Arlen Roth Introduces Us to the ‘TeleMasters’
Like any subculture, the guitar world has its secret heroes. Players who aren’t household names, but who are beloved by other guitarists. Within this subculture are American-influenced players, not all of whom are born in the United States, who specialize in a uniquely American sound that combines country, jazz, bluegrass, and blues. Arlen Roth is one of these revered players, and TeleMasters is his tribute to these less well-known guitar heroes and the Fender Telecaster, the guitar favored by so many of them.
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"I love the green on this ’68 Mosrite. It has great tone, butter-smooth action, a great whammy bar, and really hot pickups." - Arlen Roth
February 13, 2017 - Johnathan Graham
In early 1984, director Walter Hill contacted Arlen Roth—guitarist, columnist and co-creator of the Hot Licks instructional video series—about a new film he was about to make starring Ralph Macchio.
May, 14, 2015
Generations of guitarists have learned to play slide from Arlen Roth’s books and Hot Licks videos. For Slide Guitar Summit [King Mojo/Garage Door], the educator/player assembled nine fellow guitarists—some of whom grew up on his tutorials—to demonstrate the art of moving metal across the strings.
Tue, Dec. 7 2010
A poll taken of writers and a fans of Gibson guitars resulted in Arlen making the "Top 50 ALL-time Acoustic Guitar Player's" list! A wonderful honor, and a great addition to his list of accomplishments, such as being voted in the "Top 100 Most Influential Guitarists of the Century" by Vintage Guitar magazine!
Wed, Oct. 13 2010
Come on down (or up!) for another spectacular evening of music in Pawling, NY at the historic TOWNE CRIER, with the Arlen Roth Band! Featured will be Arlen's daughter, LEXIE ROTH, along with Matt Rae, Shannon Ford and Eddie Denise. Music should start around 8:30, and the food and desserts are world class! Hope to see you there for this special evening of music!
ARLEN ROTH TO PERFORM IN COOPERSTOWN, NY 10/16
Wed, Oct. 13 2010
Arlen Roth, along with his bassist, the great John Previti, will perform an acoustic and electric evening of music at the High School in historic Cooperstown, NY at 7:30PM on Oct. 16. Come hear this rare personal performance in this lovely setting where it is the peak of fall foliage in one of the most lovely parts of upstate NY! Come early, and take in the Baseball Hall of Fame, too!
Fri, Jun. 4 2010
Arlen gets to fulfill a longtime dream of his with his new FM radio show, "Arlen Roth's Guitar Hall of Fame" on WPKN-FM. It can be streamed on the internet at WPKN.org. The first show will be on June 14, from 4-7PM, and it's with his longtime partner and sidekick, the great ROGER D.! So look for lots of great stories, guitar music and humor on Arlen's great new, fun radio show. Hope you can tune in!
Sun, Feb. 28 2010
Always a special night, Arlen and band, (Shannon Ford, John Previti, Matt Rae) will be performing a set with lots of new tunes on Friday, March 5th...C'mon down! NEW ACOUSTIC CDS AVAILABLE THAT NIGHT, TOO!
Sat, May. 30 2009
Time for a great, long-awaited gig at Levon's "Midnight Ramble" at his place in Woodstock, where we cut the new Toolin' Around Woodstock album! Tickets are avialable from Levon Helm's website. Arlen and Levon are going to play together, too! Don't miss this rare event!
VINTAGE GUITAR - April 2008
Roth's "Hot Licks" instructional series has helped many a player. But he's criminally overlooked to the general public. Toolin' Around Woodstock puts him in the limelight with wonderful songs that exhibit his mastery.
Most of the songs are familiar and his guests are as tasteful as his playing. Levon Helm, fresh from his recovery from throat cancer, sings soulfully on cuts like "Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Cryin' Time." He also drums on more than half the cuts. Twangbanger Bill Kirchen joins in on a picture-perfect version of the Joe South classic "Games People Play," and the very twangy country-rock of "Gas Station Frustration." The dueling slide guitars of "Tumblin'" pair Arlen with Sonny Landreth in an orgy of smolderingly quiet slide and fiery riffs.
While most of the cuts feature vocals from Helm, Roth, Roth's daughter, Lexie, or Levon's daughter, Amy, a couple of instrumentals allow Arlen to cut loose. Dylan's "Ballad of a Thin Man" gets the full treatment, with Arlen displaying his vast arsenal of chops. And just when you thought another version of "Sleepwalk" had reached the point of saturation, Roth's slightly country feel gives it a breath of fresh air.
A bonus DVD (included in the Special Edition) lets you in on the making of the record, with behind the scenes rehearsal footage; watching the fellas listen to a playback of "Matchbox" proves they enjoyed it as much as you will. - Jon Heidt
EVANSTON REVIEW - 2/19/2008
Guitar afficionado Roth kicks it with the Band's Levon Helm, Helm's daughter and Ollabelle singer Amy Helm and Louisiana slide guitar master Sonny Landreth, among others on this workmanlike but nonetheless engaging slab of gritty, greasy guitar rock. Roth takes runs at standards including Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen," Carl Perkins' "Matchbox" and, as an instrumental, Bob Dylan's "Ballad of a Thin Man," and while he many not erase the originals from listeners' memories, his work is none too shaby, either. - Jeff Wisser
PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS - 2/19/2008
Singer/drummer Levon Helm, winner of the Grammy for best traditional folk album, is the special featured attraction on guitarist Arlen Roth's "Toolin' Around Woodstock." Sounds more like they've stopped into the local tappy for a Monday night jam session, as they're working over bar band faves like "Sweet Little Sixteen," "Cryin' Time" and "Ballad of a Thin Man" in ragged, righteous fashion. Bill Kirchen and Sonny Landreth are also along for the ride, and a bonus DVD offers a tour of the legendary little music town. - Jonathan Takiff
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER - 2/17/2008
...Toolin' Around Woodstock is a wide-ranging joyride through American roots music, but, for all the six-string expertise on hand, it is as much about deep feeling as virtuoso technique, about putting a fresh, heartfelt spin on mostly familiar material.
Helm applies his once-again-robust vocals to Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen" and Buck Owens' "Cryin' Time"; Kirchen joins Roth on guitar and vocals for Joe South's "Games People Play" and shares some rock-and-roll fireworks with him on Roth's "Gas Station Frustration"; daughters Lexie Roth and Amy Helm duet on the pop-soul classic "Just One Look"; and Landreth engages Roth in a slide duel on the latter's "Tumblin'," one of several tour de force instrumentals that include "Sleepwalk" and "Unchained Melody." - Nick Cristiano