From its introduction in 1942 through the Seventies, the J-45 was known as a “workhorse” guitar due to its affordable price and reliable performance, but as time progressed both vintage and new models, which are still produced today, became too expensive for the everyday working guitarist.
Rodrigo y Gabriela's new interpretation of the song is one of the highlights of Jaco: Original Soundtrack, the soundtrack album for Metalica bassist Robert Trujillo's new film, Jaco. The album will be released November 27 via Legacy; it boasts 11 crucial songs by Pastorius, along with three brand-new recordings.
The latest Backbeat Books release, The Taylor Guitar Book, tells the complete story of one of the most important guitar manufacturers in the history of the instrument. From its beginnings as one of the first modern small-shop steel-string guitar brands in North America to its position as an undisputed market leader, the Taylor company provides a unique tale of innovation and entrepreneurship.
In the pantheon of great guitar makers, Ed Stilley’s work stands alone like a castaway on its own musical island. Imperfect, bizarre and some even un-tunable to the modern equal temperament scale, his crudely made stringed instruments would make the most adventurous guitar collector shudder. And yet, his instruments (and, even more, his story) are just as fascinating as Leo Fender or C. F. Martin.
In this new video, guitarist Luca Stricagnoli visits a guitar store and plays his own arrangement of "Misirlou" on five different guitars. "Misirlou" is a traditional Eastern Mediterranean tune made famous in 1962 by surf-rock guitarist Dick Dale. Dale's version also appears in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film Pulp Fiction and was sampled in the Black Eyed Peas' "Pump It" in 2006.
Bedell Guitars is a newer guitar manufacturer. Being a new brand in the instrument business can be tough, but Bedell is making a name for themselves quickly in a big way. How? Sustainability and sound. Bedell Guitars is the only instrument manufacturer that is completely sustainable and offers help to protect the very environment we depend on while perfecting a beautiful sound. Find out more here!
Australian singer-songwriter and Atlantic recording artist Vance Joy has announced the release of a brand new single, following his recent MTV Video Music Award nomination for the highly anticipated “Artist To Watch” category. The new song titled “Fire and the Flood” is the first taste of fresh material and will be included on a special edition of his breakthrough 2014 debut album, Dream Your Life Away, available for streaming and at all DSPs beginning July 24.
Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments is pleased to introduce the Yellowstone Aesthetic Package with a return to 2013 pricing levels. The instruments are available in sopranolin, mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin and mandocello models, as well as in archtop octar, celtar and guitar body styles.
Up next in our Summer NAMM 2015 gear wrap-up videos is the latest from Recording King. Here RK’s Ashley Atz explains two new torrefied models, the RO-T16 (a 000 model), and the dreadnought RD-T16. Both models feature Adirondack spruce tops, that have underwent the torrefaction process.
Here’s a bit of a rollickin’ and fun song from the husband/wife duo of Suzy Brown and Scot Sax. This track, “Jury’s Still Out,” appears on their upcoming release Our Album Doesn’t Like You Either, due out in September. This hand clappin’, twangified tune has Brown testifying to the fact that she’s not so good at taking advice. With some great little guitar riffs sprinkled throughout and tongue-in-cheek backing vocals, the song is 100% infectious.
The Bluegrass Situation has announced a special festival edition of their web video series Sitch Sessions on TheBluegrassSituation.com. Every Tuesday for the next five weeks, one artist performing at this year's 2015 LA Bluegrass Situation festival at the Greek Theater on October 3 will be featured. The first of the sessions released today features Grammy-nominated bluegrass outfit Punch Brothers, performing on the roof of the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood before their sold out show in April.
Sisters Folk Fest is a fun festival that has become an annual tradition since 1995. SSF is a non-profit organization that has a clear vision to bring the finest acoustic music to the warmhearted town of Sisters, OR. Sisters Folk Fest has developed into a year round cultural arts organization that supports local schools with extensive community engagement.