This year at NAMM I had the opportunity to check out and try some of the new guitars from legendary guitar maker, C.F. Martin. And legendary is a good word to start with, as they have issued several guitars that are recreations of legacy models, each with their own personality and tonal characteristics.
I must admit, I might be dragging from some late night fun, but I tried to cover a lot of ground and check out a larger variety of acoustic gear be it guitars, ukes, accessories or other odds and ends.
I recently came across the talented Command Sisters, and these young ladies kind of blew my mind. Yes, they sing in lovely harmonies. Yes, they are talented songwriters and performers. But what really caught my eye were the undeniable guitar chops of young Sarah Command. This 15-year-old young lady takes on not only original music, but tackles pieces by the masters like Andy McKee and Joe Satriani!
Can there be anything more torturous than auditioning a capella? For years the team at American Idol seemed to think that watching contestants squirm without accompaniment was the way to go. Until now.
New models will include third in Custom Shop collaborative series with Martin signature artist Eric Clapton. "We are very fortunate to be unveiling the next signature edition in our ongoing collaboration with longtime Martin player Eric Clapton," said Chris Martin, Chairman and CEO, C.F. Martin & Co. "Martin Guitar GM Fred Greene and the Custom Shop team are proud of its excellent history creating some of the most exceptional guitars in the market, and partnering with some of the most illustrious players in the world."
Touted as the most successful independent artist in Australia, John Butler is poised to release his latest work, Flesh and Blood on February 3, 2014. Butler's previous work, April Uprising yielded a US #1 single with "Better Than." Now with Flesh and Blood The John Butler Trio has evolved with even more fabulous writing and virtuosic performance.
Here's some tasteful and incredibly skilled playing by young guitarist Ben Lapp. He picked up his first guitar at age 12, and began writing his own music, and recorded his first album, The New Color, at age 14.
“It’s hard to recover from a bad year,” sings Terry Price in the opening track of my favorite release of 2013, Photo Ops’How To Say Goodbye. “Friends that were with us are no longer near / But hey, I’m glad to be alive.” As Price’s first release under the alias of Photo Ops, the shimmering guitar pop found within How To Say Goodbye is a deeply personal ode to death, loss, growing up and moving on.