Nearly three years ago, guitarist Dave Nassie (formerly of No Use For A Name and Suicidal Tendencies) merged with Orange County heavy metal veterans Bleeding Through. In 2010, the band released their self-titled album on which Nassie first wrote and recorded, and now, two years later, another [heavier] album is in store. After more than a decade of the band’s existence, they’ve released what they consider to be their most accomplished album yet.
Will Evankovich’s resume is a 25-year musical encyclopedia encompassing his skills as a songwriter, producer, arranger, singer, performer and multi-instrumentalist. Evankovich plays guitar, bass, mandolin and percussion and has enjoyed success with several recording and touring bands that he launched, including Mason Lane, The Stereo Flyers and most recently, American Drag.
In the mid-1960s, The Yardbirds revolutionized modern rock by turning super guitar players into superstars. The group -- which made the jagged shift from traditional blues to psychedelic rave-ups -- was the launching pad for Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Several Yardbirds songs, including "Shapes of Things," "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" and "Over Under Sideways Down" are considered mini-masterpieces of mid-'60s rock guitar -- prime examples of the power of perfectly placed notes.
"Each Beatles album is great in its own unique way, but there's something about 'Sgt. Pepper's' that makes it stand alone," says guitarist Andy Timmons. "To call it a masterpiece is kind of a given. Of course it's a work of art, but what's amazing is the vivid feelings it evokes. Every time I hear it, I'm transported to being a kid again."
2011 was a banner year for solo releases by members of the Allman Brothers Band. Gregg Allman’s Low Country Blues, Warren Haynes’ Man in Motion and Derek Trucks’ Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Revelator were all nominated for the Best Blues Album Grammy Award. But the fourth and final release is the sleeper pick: Renaissance Man by founding Allman Brothers drummer Jaimoe and his Jasssz Band.
Like most musicians growing up in the 1970s, Damon Johnson fell in love with the music that is now considered “classic rock.” The volume, the stage presence, the dual guitars — it all spoke to a young man growing up in Alabama and dreaming of being onstage with his idols. Years later, that’s exactly what happened: Johnson was selected to join Alice Cooper’s band in 2004 and is now a member of Thin Lizzy, touring the world with musicians who influenced him as a teen.
What do you do when metal just doesn’t work out? Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela answered that question by moving to Europe and playing intricately fingered acoustic versions of their metal favorites. Gabriela’s unique quasi-flamenco hand tapping and speed-blurred strumming technique fill in like a one-woman rhythm section. With Rodrigo’s lead stylings dancing on top, their performance is spellbinding.
Equal parts hard rock and country, with elements of blues, Connor Christian & Southern Gothic are building their success via old-school methodology: gig, gig and gig. They’ve followed the D.I.Y. route from the start, recording independently and booking their own shows, building their fan base step by step as they outreach on the road and through social media.
You could call Ani DiFranco a political activist. A poet. A free spirit. A lover. A fighter. And a mom. All of these facets have contributed their distinct ingredients to her new album, ¿Which Side Are You On? The result? A tasty concoction that ranges from goose-bump inducing love songs to rousing anthems.
Three wineglasses are lifted high in the candlelit ambience of a tony Hollywood restaurant. Like some latter-day version of the three musketeers, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen are toasting the beginning of this year's G3 Tour, which kicks off in Phoenix on October 9.