area guitarist Allen Devine is renowned for his wildly adventurous
instrumental guitar-based albums so its very cool to find that
Devines 2009 album is actually his first pop-based solo album.
Featuring one toe tapping track after the next Poportunity spotlights
Devines guitar and vocals backed up by like-minded players.
Like many classic pop platters from the 60s, Poportunity
clocks in under a half hour, yet the ten tracks on hand combine
for an uplifting pop adventure that combines smart song writing balanced
with Devines famous guitar skills and his newly rediscovered
vocal abilities. With Allen handling all the 6 and 12 string acoustic
/ electric guitars, bass and all lead vocals, Poportunity also
features the musicianship of fine players such as bassist Chuck
Vath and U.K. drum legend Dave Mattacks. www.AllenDevine.com
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been playing guitar seriously for over 20 years. As well as messing
around with other instruments such as bass guitar, keys and drums.
To make a very long story short, I learned how to play guitar and
organ in church When I was a kid. I went to a Catholic school run
by nuns and two of them had a little folk trio and asked me if I would
be interested in learning guitar. I jumped at the chance and before
I knew it I was playing at in church every weekend. It didnt
take me long to realize that what I really wanted to do was play Beatle
and Rolling Stones tunes. I gathered up a few friends in the neighborhood
and off we were playing the garage pop hits of the day. The years
flew by and before I knew it I was a teenager playing High School
dances, private functions and the like. Next in line came Nightclubs.
Anyway, I continued in a few "cover" bands and a few dozen
original bands until I realized the potenial to actually write and
create my own music. This last decade found me recording four of my
own solo CD's as well as contributing guitar to many other Boston
based recording artists.
a nice collection of guitars which of course includes Fenders, Gibsons
and my newest fave, an Eastwood
Airline Twintone. On Poportunity I utilized my
Fender Stratocaster which is an Eric Clapton Signature Series model.
Im very attached to that guitar. I also did a fair amount of
12 string with an Eastwood and a Fender 12. There were some acoustic
tracks which I recorded with my trusty Yamaha as well as a really
nice late model Martin. Most of the bass tracks were recorded with
a Fender Precision bass but I did use an early Gibson EB-3 on one
of the arrangements. When recording I like to use Fender amps whenever
possible. Especially pre-CBS Models. I also favor VOX and Marshall
for some of the crunchier stuff. For live shows in small
rooms I tend to use my Fender Deluxe amp. In
large venues I use my Fender Deville with (2) 12 inch Celestion Vintage
30 speakers. My Deluxe is also loaded with (1) vintage 30 speaker.
Right now I keep a basic pedal setup with a Maxon overdrive, Fulltone
OCD pedal, a Deeelay analog delay made by www.cmatmods.com
A great boutique pedal company. For my electric 12 string, I utilize
a Janglebox www.janglebox.com
for that real vintage 60's Byrds tone. And of course I have a boss
floor tuner. Simple set-up yet it does the trick for me.
Harrison, Jeff Beck, Roy Buchanan, Rory Gallagher, Chet Atkins, Jimi
Hendrix, Keith Richards and anyone who plays for the song. I love
Mike Campbell's guitar work (Tom Petty) as well as James Honeyman
Scott (early Pretenders). Im a big fan of XTC and one of my
favorite discs of all time is Cant Buy A Thrill
By Steely Dan. Killer songs and tasty guitar. Love that combo! I love
Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Miles Davis,