The origin of guitar distortion goes back to the earliest electrified blues guitarists. They didn’t care that their primitive tube amps were breaking up and distorting, as long as they were loud. Soon, blues guitarists grew quite fond of those nasty, gnarly distorted tones, and they sought to replicate them by any means necessary.
Play Christmas Songs on the Guitar is your ultimate DVD guide to playing holiday songs. It teaches you eight classic holiday tunes: "Silent Night," "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," "Deck the Hall," "Jingle Bells," "The First Noel," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Auld Lang Syne."
The music world lost a lot of big names in 2013. Some of the bigger names that spring to mind are Lou Reed and Slayer's Jeff Hanneman, but let's not forget country music legend George Jones and Woodstock shredder Alvin Lee, plus J.J. Cale, Ray Manzarek of the Doors, Tony Sheridan, Dan Toler and many more.
Although the California-based up-and-comers released their debut album, Highest Society, in 2010, all the members had been making music long before then. It just took a while for their paths to cross before forming as SpiralArms in 2004.
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.
Critics snubbed it upon its release in 1972, but Exile on Main St. has become one of rock’s greatest landmarks. Keith Richards recalls the making of the Rolling Stones' masterpiece and how the album’s new reissue project became a walk down memory lane.
Soul singer Charles Bradley and The Budos Band are streaming their cover of the Black Sabbath classic "Changes." The rendition is available on the limited-edition Record Store Day Black Friday release.