NAMM: Fender Nile Rodgers Hitmaker Stratocaster

hitmakerLemmie tell you a little bit about me. Whenever I’m feeling down, the best cure is to put on David Bowie’s “Modern Love” and just jam out on rhythm guitar along with Nile Rodgers. Nile is, of course, a hugely influential figure in popular music. Just think of the albums he’s had a hand in: Let’s Dance, Family Style, Like A Virgin, Original Sin, Cosmic Thing, Random Access Memories… and then of course there’s Chic and Sister Sledge, with whom Nile practically defined an entire genre and showed us what it really means to play the perfect part for the song. The Fender Custom Shop is paying tribute to Nile with a guitar that recreates the Hitmaker, the legendary Strat with which Nile has sprinkled musical gold dust over all sorts of tracks. It’s been a long time coming and here’s hoping that it leads to other more affordable versions too that tap into the same magic.  Read More …

Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers

NileNile Rodgers is one of the most important guitarists ever. Guitar as we know it just wouldn’t be the same without the influence of his soulful, funky rhythm playing, nor would music in general sound the way it does without the influence of his production on albums such as David Bowie’s Let’s Dance. Nile has a huge discography, and some of it has been funnelled into the compilation Nile Rodgers Presents The Chic Organization – Up All Night (The Greatest Hits). It covers plenty of classics by Chic, Sister Sledge and many more. And if you’d like to check out some great Nile-related music outisde of this compilation, might I suggest Family Style by the Vaughan Brothers, Cosmic Thing by The B-52’s, Your Filthy Little Mouth by David Lee Roth, and Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories (which features Nile on three tracks including Get Lucky). Nile has been talking a lot on Twitter lately about a forthcoming official Fender replica of his famous ‘Hitmaker’ Stratocaster, so I can’t wait to check that thing out!  Read More …