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Ax Facts & Stats with Sugar Ray's Rodney Sheppard.

By Dave B. Roberts. Check out this interview in its entirety featured in the forthcoming Ax Facts & Stats Volume 2 book due for release SOON, featuring Q&As not featured in the online interviews!

My name is:
Rodney Sheppard.

My current job is:

My hometown:
Newport Beach.

My current album or project:
Sugar Ray.

My guitar influences growing up were:
Harrison, Lennon, Hendrix, Ace Frehley, Peter Green.

The guitars I use are:
Martin, Les Paul, Greco.

The strings and tunings I use are:
Ernie Ball, standard tuning.

My current rig setup consists of:
VHT Pitbull, Line 6 Duo Plex.

The greatest invention for guitars is:
The digital tuner.

My normal songwriting process consists of:
Music first, then vocals.

My favorite guitar solo from our band:
"In through the Doggie Door".

My favorite all-time guitar solo (from another guitarist):
"White Room".

Favorite all-time song (any artist) is:
"All I’ve gotta do" (Beatles)

Favorite song from our band:

Favorite song to perform in front of a live audience:

My Career highlight thus far is:
Opening for the Rolling Stones!

My most embarrassing moment on stage:
Breaking my knee onstage New Years Eve.

Other than my guitar and amps, the one piece of my gear that I cannot live without is:
My Echo Plex Booster pedal.

The first song I ever mastered on guitar:
Dead Puppies (Dr. Demento)

My first guitar was:
Global (les paul copy).

The first time I ever heard our band on the radio was:
1990 KNAC song, Caboose demo version.

The exact moment I knew I would pursue a career in music was:
When I formed my first band aged 15.

The one thing most fans don't know about me is:
I can recite the alphabet backwards.

The best advice I could give beginning guitarists:
Never give up. Learning guitar is a lifelong thing. Take your time and enjoy it.

My 3 all-time favorite albums:
Rubber Soul, Physical Graffiti, All Mod Cons.

Best gig:
Club Apache in Paris 1995.

Favorite junk food:

My biggest pet peeve:
Coffee cup being overfilled!

The hardest part of my job:
Performing when sick.

What I like to do in my "off" time:
Play with my kids,poker, TV.

The first thing I do when I come home from touring is:
Get reacquainted with my family and pets.

Previous or first day job:
Telemarketing jerk.

Right after this interview I'm going to:
Walk my dogs.

I couldn't imagine being on the road without:
A cell phone and money.

Favorite movie:

Check out our Website at:

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

When it's all said and done, I want the world to remember me for:
Making catchy guitar licks.


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