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BYRON NEMETH doing what he does best

When it was asked, “Who wants to interview Byron Nemeth,” my hand shot up. Virtually, of course. I love the guitar virtuosos, Satriani, Vai, Petrucci, you know the names. Byron has been in the game for a while now. He has recorded and performed with some of the best of yesteryear and today. He is in the studio again doing what he does best. Two new tracks are already available. Between recording, writing instructional books, and providing guitar lessons, he is a busy fella. We had the chance to ask him a few questions.


Thanks for your time and congratulations on the upcoming album. How are things in your part of the world?

Rock’N Roll is wide open in Nashville and the Summer NAMM show this past week was super fun!

 “Engines of Thunder” is an amazing track, complete with the “Voodoo Chile” outro. The new album is being recorded with all the musicians in the same room? How refreshing that must be. What can we expect when you are done? Time to brag a bit.

Thank you on “Engines Of Thunder”!

Recording a new Single not a new album — “You Know It’s True” was recorded at Blackbird Studio 07.12.21 in Nashville. Yes, all of the musicians in the Studio at the same time doing it the old school way, it’s about chemistry, synergy and vibe and working together, that’s the only way I like recording my personal music.

Fantastic time recording this new single with all these great players:

Luis Espaillat (bass), Zach Ballard (drums), and Steve Braun (vocals).

Producer: Tim Dolbear

Engineer: Lowell Reynolds

Assistant: Austin Brown

Video: Allee Visuals

I really dig the song “Satrianimal.” Been a long-time fan myself. Walk us through this song if you would. What are your thoughts on being on the G3 tour one day? Or maybe starting one of your own?

The song is a humorous tribute to Joe Satriani, what a fantastic guitarist he is. I could see being a part of a G3 tour one day, that would be super fun. No, I don’t think I would start my own – LOL!

Any plans for additional material from Rogue Society? Or any other projects? You have a lot of irons in the fire.

No plans for Rogue Society, the band had a super great run for 2 years playing all of the hot spots in Scottsdale and Phoenix and we are all still great friends. I want to get into film scoring.

I understand you have studied Jazz and Classical guitar, which I love by the way. I have heard Jazz influences in your sound. Any chance of a Jazz(ish) album down the road?

Not a full album but for sure a single down the road, that’s in the music plans.

In the last ten years, what is the best thing that has happened in the music industry? Worst thing?

The Internet for both good and bad all at the same time.

It’s a whole new world of business with emerging ideas in technology for music delivery that are changing everything of the old music business model, it’s going to take a while to smooth out but I do think in time we will have a better model.

Desert island question: Of the albums you have been involved with, which would be on your island? And of course, of all albums, which would be your must-have?

The Video Chronicles – Byron Nemeth Group

2112 – RUSH

Rubber Soul – The Beatles

Kind of Blue – Miles Davis

 “Sunset At the Marquis.” C6 open tuning. Very cool number. I tried that tuning on my guitar. Let’s just say it is a good thing you are playing, and not me.

The musical inspiration for this song came from my fascination with the C6 open tuning (C-A-C-G-C-E) that Jimmy Page used on Bron-Yr-Aur from Physical Graffiti.

I applied this C6 Tuning to my Acoustic Guitars for that type of vibe and for the Electric Leads I wanted to emulate the lead harmonies that Michael Schenker and Brian May have used so all these influences were my Muse when I composed this song. I tracked the song at my studio and then sent it to be Mixed at Abbey Road Studios in London by Engineer John Barrett.


John Barrett | Abbey Road

You and I are of a similar age, so I ask…What 30 seconds of your life would you change?

Moving to Los Angeles in June of 1982 the day I graduated high school 🙂

We thank you for your time. Any parting words for our readers?

Follow me on Social Media, my new song “You Know It’s True” will be out next month!

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