The Ashburn, which was designed by John Page, co-founder of the Fender Custom Shop and one of the greatest living custom luthiers, is a production guitar ($1,495 MSRP) with all the custom features of the custom guitars Page builds himself.
1001 Jazz Licks: A Complete Jazz Vocabulary for the Improvising Musician presents 1,001 melodic gems played over dozens of the most important chord progressions heard in jazz. This is the ideal book for beginners seeking a well-organized, easy-to-follow encyclopedia of jazz vocabulary, as well as professionals who want to take their knowledge of the jazz language to new heights.
10,000 Light Years Ago is the superb new studio album by legendary Moody Blues bassist John Lodge. It’s Lodge’s first album of new solo material since 1977's Natural Avenue. The album contains some of Lodge's most personal songs and even features guest performances by former Moody Blues members Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder.
J.J. Cale was one of those players—an incredibly gifted soul who made any musical situation he was a part of better.
Lauded by other players—some of the best in the business, in fact—but blessed/cursed with a talent:ego ratio that prevented him from ever touting his own horn very loudly. Marc Ford is another one of those players.
Many people believe that possessing talent alone is enough to guarantee an artist success in the music business. Nothing could be further from the truth. In a perfect world, the best musicians -- the best guitarists -- would be amply rewarded for their abilities. The music business, however, is far from perfect.
I was a little kid, like six or seven years old, when the Beatles came out. I remember hearing their music and I couldn’t imagine where that sound was coming from. Then I saw a picture of the Beatles, and George [Harrison] had an electric guitar, and I was like “That’s it!” It was that sound—the sound of George’s guitar—that first captured me when I was really young. It all goes back to that sound.
In early 1965, when Jimmy Page was an in-demand London session guitarist, he—thanks to the encouragement of American pop singer/songwriter Jackie DeShannon—decided to branch out a bit. He—for the first time—released a single under his own name.
What Jack White built was a diddley bow, the traditional slide instrument built and played by poor Southern children in the early 1900s. Most accounts of diddley bows spoke of nailing the broom wire directly to the side of a barn or house and using bricks or bottles as makeshift bridges to prop it up.