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John McLaughlin - Part One - Off The Road with Dave Lawrence - April 2022

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Today, we’re continuing a three-week celebration of Off The Road, marking a second anniversary of the series this month! Off The Road started when the pandemic cratered the entertainment touring industry, which often provided guests prior to the start of what would be Off The Road, in April 2020. The series has gone on to be a regular music feature, including artists who have returned to touring.

To celebrate, three remarkable guitarists join us.

HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomed back guitar monster Joe Satriani for his second appearance on Off The Road, and today continues with a guy making his third visit on Off The Road, John McLaughlin. It was a thrill to have him on in 2020 and 2021, and now he's back with "The Montreux Years", offering samples of some of his many concerts at the Swiss music fest that began in the late 60s.

Today we hear music from the album! And the gifted guitar superstar, known for his work with Miles Davis, his groundbreaking Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti fusion projects, and numerous solo and collaborative efforts, explains the new release, shares stories about his time during the pandemic since last on with us in 2021, and digs into stories connecting to the new album and his career. That includes a fascinating story about the impact of John's mom on his musical direction, how Muddy Waters factors into John's evolution from violin to piano to guitar, and how Muddy influenced Jimi Hendrix, who John then shares incredible stories about!

Tomorrow, we'll hear more from the new album, and conclude with John sharing firsthand accounts of time with members of Led Zeppelin, like Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, and great stories about his decades of relationships with Carlos Santana and his wife Cindy Blackman Santana! We'll also post the complete new interview.


See a video of John live at Montreux:

See another of John's many performances at the festival:

Hear the track "Friendship" which we used in our feature:

Hear the track "Radio Activity" which we used in our feature:

Hear our previous interviews with the great John McLaughlin: 2015, 2018, 2020 and 2021.


Off The Road started in April 2020 when the pandemic led to a halt in the touring entertainment industry. Connecting with artists around the world since, we’ve offered intimate conversations and many exclusive musical performances with some of the biggest names in music, spanning many genres, eras and styles. Some of the recent artists we’ve welcomed include Joe Satriani, Smokey RobinsonKeb MoThe Moody Blues' John LodgeThe Yardbirds' Jim McCartyDon McLeanJoss StoneThird World’s Stephen “Cat” CooreDeep Purple’s Don AireyHerb AlpertLynyrd Skynyrd’s Artimus PylePat Metheny, Black Uhuru’s Derrick “Duckie Simpson”Taj MahalJudy CollinsJohn McLaughlinCarlos SantanaLinda RonstadtAl Di Meola10,000 Maniacs’ Mary RamseyAlice Cooper, Soul Asylum’s Dave PirnerGeorge BensonHeart’s Ann and Nancy WilsonThe Doors’ John DensmoreRandy BreckerPeter Frampton and System of a Down's Serj Tankian.


Dave Lawrence is the local host of All Things Considered, Road Stories (formerly Off the Road), and Stargazer.
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