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Fab's Music Café: Fab interviews Blues guitar legend, Josh Smith
In this episode, Fab interviews Blues guitar legend, Josh Smith. Blues rock guitar virtuoso, singer-songwriter and producer, Josh Smith, is hailed the world over as a master guitarist with raw talent and power to spare. Blending his signature mix of blues, rock and jazz into dynamic original songs, Smith is known for his incendiary live performances, whether at the Grammy Awards or the Kennedy Center Honors with Mick Jagger, Raphael Saadiq and others. Born in 1979, Josh started playing guitar at age six. Praised as a blues prodigy by the time he was 12 years old, he began playing at professional blues jams in South Florida, sitting in with such greats as Jimmy Thackery, Tinsley Ellis, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, Double Trouble, Joanna Connor and Kim Simmonds, among others. Jimmy Thackery said of the 14-year-old, “Josh is three heartbreaks away from being a true blues guitar genius.” That insight from Jimmy Thackery proved true as Josh began releasing CDs at age 14. His first national tour with his power trio, Josh Smith and the Frost, featured Josh as bandleader, vocalist as well as guitarist. The legendary producer Jim Gaines (Santana, SRV, Luther Allison, Steve Miller, Jimmy Thackery) produced Josh’s third CD, Too Damn Cold and Woman. By 1998, he had completed four national tours with his band. Josh was then asked to support the great B.B. King on a number of shows. Opening for B.B. King was just the beginning for this in-demand artist and lead guitarist for artists such as Taylor Hicks, Ricky Fante (Virgin Records), Raphael Saadiq, actress Taryn Manning, Universal Music Group hip-hop artists Benny Cassette and Tara Ellis, and more. He has the distinction of inducting Neil Diamond into the Kennedy Center Honors with Raphael Saadiq’s band and honoring Solomon Burke at the Grammys with Mick Jagger. Within a year of moving to L.A. in 2002, Josh was retained by Virgin recording artist Ricky Fante and performed nationally and internationally with Ricky for the next two years. In 2006, Josh recorded his fifth CD, Deep Roots and continued to play with a variety of artists such as actress Taryn Manning, Universal Music hip-hop artists Benny Cassette and Tara Ellis, to name a few. In 2007, Josh was hired by 2006 American Idol winner Taylor Hicks to be his lead guitarist. They completed two national tours before Josh was hired as lead guitarist by Grammy Award winner Raphael Saadiq. Josh continues to tour with Saadiq. In 2009, Josh released his 6th studio CD, Inception and in 2010 he was signed to Crosscut Records based in Germany. Crosscut re-released Josh’s breakout album, Deep Roots as I’m Gonna Be Ready. In 2013, Josh’s CD Don’t Give Up On Me was also released in Germany, followed by Over Your Head in 2014. In 2016, Josh’s jazz album, Still was released to critical acclaim as was Burn To Grow in 2018. Along with touring the world, recording and performing with renowned artists such as Joe Bonamassa, Eric Johnson, Andy Timmons, Kirk Fletcher and others, Smith is also a producer and owns Flat V Studios in Los Angeles. He has produced artists Reese Wynans (Joe Bonamassa), Artur Menezes (winner of the Eric Clapton 2019 Crossroads Festival) Seth Rosenbloom, Jamey Arent and many more. Josh’s latest and 11th album, Live At The Spud, was released January 8, 2020 on Flat V Music, and features Smith and his power trio recorded live over two nights at the legendary Baked Potato in Los Angeles. The new album features Smith on guitar and vocals, Gary Novak on drums and Trevor Carlton on bass. The goal was to present an unedited look at a normal night at the Baked Potato. Compelling, improvisational and explosive. Josh is currently touring worldwide in support of the live album. Josh lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
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Dweezil Zappa and Eddie Van Halen's famous 'Rasta' guitar
The guitar world is in mourning right now with the death yesterday of Eddie Van Halen, one of the greatest of all time. Eddie was a true innovator and not only changed the way the guitar was played but how they were designed and built. A while back, Dweezil Zappa dropped by the AGN studio with Eddie Van Halen's famous 'Rasta' guitar. Gibson's Mark Agnesi and self-confessed Eddie Van Halen freak, Michael Lemmo were on hand to check it out, touch it, feel it and plug it in.
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So, we're all self-quarantining and social-distancing, there's never been a better time to upload yourself to All Guitar Network using the SUBMIT MEDIA function on the All Guitar Network app. Brandon and Dylan demonstrate just how easy it is. You could be featured on UPLOAD OF THE DAY or even UPLOAD OF THE WEEK.
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Josh Smith 'Live' From Flat V: My Guitars: Scero Guitars, Cornell Dupree Tribute Guitar
Josh Smith is back to go through more of his enormous arsenal of guitars. In this segment Josh shows us his beautiful Scero Guitars, Cornell Dupree tribute guitar.
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Josh Smith 'Live' From Flat V: My Guitars: Rutters, 1957 'Stratocaster'
Josh Smith 'Live' From Flat V is a new series featuring the one and only Josh Smith, one of the greatest all round guitar players on the planet. As well as studio tips and tricks Josh will be getting up close and personal with some of his favorite guitars and showing why they're the mainstays of his formidable arsenal. In episode 2, Josh introduces us to his Rutters, 1957 Stratocaster.
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Josh Smith 'Live' From Flat V: My Guitars: Frank Bros, 'Arcade'
Josh Smith 'Live' From Flat V is a new series featuring the one and only Josh Smith, one of the greatest all round guitar players on the planet. As well as studio tips and tricks Josh will be getting up close and personal with some of his favorite guitars and showing why they're the mainstays of his formidable arsenal. In episode 1, Josh introduces us to his unique (made especially for him) Frank Bros, 'Arcade' Model.
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Nashville-based guitar virtuoso, Guthrie Trapp
Guthrie is one of Nashville's hottest, most in-demand sideman and session player. Guthrie's good friend and online guitar expert, Brett Papa, and our own local LA based session great, Tim Pierce jam, chat and dig beneath the surface to unearth some of the secrets to Guthrie's vast range of chops.
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Tim Pierce: This KEY just WORKS The BEST
"Turns out there are places to play on the guitar that are better than others. It’s just like Piano in that regard. My favorite place to play is C# minor... One reason is, that C# minor and E major are exactly the same..." Check out this YouTube video for more reasons why I love it.
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AGN Youtube Picks: "Uncle Doug": How Tube Amplifiers Work, Part 1: The Power Supply
"Uncle Doug": How Tube Amplifiers Work, Part 1: The Power Supply. Click the info button to head to Youtube and subscribe to Uncle Doug now.
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Episode 2: Michael Lemmo & the 1966 Gibson 'Trini Lopez'
Someone requested seeing a Trini Lopez in action so in case ya missed this a few months back, here's the loop master himself, host of Guitar Of The Day, Michael Lemmo with a beautiful, rare, 1966 Gibson 'Trini Lopez' and his trusty Ditto for some serious looping action.
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No.1 Trick to RULE the ENTIRE Fretboard PRS McCarty Private Stock
From Tim, "I’ve always used a very simple trick to slide around the guitar neck and put myself in every possible position, every possible box, easily. Here’s a new YouTube video that shows this simple, yet transformative concept. There’s an expanded lesson on this in the Masterclass, with tabs and a jam track! Just click the INFO button.
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AGN News: Kurt Cobain's battered BOSS DS-1 pedal sells for $9000.00
Hot on the heels of Kurt Cobain's 1959 D-18e setting a record as the most expensive guitar ever auctioned, comes the news that his battered Boss DS-1 distortion pedal sold for nearly $9,000 at Julien's Auctions.