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'In My Soul': Robert Cray Discusses His New Album, Seeing Jimi Hendrix and the Power of the Blues

Widely recognized as one of the greatest blues guitarists of our time, Robert Cray has pretty much done it all in his four decades of making music. Cray has written songs or shared the stage with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Copeland and Eric Clapton.

Song in My Head: String Cheese Incident Guitarist Bill Nershi Talks New Music

It’s been nearly nine years since the String Cheese Incident released their last album, One Step Closer. While the jam band may not have “technically” released any new material during that time, they’ve continued to write and perform new music for fans who’ve been following them since their formation in the Colorado ski towns of Crested Butte and Telluride in 1993.

Sound Theories: Steve Vai Discusses His Inaugural Vai Academy Song Evolution Camp

Have you ever wanted to learn the nuances of songwriting and the music business from one of greatest guitarists of all time? Look no further than the inaugural Vai Academy Song Evolution Camp, which takes place June 23 to 27 in Saratoga Springs, New York. And yes, that's Vai as in Steve Vai, the virtuoso guitarist, composer and producer. The camp is billed as the entire manual for being an independent musician — condensed into three days of classes.

Framing Hanley Guitarists Brandon Wootten and Ryan Belcher Talk New Album, 'The Sum of Who We Are'

Funded entirely by the band’s loyal fan base via a Kickstarter campaign, the new album also is the band’s boldest artistic statement to date. From the anthemic “Criminal” (Hear it below) to songs like “Twisted Halos," “Crooked Smiles” and “Crash & Burn,” the album takes the listener on a journey of struggle and triumph, weaving those feelings into every track.

Honestly: Stryper Guitarist Michael Sweet Talks New Autobiography and Solo Album, 'I'm Not Your Suicide'

In his new autobiography, Honestly: My Life And Stryper Revealed, guitarist Michael Sweet bares his soul. Within its pages, the Stryper frontman details everything from his humble upbringing and troubles with the law to the rise, fall and rebirth of Stryper.

Actor/Musician Drake Bell Discusses 'Ready Steady Go!,' His New Album with Brian Setzer

This is the music I grew up on. My first guitar was a Gretsch 6120, and I just loved listening to artists like Elvis, Chuck Berry and Stray Cats. But when I wanted to go make records, it was hard. I couldn't really be on the show [Drake & Josh] and then go in and do a three-piece rockabilly-type record of Fifties music.

Dog Camp: Richie Kotzen and Mike Portnoy Discuss the Winery Dogs' Immersive New Camp for Musicians

If you've ever wanted to get up close and personal with three of rocks' most talented musicians, here’s your opportunity.
Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy — better known as the Winery Dogs — have announced Dog Camp, their first-ever immersive program for aspiring musicians of all ages and levels. The event is set for July 21 to 25, 2014, at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York.

Voices Carry: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Discuss Their New Band and Album, 'The Both'

Aimee Mann is an Oscar nominated singer/songwriter and bassist who’s scored huge hits both as a solo artist (Save Me) and with her band ‘Til Tuesday (Voices Carry). Guitarist Ted Leo is a mid-western punk rocker who’s established his own reputation for musical genius as a solo act and with his band, The Pharmacists. Collaboratively, Mann and Leo have now joined forces to become The Both.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood Guitarist Neal Casal Talks Gear and New Album, 'Phosphorescent Harvest'

Phosphorescent Harvest is the third studio release from the Chris Robinson Brotherhood (CRB). The album features the former Black Crowes vocalist/guitarist along with guitarist Neal Casal, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, drummer George Sluppick and bassist Mark Dutton and is a treasure trove of soul that advances the band's bluesy, kaleidoscopic sound.

Guitarist Dave Meniketti Discusses Y&T’s 40th Anniversary

You'd think a band that's been around for 40 years might just be going through the motions at this point. But for Dave Meniketti and Y&T, that's hardly the case. The band's current lineup — Dave Meniketti (guitar/vocals), John Nymann (guitar), Brad Lang (bass) and Mike Vanderhule (drums) — continues to bring its own unique blend of hard rock to legions of fans around the world.