Thursday, September 6, 2012

George Thorogood and the Destroyers - Born to be Bad; and the Gibson Byrdland guitar

How apt? - we head into the fall election season.  This is a new addition to my collection.  It has You Talk Too Much.  I love that song.  This is Born to Be Bad , the ___th studio album released by George Thorogood.  It was released in 1988 on the EMI label.  The album peaked at #32 on the Billboard 200.   Besides Ted Nugent, George is the only rocker I am aware of who plays (exclusively?) Gibson's Byrdland guitar.  That make and model is a jazz style guitar.  Ted's is usually in sunburst, and George seems to go with a white one most times.  It is a hollow-body guitar and it got its name from a melding of the names of two Nashville session guitarists: Billy Byrd and Hank Garlandfor whom the guitar was originally custom built by Gibson.   Semi-Correction:  George actually often also  plays a Gibson ES-125.   Here is a very interesting story about the famous Gibson Byrdland thin-body guitar.

1 comment:

  1. Whatever guitar George uses his concerts are da best! I saw him in Graham Chapel at Washington U (1979, I think) and we were dancin' so hard on the pews, I thought they were gonna explode! Same intensity a few years later at the IU Auditorium!


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