Steve Vai wins Les Paul Award TEC Award at guitar fest

The NAMM Show (National Association of Music Merchants) was held in Anaheim, California recently. This is an annual event which features part equipment and accessories exhibition, part new-product unveiling, part deal-making frenzy between manufacturers and retailers, and possibly the most cacophonous musical assemblage on the planet. A Guitar Geek’s heaven.

The bulk of NAMM events are held in private – strictly passes only – but some are open to the public, including one of the liveliest and most colorful is roots-guitar great Deke Dickerson’s Guitar Geek Festival.

In previous years Dickerson has brought Duane Eddy, the late David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards, Ventures lead guitrist Nokie Edwards, Buddy Holly’s Original Crickets, Bill Kirchen, and usually, Dickerson himself.

This year he brought Nokie Edwards back to celebrate his surf-guitar style and a reunion of the Hellecasters (a supergroup of guitarists’ guitarists with John Jorgenson, Jerry Donahue and Will Ray), Paul Gilbert, Los Straitjackets, blues steel guitarist Freddie Roulette and Lady Bo, who played alongside Bo Diddley.

There was also a country rock gig with the original lineup of the Desert Rose Band (the 1980s and 1990s group formed by ex-Byrd and Burrito Brother Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen).

Guitar hero Steve Vai was awarded the Les Paul Award for Technical and Creative Achievement – TEC Awards. A clip of Steve performing at the ticket only show is featured above.


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