Sunday, October 21, 2012

Chops Original: Guitar Greats Rik Emmett


 Band(s): Triumph, solo artist

Influences: Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Charlie Byrd, Lenny Breau, Yardbirds, Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, others

My Favorite Tracks: (with Triumph)-Fantasy Serenade, Mid Summer's Daydream, A Minor Prelude, Writing on the Wall, Rock and Roll Machine (Live), Never Surrender; (as solo artist)- Castle of Regret, Buggy Ride, Knuckleball Sandwich

Gear: Gibson Les Paul, Gibson ES-345, Gibson 6/12 String Doubleneck, Godin Spectrum, Yamaha LS-36, Yamaha L-55 acoustics, Dean Signature 'V'

This and That: If I were to compare Emmett to a baseball player, it would be Martin Prado. Like Prado, who played five different positions this year (quite well, I might add), Rik Emmett is able to do it all. As the guitarist and co-vocalist of the Canadian power-trio Triumph, he displayed a wide array of musical styles- from jazz and classical, to blues and flamenco. Following a successful career in the rock world, Rik has released several solo albums, as well as ones with touring partner Dave Dunlop (as the Strung-Out Troubadours). While Rik's solo albums may not appeal to many fans of the rock genre that Triumph fell into, he still has a large fan base. And-he's still highly thought of by his peers. Simply put, I believe Emmett is one of the most under appreciated guitarists of our time. 


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