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Nancy Wilson on Altering the Past and Comping Solos

Magazine article Guitar Player

Nancy Wilson on Altering the Past and Comping Solos

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AFTER PLAYING VARIOUS SONGS from the Heart catalog onstage for years, the band decided to reinvent seven of them for Beautiful Broken [Concord], But, unlike some other classic rockers, the band didn't simply re-record their hits. Instead, guitarist and album producer Nancy Wilson focused on reimagining some perhaps "underappreciated" songs from past releases, while also including three new tunes to prove the band's creative muse is still alive and rockin'.

What gear did you bring to the Beautiful Broken sessions?

It was basically my live rig. My '53 blue Telecaster is my main man--although I also used my Gibson Nancy Wilson Nighthawk Standard. I love the Budda Superdrive 30 head and the Fender Tonemaster a lot, and I've got Orange 4x12 cabinets loaded with 30-watt Celestion speakers. I don't use a lot of pedals, but my go-to's are an MXR Custom Audio Electronics Boost/Line Driver, a Way Huge Swollen Pickle Jumbo Fuzz, an Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail reverb, and a ToadWorks Howard Leese Signature Barracuda Hanger. For acoustics, we used a Hermann Hauser II classical that I've had forever, as well as my Martin Nancy Wilson Signatures.

How did you approach the basic tracks?

We tracked everything live with Ann in an isolation booth. We opted to do it the old-school way, because it captures something you can't get by constructing music piece by piece. The energy comes through in this amazing way that no other way of doing it will give you.

Well, given the brutally fierce attack of your rhythm-guitar tracks on the album, I'd say that method worked. …

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