Jeff Golub Interview

(Originally aired on January 5, 2012)

Like so many guitarists of his generation, Jeff Golub was inspired to pick up the 6-string by British Invasion bands of the '60s. But during his teens, Golub discovered Wes Montgomery and that led him to pursue jazz guitar with a vengeance. As fate would have it, Golub was drawn back into the rock world when he was invited to join Billy Squier's band, and Golub backed the arena-rocker on seven albums before he became a member of Rod Stewart's group. During his eight-year stint with Stewart, Golub did five world tours and tracked four albums. He then established himself as a successful guitarist in the smooth jazz genre, cutting several albums with his band Avenue Blue that reached the top of the contemporary jazz charts.

On his new release, The Three Kings, Golub pays homage to blues guitarists Freddie King, Albert King and BB King. The album includes covers of songs these giants made famous in the '60s and early '70s, as well as several originals inspired by the three Kings' groundbreaking guitar sounds. In our exclusive interview, Golub takes us behind the scenes of The Three Kings and explains how Freddie, Albert and BB have influenced and shaped his own playing. We'll hear selections from The Three Kings throughout the feature and also discover Golub's secret to getting great guitar sounds in the studio.