To benefit the Los Angeles Youth Network, Slash has just released a special mix of his song "Gotten," along with a star-studded music video. You can watch both the video and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Gotten" below.
Guitarist Bonnie Raitt has added 11 new dates to her 2012 Slipstream Tour, which now has swelled to more than 80 dates. Second nights also have been added in Chicago, Nashville and New York. Los Angeles, Austin and San Diego and other cities have been added to the fall leg of her tour.
Guitar World, the world’s best-known guitar magazine, has agreed to become a major media sponsor of the 2012 New York Guitar Show and Exposition, which will take place April 28 and 29 in Merrick, New York. “The support of Guitar World is greatly appreciated and clearly illustrates how important this event will be for the industry,” said show founder Rich Johnson. “We are proud to have them as a media sponsor and expect the show to have a long relationship with the magazine.”
Carlos Santana will release Shape Shifter, his 36th album and first for his new label, Starfaith Records, on May 15. The album, which features 13 tracks, is mostly instrumental; only one song features vocals by Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay. Most of the compositions are original songs Santana has been saving for an instrumental project.
Banjo pioneer and bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs, who popularized a complex, three-fingered style of playing banjo that transformed the instrument forever, died of natural causes Wednesday morning at a hospital in Nashville. He was 88.