News en Session Guitar: Top 10 Guitarists to Emulate for a Successful Studio Career <!--paging_filter--><p>I'd like to address a very meat-and-potatoes bit of info that very rarely gets mentioned. </p> <p>Who should you emulate in order to be a session guitarist? </p> <p>The answers and the reasons for each might very well surprise you. Also, you might assume you know how to play like these guys, but, until you really try it, you do <em>not</em> know how! </p> <p>I'm not kidding here; I guarantee you don't know how. And not a week goes by when I'm not asked to imitate at least one of these guys.</p> <p>So now, in the photo gallery below (in no particular order), I give you a list of players you'd better become intimately aware of and learn at least a few of their licks! It will start, save and prolong your "studio guitarist" career.</p> <p>One more thing before I start: These names are used in the way "Kleenex" means "tissue." If someone asks you for a Kleenex and you give them an off-brand tissue, it's the really same thing. So if someone asks for EVH, you know they want some tapping, whammy bar, bluesy, fast playing. Get it?</p> <p>One final note! Learn the history of popular music as seen through the eyes of a guitarist. Play in a wedding band. Play in a show band. Play in a cover band. You will thank me.</p> <p>Merry Christmas!</p> <p><em><a href="">Ron Zabrocki</a> is a session guitarist from New York, now living in Connecticut. Says Ron: "I started playing at age 6, sight reading right off the bat. That’s how I was taught, so I just thought everyone started that way. I could sight read anything within a few years, and that helped me become a session guy later in life. I took lessons from anyone I could find and had some wonderful instructors, including John Scofield, Joe Pass and Alan DeMausse. I’ve played several jingle sessions (and have written a few along the way). I’ve “ghosted” for a few people who shall remain nameless, but they get the credit and I get the money! I’ve played sessions in every style, from pop to jazz.</em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/slash">Slash</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eric-clapton">Eric Clapton</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/chuck-berry">Chuck Berry</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eddie-van-halen">Eddie Van Halen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Eddie Van Halen Eric Clapton Ron Zabrocki Roy Clark Session Guitar Slash Blogs Galleries News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:43:01 +0000 Ron Zabrocki 'Work': Bon Jovi Tour Photographer David Bergman Discusses New Coffee Table Book <!--paging_filter--><p>The first concert I ever attended was a Scorpions show in 1984. I remember this event because, at the time, I was excited about checking out the openers, a young, up-and-coming band called Bon Jovi.</p> <p>Little did I know I'd also be bearing witness to what would become one of rock’s biggest juggernauts. </p> <p>Tour photographer David Bergman has spent the last three and a half years working as Bon Jovi’s official tour photographer. With <em>carte blanche</em> access, Bergman has been able to travel the world with the band and document their activities—as well as their shows—with his camera.</p> <p>Bergman has combined a collection of his photographs into one masterful coffee table book that's appropriately titled <em>Work</em>. The book, an over-sized, 5-pound, 210-page hardcover tome, offers a behind-the-scenes look at one of the world's top touring bands.</p> <p>In addition to being an in-demand touring and sports photographer, Bergman also runs <A href="">,</a> which lets fans go online and buy high-quality image prints shot at the shows they’ve attended. </p> <p>I recently spoke with Bergman to find out more about <em>Work</em> and his time spent on tour with Bon Jovi.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: How did this book project come about?</strong></p> <p>Since the beginning of 2011, I’ve photographed every single Bon Jovi live show, which is quite a lot when you think about it. Last year alone, they did 102 shows on six continents. After every show, I would do an edit and narrow it down to the best of the best from each performance. </p> <p>Over time, I started to develop this massive archive, somewhere in the range of 800,000 images, many of which no one had ever seen. So I brought it to the band. The idea of doing a book was something we had been talking about for quite a while. They've done book projects over the years but nothing quite like this. By the end of this last tour, we decided the time was finally right and started putting it together. </p> <p><strong>Jon has said your photos are works of art. How would you describe your style of photography?</strong></p> <p>That’s a tough question. I've always considered myself an action photographer because of my sports/action background. Some of my favorite photos are of Jon when he's in mid-jump, those unplanned action shots that are mixed with the journalistic, “fly on the wall” moments. I take it seriously that I get to be the eyes of the fans and show them what I get to see. </p> <p><strong>One of the interesting sections of the book deals with Jon’s knee injury and subsequent surgery. Can you tell me a little about that series of photos and why you decided to include them?</strong></p> <p>I'm really proud of that chapter. Jon actually tore the meniscus in his left leg during a show; at first we weren’t sure how serious it was going to be. All we knew was he couldn't put any weight on his leg, but somehow he was able to power through the pain and finished the show. I remember when he came off stage and they started working on him, everyone had left except for a few of us, and it was really quiet. At that point, I went into instinctive photo journalism mode and just started documenting it. </p> <p>The band didn't cancel a single show, and while we were in Ireland Jon decided to have surgery instead of waiting for the end of the tour. At the time, I remember asking him if it would be OK to take pictures of the surgery and he was fine with it. We figured no one would ever see the photos. But once we started putting the book together and Jon came up with the title <em>Work</em>, it all seemed to make sense. </p> <p>The theme of the book is about how hard the band works and how their work ethic is second to none. I told Jon that the knee story really embodies what he's all about. He understood and said, "You know, if this inspires one kid to work through the pain and come out on the other side of an injury stronger than before, it's all worth it." </p> <p><strong>You began your career in music. What prompted your decision to transition into photo journalism?</strong></p> <p>While most of my friends were performance majors, I spent my freshman year of college at Berklee majoring in music production. So whenever they would perform, I would go along with them and take pictures. I later transferred to the University of Miami for music and one day walked into the school paper on a whim. The photo editor there handed me a roll of film and told me to go shoot, and if he liked what he saw, maybe he’d give me an assignment. From there, I started working regularly and eventually changed my major to photo journalism. That was the end of my music career and the beginning of my photo career.</p> <p><strong>How did you get involved with tour photography?</strong></p> <p>About half way through my stint at the <em>Miami Herald</em> I realized I could start generating my own assignments. So I pitched the idea of going out on tour with Gloria Estefan. It was something I had never done before. The <em>Herald</em> went for it and I spent an entire week on the road with Gloria and her family and just fell in love with tour photography. </p> <p><strong>Are there any other projects you’re currently working on?</strong></p> <p>Right now I'm now on a quest to bring respect back to the field of tour photography. It's become so democratized now; where we see a lot of images just come and go online that don't seem to have the impact they should. One of the things I've discovered with is that when people hold a real quality photo in their hands, there's a visceral reaction you don't get when something just flashes by on the screen. It’s something many of the younger artists who didn't grow up in the physical print world missed out on. The prints, and obviously this book, have so much value. My goal is to bring it to as many artists as I can.</p> <p><strong>What would you like people who read <em>Work</em> to take from it?</strong></p> <p>At the end of the day, this book is really about the quality of the band's work and their work ethic. The fact is, Bon Jovi have been around for 30 years. There are a lot of other bands that started out with them that have fallen by the way side, but these guys have continued to put out new music and stay relevant and at the top of their game. That doesn’t happen by chance. I've seen it day in and day out. They're all professional, organized and really know what they're doing. </p> <p>Jon has often said he's the CEO of a multi-million-dollar corporation. It just so happens that company is a rock band. But he runs it just like any other big company. Every time Bon Jovi tours, they're the top-grossing act of the year, and it was a pleasure for me to be a part of that whole experience.</p> <p><em>For more about Bergman, visit <a href="!/index"></a> and <a href=""></a></em></p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href=""></a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="">Twitter @JimEWood.</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/bon-jovi">Bon Jovi</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Bon Jovi David Bergman James Wood Interviews News Features Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:49:10 +0000 James Wood Singer Joe Cocker Dead at 70 After Long Battle with Lung Cancer <!--paging_filter--><p>Singer Joe Cocker, who might be best known for his 1969 cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends," has died at age 70 after a long battle with lung cancer.</p> <p>The singer, who was born in England, died at his home in Colorado.</p> <p>"John Robert Cocker, known to family, friends, his community and fans around the world as Joe Cocker, passed away December 22, 2014, after a hard fought battle with small cell lung cancer," Sony Music wrote in a statement via iTV.</p> <p>“It will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts,” his agent, Barrie Marshall, told the BBC.</p> <p>Cocker rose to fame in 1964 and recorded 40 albums during his lengthy career. His powerful, down-tempo cover of the Beatles' 1967 track, "With a Little Help from My Friends," sent him to Number 1 on the singles charts and made him a star. </p> <p>His performance of the song (which you can watch below) is one of several highlights of the 1970 <em>Woodstock</em> film. His recording of the song also was used as the theme for the popular U.S. TV series <em>The Wonder Years.</em></p> <p>Known for his gritty voice and odd movements while singing (as parodied on <em>Saturday Night Live</em> by John Belushi in the Seventies), Cocker began his singing career in the pubs and clubs of Sheffield, England, in the 1960s before hitting the big time. His 1982 duet with Jennifer Warnes, "Up Where We Belong," hit Number 1 and went on to win a Grammy and an Academy Award.</p> <p>Besides "With a Little Help from My Friends," Cocker also found success with his cover of the Beatles' "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window." His other Beatles covers include "I'll Cry Instead" and "Come Together," not to mention George Harrison's "Beware of Darkness." (One bit of Beatles trivia: Henry McCollough, Cocker's guitarist at Woodstock, would go on to be the first lead guitarist in Paul McCartney's Seventies band, Wings.)</p> <p>Cocker was honored with an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2007. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Joe Cocker News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:24:18 +0000 Guitar World Staff Guitarist Gretchen Menn to Lead House Band for She Rocks Awards <!--paging_filter--><p>The Women’s International Music Network announced that the house band for the 2015 She Rocks Awards will be led by acclaimed guitarist Gretchen Menn, and include Zepparella members Angeline Saris on bass, Clementine on drums, and guest keyboardist Jenna Paone. </p> <p>The House band will back some of the guest performers and provide interstitial music for the award ceremony, held on Jan. 23, 2015, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel during the NAMM Show. <a href="">Get tickets here>></a></p> <p>“I am beyond thrilled to have this amazing group of performers as our house band for the 2015 She Rocks Awards,” said WiMN founder and awards co-host Laura B. Whitmore. “These powerhouse players will bring incredible energy to the event and serve our other guest performers well.” </p> <p>Guitarist Gretchen Menn is a fabulously flexible and talented guitar force. She heads her own Gretchen Menn Trio, handles lead guitar duties for the all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band Zepparella, and is currently working on a new solo album. Her prior release, Hale Souls, features bassist Stu Hamm. Menn also recently graced the cover of Guitar Player magazine’s Buyers Guide.</p> <p>Bass player Angeline Saris’ résumé includes work in an amazing array of styles, including jazz, rock, fusion, funk, R&amp;B, pop, hip hop, and even flamenco/speed metal. She recently toured with Narada Michael Walden, and has joined forces with reggae and ska legend Ernest Ranglin. She’s played on numerous albums and recorded a series of instructional DVDs for Hal Leonard.</p> <p>In addition to handling drumming duties for Zepparella, Clementine has laid the groove for a variety of projects including the bands Bottom, AC/DShe and Stars Turn Me On. In 2014, Clementine released The Collection, a compilation disc of various songwriting endeavors with guitarists Gretchen Menn, Jude Gold and Justin Caucutt.</p> <p>Hailing from Boston, guest keyboardist Jenna Paone just released her debut solo album Hammers and Strings in October 2014. Paone boasts 25 years of training and education in classical and contemporary piano, voice, ballet, and theater. Paone recently was selected to perform in Nashville, Tenn., as part of the She Rocks Showcase at Summer NAMM.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Gretchen-menn-house-band-revised%20620.jpg" width="620" height="318" alt="Gretchen-menn-house-band-revised 620.jpg" /></p> <p>The WiMN recently announced the 2015 She Rocks Awards honorees. Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum artist Colbie Caillat; Grammy award-nominated saxophone player and singer/songwriter Mindi Abair; iconic, platinum-selling all-female pop band The Bangles; as well as industry leaders Gayle Beacock, Debbie Cavalier, Amani Duncan, Katie Kailus, Paula Salvatore and Craigie Zildjian will be recognized at this year’s event. Americana band SHEL will open the show.</p> <p>The 2015 She Rocks Awards will be co-hosted by platinum-selling guitarist and solo artist Orianthi and the Women’s International Music Network founder and writer/editor Laura B. Whitmore. Now in its third year, the event pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Ori-1%20by%20Robert%20Knight%20crop.jpg" width="620" height="412" alt="Ori-1 by Robert Knight crop.jpg" /></p> <p>With featured performances, food and beverages, giveaways, a silent auction, networking opportunities and more, the She Rocks Awards brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, fans, and media to celebrate women in music. A portion of the proceeds of the event will go to benefit the Girls Rock Camp Alliance.</p> <p>This event has sold out for the past two years and does not require a NAMM badge to attend. The She Rocks Awards will take place on Jan. 23, 2015, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Pacific Ballroom at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel.</p> <p>The She Rocks Awards is sponsored by The Gretsch Company, Guitar Center, Seymour Duncan, The Avedis Zildjian Company, C.F. Martin &amp; Co, Weber Mandolins, Fishman, 108 Rock Star Guitars, Casio, PRS Guitars, Yamaha, Berklee Online, Roland, Kind, LAWIM, International Musician, Making Music Magazine, 95.5 KLOS, OC Weekly, as well as NewBay Media, and their publications Guitar World, Guitar Player, Acoustic Nation, Bass Player, Electronic Musician and Keyboard Magazine.</p> <p>Purchase tickets and find out more about the She Rocks Awards at <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation Angeline Saris Clementine Colbie Caillat Gretchen Menn Jenna Paone News Orianthi She Rocks Awards SHEL The Bangles News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:16:08 +0000 Acoustic Nation Seymour Duncan Introduces Lemmy Custom Shop Signature Pickup Set <!--paging_filter--><p>The sound of Motörhead is defined by the high-output fat tone and midrange grind Lemmy Kilmister has delivered for decades with songs like "Ace of Spades” and "Iron Fist,” combined with a fast pick attack on his Rickenbacker bass. </p> <p>Seymour Duncan started with carefully analyzing the pickups in his bass and then made them even ruder—that's right, even more attack and punch—while also making sure they had plenty of clarity under heavy distortion. </p> <p>The results are three unique pickups, each hand-built in the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop and available in individual neck, middle or bridge models, or as a complete set. The pickups are available in either a direct mount for Lemmy Signature Basses or pickguard mount for traditional Rickenbacker basses. </p> <p>You can also get your choice of nickel or gold. (Jack Daniels sold separately.)</p> <p>The pickups are available directly from the <a href="">Seymour Duncan Custom Shop.</a></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/motorhead">Motorhead</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Lemmy Kilmister Motorhead Seymour Duncan Bass Guitars News Gear Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:48:56 +0000 Guitar World Staff Marty Friedman Premieres "Undertow" Music Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Earlier today, guitarist Marty Friedman released his a new music video for “Undertow,” a track off his 2014 solo album, <em>Inferno.</em></p> <p>You can check it out below.</p> <p>“The video features an unsullied look at Japanese culture," Friedman said. "'Undertow’ gives you a look at the Japan not usually seen by the typical Japanese exports like crazy TV shows, ultra-cute singers and anime. It shows a day in the life of Japan as the Japanese see it, not the stereotypical Western ‘Japanophile’ view of it.”</p> <p>As always, tell us what you think of the video in the comments below or on Facebook!</p> <p><strong><a href="">We also should mention that 'Inferno' was one of Guitar World's '50 Best Albums of 2014.' Check out the entire list here!</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/marty-friedman">Marty Friedman</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Marty Friedman Videos News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:28:09 +0000 Guitar World Staff Paul Stanley's Folgers Commercial Resurfaces Online — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>In 2000, Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley appeared in a commercial for Folgers coffee.</p> <p>Although the commercial never aired, audio from the ad has circulated in recent years. But now—thanks to the wonders of YouTube—you can watch the entire ad.</p> <p>As Ultimate Classic Rock points out, the long-lost commercial was finally uploaded onto YouTube recently. In the clip, which you can watch below, Stanley walks around a circus where a trapeze artist is practicing her craft. </p> <p>"This is your wake up call / Time to reach and go for it all / Folgers stirs inside of me and I know what I can be," Stanley sings, mug in hand. "Limit is the sky / Hey world, watch me fly / The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup."</p> <p>Thoughts?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/paul-stanley">Paul Stanley</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/kiss">Kiss</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Kiss Paul Stanley Videos News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:10:38 +0000 Guitar World Staff The Great Kat Previews New Shred/Classical DVD — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Longtime shredder (on both violin and guitar) the Great Kat has released a brief preview of her upcoming shred/classical DVD—and you can check it out below. The DVD is expected to be released in 2015.</p> <p>Mind you, the video is only 16 seconds long (Note: There's not a whole lot of Great Kat footage available on YouTube).</p> <p>The DVD will feature the Great Kat's shred take on Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” and more. </p> <p>In the preview clip below, Kat plays Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons." We've also thrown in a bit of Paganini's Caprice #24. Enjoy! And remember the clips end abruptly.</p> <p>For more about the Great Kat, follow her on <a href="">Facebook.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Great Kat The Great Kat Videos News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:21:22 +0000 Damian Fanelli Practice Made Perfect: Guitar World Rounds Up 17 Amazing Practice Amps <!--paging_filter--><p>Playing live might be the best way to hone your performance skills, but when it comes to technique, you need practice, practice, practice. </p> <p>If you play an electric guitar, your woodshedding sessions demand an amp that not only reveals the details and nuance of your playing but also sounds great—so great that it makes you want to practice more and become the best guitarist you can. </p> <p>Of course, it’s even better if it has built-in effects, a tuner, a metronome, and connectivity to the world of digital apps, downloads and MP3 players. </p> <p>With that in mind, we set out to find the best-sounding and best-outfitted practice amps currently on the market. Over the next pages, you’ll find practice combos and heads that pull double-duty as studio and rehearsal powerhouses and others that offer computer, USB, Bluetooth, iOS and Android connectivity. </p> <p>Whether you love an all-tube rig, solid-state power, or feature-laden digital/modeling amps, you’re sure to find that one of these tone machines makes practice perfect.</p> Carr Amplifiers Epiphone Fender Ibanez Peavey Roland September 2014 Amps News Features Gear Magazine Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:40:41 +0000 Paul Riario Celebrate the Holidays with 'The Ultimate Christmas Guitar Songbook' <!--paging_filter--><p><em>The Ultimate Christmas Guitar Songbook</em> is <a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=UltimateXmasSongbook">available now a the Guitar World Online Store for $19.95.</a></p> <p>The book features 100 songs in a variety of notation styles, from easy guitar and classical guitar arrangements to note-for-note guitar tab transcriptions. </p> <p>Includes: All Through the Night • Auld Lang Syne • Away in a Manger • Blue Christmas • The Chipmunk Song • The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) • The Gift • (There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays • I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm • Jingle Bells • My Favorite Things • One Bright Star • Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree • Santa Baby • Silver Bells • Wonderful Christmastime • and more.</p> <p><strong><a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=UltimateXmasSongbook">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></p> News Features Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:39:52 +0000 Guitar World Staff Foo Fighters Perform "I Am a River" on 'The Tonight Show' — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Before the weekend hit, Foo Fighters hit <em>The Tonight Show</em> stage to perform "I Am a River," the emotional closer to their new album, <em>Sonic Highways</em>. </p> <p>Thanks to the wonders of video, you can watch the performance below.</p> <p>Note that the band is joined by a sizable orchestra during the performance; all the better to bring the song to its cinematic conclusion.</p> <p>In 2015, Foos Fighters will kick off a North American tour, which will start with a Fourth of July bash in Washington, D.C. That show, which will celebrate the Foos' 20th anniversary, will feature performances by musicians that represent some of the cities the band chronicled in <em>Sonic Highways,</em> their HBO series. These artists include Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Heart and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.</p> <p>We should point out that <em>Sonic Highways</em> made <em>Guitar World's</em> <a href="">list of the 50 Best Albums of 2014.</a></p> <div itemprop="video" itemscope itemtype=""><iframe src="" width="620" height="365" frameBorder="0" seamless="seamless" allowFullScreen></iframe></div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/foo-fighters">Foo Fighters</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Foo Fighters Videos News Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:22:55 +0000 Damian Fanelli Sturgill Simpson Performs "Long White Line" and "Life of Sin" at RCA Studio A — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Today we bring you two recent videos of Sturgill Simpson, whose latest album, <em>Metamodern Sounds in Country Music</em>, made <em>Guitar World's</em> <a href="">list of the 50 best albums of 2014.</a> </p> <p>Truth be told, it made our top 20.</p> <p>It should be noted that both videos were posted by <a href="">LR Baggs</a>; for the session, Simpson's acoustic guitars were recorded direct with LR Baggs' Lyric Classical internal microphone. </p> <p>This live-in-the-studio session was recorded at RCA Studio A in Nashville and produced by Dave Cobb.</p> <p>As I mentioned in my own <a href="">15 Best Albums of 2014 list,</a> Simpson's band features Estonian guitarist Laur Joamets, who can be seen in both videos below (playing a Telecaster). Keep an eye out for this guy! We're also fond of Simpson's acoustic fretwork, which can be sampled in the top video.</p> <p>The top video features "Long White Line" (written by Buford Abner). The bottom video features "Life of Sin" (written by Simpson). Studio versions of both songs can be heard on <em>Metamodern Sounds in Country Music</em>. Enjoy!</p> <p>For more about LR Baggs, visit <a href=""></a>. For more about Simpson, visit <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Acoustic Nation LR Baggs News Sturgill Simpson Videos Blogs Videos News Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:53:30 +0000 Damian Fanelli Cracker Premiere "King of Bakersfield" Music Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Cracker have premiered a new music video for "King of Bakersfield," and you can check it out below.</p> <p>The song is from the band's new album, <em>Berkeley to Bakersfield,</em> which, by the way, was one of my top 15 albums of 2014. </p> <p>You can check out my <a href="">complete Top 15 list right here.</a> You know you want to!</p> <p><em>Berkeley to Bakersfield,</em> which was released in December via 429 Records, is a double album dedicated to California; well, bits of it, anyway. </p> <p>Although the entire album is fun, spirited and engaging, I admit I prefer the Bakersfield portion, which features pedal steel guitar courtesy of Matt “Pistol” Stoessel. </p> <p>As its name implies, "King of Bakersfield" is from the "Bakersfield" half of the album. The music video features a photo essay by Bradford Jones. </p> <p>I have to say, it kinda makes me want to visit Bakersfield. Is this a normal reaction? I'm going to the NAMM Show in Anaheim in January; maybe I'll make a pit stop.</p> <p>To keep up with all things Cracker (and maybe even a few things related to Camper Van Beethoven), visit <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Cracker Matt “Pistol” Stoessel Videos News Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:33:11 +0000 Damian Fanelli Whitesnake Guitarist Joel Hoekstra Demos EVH Striped Series Guitar — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Here's a brief demo video that was created and posted earlier this year by guitarist Joel Hoekstra.</p> <p>In the humorous clip, which you can watch below, Hoekstra demos EVH Gear's Striped Series Guitar, which also was reviewed in 2014 by <em>Guitar World</em>'s Paul Riario and Chris Gill. <a href="">You can watch Riario's video and read Gill's review right here.</a></p> <p>Hoekstra is known for his work with Whitesnake (where he recently replaced Doug Aldrich), Night Ranger (as mentioned in the video, which was shot before he joined Whitesnake), Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the Broadway musical <em>Rock of Ages.</em> </p> <p>Check out our full <a href="">2014 interview with Hoekstra right here.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> EVH EVH Gear FMIC Specialty Brands Joel Hoekstra Whitesnake Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:59:31 +0000 Damian Fanelli Mario Torrado's Formula 1 Guitar — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>As we've seen, especially here on (and other far less interesting guitar-centric websites), guitars can be used for many, many odd things. </p> <p>For instance, guitarist Mario Torrado uses his Gibson Explorer to make annoying mosquito noises as his poor friend tries to sleep (Check out the video at the very bottom of this story).</p> <p>He also uses it to mimic the gear-changing sound of Formula 1 race cars, particularly <a href="">Rubens Barrichello's</a> (apparently) famous 2004 pole lap record at Italy's <a href="">Autodromo Nazionale Monza</a> raceway.</p> <p>In Torrado's own words:</p> <p>"Experience the sound of a finely tuned Gibson hitting the frequencies of the 2004 V10 Ferrari engine. For maximum enjoyment, play [the top video] simultaneously with the [second] video and turn off its sound. Start [the second video] slightly before the 3-second mark of my video.</p> <p>"You have the two videos together in <a href="">my blog."</a></p> <p>We've also included them below. Note that the big green numbers in the top video represent the driver's gears. Um, good luck with all this!</p> <p>For more about Torrado and Formula 1 Guitar, follow him on <a href="">YouTube</a> and/or <a href="">Twitter.</a> Also, please note that Torrado's top video is from 2013, not 2004.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>As mentioned above, we've thrown in Torrado's "Mosquito Guitar" video. We hope it doesn't want to make you slap your iPhone or computer monitor. Or us!</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Mario Torrado Rubens Barrichello WTF Videos News Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:27:43 +0000 Damian Fanelli