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Ronnie Wood: Slide Guitar with the Rolling Stones and Faces

Ronnie Wood gained his initial acclaim as the bassist in the first lineup of the Jeff Beck Group. Then in the early 1970s he distinguished himself as the lead, slide, and pedal steel guitarist for The Faces and Rod Stewart, with whom he played on the classics Rod Stewart Album and Every Picture Tells a Story. In 1974, he replaced Mick Taylor in the Rolling Stones, a gig he holds to this day.

Woods’ amplified lead guitar sound is one of the most distinctive in all of British rock and roll – sure-handed, heartfelt, and scrappy, all at the same time. Deeply rooted in prewar American country blues and postwar Chicago blues, his acoustic and electric slide guitar playing likewise have great depth of character and an appealing, bittersweet sound. Continue reading