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Beverly 'Guitar' Watkins Tatum died earlier this week. She was 80 years old. 

Her name might not ring a bell, which is probably why a magazine writer once called her "the greatest living blues guitar artist no one has ever heard of." 


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Whether it's the twang of a blues tune, the finger-picking of a folk song, or the shredding in heavy metal music, the guitar is central to our concept of popular music. But how does the design — the look, sound and feel — play into how a guitar becomes iconic?

Right now, the Museum of Design Atlanta, otherwise known as MODA, has an exhibition exploring exactly that. It's called "Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars" and it's on display until Sept. 29.


Courtesy of Aaron Paul Zimmer

As the Savannah Stopover Music Festival heads into its ninth year, one featured artist won't have to travel far to attend. Singer-songwriter Aaron Paul Zimmer calls Savannah home. 

Zimmer stopped by the GPB Savannah bureau to speak with "On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott about his new solo album, "Saints and Heretics." 


Courtesy Naia Izumi

You might recognize Naia Izumi if you're from Columbus, Georgia. Izumi is winner of NPR's 2018 Tiny Desk Contest. He started playing guitar when he was just a kid living in Columbus.

 

Izumi now lives in Los Angeles. He wrote the song “Soft Spoken” for the Tiny Desk Concert Contest on YouTube. The video submission has been viewed nearly 200,000 times.

 

Following this win, Izumi says he hopes to win a few Grammys and perform at different venues around the world.

Eric Gales

In the 1990s, blues guitarist Eric Gales was hailed as a child prodigy. With his left-handed playing technique, many compared the Memphis, Tennessee musician to Jimi Hendrix himself. Gales’ latest record is called ‘Middle of the Road,’ released last year. He’ll perform at Terminal West in Atlanta tomorrow night [Jan. 5] at 9 p.m. Producer Trevor Young caught up with him last week.

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Mike Mantione said he gets to live out his teenage fantasy, right around the halfway mark of the song "Palace Estates."

“It's got the best guitar solo I've ever done,” Mantione said.

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Austin-based guitarist Eric Johnson is a legend in the music world. His 1990 hit “Cliffs of Dover” put him on the map. He’s performed with the likes of Cat Stevens, Mike Stern, Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani. We catch up with Eric Johnson ahead of a performance at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta tonight, June 8.

Just Off The Radar: New Dinosaur Jr.

Aug 15, 2016

Dig into some new Dinosaur Jr. (the whole band is back together), a track from Case/Lang/Veirs, a track off the new Pylon live album and more in this episode of Just Off The Radar. You can follow the Just Off The Radar podcast on the NPR One app.