Joe Bonamassa solos in Josh Smith's studio.
Joe Bonamassa came by Josh Smith's studio 'Flat Five Studio' to record lead guitar for Norman's new song that will be featured in his upcoming Netflix documentary. Check out Bonamassa's new guitar 'Gate Crasher' purchased from George Kooymans of Golden Earring. As Joe says, 'You can never have too many guitars Norm...'
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'Sidemen: Long Road To Glory' : Exclusive Movie Package
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Sidemen: Long Road to Glory: the movie package with over 40 minutes of bonus never before seen interviews is available NOW to rent or buy in Fab's Movie Night in AGN On Demand: Sidemen is an intimate look into the incredible lives of three of the last Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf sidemen, piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin. These legendary bluesmen, who performed and recorded into their 80's and 90's, played a significant role in shaping modern popular music. The film features some of the last interviews conducted with all three men as well as their final live performances together. These memorable live performances, vividly capture these blues legends with the blues and rock stars they have inspired including, Robby Krieger of The Doors, Elvin Bishop (recent rock ‘n’ Roll Hall inductee with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band), and Tim Reynolds of The Dave Matthews Band. Personal insights from artists such as, Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Shemekia Copeland, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Perry, Joe Bonamassa and Johnny Winter offer heartfelt accounts of how these three legendary sidemen helped shape their careers as well as rock ‘n’ roll. Sidemen takes us on the road with Pinetop, Willie and Hubert, three of our last direct links to the origins of the blues, as they share the incredible stories about each of their personal histories. From their upbringings on Delta plantations of the Jim Crow south to lives spent on the road in the shadow of two of the biggest figures in music history, their stories are not only a part of music history, but American history as well. As we ride along, we can’t help but fall in love with these three endearing men as we experience all the trials and triumphs of these remarkable lives. In the summer of 2008, a group of legendary bluesmen, some of the last surviving members of the Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters bands, were brought together by director Scott Rosenbaum for a cameo appearance in his feature film, The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and Hubert Sumlin were cast for their authenticity and ability to underscore the film’s critical subplot, the evolution of rock ‘n’ roll through the blues. During breaks in production, these bluesmen thrilled Rosenbaum with their tales of a lifetime spent on the road. Firsthand accounts of experiences with the mythical Robert Johnson, the larger-than-life Howlin’ Wolf, the seminal Muddy Waters and disciples such as Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones got the director’s creative wheels spinning. Between takes, Sumlin called Rosenbaum over to the bandstand and prophetically told him of his feeling that they would be working together again. In an instant, an idea that had been germinating with the director for years took root. When the bluesmen’s booking agent, Hugh Southard approached Rosenbaum, asking him to lend the film’s name to help galvanize a world tour featuring these legendary musicians, a concept had fully blossomed. Having grown up on Martin Scorsese’s valediction to The Band, The Last Waltz, Rosenbaum wanted to make a film that similarly honored the life and musical legacy of these aging bluesmen. When Pinetop, Hubert and Willie "Big Eyes," along with Sugar Blue, Robert Stroger and Bob Margolin hit the road as The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll Blues Band, Rosenbaum, along with producers Jasin Cadic, Tony Grazia and Joe White were determined to capture this important moment and fleeting history. Over the next three years they would follow these blues legends, shooting live performances, an historic Grammy win, dozens of intimate interviews, countless behind-the-scenes moments, and documenting their lives on the road. Sadly, the 2011 deaths of Willie, Pine and Hubert altered the film’s initial Last Waltz style vision; to capture these legends performing live versions of classic blues songs with the musicians they had so heavily influenced. Luckily, several of these performance pairings were filmed before their deaths. Those treasured moments are complimented by over two dozen subsequent interviews with some of blues and rock’s biggest names, demonstrating the true impact and tremendous respect that these men engendered over the course of their long careers. Members of The Doors, The Allman Brothers, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Aerosmith, The Dave Matthews Band, as well as artists like Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Winter, Bobby Rush and Shemekia Copeland share their personal and professional recollections of these men and the impact that they’ve had on their own careers. When asked how they hoped to be remembered, Willie, Pine and Hubert consistently expressed their wish to be known for both having kept the blues alive and to serve as an inspiration for the younger generations of musicians. Interviews with blues acolytes Joe Bonamassa, Eric Gales, Warren Haynes, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Derek Trucks affirm that their legacies are alive and well. Several of these musicians have even contributed searing on-camera solo performances in tribute to these late blues legends. Haunting imagery of the Mississippi Delta region, the birthplace of the blues and these legendary bluesmen, punctuates this powerful piece of history. This film succeeds in capturing the personal triumphs, tragedies and tremendous perseverance of three of the last original Delta and Chicago bluesmen while preserving a critical legacy that is nothing short of our last links to the origins of all popular music.
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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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Update: Thursday, Nov 26, 2020: Happy thanksgiving: Renowned Bass Players Showcase Culinary Creativity in ‘Bass Clef Chefs’ Cookbook
LOS ANGELES, CA — Professional bass players are coming together to showcase a different side of their creativity in the new Bass Clef Chefs cookbook. Available in print and digital download, Bass Clef Chefs features the favorite recipes of bass players from around the world who are “cooking on and off the stage.” As touring musicians, these players know the comfort of preparing a favorite dish or whipping up a rejuvenating treat after the show. They also know the power of collaboration in support of a good cause. Fond memories with friends and family helped inspire the pages of Bass Clef Chefs, and all proceeds from sales will benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Bass Clef Chefs began with a group of friends who were stuck inside and trading recipes during the COVID-19 lockdown. These friends are not only bass players, but also love to cook. After some drinks and conversation, they came up with the seemingly "bad idea" of putting together a cookbook. The initial concept evolved into an excellent idea of reaching out to several friends they've collectively made over 50 years in the music industry. The recipes in Bass Clef Chefs span breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and everything in between, from appetizers, soups and salads, to sauces and salsas, and desserts and cocktails. Dietary preferences are also taken into account, with keto recipes submitted by Bubby Lewis, bassist for Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. Some contributors even put a musical spin on their dishes, like “And Justice For Blackened Shrimp” from Dan Kenny of death metal bands Suicide Silence and Animosity, and “Baked Fleetwood Mac and Cheese” by J.D. Pinkus of Butthole Surfers and the Melvins. Adding their professional touch are culinary graduates Julie Slick, bassist for EchoTest and Adrian Belew Power Trio, and Rob Van der Loo, metal bassist for Mayan and Epica. Julie offers her spin on homey favorites, like Buttermilk Drop Biscuits, Springtime Risotto, and Zucchini Feta Fritters, while Rob shares his special training in Indonesian food with Sambal Goreng Tahu and Chicken Satay. “Some recipes have been passed down through generations, some are adaptations of our favorite classics, and some are results of being way too hungry late at night and going for it with what was available in the house at that time. But, one thing is consistent in all these recipes — LOVE,” said Loren Hill, Artist Relations Director for Darkglass Electronics. Hill compiled the project along with the help of editor Karla Mendelson. Love is a common thread not only in music and cooking, but in caring for someone with an incurable disease. While collaborating, the contributors of Bass Clef Chefs discovered another commonality—many have lost a close family member to Alzheimer's disease or dementia. The players resolved that all proceeds from Bass Clef Chefs would benefit the Alzheimer's Association. The book is dedicated to patients and families with the message: “Stay strong. Stay hopeful. And keep rockin’.” The contributors of Bass Clef Chefs invite readers to clear off the counter top, put on an apron, grab a bowl and measuring cup, and get cooking—and don’t forget to rock ‘n roll! Bass Clef Chefs is available worldwide through Amazon’s self-publishing service, in digital download ($19.95) or print ($34.95) Happy Thanksgiving
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Joe Bonamassa & Frank Stallone Signs a Frank Stallone Guitar Tigress For the The Midnight Mission
Joe Bonamassa & Frank Stallone Signs a Frank Stallone Guitar Tigress For the The Midnight Mission
UPDATE: Wednesday Nov 25, 2020: Gibson partners with Reverb to launch the Gibson Demo Shop, offering a direct source for Gibson prototypes, demo guitars, pre-played artist models . .mp4
NASHVILLE, TN: Gibson the iconic American instrument brand has partnered with Reverb--the largest online marketplace dedicated to buying and selling new and used musical instruments--to launch the Gibson Demo Shop. The Gibson Demo Shop on Reverb offers a direct source for one-of-a-kind Gibson prototypes, demo guitars, pre-played artist models and Gibson mods, at an exceptional value. The Gibson Demo Shop is live on Reverb now with an exclusive run of 40 guitars, Here. Featuring one-of-a-kind guitars, the Gibson Demo Shop brings unique guitars to the online marketplace for fans. All Gibson Demo Shop guitars are certified through the Gibson Repair and Restoration team’s 35-point inspection process and will receive a certificate of verification. Additionally, all Gibson Demo Shop guitars will be covered by a two-year warranty centered on playability. Fans can check back every week for updates and “follow” the Gibson Demo Shop on Reverb to get instant notifications on the next run of guitars: “We are excited to launch the Gibson Demo Shop in partnership on Reverb, as they’re the established online marketplace for guitars and beyond,” says Cesar Gueikian of Gibson. “We are making unique prototypes, demo and modified guitars, and over time guitars played by our artists that fans love will be available on the Gibson Demo Shop.” “Gibson is giving players an incredible opportunity to own some truly unique guitars--many that weren’t previously available for purchase--and I couldn’t be more excited that Reverb’s global community of music makers will have access to this gear,” adds Jim Tuerk of Reverb. After more than a century, Gibson artists, players and fans continue to experience the #1 guitar brand rejuvenated. Gibson is played by the best and brightest artists, across generations and genres and has emerged as the most relevant, most played, and most loved guitar brand around the world. About Gibson: Gibson, the world’s most iconic guitar brand, has shaped the sounds of generations of musicians and music lovers across genres for more than 100 years. Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Nashville, TN, with a premiere acoustic facility in Bozeman, MT, Gibson Brands has a legacy of world-class craftsmanship, legendary music partnerships, and progressive product evolution that is unrivaled among musical instrument companies. The Gibson Brands portfolio includes Gibson, the number one guitar brand, as well as many of the most beloved and recognizable music brands, including Epiphone, Kramer, Steinberger, and the Gibson Pro Audio Division, KRK Systems. Gibson Brands is dedicated to quality, innovation, and sound excellence so that music lovers for generations to come will continue to experience music shaped by Gibson Brands About Reverb: Reverb is the largest online marketplace dedicated to buying and selling new, used, and vintage musical instruments. Since launching in 2013, Reverb has grown into a vibrant community of buyers and sellers all over the world. By focusing on inspiring content, price transparency, musician-focused, eCommerce tools, a music-savvy customer service team, and more, Reverb has created an online destination where the global music community can connect over the perfect piece of music gear. A portion of each sale on Reverb goes to Reverb Gives, which provides youth music programs all over the world with the instruments they need to make music. Reverb is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Etsy (NASDAQ: ETSY.) Click the INFO button for more.
Bruce Forman: "There will never be another you"
And.....there will never be anyone else who's plays it quite so sweetly.....!!
Update: Nov 24, 2020: Clapton auctions '54 Strat & luxury 156ft Yacht..
From Gotta Have Rock And Roll: "Eric Clapton’s historic owned and stage played “Slowhand” 1954 sunburst Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. This magnificent guitar, heavily used by Clapton both on and off-stage would be the ultimate star in any guitar collection. Clapton acquired this rare non-tremelo 1954 Stratocaster in 1978 -79 and for the next five years it became his main stage slide guitar which he also used in the recording studio The letters “TG” on the neck-butt are the initials of Tadeo Gomez, a Fender employee who was responsible for shaping the neck, the digits 9-54 indicate the month and the year (September, 1954) the neck was completed. The guitar is a ‘non-tremolo’ model. The story of Clapton and his guitars is a true love story, spanning the career of one of the rock and roll’s most treasured guitarists, filled with fascinating details that has intrigued his fans for years. His deep connection to the Stratocaster, which began early in his career, continued with this this ‘non-tremelo’ model 1954 sunburst Stratocaster that he used both on stage and in the studio for slide work circa 1979-1985. It appears that Clapton first used it on stage circa 1979-1980 to play his opening numbers “Tulsa Time” and “Early in the Morning” in the set list for his 1979 tour. Clapton needed a guitar set-up for slide playing for both of these songs, and for both the guitar was tuned in open G, one of his favorite tunings for playing slide. With serial number 7431, next date and initials T-G-54 in pencil, sunburst finish, maple neck with skunk stripe routing, twenty-one fret fingerboard with dot inlay, three pickups, three rotary controls, five-way selector switch, tailpiece with adjustable saddles and white pickguard; and a tweed rectangular hard-shell case with red plush lining and Lee Dickson’s handwritten adhesive paper label “ ’54 S/Burst Fender Strat #7431; case containing strap. This truly incredible guitar comes with impeccable provenance, including a signed typescript letter from Lee Dickson, Clapton’s guitar technician from 1979 to the present day in which he describes in detail his fond memories for this guitar – stating it that Clapton used it exclusively for slide, that is was the only non-tremelo that Clapton had and that Clapton particularly liked it because of the year 1954 – the year of the Strat. He remembers the tours Clapton used it on and that it always traveled with Clapton’s other beloved guitars “Brownie” and “Blackie”. The guitar is also accompanied by an Eric Clapton signed Certificate from the Christie’s auction, “A Selection of Eric Clapton’s Guitars” held on June 24, 1999 which was Clapton’s first historic benefit auction to support The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a cause very close to his heart. With the corresponding Christie’s lot card for lot 103 and original auction catalog the guitar also comes with a Gotta Have Rock & Roll™ Certificate of Authenticity. Also included in this lot is an Eric Clapton beautifully signed "Slowhand" gold album and cassette award." Also, Clapton is unloading his luxury yacht, offering it up for auction at a sale of Hollywood memorabilia. The 47.5 meter long (156 foot) Va Bene yacht, he bought in 2005 and refurbished extensively three years later, is expected to fetch $7 million-$10 million at the Nov. 28 sale in Los Angeles, auction house GWS Auctions.
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Guitar of the Day: 2004 Gibson Custom Shop Firebird I Cardinal Red
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Kristian Daley: "Testing out my new Fender Tele"
Kristian Daley: "Testing out my new Fender Tele"
Update: Monday Nov 23, 2020: Guitar Center declares bankruptcy
Guitar Center is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the latest company to go bankrupt during the pandemic that has decimated America's retail sector. he company said in its bankruptcy filing that it received up to $165 million in new equity investments and lenders agreed to reduce the company's debt by nearly $800 million.
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Does Guitar Color Affect Tone!
We're here to discuss one of the most asked questions that we get here at the store and online: how does the color of a guitar change the tone? While some (Cooper) might say NO, some (Billy Corgan) might say YES, and others (Chris) might say MAYBE, we are discussing all the factors that might be correlated to finish affecting tone. Between these two Stratocasters of different finishes, do you hear a difference? Tell us all your thoughts on if color and tone are related!