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LONE STAR STATE OF MIND

Lance Lopez tells Michael Stephens about Texas tone, his friend and mentor Billy Gibbons, grabbing guitars off Johnny Winter and just what ‘double clutch’ drums mean when it comes to blues-rock

LANCE LOPEZ

“Clang!” What’s that sound? “Clang!” There it is again! It’s the sound of Lance Lopez dropping names like he has greased hands, but to be fair to the 40-year-old blues-rocker, he’s got the pals to do it. If the Dallasdwelling Lopez has been “around the block”, it’s certainly a big one: new album Tell The Truth is the latest instalment in a career that’s seen him part of guest-packed project Supersonic Blues Machine (featuring Lopez, Billy F Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Walter Trout et al), playing with the Buddy Miles Express, backing Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson and Little Milton, being mentored from age 16 by Gibbons, being gifted Gibbo Firebirds by Johnny Winter and even knowing Elvis as “my dad’s friend” (Lopez Snr and The King were amigos before, during and after their US Army spell together).

Tell The Truth – LL’s enviable namedrops aside – is Lopez’s own chance to shine. It’s big, beefy blues rock that won’t win any prizes for subtlety, but those hands do play with greased speed: it will sit proud against your SRV, Gary Moore and Leslie West discs. Lopez talks as fast as he plays: so let’s crank it…

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The June 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now! Inside we celebrate 135 years of Gretsch, check out a pair of the company’s sparkling new Anniversary models and trace the history of some of the most famous and affordable guitars ever to deliver ‘That Great Gretsch Tone’. We also find out how Jonathan Wilson became a go-to guitarist and producer for artists as diverse as Roger Waters and Father John Misty and get a close look at his killer live rig. Elsewhere, we get to grips with a breathtaking original Olympic White 1963 Stratocaster, rundown the world’s most popular fuzz pedals in our buyer’s guide and review a host of new gear from the likes of Universal Audio, Maybach, Eastman, Fender, Rift Amps, Way Huge and more. In this jam-packed special edition of the mag we also go behind the scenes with Crimson Guitars, interview the legendary Bill Wyman about the home-made bass that powered early Rolling Stones hits, give a mystery vintage Fender amp a makeover, go into the studio with up-and-coming UK roots duo Ida Mae, salute the genius of former Gibson president Ted McCarty… and give you the chance to win a road-ready Fender Hot Rod Deluxe IV combo worth £849. Phew! Get your copy of the June 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine now.