That time Link Wray told me why he became a rocker

By Steve Newton

A little over 20 years ago I did my one and only interview with guitar legend Link Wray, and man was that cool.

He’s always been one of those players who never got the credit he deserved, considering how influential he was. Those boneheads down at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame haven’t even inducted him yet, if you can believe that.

So in 2015 I just had to go ahead and induct him into mine, along with the likes of fellow RRHOF absentees Rory Gallagher and Johnny Winter.

But I’m happy to see that The Inventor of the Raunchy Riff is finally starting to get more of the praise owed him, thanks to documentaries like Rumble: The Indians That Rocked the World, which was executive-produced by another underrated picker, Stevie Salas.

I’ve been doing my part to try and spread the word on Link by releasing audio excerpts from that interview I did, and here’s the latest.

This is one where I start by asking him if having parents who were preachers made him want to rebel and be a rock ‘n’ roller.

Turn out it was a little more involved than that.

Have a listen:

 

 

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