In 1997, Ricky Skaggs launched Skaggs Family Records and created an in-house organization, including his recording studio, Skaggs Place, in order to take full control of his career. As he explained during the keynote address at the 2009 Nashville Recording Workshop, there he could make records without "having 15 people sitting around a table telling me why bluegrass won't sell."
Jammit has announced a new Pantera video contest, Jammit Play Off with Pantera. Musicians from around the world are invited to make a video of themselves playing along with Pantera’s “Drag the Waters” to be eligible to win thousands of dollars in prizes.
Neal Schon of Journey is joining the PRS family of artists with two distinct signature models: the NS-14 and NS-15. Schon was intimately involved in the design of nearly every aspect of these instruments, from the stylized f-holes to the hardware details.
Just in time for Winter NAMM, Orange Amplification has launched its new Twin Channel OR100 amp. This guitar amp, which delivers up to 100 watts, is the first OR model to feature two channels. Drawing on the heritage of the original ‘Pics Only,’ which was launched in 1972, the OR100 has applied the best of the original features in terms of tone, construction and design and added new technology to improve the amp.
Internal tensions, while always present, began to undermine the Pumpkins not long after Mellon Collie’s release. Neither the original quartet of Corgan, guitarist James Iha, bassist D’arcy Wretzky and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin nor subsequent lineups ever achieved the same level of guitar-drenched grandeur, although Corgan and the most recent Pumpkins ensemble go a long way in that direction on their current tour, for Oceania, their latest album.