Meet The EHX KEY9 Electric Piano Machine

Okay, as a Steely Dan fan but someone who’s too lazy to properly learn how to play keyboard, this pedal is exactly what I’ve been waiting for. From EHX: “Completing the powerful trilogy forged by the B9 and C9 Organ Machines, the new KEY9 pedal emulates the world’s most coveted electric pianos and more. With 9 presets, you can transform your axe and lay down a cool “Riders on the Storm” style groove or some hot funk ala “What’d I Say!” Each preset lets you control the fundamental parameters that help define that instrument’s sound. Many include adjustable modulation like tremolo, phaser and chorus. Take if from Mike Matthews who says: “You’ll dig the way the KEY9 turns you into a Rhodes Scholar!”

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INTERVIEW: Jon Herington

Jon HeringtonThe first time I really became aware of is Jon Herington was capable of during a Steely Dan concert a few years ago. Any Steely Dan fan knows that the band’s discography is full of great guitar moments. The problem is, they come from a whole bunch of different guitarists like Larry Carlton, Denny Dias, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and Elliott Randall. It takes an incredibly skilled guitarist to take the work of each of those players and present it on stage. It takes an even more skilled guitarist to filter it all through their own style and interpretation while paying tribute to the original recordings yet honouring their exploratory and evolutionary nature: Steely Dan music doesn’t stay still. Herington has been playing with Steely Dan since 1999, and he’s also toured with Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs, Bette Midler, the Jim Beard group, The Blue Nile, Phoebe Snow, Madeleine Peyroux, Bobby Caldwell, Catherine Russell, Rob Morsberger, saxophonist Bill Evans, contemporary jazz superband Chroma, Lucy Kaplansky of Cry, Cry, Cry, jazz/blues organ great Jack McDuff, and most recently with The Dukes of September, a supergroup with Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs, and Michael McDonald. Somewhere in there Herington even manages to find time to make his own music, and his latest solo album is Time On My Hands. There are hints of the jazzy, sophisticated Steely Dan sound here and there, but Time On My Hands is more of a blues-rock album, full of wit, humour and great guitar playing. I caught up with Herington to talk about all things guitar. Read More …