Whether gigging, recording or jamming, guitarists spend 90% of their time playing rhythm guitar parts behind vocalists and other soloists. Having command of a wide range of chord voicings and rhythmic variations is arguably even more vital than being a great soloist. And no one knows this better than Shane Theriot who’s recorded or performed with everyone from the Neville Brothers and Dr. John to Little Feat and Sammy Hagar.
Johnny Theakstone is the forgotten man of early British rock & roll. Many others vie for the title, but none of them even come close. Dead before his 17th birthday, unknown and therefore publicly unmourned, Theakstone would nevertheless live on when his group, Shane Fenton & the Fentones, persuaded roadie Bernard Jewry to slip into the title role to help them through a crisis – and then he was born again a decade later, when Jewry reinvented himself as glam rocker Alvin Stardust.