Ax Facts and Stats with Charlie Huhn from Foghat

This interview with Charlie Huhn was conducted by Dave Roberts of ExtremeGuitars.com. We have published some of his Ax Facts & Stats interviews before and seeingas how they are so popular we hope to bring your more.

Charlie Huhn

My name is: Charlie Huhn.

My current job is: Lead Vocal and Guitarist for Foghat.

My hometown: Grand Rapids MI, currently in Orlando FL.

My current album or project is: 2010 June release of Foghat CD Last Train Home.

Former bands: Ted Nugent, Humble Pie, Victory.

My guitar influences growing up were: Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, and Rory Gallagher.

The guitars I use are: Gibson ’57 Les Paul Special, ’82 Les Paul Heritage Custom built to my Specs.

The strings and tunings I use are: Standard tuning, Drop D, GHS GBL .10 set.

My current rig setup consists of: Marshall 900s…WAWA, Chorus, Clean and Distortion pedals.

The greatest invention for guitars is: Electricity.

My normal songwriting process consists of: Following up on ideas I hear in my head, or just jamming on guitar and free associating melodies.

My favorite guitar solo from our band: “Last Train Home” from our current CD.

My favorite all-time guitar solo (from another guitarist): Clapton’s solo in “Badge.”

Favorite all-time song (any artist) is: “Voodoo Chile” – Hendrix

Favorite song by our band: “I Just Wanna to Make Love to You.”

Favorite song to perform in front of a live audience: “Terraplane Blues.”

My Career highlight thus far is: Headlining “Day on the Green” at Oakland Stadium with Ted Nugent before 90,000 people.

My most embarrassing moment on stage: Forgetting the beginning words to “One Woman” at a Nugent show and having the intro repeat and repeat until I remembered them.

Other than my guitar and amps, the one piece of my gear that I cannot live without is: Computer.

The first song I ever mastered on guitar: “Peggy Sue” – Buddy Holly.

My first guitar was: Stella acoustic (with bad action and .12s).

The first time I ever heard our band on the radio was: LA driving on the freeway listening to the radio in “78…”Weekend Warriors.”

If I am only sure of one thing in life, it’s: I’m going to play until they make me stop.

The one ritual I always perform prior to going on stage is: Zip up my pants.

The exact moment I knew I would pursue a career in music was: When I won my audition with Ted Nugent.

The one thing most fans don’t know about me is: I love to snow ski.

The best advice I could give beginning guitarists: Practice at least 2 hours a day and play the music you enjoy.

CD(s) I’m listening to right now: Stanley Clarke Band and Peter Gabriel.

My 3 all-time favorite albums: Hendrix – Are You Experienced, Jeff Beck – Blow By Blow, and Led Zeppelin II.

Best gig: Madison Square Garden.

Favorite junk food: M&M’s w/peanuts.

My biggest pet peeve: equipment malfunction and “stinky Mics.”

The word or catch phrase I say too much is: “well basically….”

The hardest part of my job: The traveling and loss of sleep.

What I like to do in my “off” time: Golf and drive sports cars.

The first thing I do when I come home from touring is: Unpack and relax.

Previous or first day job: Paper route.

Right after this interview I’m going to: Lunch.

I couldn’t imagine being on the road without: Earplugs.

If I wasn’t doing the musician thing, I could really see myself working as: Nuclear Physicist or Auto Worker.

Favorite movie: Caddy Shack.

My mission in life: Be successful and good father.

My guilty pleasure band or artist: Wayne Shorter.

My next goal is: Write a hit song and buy a ’57 Les Paul Standard.

The greatest contribution guitars/music have brought into my life is: Sheer enjoyment and excitement the rock music brings.

Check out our Website at: www.foghat.net

The one musician I would love to work with that I have not yet had the chance would be: Jimmy Page.

If I could have three wishes, they would be: Shoot in the 70s in golf, good health, and happy family.

When it’s all said and done, I want the world to remember me for: Being a good person and successful musician

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