If I'm not at home playing guitar, I still want to be immersed in the guitar world. I have a 1+ hour drive to work each day, and I regularly go back and forth between listening to music, and listening to podcasts.
I've been listening to the four podcasts below for a long, long time! Here are my 4 favorite guitar podcasts.
No Guitar Is Safe
You know you're in for a treat when the first episode of No Guitar Is Safe has Joe Satriani as the guest. I've been listening to this podcast since episode one, and haven't missed an episode since!
Host Jude Gold has had on Satch, Vai, Guthrie Govan, and countless others. I've learned about so many new guitarists from this show, and for the players I already knew, enjoyed diving deeper into the careers and thoughts behind guitar, recording, playing live and more.
The most insane thing about this podcast is that Jude can hang with every single player he invites on. Blues guy? No problem. Funk guy? Jude literally wrote the book on slap guitar.
The quality of guests and of Jude’s interviewing is what makes this podcast so great. Not to mention, this is one of the only shows where you get to actually hear the guitarists play guitar. What a novel idea!
Everyone Loves Guitar
If you'd rather listen to a more interview driven show, you have to check out Craig Garber’s Everyone Loves Guitar. Craig has hosted everyone in the guitar world, from up and comers to Grammy award winners. He's done well over 500 shows!
The key to why this podcast is so great is because Craig seems to always do his homework on the guests. But moreover, he really hits them with the hard questions - whether they be about guitar or life.
There's been a number of times I've walked away after listening to an episode, being genuinely inspired, not only to play better guitar but to be a better person.
The show has had everyone from Steve Stevens to Oz Noy, Nels Cline, and many more. The shows are typically over an hour, and sometimes a few hours if Craig really gets going with a guest. If you want to learn more about your favorite players, it's likely Craig has interviewed them.
When I started getting into jazz as a kid, I used to listen to Scott Henderson’s work in Tribal Tech all the time. It was just the kind of weird jazz that really spoke to me. When I found out that Scott was doing a podcast with jazz guitarist Bruce Forman, I was super excited.
Scott and Bruce join host Troy Maccubbin to talk about really nerdy guitar playing, navigating the music business, and they also invite on a lot of cool guests as well.
If you're into bebop or jazz, this is an excellent podcast to listen to. But, even if you're just a fan of music in general, all three guitarists always give a ton of helpful information each show, plus there's generous amounts of snark, which is always fun.
Recent guests include Tommy Emmanuel, Guthrie Trapp, Steve Lukather and more. If you play out live, this is also a great podcast to start with. There's always lots of stories about playing live.
I mean, how could I not put on a podcast which has such a similar name as Chasing Sound? All jokes aside, I love this podcast for finding out about guitar gear.
It's hosted by a number of folks, but the the consistent host is Brian Wampler of Wampler pedals. A guy who knows a thing or two about building pedals!
If you love putting together pedalboards, or geeking out over amps, guitars and more, this is the show for you. It's awesome that Brian and co. answer listeners’ questions. Whether you want to know if you should use an EQ pedal, or what the heck a compressor does, these are the folks to listen to.
What's Your Favorite Guitar Podcast?
These are my favorite shows that I listen to in the car. Not to mention, there are a ton of other great shows that lend themselves better to being watched on YouTube.
But I'd love to know, what's your favorite guitar podcast? What about music podcast in general? Let me know! I'm @ChasingSound everywhere.