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Juke Box Hero: Lou Gramm Discusses New Autobiography and Foreigner

Former Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm pulls no punches in his new autobiography, Juke Box Hero. In the book, which was co-written with Scott Pitoniak, Gramm leads readers on a journey from his humble beginnings in Rochester, New York, to the biggest stages in the world. He recounts his stint with Black Sheep, plus the ups and downs of working with guitarist Mick Jones in the band that made him famous.

'Human Nature': BWB Guitarist Norman Brown Discusses New Album Paying Homage to Michael Jackson

With an incredible catalog of songs accumulated over the course of his lifetime, Michael Jackson’s music was something that transcended different genres and influenced a generation of listeners. Growing up, I remember not only being glued to the TV watching the Jackson 5's cartoon show, but also being on the front lines for the Thriller and Bad album phenomenons (The former still ranks as the biggest selling album of all time).

'Right Now': Jazz Guitarist Fabrizio Sotti’s New Album Pays Homage to Classic Hits

Whether it’s writing, producing or recording straight ahead jazz records for himself or for other artists, Fabrizzio Sotti has done it all. But when it comes to his latest album, Right Now, Sotti does something completely different from anything he’s ever done before. Included among six brand-new, original tracks are songs that have inspired the guitarist since his youth.

Interview: Guitarist Gina Stile Talks JSRG, Vixen, Thunderbox and Her Twisted Sister Connection

Gina Stile has been involved in several successful projects over the years, including the '80s bands Poison Dollys and Envy. She's opened for Aerosmith on a string of dates and had an album produced by Dee Snider of Twisted Sister. Her current all-female project, Thunderbox, is generating a lot of buzz in the New York area. And it doesn't hurt that she’s one hell of a guitar player.

Standing Strong: John Oates Discusses New Single and Project, 'Good Road to Follow'

Since the formation of their partnership in the early 1970s, Daryl Hall and John Oates have gone on to become the most successful duo in rock history. Together, they've sold more than 80 million albums, scored 10 No. 1 records and amassed more than 20 top 40 hits — and they've toured the world for decades.

Just Feels Good: Keifer Thompson Discusses Thompson Square's New Album and More

Since the release of their debut album and No. 1 breakout smash, "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not," the husband-and-wife team of Thompson Square (Keifer and Shawna Thompson) has been setting the music world on fire.

Interview: Matt Baird Discusses New Spoken Album, 'Illusion'

It’s been a long process for Matt Baird, but the Spoken vocalist is glad the band’s new album, Illusion is finally out. After fulfilling their obligation with Tooth and Nail records in 2007, the band decided to play the field to build momentum and see what fate had in store for them. Over the next few years, the band continued to tour and was able to find time between shows to start writing.

Erik Martensson Discusses ‘Rise Up,’ the New W.E.T. Album with Jeff Scott Soto and Robert Säll

In 2008, Frontiers Records asked guitarist and producer Erik Martensson (Eclipse) to write six songs for an album project with Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman) on vocals. At the same time, keyboardist/guitarist Robert Säll (Work Of Art) was also asked to contribute six songs to the project.

Interview: Former Vixen Bassist Share Ross Is Ready to Rev It Up Again with JSRG

In a world where males seem to dominate most of the guitar spectrum, Share Ross continues to break down walls. Whether it’s her bass prowess, songwriting skills or the fact that she's held her own performing alongside Michael Schenker and Tracii Guns, the beautiful blonde who once ruled the '80s as bassist for Vixen is still proving she’s more than capable of running with the big boys.

Interview: Guitarist Dave Amato Talks Les Pauls, Touring and REO Speedwagon

If you’re a child of the '80s and '90s, chances are you’ve heard the work of guitarist Dave Amato. Amato's six-string prowess is a major part of songs by REO Speedwagon, and his impressive resume includes stints with Ted Nugent, Richie Sambora, Cher and Latoya Jackson. Amato, a self-professed gear head, has amassed a collection of more than 100 guitars and a dozen Marshall stacks over the course of his career.