"We turn around and we’re onstage. Nothing’s in tune, nothing’s plugged up. That show had long lulls where I’m standing there, tuning one string on one of the old [Gibson] B-25s--it just wouldn’t happen. Every string was out of tune, they’re waiting, you’re getting ready to do a song that you don’t really know . . .” Scott Avettmore
In this picture Merritt can be seen using her main acoustuc guitar, a1969 B-25, which she calls "Little Red". About her B-25 Merritt said: "I love old Gibsons from the 60s – they are great strumming guitars, warm and rich and just right for playing rhythm. The fretboards are also pretty thin and I have small hands so it just suits me." (Interview with Acoustic Magazine in 2013: http://www.acousticmagazine.com/interviews/tift-merritt-sweet-spot/)more
Initially, the band ran into problems with management over the direction of the music. “We tried a bunch of different demos, but management didn’t like them so we kept writing new material,” Williamson says. “I would sit in my room, working out riffs and things on my Gibson B-25 acoustic guitar, and ended up with a whole bunch of stuff. Eventually, the management got sort of consumed with breaking David Bowie in the U.S., and they quit paying attention to us. It was great, because we were then able to go into the studio on our own, without a producer or anything, and make Raw Power.”more
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