Canadian-born Joni Mitchell originally intended to be a fine artist and considered herself a hobbyist musician in the early Sixties, occasionally playing paid gigs to support her painting studies. That all changed by the mid Sixties, when personal issues inspired her to channel her thoughts into music that would soon be covered by folk artists like Tom Rush and Judy Collins.
Just in time for this week's Winter NAMM Show, Electro-Harmonix has introduced the H.O.G. 2. This second-generation Harmonic Octave Generator/Guitar Synthesizer builds upon the legacy of the critically acclaimed H.O.G.
Singer/songwriter Billy Bragg will release Tooth & Nail, his 10th studio album, March 19 via Cooking Vinyl. The album, which was produced by Joe Henry, is Bragg's first since 2008's Mr. Love & Justice.
Johnny Marr, the former Smiths, Cribs and Modest Mouse guitarist, has posted a new music video for "Upstarts," a track off his upcoming solo album, The Messenger. The album, which will mark Marr's solo debut, will be released February 26 by Sire/ADA.
Current and former members of Anthrax, Queensryche, Rising Force, Racer X and other metal bands will take part in the 2013 NAMM Metal Jam this Wednesday, January 23, at the Whiskey A-Go Go in West Hollywood, California.
Paul Reed Smith and bassist Gary Grainger began collaborating on what would become Private Stock Gary Grainger basses a decade ago. Now, in 2013, the Maryland-based manufacturer is proud to announce the evolution of this line as they add two new basses to its Core product offering: the Grainger 4 and Grainger 5.