Derek & The Dominos; 4LP box set, "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs", 50th anniversary edition available this November
This November sees the release of 50th Anniversary edition of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, available as a 4LP vinyl box set via UMe/Polydor. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1970 double album, the original has been given the 'Half-Speed Mastered' treatment by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios and is completed with a certificate of authentication. Layla is often regarded as Eric Clapton's greatest musical achievement. The album is notably known for its title track, an evergreen rock classic, which had top ten single chart success in the U.K. and features the dual wailing guitars of Clapton and Duane Allman. Alongside this are a further 2LPs of bonus material some of which has not previously been released on vinyl. All the bonus material across all of LP3 and LP4 is mastered normally (so is not half-speed mastered). The LP set also includes a 12×12 book of sleeve notes taken from the 40th-Anniversary Edition. In 1970, following the break-up of Blind Faith and his departure from Delaney & Bonnie, Derek & The Dominos initially formed in the spring of that year. The group comprised Eric Clapton on guitar and vocals alongside three other former members of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends: Bobby Whitlock on keyboards, Carl Radle on bass and Jim Gordon on drums. Derek & The Dominos played their first concert at London's Lyceum Ballroom on June 14, 1970 as part of a U.K. summer tour. During late August to early October they recorded Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, with the Allman Brothers' guitarist Duane Allman sitting in, before returning to a tour of the U.K. and the U.S. until the end of the year. Shortly thereafter the group disbanded but their short time together offered up one of the rock canon's most enduring albums of all time. From his early days as a guitar icon to a songwriter of great sensitivity, as well as an interpreter of everything from blues and jazz to rock and country music, Eric Clapton needs little by way of an introduction. As a renowned solo artist in his own right as well as a member of the Yardbirds, Cream and Derek and the Dominos, he is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and is one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. He has been the recipient of 17 Grammy® Awards, 1 Brit Award and 1 Bafta.
Oct 7th, 2020: School of Rock Updates Curriculum to Feature More Music Created by Black Artists
Oct 7th, 2020: School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, is enhancing its proprietary curriculum to feature more music created by Black artists. The goal is to further educate students on the Black community's history and central contributions to the development of Rock and Roll. To start, School of Rock has added new feature shows to its performance-based curriculum. Each of these programs encompass 20-25 songs from Black artists. As part of the curriculum, students will learn to perform these songs and discover important lessons about the complex experience of marginalized communities. New shows include "Roots of the British Invasion," "The Music of Memphis," and "The Music of New Orleans." "We teach musical proficiency through rock because contemporary songs offer an effective toolkit, particularly in group performance. Just as importantly, popular music opens a door to history. We have an obligation to honor those Black artists without whom there would be no Rock and Roll, and by extension no School of Rock," said Rob Price, CEO of School of Rock. Additionally, utilizing the collective knowledge of the talented instructors across the School of Rock system, the company has published on its website a series of articles and interactive content on the historical contribution of Black artists to Rock and Roll. Early Rock artists featured include Etta James, Ray Charles, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, in addition to more recent innovators like Prince, Tracy Chapman, and Gary Clark, Jr. "This project has been energizing, and it inspires us to better understand and teach the stories of other groups' contributions to the art form," continues Price. "We also hope that by better understanding our musical past, we can contribute to a more harmonious future." School of Rock provides students of all ages an exciting and engaging learning environment for taking guitar lessons, drum lessons, bass lessons, keyboard lessons, and singing lessons. Drawing from all styles of rock and roll, School of Rock students learn theory and techniques via songs from legendary artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, and Frank Zappa. Thanks to the school's performance-based approach, students around the world have gained superior instrumental skills and confidence on the big stage, with some moving on to record deals and larger platforms such as American Idol, The Voice and Broadway. For more information on School of Rock, www.SchoolofRock.com or click the INFO button now.
Oct 6th, 2020: Carlos Santana Launches New Cannabis Brand Mirayo, inspired by Latin heritage.
Oct 6th, 2020: Carlos Santana, the ten-time GRAMMY Award-winning guitarist and longtime cannabis advocate, announced today the launch of Mirayo by Santana™, a line of premium cannabis products created in partnership with Left Coast Ventures. Santana is one of the most recognized and celebrated musicians of our time, known for his timeless signature sound. His life as a musical icon and spiritual flame-keeper is built on determination, discovery, and self-actualization. Mirayo incorporates his philosophies into a product that is naturally sungrown and promotes the spiritual effects of cannabis. The name is a combination of "my" and "ray" in Spanish, which honors Santana's heritage and hopes to empower everyone to "follow your light." "In my experience, cannabis has special properties that enhance meditative reflection and creative expression. It can dispel negative doubt to reveal the everlasting gift of our uniqueness," said Carlos Santana. "With Mirayo, I hope to help people use cannabis as a door to a more benevolent behavior like kindness and compassion." Click the info button for more.
Oct 1st, 2020: GRETSCH INTRODUCES G6120TFM BRIAN SETZER SIGNATURE NASHVILLE, HOLLOW BODY WITH BIGSBY
Gretsch® today announces the all-new G6120TFM Brian Setzer Signature Nashville® Hollow Body with Bigsby® and a stunning new color for the G6120T-HR Brian Setzer Signature Hot Rod Hollow Body with Bigsby®. By spearheading the rockabilly revival with the Stray Cats and jump-starting Big Band Swing with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Brian Setzer has created a remarkable and lasting legacy. His decorated career includes over 13 million records sold, three Grammy Awards and the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his work as a guitarist. Without a doubt, the longtime signature Gretsch artist is one of the most exciting musicians of our time. Gretsch is thrilled to be a part of Setzer’s pivotal rock and roll legacy with the G6120TFM Brian Setzer Signature Nashville® Hollow Body with Bigsby®, a truly rocking instrument that boasts as much swagger as the showman who inspired it. The single-cutaway hollow body features tiger flame maple arched top, back and sides with 1959 trestle bracing and oversized F-holes for improved sonic projection. The set maple neck has a 9.5”-12” compound radius ebony fingerboard with rolled edges for comfortable chording or speedy riffing across 22 medium frets and pearloid Neo-Classic™ thumbnail inlays. Dual TV Jones® Brian Setzer Signature Filter’Tron™ pickups deliver tight and punchy lows with a slightly hotter output that captures Brian’s iconic lively tone. Other performance-enhancing features include period-correct control locations with a three-position pickup toggle switch, three-position tone switch, master volume control with treble bleed circuit and individual bridge and neck pickup volume controls, Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with pinned rosewood base, Bigsby® B6C vibrato tailpiece, Delrin® nut and Gotoh® locking tuning machines. The G6120TFM in Orange Stain duly impresses with a period-correct gold pickguard shape, size and bracket, white body and neck binding, nickel hardware and G-arrow knobs. Now available in a brilliant all-new Magenta Sparkle finish with nickel hardware, the G6120T-HR Brian Setzer Signature Hot Rod Hollow Body with Bigsby® features a single-cutaway hollow body with an arched maple top, '59 trestle bracing and oversized F-holes for improved sonic snap and projection. The maple neck features a 9.5"-12” compound radius rosewood fingerboard with rolled edges for comfortable chording or speedy riffing across 22 medium frets and pearloid Neo-Classic™ thumbnail inlays. Dual TV Jones® Brian Setzer Signature Filter’Tron™ humbucking pickups are also featured here, but with bare-bones Hot Rod controls including only a three-position pickup toggle switch and master volume control with treble bleed circuit. The pinned Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with rosewood base, Bigsby® B6C vibrato tailpiece, Delrin® nut and Gotoh® locking tuners ensure bullet-proof performance night after night. For more information, visit www.gretschguitars.com.
AGN NEWS: Charlie Daniels has died at age 83
Charlie Daniels has died. He was 83 years old. Charlie Daniels was born Oct. 28, 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina and kicked off his career playing bluegrass before moving to Nashville in 1967. He already had a reputation as a songwriter having co-written a song for Elvis titled, "It Hurts Me," in 1964. As an in-demand session player Charlie played guitar and bass on Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline, and worked with Leonard Cohen, George Harrison and many others. In 1979, he won a Grammy for his biggest hit: "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which featured his incredible Bluegrass fiddle skills and in 1980, the band appeared in the film Urban Cowboy. Charlie Daniels was very outspoken politically over the years, had close ties to the NRA, and as recently as 3 days ago was posting thoughts on a section of his website entitled "Soap Box." Charlies Daniels was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016 For more, click the INFO button, NOW
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Paul Reed Smith 513 Norman's Rare Guitars
Guitar of the Day Paul Reed Smith 513 Norman's Rare Guitars.
Update: Jan 21, 2021: Gibson just announced new Kirk Douglas SG signature model
News out of NASHVILLE, that Gibson has just announced the new Kirk Douglas SG signature model marking the second instrument collaboration between GIBSON and Captain Kirk Douglas, guitarist for the legendary, multiple GRAMMY-Award winning hip-hop group The Roots. Kirk’s newest Gibson signature guitar illustrates Kirk’s own modern take on the SG. Today. Said Kirk Douglas, “What I love about the Gibson SG is I am able to get my Les Paul tones and I’m able to get the single coil pickup tones, this guitar is extremely versatile, and by utilizing the pull up feature on each volume knob you can get a lot of tones,”. “I find with the SG you are able to get a lot of different musical colors, all out of this one guitar.” said Cesar Gueikian of Gibson. “Captain Kirk Douglas is a talented vocalist, guitarist, all-around musician, and Gibson Alliance member who has taken a classic design such as the Gibson SG, and modified it with modern concepts that fit his playing style,” “It’s been an incredible journey for us and this guitar is a perfect example of how we put the Gibson Innovation Lab to work in service of our artists and the outcome in this case is pretty epic; we are all in love with this new signature SG.” As the guitarist for The Roots, the beloved house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC, Captain Kirk Douglas has developed a well-earned reputation as a stellar player. His guitar collection includes several Gibson models, but arguably the best is his three-pickup Gibson™ SG™ Custom, which is now commemorated in the new Kirk Douglas signature SG. The guitar features non-locking Keystone tuners, a mahogany neck and body, rosewood fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and large block acrylic inlays, a Graph Tech® nut, ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic™ bridge and Kirk Douglas signature "Captain" Lyre Tail Vibrola tailpiece, black Top Hat knobs with metal inserts, and three BurstBucker™ humbucking pickups. Like the Captain himself, the pickups and controls on his SG are incredibly versatile. On a basic level, they operate somewhat similarly to a two-pickup SG, but with significant added capabilities. The three-way toggle switch selects the bridge pickup, neck pickup, or both. Each of these pickups has its own volume control, and each is equipped with a push/pull pot that switches from humbucker to single coil when the switch is pulled out. A single master tone knob located in the usual lead tone control position, is provided, and where you’d normally expect to find the second tone control, an additional volume control (again, with a push/pull switch for coil tapping) is installed. This controls the middle pickup and can be used to blend its signal in with the other (one or two) pickups, regardless of how the three-way pickup selector switch is positioned. This means you can run the neck and/or bridge pickups alone or together, the neck and middle, bridge and middle, or all three pickups simultaneously, and at any relative volume amounts desired. Even better--once you have dialed up the exact balance you want, you can adjust the overall output level of the entire guitar with the pickguard-mounted master volume control. For more, click the info button now.....
Alamo Music Center
Cheap Stratocaster vs. Expensive Stratocaster: Can You Hear The Difference?
"Today we're taking a look at different ranges of Stratocasters-- a "cheap" one, an "expensive" one, and something right in between. The Squier Affinity, Fender Player (Plus Top), and American Professional II Stratocasters all follow the same formula: 3 single coil pickups, tremolo system, satin neck finish; but at 3 distinctly different prices, can you hear the difference? Take a listen to the demos of each of these, and see which one you think might be right for you."
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Guitar of the Day 1960's Coral Vincent Bell Electric Sitar Norman's Rare Guitars
Happy Birthday to the boss man, Norm!!! Stay safe, be kind and hope you’re all well! Enjoy this new episode of #GuitarOfTheDay: Lemmo playing an Original 1960's Coral Vincent Bell Electric Sitar available here at #NormansRareGuitars! For any questions you may have or price inquiries about this #Coral #Sitar #ElectricGuitar please give us a call at 818-344-8300.
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Guitar of the Day: 1981 Gibson Korina Flying V Norman's Rare Guitars
Guitar of the Day 1981 Gibson Korina Flying V Norman's Rare Guitars.
Alamo Music Center
Should You Learn Guitar on Nylon or Steel Strings
"Today we're here to discuss one of the classic questions around learning guitar-- should you start on steel or nylon strings? Nylon may be easier on the fingers, but is the traditional build of a classical guitar too much of a physical stretch for the beginner? Are some of the more uncomfortable aspects to learning guitar actually good for conditioning? Which has more versatility? Chris and Cooper both have some heavy opinions on these questions, so take a listen to their conversation here! How did you learn? Let us know in the comments, then browse our selection of both nylon and steel string acoustic guitars!"
Update: Jan 19, 2021: Epiphone Introduces the New Prophecy Collection:Les Paul, Flying V, SG, and Extura. Available Worldwide Now.
News out of NASHVILLE, TN that Epiphone has unveiled their new Prophecy Collection. Featuring a modern take on classic Gibson blueprints including the Les Paul, Flying V, SG and Extura, they're available worldwide now at Authorized Epiphone Dealers. Across the Prophecy Collection, each Les Paul, Flying V, SG, and Extura features standard specs including custom-voiced active Fishman Fluence® pickups that deliver three distinct tones--a warm vintage humbucker, a hot modern humbucker, and a shimmering optimized single-coil--all accessed by push/pull volume and tone pots. Additionally, attention-grabbing color finishes with specially designed inlays, 24 frets for reaching new octaves, fast-playing necks, and high-end appointments round out every guitar. explains Aljon Go, Product Manager of Epiphone. “The proprietary Fishman Fluence pickups deliver tones that modern guitarists love, all of which are extremely usable,” “The ability to change from modern punch or warm vintage Gibson humbucker tone to the glassy shimmer of a single coil at your fingertips, gives players the versatility to capture the widest array of sounds. Married to modern Inspired by Gibson body styles, it is a force to be reckoned with.” The newly reimagined Flying V™ Prophecy collection features the above standard specs, as well as Grover® locking Rotomatic® tuners, Epiphone's LockTone™ Tune-O-Matic™ bridge and tailpiece for added sustain, a Graph Tech® NuBone® nut that boosts harmonic content and increases tuning stability, custom binding, ebony fretboard, jumbo frets, and an asymmetrical SlimTaper™ neck for comfort and speed. Available in a AAA figured maple top in Yellow Tiger Aged Gloss or plain top in Black Aged Gloss. The newly reimagined Epiphone Les Paul™ Prophecy collection features the same standard specs, and is Available with a AAA figured maple top in Red Tiger Aged Gloss, and Olive Tiger Aged Gloss, or plain top in Black Aged Gloss. The Epiphone SG™ Prophecy brings high-performance features to the classic SG™ design. The mahogany body is topped with a 1/2" maple cap and beautiful AAA frame maple veneer, along with a thinner Aged Vintage Gloss finish. The SlimTaper™ asymmetrical mahogany neck features a 24-fret ebony fingerboard with jumbo frets, Block and Triangle pearloid/abalone inlays with abalone selected to complement the body color, brushed nickel Grover® Locking Rotomatic® tuners, and a black Graph Tech® NuBone® nut. The Epiphone Prophecy SG comes with brushed nickel hardware and is equipped with a pair of proprietary Fishman Fluence® pickups with three voicing options that are selected with the push/pull master volume and tone controls – high gain, modern active high-output humbucker™ with both controls pushed in, classic “Patent Applied For”-style humbucker when the tone control is pulled out, and shimmering, optimized single-coil tones when the volume control is pulled out. Epiphone Prophecy SG colors include a Red Tiger Aged Gloss, Blue Tiger Aged Gloss, and Black Aged Gloss; an optional hardshell case, EpiLite™ case, and premium gig bag are available. The new Extura body style combines the Gibson Explorer™ with the narrower waist and deeper cutaway of the Gibson Futura™. Front-and-center is a pair of custom voiced Fishman Fluence® pickups that deliver three distinct tones--a warm Gibson BurstBucker™ "Patent Applied For" vintage humbucker™, hot modern humbucker, and a shimmering, optimized single-coil sound, all accessed by push/pull Volume and Tone pots. The Prophecy Extura also includes Grover® locking Rotomatic® tuners, Epiphone's LockTone™ Tune-O-Matic™ bridge and tailpiece for added sustain, a Graph Tech® NuBone® nut that boosts harmonic content and increases tuning stability, custom binding, ebony fretboard, jumbo frets, and an asymmetrical SlimTaper™ neck with a contoured heel for comfort and speed. Available in a AAA figured maple top in Yellow Tiger Aged Gloss or Purple Tiger Aged Gloss, and a plain top in Black Aged Gloss; cases are sold separately. For more information, click the INFO button now.
FRET BUZZ Episode 16: 'Haunted by the Bean' part 1. (part 2 coming soon)
The latest from our great friends at Mike's Music.
The Upload Crew - (you can upload media to the AGN app, try it..!)
Jason Stuck: "latin groove"
Hey Jason, welcome to the AGN Upload Crew..... luv ya work....Keep on Uploading....!!
The Upload Crew - (you can upload media to the AGN app, try it..!)
Kristian Daley: All the best for 2021
"keep on strumming and picking " well said Kristian, we'll do just that. Luv ya work, keep on uploading....!
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Guitar of the Day 1945 Gibson J-45 Banner Sunburst Norman's Rare Guitars.
Guitar of the Day 1945 Gibson J-45 Banner Sunburst Norman's Rare Guitars.
Exclusive Interview with Andrew Kastner
Andrew Kastner, guitarist, songwriter and founding member of the great LA band, Jack Mack And The Heart Attack opens up about the time as a 15 year old kid back in 1965, he called The Beatles hotel in Boston and somehow managed to get through to John Lennon's room. After Paul McCartney hung up on him, he called back and had a casual conversation with John Lennon for 15 minutes.