RIP, Doyle Bramhall Sr., who passed away at his Texas home over the weekend at age 62. Doyle was a great drummer, singer and songwriter. He was also a dear friend, regular collaborator and huge influence on Stevie Ray Vaughan, as can be very clearly heard; it seems to me that when SRV started singing, he did his best to sound like his drumming buddy Doyle. Here’s a nice, short obit.
As a touring singer/songwriter and front man for Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project, I’ve had quite a year so far in 2011. 2012 should bring me close to 200 shows in a year. I’ve made every mistake in the book, fallen for almost every trick, and through these experiences have found myself sharing the stage with some of my favorite artists of all time and playing some of the greatest rooms the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic have to offer.
Matt Nowicki of North Carolina-based Red Rocket Guitars is the one-man show behind his line of Atomic Retro Customs, and he's a featured luthier at Destroy All Guitars. You've gotta visit both sites and check out the very cool guitars Matt builds. He goes waaay beyond the typical F-type bolt-ons of so many small shops these days, as you'll discover. Fans of retro Sci-fi art are also in for a treat!
Fantasies are an essential component of life and, admittedly, some are more exciting than others. After years of putting it off, I decided I was going to, once and for all, learn how to operate Pro Tools. This is where the fantasy part comes in. I thought I was going to purchase Pro Tools 10, pop it into my new MacBook Pro and start recording. Geez, was I wrong.
Frank Zappa famously proclaimed that “jazz isn’t dead, it just smells funny.” And while that certainly may have been true in the fusion heyday of the 1970s and '80s, there's a younger breed of jazz musicians making music that is forward-looking but far less odorous. Here are five videos of contemporary jazz guitarists you should check out.
Check out this video of John Mayer and Keith Urban laying down some tasteful leads for Country Music Television. The video has been edited to just the best guitar sequences of the original video recording. Although both these artists can be filed under the “adult contemporary” label, they can seriously play.
I’m a bit of a guitar gear head, always looking for some way to spruce up my setup, and I'm constantly searching for older vintage heads and guitars. I love trying new gear that I’ve seen before and finding out what other people are using.
It’s always a good idea to have merchandise available, even in the early days of an artist’s career. Before getting into accessories, or cut and sew garments, it’s best to start with the simple, time tested T-shirt.
Dropped by her label and discouraged from years of touring, O’Connor took a break and went into a funk that she’s come out of in grand style. I Want What You Want was released November 8 (on her birthday, no less). Produced by Tom Beaujour (editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine and owner of Nuthouse Recording), O’Connor draws you in with her introspective lyrics and sincere delivery.
A huge part of being a guitarist is the attitude, right? And we all know that spinning the guitar is probably the second-best achievement on your way to rock 'n' roll stardom. The first one is smashing a guitar, but we'll get to that later, if you don't mind. Here's one thing you don't want: Messing up your guitar spin trick! Unless you are aiming to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Shame! So here are five tips to make sure you will execute the perfect guitar spin. Violate them at your own risk ...