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A few of the artists featured in the book

Rosanne Cash

Songwriter, singer, musician, and best-selling author for more than 30 years. Since 1978, she has recorded thirteen albums and won four Grammy Awards.

Dave Alvin

Grammy Award-winning musician who has played with with Blasters, X, and has had his songs recorded by, among others, Los Lobos, Joe Ely, and Little Milton.

Sonny Landreth

Called the “King of Slydeco,” he has a bluesy, rock-infused way of playing slide guitar that is all his own. His 2003 album, The Road We’re On, was nominated for a Grammy.

Alejandro Escovedo

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Escovedo has had a long and varied career establishing himself as a force in Americana and alt country music.

Laurence Juber

Juber is known for his time spent playing with Paul McCartney and Wings and as a successful studio musician. He is the recipient of two Grammy Awards.

John Hammond

Hammond is one of music’s most accomplished acoustic blues artists with a career that spans six decades and has played more than four thousand shows.

About The Author

Chuck Holley - A Perfectly Good Guitar

Author Chuck Holley is a working photographer and writer who loves music almost as much as he enjoys being behind the camera and telling a good story. Those passions all come together in this book on guitar players and their instruments.

Holley has been a commercial photographer in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, a general assignment reporter and photographer for a southwest Iowa newspaper and a photographer for Northwest Missouri State University. He currently owns his own photography business.

Holley was born and raised in Iowa and attended the University of Northern Iowa, graduating in 1984. He and his family now live in Missouri.

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About the Book

A Perfectly Good GuitarAsk guitar players about their instruments, and you’re likely to get a story—where the guitar came from, or what makes it unique, or why the player will never part with it. Most guitarists have strong feelings about their primary tool, and some are downright passionate about their axes. Chuck Holley is a professional photographer and writer who loves music and listening to musicians talk about their trade. For several years, he has been photographing guitarists with their prized instruments and collecting their stories. This beautifully illustrated book presents these stories in revelatory photographs and words.

The guitarists included in this book range from high-profile performers, including Rosanne Cash, Guy Clark, Laurence Juber, Jorma Kaukonen, JD Souther, Bill Frisell, Dave Alvin, and Kelly Willis, to renowned studio musicians and band members. Holley’s beautifully composed photographs portray them with their favorite guitar, including detail shots of the instrument. Accompanying the photographs are the musicians’ stories about the Gibsons, Fenders, Martins, and others that have become the guitar in their lives, the one that has a special lineage or intangible qualities of sustain, tone, clarity, and comfort that make it irreplaceable. Several musicians talk about how the guitar chose them, while others recount stories of guitars lost or stolen and then serendipitously recovered. Together, these photographs and stories underscore the great pleasure of performing with an instrument that’s become a trusted friend with a personality all its own.

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