Jay Blakesberg appeared as the latest guest on ‘Let’s Hear It!,’ a webseries hosted by Gary Waldman in which musicians, instrument builders, music store owners, songwriters and more discuss and play instruments that they love. Blakesberg discussed his book, Guitars That Jam.
The new show kicked off over the summer, on Aug. 3. In addition to Blakesberg, past guests have included Eric Krasno, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Scott Metzger, Scott Law, Leslie Mendelson, The Who touring violinist Katie Jacoby, Circles Around the Sun’s Mark Levy, CATS’ Dan Horne, Jeff Hill, Jon Graboff and more. Typically, guests tell stories about their instrument of choice before playing it live on the show.
In the nearly-hour-long conversation, Blakesberg and Waldman discuss not only the book, but also Blakesberg’s experiences photographing in venues during the ’70s. They go through a series of photos with subjects ranging from Jerry Garcia to Neil Young to Grace Potter to Trey Anastasio.
Waldman was the longtime manager for Neal Casal, as well as the founder of the Neal Casal Music Foundation. He now serves as Circles Around the Sun’s manager and Citizen Cope’s tour manager.