Another vote for the THR. I also have a Blackstar HT5 (which is an awesome amp btw) but find myself playing through the Yamaha much more frequently. It's just so easy and sounds fantastic. Really kind of hard to believe how good it sounds sometimes.
Usually A Passage to Bangkok and/or Something for Nothing will get played when I have a guitar in hand. Though this covid-winter I have been committed to learning the entirety of Operation Mindcrime so a bunch of Queensryche getting played too.
Ha! Was just getting ready to post that Crown Lands vid myself. Glad you beat me to it! These guys are legit! A 2-piece that pay serious homage to my favorite 3-piece (Rush, duh.) I'm digging into their catalog and look forward to seeing where they end up going musically.
Progmetalheads: If you haven't seen this double bill our on tour now and are a fan of these two bands be sure to make the effort and catch a show. Saw them in Albuquerque last night and was pretty blown away. Fates is opening and sound phenomenal. What a tight band. Ray sounds phenomenal...
I too fired up my Archon yesterday for the first time in a month and was all smiles! It's my proverbial "desert island" amp for sure. Just have to hope that there is an AC outlet on the backside of one of those palm trees!!
The only thing Joe has inside that exceeds his talent is the pure passion he has about guitars and the blues. Just saw him at Red Rocks and commented to my posse that he just keeps getting better! He's definitely in the pantheon of greats already. May just run the joint someday.
A big two-fer coming up at Red Rocks in Colorado - Govt Mule on the 19th and Bonamassa on the 23rd!! Anyone else gonna hit these?? The shows are equidistant from full eclipse on the 21st which we are also driving a couple hundred miles north of Ft Collins to see.