Brian Berthiume

While watching Brian Berthiume play in Concrete Buddha at uptown New Orleans night clubs, when I was 15-16 years old, he was no less than an adult, professional rock and Roll musician, with a real, Gibson Les Paul.

When he records with me he tends to become trance- like, centered with his guitar and effects pedals. More so than anyone I can think of it looks and feels like a disciplined practice of love and devotion, if not full- blown religion. I’m grateful to Steve Daffner who calls Brian a ‘master of guitar tone’ and suggested to me that I ask Brian to record with me a few years ago. Brians’s enthusiasm and sensitivity around all aspects of music can feel intoxicating. Conversations during our sessions are full- blown, live edutainment, as he compulsively unravels relevant music theory, connecting dots on musical lineage as relates to what he is hearing and his chosen approach with the music.

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Scott Guion says of Brian “Always real- time and appropriate, Brian knows what sounds right. He knows what frequencies will work. He knows what effects are going to balance. His depth of knowledge, and intense personality and comedy come through in his playing. His own unique style persists, even as he channels all of the electric guitar giants…

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Brian casually recites the following guitar influences: Les Paul, Hank Garland, Tommy Bolin, Mick Ronson, Dicky Betts, Glenn Cambell, Roy Clark, Robert Fripp, Todd Rungren, Steve Howe, Johnny Marr Robbie Kreiger Andy Summers Adrien Belew, Greg Lake, Ted Nudget, Steve Marriot, Brian May, Ron Ashton, Greg Ginn, Steve Jones, George Harrison, Earl Slick, Albert King, Albert Collins BB King, Elmore James, Buddy Guy, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Muddy Waters, Freddy King, Robert Johnson Otis Rush Otis Taylor, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Ike Turner, the one and only Clarence Gatemouth Brown, fucking Johnny Winter, Frank Marino, Martin Barre, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Roy Buchanan, Scotty Moore, Cliff Gallop, Lefty Frizzell, Carl Perkins, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed was a real badaas, Albert Lee, Alvin Lee, Frank Zappa, Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, Black Bird McNight, Rory Gallagher, Robin Trower Jim Capaldi… I have missed a few…