NOKIE EDWARDS INTERVIEW #2
Nokie Edwards 2 Interview
(Originally aired on July 11, 2013)
As lead guitarist with the Ventures, Nokie Edwards helped pioneer the sound of instrumental rock. In the early '60s, he and his bandmates brought electric guitar into the homes of legions of Americans who were just beginning to discover stereo LPs. The band's eclectic repertoire included movie and TV themes, surf tunes, and hot-rod and space-themed pieces featuring special effects. With albums sales of more than 110 million, the Ventures ultimately became the best-selling instrumental band of all time. In 2008, Edwards and his cohorts were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they continue to play concerts in the US and abroad.
In our exclusive interview, Edwards talks about his new album, Nokie Rocks The Ventures, and his custom HitchHiker guitars — instruments he designed. We'll also hear tracks from Nokie Rocks The Ventures throughout the feature.