Austin is known for its legacy of guitar players: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Paul Leary, Tim Kerr, Charlie Sexton, and Gary Clark, Jr., to name but a few offhand.
But an unlikely figure is currently shredding his way into history in the Texas capital.
Former J Church member and current Mudok leader, David Didonato is in the final stretch of his attempt to win the Guinness World Record for the longest guitar solo—24 hours and 18 minutes.
Didonato has already made it through the night. He started at 5 pm on Sunday at the punk club Red 7, where friends and bar managers quite literally rocked around the clock.
For proof, the entire endeavor is being streamed live online, so that the official Guinness judges can witness the event. Thus far, more than 13,000 people have tuned in.
For those wondering how such a feat could even be physically possible, local booker Graham Williams clarified that Didonato gets a five-minute break per hour to tend to bare necessities: food, water, restrooms, and tuning.
“[O]ther than that,” Williams wrote, “he has to keep fucking shredding.”