Magazine article Guitar Player

Nrbq

Magazine article Guitar Player

Nrbq

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When guitar ace Big Al Anderson traded in his NRBQ post for a full-time Nashville residency six years back, it was up to Johnny Spampinato--the kid brother of the Q's bassman Joey Spampinato--to carry the baton. After playing in regional club bands, Spampinato was suddenly thrust in front of national audiences and faced with learning a song list that reflected NRBQ's 30 years of records and road shows. "It was definitely a cram job," he recalls.

But as difficult as it was joining a band with three decades of history and enough cult-cool status to be immortalized in an episode of The Simpsons, it was even more daunting following in the footsteps of Anderson--who supplied the band with two-decades' worth of signature riffs, memorable songs, and a huge stage presence.

"Al's style of playing will go down in history," asserts Spampinato, whose mentor is his predecessor's predecessor, original NRBQ guitarist Steve Ferguson. …

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