Andy Aledort has been my friend and Guitar World colleague for almost 20 years. As I’ve said many times, he’s also long been one of my favorite guitarists, and that’s not just blowing smoke. He has been playing with Dickey Betts for about a decade now, and I could make a good argument that he is the most influential guitarist of the past 20 years. Working at Guitar World, and other mags before that, he has taught the world how to play. You wouldn’t believe how many people I talk to, including well-known guitarists like Luther Dickinson, who tell me that Andy was their greatest teacher and/or inspiration.

Playing with him is always an honor and a blast. I was sorry that I couldn’t be at the Beacon Theatre last week when he sat in with Gov’t Mule and helped blow the roof off… Clip below, along with me playing “Beijing Blues” with Andy and his great Groove Kings at Big in China book launch party. Looking to have Andy play more shows with Big in China band in 2013.

Andy with Gov’t Mule:

Andy with me:

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  1. Andy Aledort
    Andy Aledort says:

    Thanks Alan for the very kind and generous words–I better start practicing if I’m gonna live up to ’em! There’s nothing better than playing music with friends, and I feel very fortunate to have made some very good friends along the way via music, writing and everything else. Let’s play soon!

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