Seated onstage all those years in Mofro, one might have missed what a six-string monster Daryl Hance is, but there’s no mistaking how he’s right in line with contemporaries like The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and North Mississippi Allstars/Black Crowes man Luther Dickinson on his welcome solo debut, Hallowed Ground (released January 25 on Pine Tar Recordings). The album reveals what a goddamn sexy player Hance truly is, as well as showing off his ear-catching songwriting and singing skills – there’s something of John Fogerty to the whole package actually. It’s Southern rock with a psychedelic lover man’s twist, and anyone who likes it humid and right in the pocket is likely to plotz over Hallowed Ground.
We grabbed Daryl for our virtual guitar symposium to gain insights into his mojo.
- Favorite effects pedal? Why?
- Fulltone GT-500 – Just because there’s so many things you can use it for. Good OD for your road amp. Great for fly-dates when you end up on these newer Fender re-issue amps that suck. Recording bass and electric guitar. Those are just a few uses.
For just cool effects – Probably and script logo MXR Phaser 90 or a Fulltone Deja-Vibe because they just have a deep, rich, swirling sound.
- Tastiest guitarist — i.e. not just soloing but also overall playing — currently working six-strings?
- Andrew Trube – Greyhounds (and current JJ Grey and Mofro guitarist)
- A guitar solo I never get tired of listening to is…
- “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” – Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
”Are You Experienced” – Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?
”Who’s Been Foolin’ You” – Buddy Guy – Sweet Tea
”Maybe You’re Baby” – Stevie Wonder (guitar Ray Parker Jr.) – Talking Book
Anything played by Sly & The Family Stone (Sly & Freddie Stone)
- Preferred brand of axe? Why?
- Fender Strat – Tone!
- AC/DC, The Beatles, Radiohead or The Byrds – which one gives you the biggest guitar boner? What makes them SO sweet?
- AC/DC – Because they are AC/DC!
- One lesser known guitarist folks should check out is…
- Andrew Trube – I guess he’s lesser known? Right now he’s playing for a WHOLE LOT more people than I am! But it’s well deserved because he is GREAT and ON FIRE!
Al Street – Plays with Sugarman Three and is a bad-ass!
- What aspect of being a guitarist always makes you happy?
- Not really sure… The release maybe?