Becoming a country music singer wasn’t high on Thomas Rhett’s list of priorities when he moved to Nashville. Born and raised in Georgia, Rhett played guitar and sang, and tested the music-industry waters by spending time on the road with his father, singer/songwriter Rhett Akins.
At age 75, he continues touring, making albums and doing session work, bringing the traditional music that he loves to longtime fans and new generations. McCoury sings and plays lead guitar in his band. Joining him are fiddle player Jason Carter, bassist Alan Bartram, and sons Rob McCoury on banjo and Ronnie McCoury on mandolin.
Often recognized as the guitarist who introduced the wah pedal to Motown, Dennis Coffey played on hundreds of tracks as a member of the Funk Brothers, the studio band that recorded countless hits in the Detroit recording studio known as the Snake Pit. On his own, Coffey charted with the million-selling instrumental “Scorpio,” and the soundtrack to Black Belt Jones, as well as session and production work for other artists.
When Brandon Kinney arrived in Nashville twenty years ago, he knew he wanted to work in the music industry. What he didn’t know was that he would find his niche crafting songs for other artists, and certainly he didn’t expect to become one of Music Row’s most in-demand songwriters.
Three decades into a remarkably successful career, guitarist Phil Collen looks at each day as a new beginning. Best known for his work with rock band Def Leppard, Collen is also involved with a gritty blues-rock trio, Manraze, where he is joined by Paul Cook and Simon Laffy. Their latest EP, I Surrender, was released late last year. His newest project is a blues duo, Delta Deep, with vocalist Debbi Blackwell-Cook. They’re at work on an album. He is also writing his autobiography.
Goldstein was involved in the design and release of Logic Pro X and helped create the R&B and hip-hop drum kits available to users in Drummer, a new virtual instrument introduced in the Pro X version of Logic. He's currently working with the Roots on their upcoming album, tentatively titled & Then You Shoot Your Cousin.
Vangough’s new album, Between The Madness, is the third studio project from the Oklahoma City-based prog-rock band. It also marks the debut of new drummer Kyle Haws, who joins bassist Jeren Martin and founder/vocalist/guitarist Clay Withrow on the 70-minute project.
With their major-label debut, Damage, climbing the Billboard Heatseekers charts, and the single “Bounce” doing the same at rock radio, guitarist/songwriter Justin McCain was finally experiencing long-awaited success with his band, Emphatic.
It’s been a busy fall/winter season for legendary punk band X. Following a month-long U.S. tour with Blondie, the group — bassist John Doe, vocalist Exene Cervenka, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer D.J. Bonebrake — announced their annual holiday shows, where the Blasters will join them for West Coast dates billed as A Family X-mas.