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.
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AGN News: Get Ya EarPlugs Out...NAMM 2021 gets the green light...!
If you were wondering whether winter NAMM 2021 will go ahead, well at this stage, the organizers are saying, YES, ...!! So, got the mask? CHECK...! got the ear plugs? CHECK...I can't imagine how you could even begin to practice social distancing at NAMM but I guess there'll be a lot less people there if things remain the way they are now. Just imagine a NAMM where you can hear, park the car, get a coffee and go to the bathroom....!? Also, beginning Tuesday, July 7 and running through Friday, July 10, NAMM will present The 2020 NAMM U Virtual Summit: four days of career and business-enhancing webinars and strategies designed to help businesses take advantage of new opportunities and supercharge their future. Presented by NAMM U, TEC Tracks, and Advanced Audio + Applications Exchange, the free, online Summit will offer a suite of sessions across three unique tracks... Business, Audio and Technology. The sessions will cover topics ranging from online marketing strategies to the future of music technology, presented by experts in each area. Session presenters include Doug Stephens (best-selling author & founder of “Retail Prophet”, (customer experience expert) Scott McKain;(sound engineer) Mark Frink, Mr. Bonzai, Mindi Abair, Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel, and many others. The NAMM U Virtual Summit will offer a dozen Zoom super-sessions that hone in on the most vital topics going forward, along with some fascinating sessions that highlight the changing industry.” The Summit will feature one webinar per day, per track, for a total of 12 sessions. The Summit is free and open to all industry professionals but A NAMM.org account is required to register; click the INFO button to visit NAMM.org.
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AGN News: June 21st is "Make Music Day"
AGN News: June 21st is "Make Music Day"....For most of us, June 21st this year is Father’s Day, but it’s also the date for this year's lesser known, Make Music Day. Make Music Day was first launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, when the country’s Ministry of Culture conceived an idea for a day where free, live music would be everywhere throughout the country and now nearly 40 years later, it's not only a national holiday in France, but it's celebrated in more than 120 countries around the world. Make Music Day is presented in the U.S. by the NAMM Foundation and is quote, “open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician – young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion – pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.” June 21, the summer solstice, was chosen as the date for the event, and last year, more than 1,000 cities around the world threw citywide music celebrations to make the occasion. To find out about Make Music events in your city and how to get involved, click the INFO button and check out makemusicday.org.
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You NEED to HEAR These 9 DREAM Guitars From 1958 to 2020
Robert Baker joins Tim for a quick listening tour of some dream guitars, both Vintage and Modern. From Robert’s 1958 Fender Esquire, to my brand new Floyd Rose Strat, Tim & Robert listen, play and talk about the surprising reasons that some guitars become our favorites.
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Interview with founding member of The Ventures, Don Wilson at the Grammy Museum
I caught up with founding member of The Ventures, Don Wilson at the Grammy Museum last week at the opening of this great new exhibition, "Walk, Don't Run", 60 Years Of The Ventures. Don is the only surviving member of the original line-up and his influence on guitarists all over the world is immeasurable. If you are a guitar player you must see this exhibit.
Fender releases their highly anticipated recreation of George Harrison’s iconic “Rocky” Stratocaster
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. —Fender have just released their highly anticipated recreation of George Harrison’s iconic “Rocky” Stratocaster initially previewed at Winter NAMM 2020. With only 100 being made available worldwide, its debut sparked major conversation that only further emphasizes its ultimate, limited-edition status. The “Rocky” Stratocaster is considered to be one of music’s most celebrated guitars, known for several iconic appearances including the live performance of “All You Need Is Love” on Our World, the very first global satellite TV program. Harrison’s spontaneous psychedelic paint job continues to serve as a special homage to the late ‘60s and to Harrison’s artistry. Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Paul Waller worked hand in hand with the Harrison estate to personally examine the original version himself in order to create this identical replica. Everything about the original was measured in exacting detail—body, neck (with a rare asymmetrical C-shaped profile), pickups, wiring and everything else—right down to Harrison’s famous DIY paint job. Even the “Grimwoods” decal remains in place on the back of the headstock. With these features and more, it’s a meticulously-crafted Fender Custom Shop tribute to a truly magical guitar, played and loved by one of rock’s greatest guitarists.The Fender Custom Shop Limited Artist series celebrates the storied guitars of legendary musicians by building recreations of their instruments in exacting detail. Based on close examination of the original guitars, every nuance is noted and incorporated into the build. Reverse-engineering the model, vintage, wood, hardware, electronics, finish and player customizations are all vital to the process. Most importantly, the player’s wear patterns are recorded: every nick, scratch, gouge and bump are vital to the authenticity of the recreation–they are mapped and documented with precision.The Fender Custom Shop is proud to include the Rocky Stratocaster in the Dream Factory Series, a collection of short documentaries that showcase the journey of custom-built guitars created at the Fender Custom Shop. Watch the “Dream Factory” episode on this model here.For technical specs, additional information on new Fender products and to find a retail partner near you, visit www.fender.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender.
Jack Barksdale: "Hello In There", John Prine Cover
'I watched "Picture Show," the tribute to John Prine. It was beautiful. It was sad. It reminded me of "Hello In There" one of my favorite John Prine songs.'
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Guitar of the Day: 1954 Fender Stratocaster Hardtail & Joe Bonamassa
This is the stuff of Vintage Dreams.........Joe Bonamassa puts a 1954 Fender Stratocaster Hardtail thru it's paces at Norman's Rare Guitars.
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Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - Michael Lemmo Eddie Van Halen Tribute.mp4
Official Music Video - Michael Lemmo "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" Tribute to late Eddie Van Halen. Off the first upcoming solo record. Produced by Paul Brown. Video by Jen Angkahan http://www.instagram.com/manalophoto http://www.instagram.com/michaellemmo
Tim Pierce: Oct 17th, 2020: WEIRD (and VERY Cool) Soprano Guitar, Churango.
Here are two acoustic instruments that are very unique AND useful. The Soprano guitar is one octave above normal, while the Contra guitar is one octave below normal. Click the INFO button to take the 14 day free trial in the Masterclass. Over 1500 videos and over 120 hours of lessons and content! Thanks so much for all your support Tim
Oct 16th, 2020: The Undefeated Music Companion Piece "I Can't Breathe:Music for the Movement" Set For Release Today
The "I Can't Breathe/Music for the Movement" EP is set for release today on Hollywood Records. In music form, the EP release highlights the social injustice protests taking place in America through the mediums of music and art. The project, a collaboration between The Undefeated and Hollywood Records, reimagines historically significant songs, as well as an original song, by and for Black America with contemporary artists and producers.Each song has exclusive artwork created by Black artists. The art gives deeper meaning to each song. In a year of racial disparity, as well as a global pandemic and economic downturn, the music reminds and evokes the importance of voting. The track listing for "I Can't Breathe/Music for the Movement" is as follows: Pray Momma Don't Cry, performed by Grammy-nominated Rapsody, featuring Bilal and produced by 9th Wonder. Original artwork by NUWARHOL. People Get Ready, performed by Grammy-nominated Terrace Martin & Alex Isley, featuring Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Robert Glasper and produced by Terrace Martin and Robert Glasper. Original artwork by Al-Baseer. Strange Fruit, performed by Jensen McRae and produced by Rahki. Original artwork by Blue the Great. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology), performed by 13-year-old sensation Keedron Bryant and produced by Dem Joints. Original artwork by Laurence "Sketch" Cheatham. The Undefeated is ESPN's multiplatform content initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture. The digital hub, TheUndefeated.com, which launched in May 2016, combines innovative long-form and short-form storytelling, investigation, original reporting and provocative commentary to enlighten and entertain African Americans, as well as sports fans seeking a deeper understanding of black athletes, culture and related issues. In addition to its cutting-edge content, The Undefeated seeks to be a thought-leader on race, sports and culture in the country – convening insightful forums to discuss and debate topical issues affecting sports and race in America. click the INFO button for more
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SOUL GARAGE EXPERIENCE Right down below OFFICIAL VIDEO
Fabrizio Grossi’s Soul Garage Experience is nothing else than the well renowned bassist/producer solo band with his debut single release of ‘Right Down Below’. Fab says of the song ‘ It’s about keeping on pushing to uplift oneself out of dire straits, and the fight against social and income disparity, homelessness & discrimination, especially in a city like Los Angeles where I live. This can be felt all across the world and we must work with each other for change.’ The single is taken from the forthcoming “Counterfeited Blues!” album which provides the soundscape for the explosive live performances of Soul Garage Experience. Fab is well known for working with top level musicians of the community and fronts the band on lead vocals and bass - the album features the stellar Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, American Idol finalist Diimond Meekes on vocals/hammond organ and a string of surprise guests. 24 year old fellow LA based rising star Derek Day provides the incendiary guitar playing on the debut single - he infuses his music with the power of Rock N’ Roll, as he engages with and captures the audience theatrically. Touring all over the US and in parts of Europe, Derek has opened for and performed with luminaries in Steve Vai, Moby, and Slash and as such has the credentials to boot. Just like for his other award winning band Supersonic Blues Machine, fronted by Kris Barras with Kenny Aronoff, Billy F. Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Eric Gales and other sublime talents, the thrilling live shows of the band are heavily jam based, so to embrace the golden era of live Blues Rock & Soul: the 60’s and the 70’s! On stage, the ensemble easily moves between new crafted tunes and all time classics spanning time in Hendrix, Cream, Allman Bros, Stevie Wonder but they are a far cry from your regular covers band! Their sound can be easily associated with contemporary Rock-Blues and Neo- Soul artists such as Vintage Trouble, Gary Clark Jr, The Black Keys, Fantastic Negrito & thanks to the musicians’ own backgrounds, history and their endless love for Cream, Hendrix and Curtis Mayfield alike, the resulting music experience offered by the band is an infectious groove laden combination of old and new school, with a music prowess & ownership that turns heads and instigates curiosity. Fab is excited to bring his music to all, to excite, thrill, enlighten and raise awareness of how we can all come together in the most difficult and not only the best of times. PART OF SOUL GARAGE EXPERIENCE PROCEEDS ARE DONATED TO: HTTPS://GUITARS4VETS.ORG (MUSIC THERAPY FOR VETS AFFECTED BY PTSD) HTTPS://UPWARDBOUNDHOUSE.ORG (HOMELESS FAMILIES SUPPORT NETWORK) PR : Sounds Of Pisces Music inc. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org MANAGEMENT : Music Manager: Jeff Buttermark FM Music Management Mobile (732)-984-2593 email@example.com www.FMMusicManagement.com
Oct 15th, 2020: MasterClass Announces St. Vincent to Teach Creativity and Songwriting.
Oct 15th, 2020: MasterClass, the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world's best across a wide range of subjects, today announced that multiple Grammy Award–winning guitarist, singer, songwriter and director, Annie Clark, known professionally as St. Vincent, will teach a class on creativity and songwriting. Taking members behind the curtain of her public persona, Clark gives an intimate look into her artistic development, from how to effectively generate ideas to how to pursue a project to completion. Clark's class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access to all 90+ instructors with an annual membership. Annie Clark debuted her musical persona, St. Vincent, in 2007 with her debut album, Marry Me. Having previously performed with the symphonic pop band The Polyphonic Spree and Grammy and Academy Award – nominated artist Sufjan Stevens, Clark's first foray into solo songwriting would lay the foundation for what would become a series of modern music's most distinctive and exciting artistic identities. Fusing elements of indie, rock, electronic and jazz, subsequent St. Vincent albums Actor and Strange Mercy expanded on a sound that defied genre and convention, marrying esoteric guitar heroics with deeply personal and poetic songwriting. In 2014, the eponymous St. Vincent made her the first solo female artist in 20 years to win the Grammy for Best Alternative Album; three years later, she took home two more Grammys for Best Recording Package and Best Rock Song for the title track of her 2017 album, MASSEDUCTION. "All you need are ears and ideas and you can make anything happen," said Annie Clark. "In my MasterClass, I will share with you performance tips, songwriting tips, studio tips and give an inside look into my creative process so you can use your own creativity to move the needle in a more empathetic direction for the world." Clark's MasterClass will give members an intimate look into her artistic development, diving into her end-to-end creative process and detailing the evolution that led to finding her voice as St. Vincent. Beginners and non-musicians will enjoy the demystification of popular music as Clark takes members into the studio and gives an inside look at how the songs they love came to be. From breaking down the songwriting process from inception to execution and examining the personal journeys associated with being an artist, Clark highlights the importance of the individual in the creative process. For more advanced songwriters, producers and performers, she provides tips on how to turn creative ideas into finished products, from building a basic home studio to honing their guitar skills and tips for delivering a live performance. Clark gives a never-before-heard breakdown of the song "Savior" that she started creating at 16 years old and evolved over time. She also opens up about embracing fear and shame, sharing personal stories and insights. Members will come away feeling inspired to be more empathetic and curious artists and ready to create interesting work that is unique to themselves. for more, click the INFO button now.
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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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Guitar of the Day: 1963 Epiphone Howard Roberts Grant Geissman at Norman's Rare Guitars
Grant Geissman is a great LA based Jazzer who has worked with a multitude of big names in the Jazz world. He also wrote the theme to the hit show "Two & A Half Men". Grant puts a unique, one of a kind, 1963 Epiphone Howard Roberts thru it's paces at Norman's Rare Guitars.
FRET BUZZ Episode 15: 'Big Bottoms 15's Got 'em!'
If you're into Bass, big bottom end and thick strings, this latest episode of Fret Buzz is for you....!
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Alamo Music Center: Fender American Professional II vs. American Professional Stratocaster Comparison
Chris and Cooper are back to compare the new American Professional II Stratocaster with its predecessor, the American Professional. Though the Lake Placid Blue model we're comparing here is a Limited Edition model, it's still close enough for a comparison-- these Strats differ in their necks, pickups, tremolo hardware, neck finish, fret rolling, and of course, colors. After checking out our reveal of the American Pro II line, we hope you can hear a difference between these two models. Shop Fender Guitars - https://www.alamomusic.com/brands/Fen... Shop Guitars - https://www.alamomusic.com/guitars/ Guitar Buyers Guide → http://bit.ly/2kssXsR Interested in a different guitar? Talk to an expert here → http://bit.ly/findmyguitar