It must have been a stunned crowd that witnessed Carlos Santana‘s very public proposal to this then girlfriend (now fiancee): drummer Cindy Blackman. Obviously a lot more than that audience bargained for In Tinsley, Park, Illinois, on the July 9, 2010 showREAD MORE

Before 1999’s Supernatural, and Carlos Santana’s unprecedented career revival, before the collaborations with hit artists like Chad Kroeger, Rob Thomas and Michelle Branch, before “Santana” became a worldwide brand name, there was just the music. And while Europa may be Santana’s best-known instrumental song, Samba Pa Ti is such a classicREAD MORE

Carlos has branched out again — this time into the culinary arena. Recently, he launched a “themed” restaurant, called Maria Maria — named after the song from his Supernatural album, of course. However, if you’re expecting rock star memorabilia, ala Hard Rock CafĂ©, you’llREAD MORE

Carlos Santana‘s sound is affected by the gear he uses, including his Mesa Boogie Amp (and others), Mu-Tron Wah Wah Pedal, and of course his recognizable Paul Reed Smith Santana Guitars. His history with Paul Reed Smith, especially, is fascinating: a symbiotic relationship thatREAD MORE

Incredible Melodic Journey There are a lot of excellent electric guitar players out there. When you narrow the field to guitar players who play parts that you remember long after the song is over, it shrinks noticeably. But at theREAD MORE