In my last blog entry, I lamented my inability to sing. In college, after years of ignoring conventional wisdom and thinking I’m as good a singer as anyone and torturing my friends and family with my renderings, I finally took voice lessons, because deep down, I knew I was, well, ignoring conventional wisdom.
It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In the case of those guitar enthusiasts familiar with the guitars of Fender Japan (Fujigen), or MIJ/CIJ as they are commonly known in Fender circles, we’re not just talking imitation—we’re talking major collector’s vibe.
I recently made some hand-to-neck contact with Steve Howe's famous 1964 Gibson ES-175. He brought it with him when he visited Guitar World for a photo shoot and a "Dear Guitar Hero" feature -- which you'll see soon in the pages of Guitar World magazine.
Hey, any Rush fans out there? A few years ago, I had the unique opportunity to do something really cool, something a Rush fan would definitely freak out over. My band Collective Soul had recently recorded a live concert DVD called Home, and the director invited us to his post-production studio to talk about the project.
Currently on the block through Heritage Auctions is a Martin 00-21 played by Elvis Presley during the early years of his career.This particular 00-21 was later given as a gift by Presley to actor and Hawaii Five-O star Jack Lord
Justin Bieber isn’t the only musician who knows how to harness the power of YouTube. When she was 18, Nili Brosh posted a video called “Guthrie Govan solo played by 18 year old girl.” Her dexterity and ability stunned viewers, and her video went viral, landing her an endorsement with Inspire Guitars.
Some of the most innovative guitar playing in the world has involved pedals. Octave pedals, delays, wahs and phasers. Most of those groundbreaking sounds showed up in the late '60s, '70s and early '80s. Players like Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Page, Clapton, Santana and George Harrison used pedals to flavor songs and styles, creating new sounds never heard before.
This past weekend, we were out on a four-show fly date that took us from Lake Charles to San Diego to Las Vegas and finally to Trinity, California, for the Trinity Tribal Stomp. I caught up with my old Okeh Records label mate, Anders Osborne, and had the great pleasure to see a true master of the Delta blues, Roy Rogers.
Dreamlike, grandiose, cinematic, disarming. Each term could describe the emotionally arresting instrumental music of Explosions in the Sky, the post-rock poster boys from Austin, Texas. Each could also describe Explosions’ ongoing success story since the release of their 2007 album, All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone.