New Podcast Episode: Roger Mayer

Roger Mayer is the Father of the Fuzz. Oracle of the Octavia. His early effects for the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page changed the way we listen to and play guitar, and he’s still making great gear today. Join us for a chat about why analog is superior to digital, what it was like to work with Jimi Hendrix, and the emotion-heightening impact of a well-placed effect. 

Listen to it on iTunes here, in the embedded player below, or in the podcast catcher of your choice. Let me know if you need me to add it to any podcast services that you’re not finding it on yet! 

Be sure to visit Roger’s website at

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Podcast Episode 2: St Vincent, Richie Kotzen, Dan Auerbach, Walter Trout

Yup, you read that right: Episode 2 of the I Heart Guitar Podcast is out now and the guests are St. Vincent, Richie Kotzen, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, and blues legend Walter Trout.

You can listen here on iTunes or on the podcatcher of your choice (and if you can’t find it on whatever you’re using, email me at and I’ll get it added for you). Don’t forget to leave a review! 

There’s also a Patreon page where you can show me some love and get access to an exclusive subscriber-only podcast feed. The first subscriber-only bonus just went out on Monday: a live track from my performance at the Melbourne Guitar Show in 2015. Subscribers will get all sorts of stuff: gear demos, extended interviews, live call-in shows, previews of the album I’m releasing in early 2018 and more (while also helping to pay for things like hosting fees, podcasting gear, food for my sausagedog, etc). 

I Heart Guitar Podcast Episode 1: Rich Ward, Tony MacAlpine & Tony Iommi

Well, I’ve finally gone and done it: meet the I Heart Guitar Podcast! The first episode is online now and it features Rich Ward of Fozzy, Tony MacAlpine, and an interview from the archives with Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi. I hope you enjoy it, and there’s a lot more where that came future will include guest co-hosts, gear reviews, blogpods from various events, and lots more.

I’ve also started a Patreon for those who wish to support this site and the podcast. $3 monthly subscribers will get a patron-exclusive bonus podcast each week. 

You can listen to the podcast below, or at the following links:

Here’s where to listen:
I Heart Guitar Podcast on iTunes
I Heart Guitar Podcast on Stitcher
I Heart Guitar Podcast on BlogTalkRadio
I Heart Guitar Podcast on Podbean

Mike Varney Interviewed On Let There Be Talk

LETTHEREBETALK_ATCcoverI 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.  Read More …

NEWS: I Heart Guitar mentioned on Talking Metal

So this morning I was riding the tram to work and listening to episode 257 of the Talking Metal podcast by John Ostronomy and Mark Strigl – I had a few weeks’ worth to catch up on cos I was on holidays for a few weeks and my morning commute is usually my iPod time – and after a great interview with the very eloquent Duff McKagen, they read out an email I sent them a few weeks ago, and they mentioned my site. I didn’t expect them to read out the email on the air (although I’m not gonna lie to ya, I made sure to include site information just in case), and it was a very nice little surprise to start my morning.

My apologies to the lady sitting next to me on the tram, who was probably wondering why I suddenly started grinning like a doofus.

It’s been a good couple of weeks for I Heart Guitar publicity, what with the mention in the May 2009 edition of Premier Guitar and my guest post on the Jemsite blog. So it’s at this point that I’d like to get all gushy and thank everyone so so much for their support, including my fellow guitar bloggers (you can show them some love too by checking out the blog links to the right).