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'I'll Have Some of That!' — Joey Sykes Talks Babys Reunion and Working with Wally Stocker

With a string of hits including "Isn't It Time," "Every Time I Think of You" and "Back On My Feet Again," the Babys' brand of classic rock/power pop played a huge part in the musical transition of the late Seventies. Following their breakup in 1981, members of the band went on to achieve continued success — Jonathan Cain with Journey, Ricky Phillips with Styx and original singer John Waite as a solo artist and with Cain and Phillips in Bad English.

California Breed: Guitarist Andrew Watt Discusses His New Trio with Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham

The band's self-titled debut, which was produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Rival Sons), was recorded live and direct to tape. And while you will find several examples of Watt's six-string prowess throughout the disc, you'll also discover that Watt is just as comfortable when he’s falling back into riffs and rhythm work.

Guitarist Brad Gillis Talks New Night Ranger Album, 'High Road'

For the band’s new album, High Road, which will be released June 10, Night Ranger take us back to their roots — a time when inspired songwriting, huge guitar riffs and harmony solos and vocals ruled the airwaves. It's a formula that never gets old.

Mushroomhead's J Mann and Church Discuss New Album, 'The Righteous & The Butterfly'

Mushroomhead fans can rejoice! The influential industrial metal band celebrates its 20th anniversary with a brand new studio album, The Righteous & The Butterfly.

'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.