I missed this last week when I was zipping around California doing NAMM and Seymour Duncan stuff, but Dean Delray recently interviewed Shrapnel Records founder Mike Varney for his Let There Be Talk podcast. It’s hard to think of someone who’s had a more powerful influence on the direction of guitar post-1980 than Mike Varney. In his search to uncover the next Eddie Van Halen or Jimi Hendrix he’s brought us players like Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, Jason Becker, Marty Friedman and Richie Kotzen. And you need to listen to this interview. It’s embedded below, but if it’s not working for you for whatever reason, you can check it out at All Things Comedy or on iTunes. And go give Dean a good review on iTunes. His podcast is a must-hear for rock and metal fans.