It’s now almost a year since we last played live. One year without touring is a long time for a band nowadays. In order to make it, you need to push your name out there all the time. Bands are literally living in the van tour after a tour. Competition is this hard—and in the end, only a few bands make it.
In 1991, I was invited by my girlfriend to see a band she thought I would enjoy. I was very into 1950s rock 'n' roll. I wore blue jeans and rolled-up white T-shirts and I had just bought myself a 1956 Buick Special, red with a white top, four doors, a little rusty but the original tube radio still worked…I was sold.
It’s always a good idea to copyright your material. In the United States, a musical copyright is created when the work is fixed in a tangible medium. In layman’s terms, this means when the work is tangible like on sheet music, or on a CD. However, you should still “register” the copyright.
At some point along their instructional path, the great majority of players will have read at least one article about how to “practice." If you’re anything like I was, digesting Guitar World magazines, etc., like a starving man does a long-sought-after meal, you’ve read a ton of them.
Brad Barr of The Barr Brothers, a Montreal-based quartet built around a classical harp (often run through a fuzz pedal), stopped into the Guitar World offices recently to talk about the band's new self-titled album, which came out September 27 via Secret City Records -- and also to show us unique his tackle-box guitar.
Legends of the blues and masters of their craft, musicians like Robert Johnson, Fred McDowell, Bukka White and others who defined a genre which is the heart of rock and roll and all popular music. I've been blessed to travel the world with my guitar in hand, and besides performing, there's nothing I like more than being inspired and getting a musical ass whooping by my fellow musicians.
On Revocation’s recent Boston tour stop (and hometown show), I had a lot of fun hanging out with the band's wailing singer, founder and all-around badass guitarist, David Davidson, and the band's monster drummer, Phil Dubois Coyne. I caught up with David recently to talk about Revocation’s new CD, Chaos Of Forms, his influences, gear, practice regimen, and his thoughts on music piracy among other things.
Guns N’ Roses were often compared to the Rolling Stones, and if Appetite For Destruction was Guns’ Sticky Fingers, the Use Your Illusion albums would have to be their Exile on Main St. Like Exile, Use Your Illusion I & II won’t be remembered for the hits, but as a strong, collective statement made by a band at the pinnacle of their creativity.
It was less than a week ago, so of course I remember where I was when I found out that my favorite band had broken up. However, I don’t suspect that a month, a year or decade will wash away the memory of checking Twitter before I started my daily writing binge, expecting to read a funny post from Michael Ian Black or some fantasy football analysis, but instead finding out that what I had always thought to be so elusive could now never be more so.