It started off as a twinkle in my eye last year. And, like giving birth, nine months later, the Women’s Music Summit came to life. And what a crazy cool music making extravaganza it was! Housed at Full Moon Resort in the Catskill Mountains in Big Indian, New York, the event kicked off with a cocktail party and open-mic night that offered all of the ladies attending a chance to share their talents.
This edition of Exposed is a little different than those I’ve done in the past. Why? Because it has a theme. You might know I'm producing an event at the end of August called the Women’s Music Summit. In the throes of creating this event, I’ve come across a slew of talented guitarists. Some I’ll have the pleasure of meeting at the Summit; others have just crossed my path while I’m knee deep in the event’s production.
This silky voiced ingénue isn’t afraid to get a little raw, and that’s what I like about her. La Havas deftly interweaves soulful, jazzy pop-friendly vocal melodies with jagged instrumental phrasing with a result that is extremely listenable and fresh. Yes, I need to hear it all again!
Imagine one day you get a job. You think it’s only gonna be for a few months and then you’ll move on. Then you look up and 25 years have gone by. Were you under a spell, an enchantment of sorts? Esther Marron, the No. 1 employee at Fender's Ensenada, Mexico, factory, can answer that question.
Look at that Fender Strat in your hands. Did you ever think about how many hands touched it before it landed in your capable grip? To be honest, I didn’t -- until I made a visit to Fender's factory in Ensenada, Mexico, to help celebrate the facility’s 25th anniversary. Our stay included a tour of the production facilities.
Here are some tidbits of advice from 10 ladies who have put their doubts and reservations aside (Yes, they still have them, but that’s a topic for another article). They’ve faced skepticism, arrogance, confusion, exhaustion and so much more. And they’ve been gracious enough to share a morsel of inspiration with all of you who are doing the same.
In case you don’t know, NAMM is the trade show for music gear, and the summer show is the little brother of the massive winter NAMM that takes place in Anaheim, California. But what summer NAMM lacks in size, it makes up for in quality. And let me tell you, there is some serious talent in Nashville, Tennessee. Woo hoo!
Are you gonna be in the Nashville area this weekend? Then stop into the NAMM show during their Public Day on Saturday, July 14, and check out some valuable sessions lead by GuitarWorld.com writer and singer/songwriter Laura B. Whitmore.
My day job is marketing and PR for music and audio. And that is why I feel the need to share with all of you, dear readers, some tips for getting your band and music in the news. So, here’s the first installment of some marketing and PR wisdom that I feel compelled to share with you, free of charge!
It was scorching all around. Hundreds of guitarists gathered in Union Square in New York City last week for Mass Appeal Guitars. This event, part of MakeMusic NY day, was a mass play-along that many braved despite the brutally blistering weather. And it was probably one of the most fun guitar-related events I’ve ever been a part of. Such guitar camaraderie!