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Craig Chaquico

Craig Chaquico

Guitarist Craig Chaquico had a strong, 16-year run as lead electric guitarist for Jefferson Starship, the multi-platinum rock band. Now he’s gone acoustic, contemplative, and writing tunes about the beauty of the natural world-and the success he enjoyed as a rocker continues on today, despite the radical change in genre.

His latest release on the Higher Octave label is Four Corners, a celebration of the spirit of Native America. “This album is more groove intensive than my others,” he says. “My first recording, for example, used the guitar as lead instrument on everything. Now there’s a lot more room for other instruments to take the lead. There are flugelhorn, sax, and keyboard solos, which I think is an evolution from playing live and doing tours with guys like Richard Elliot, Peter White, and Rick Braun. I wanted these textures on the recording-a

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