singers and writers) and he has oodles of vibe. In a neat, little interview with Guitar International he bangs the “what’s so great about Trussart anyway?” nail on the head:
“I’m using a lot of James Trussart guitars. I really love them. What attracted me first was the visual – he is an artist. His guitars are beautifully crafted, original and they are metal, as you know. They are hollow, and I really like hollow electric guitars. The just have the overtones and sustain that I love. You get more out of them, I think. They just come alive when you plug them in. You’re not sure what they’re gonna do all the time but it’s usually pretty cool!”
And here is Doug with Lucinda and his James Trussart Steel Devillie:
This ad for a paisley engraved Trussart wah appeared in Guitar Aficianado recently. No further word from Dunlop or Trussart at this stage but from the ad we can see that its a limited edition … it will be available this year … and it looks funky as hell! The fact that the only mention of it has been in Guitar Aficianado (between the Rolex and Single Malt ads) suggests that its going to cost a small fortune.
Cool interview with master guitar maker James Trussart and a look at a few of his lovely creations. I love what he says about people appreciating his “beautiful mistakes” … create something unique and beautiful first and if other people love it that’s a bonus.