Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced today that it has finalized a letter of intent to sell the Guild guitar brand and related assets to Cordoba Music Group, the manufacturer of Cordoba acoustic guitars, ukuleles and accessories.
British chanteuse Gabrielle Aplin's 6-song English Rain EP is out today! The digital release marks her U.S. debut and follows her massive success overseas where her single "The Power of Love" has achieved certified Gold status in the U.K. and Australia. Aplin's first ever U.S. tour kicks off in New York City at the Studio at Webster Hall. See below for a full list of confirmed dates.
Conor Oberst has announced several additional tour dates for this fall, including concerts in Boulder, Austin, Dallas, Seattle, Portland and more. Oberst will also co-headline the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles with John Prine on October 5th. Check out his song, "Hundreds of Ways" here!
Check out this solo acoustic performance from Wolverhampton, England’s Pete Kent. The composition is featured on Kent’s latest album, The Sands Of Time, which is available now. Prior to embarking on a solo career, Kent was a sought after session guitarist in the UK, so it's no surprise that his playing style is so fluid and well-rehearsed.
Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Emily King has released the video for her latest single, “Distance.” The video, directed by Paul Jung, is King’s first music video since the release of her debut album in 2007. Featuring contrasting colors and an eye-catching split screen look, the video delivers the perfect visuals for this soulful, throwback track.
The company, which is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is ceasing U.S. production of Ovation as part of its consolidation of U.S. musical instrument manufacturing. Work at the New Hartford plant will end by June. Fender will now make Ovation guitars in China, South Korea and Indonesia.
Old Crow Medicine Show has announced their upcoming new album Remedy, due out July 1 via ATO Records. Ten years after the massive success of folk anthem “Wagon Wheel,” which started as a track on a Bob Dylan work tape later finished by fiddler/band leader Ketch Secor, Remedy features a new Dylan/Old Crow penned collaboration on the new track “Sweet Amarillo.” The album also features the return of producer Ted Hutt (Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Gaslight Anthem), who produced 2012’s Carry Me Back.
Takamine invites players to experience the Hardest Working Guitar with the Takamine Test Drive retail promotion. Those who visit a participating authorized Takamine dealer between May 1 and June 30, 2014 and “test drive” any Takamine acoustic/electric guitar can register to receive a free Takamine-branded leather guitar strap as a gift for trying out a Takamine instrument.
Below, check out a recently posted demo video of a new product called the Hammer Jammer. Six-string players can install the device on electric or acoustic guitars (We've even included an "installation and tweaking" video below) to produce a different-sounding attack — something in the ballpark of a hammer dulcimer. Be sure to check out the video and let us know what you think.