Ax Facts and Stats with Charlie Huhn from Foghat

This interview with Charlie Huhn was conducted by Dave Roberts of 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.
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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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