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The Power of Poverty: Marc Ribot’s Journey Recording Tom Waits Classics with Cheap Gear

Interview with Marc Ribot: Embracing Poverty to Create Musical Masterpieces

Marc Ribot

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Regarded as a master session musician, Marc Ribot has contributed his exceptional guitar skills to various iconic records, including Tom Waits’ “Rain Dogs” and “Franks Wild Years,” as well as Elvis Costello’s “Spike.” His versatility extends to working with Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, and even the Black Keys, among many others.

Recently, Ribot has channeled his unique style into Ceramic Dog’s music, with their latest album, “Connection,” showcasing his evolution as an artist. The album, released in 2023 on Knockwurst Records, blends free jazz improvisation, tribal rhythms, and rock and blues jams.

Exploring New Sounds and Inspirations

When asked about his approach to “Connection,” Ribot highlighted using his Gibson SG and reverting back to his teenage years for inspiration. He aimed to infuse the album with metal and rock influences, shaping a sound that felt like a personal interpretation of the genres.

Discussing the title track, “Connection,” Ribot mentioned his use of the Analog Man King of Tone pedal for added distortion, paired with his Fender Jaguar for recording. He also lauded the EHX Memory Man Analog Delay pedal for its unique sound, recommending vintage models despite their occasional technical issues during live performances.

For Ribot, musical experimentation is a constant journey, with each piece of gear or technique contributing to his evolving sound. His ability to blend different styles and push boundaries reflects his dedication to creating music that resonates with his audience.

Overall, Ribot’s willingness to embrace unconventional methods and explore diverse genres serves as a testament to his creativity and passion for music. As he continues to collaborate with various artists and push musical boundaries, his legacy as a session ace remains firmly established in the industry.

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