In Awe of a Guitar Master: Watching Robby Krieger Bring Classic Doors Songs to Life Thoughts+Photos: Robbie Kreiger at The Belmont Presented by Give A Note Foundation + Artist For Artist during SXSW 3/14/23
AUSTIN, TX- Robby Krieger is an American musician and songwriter who is best known as the guitarist for the rock band, The Doors. Krieger’s contributions to the band’s sound and style were crucial, and he played a significant role in shaping the group’s unique sound. To say that I was in awe being in his presence at this SXSW showcase would be an understatement.
The Doors were incredibly important to American rock and roll. They emerged in the mid-1960s, a time of great social and cultural upheaval, and their music reflected the zeitgeist of the era. The music.. which was a blend of rock, blues, and psychedelia… was infused with a sense of rebellion and counterculture inspiring a generation of musicians (and non-musicians) who were looking to push the boundaries of what was considered acceptable in popular culture.
Robby was one of the band’s primary songwriters, and I think would be fair of me to say that his art molded an era. He contributed to some of the band’s most iconic songs, such as “Light My Fire,” “Love Me Two Times,” and “Touch Me.” As you listen to those classic recordings, you can hear his melodic solos and his ability to create intricate, multi-layered guitar parts that complemented Jim Morrison’s vocals.
Watching Krieger bring those classic Doors songs to life (accompanied by his son Waylon Krieger on vocals) was a moment that I won’t soon forget. At an age when many musicians have long since retired or lost their edge, Krieger seemed as vital and vibrant as ever on stage, playing with passion and energy that belies his age. For fans of rock and roll, seeing Robby Krieger play live is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’m glad that I got my once-in-a-lifetime.