Joe Bonamassa Readies Different Shades of Blue with Nashville Cats

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For nearly two decades, Joe Bonamassa has been one of the top blues guitarist/vocalists of Generation Y, but also a favorite of preceding generations that just love a guitar hero. Openly acknowledging the influence of such 1960s British blues icons as Rory Gallagher and Paul Kossoff, Bonamassa has occasionally strayed from his roots, most notably […]

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Lyric Of The Week: Billie Holiday, “Strange Fruit”

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Some songwriters write for an entire lifetime and never see much success, or never have their work publicly acknowledged, good as it may be. And then there are writers who seem to just be in the right place at the right time, who haven’t put all that much elbow grease into it but still hit […]

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Lyric Of The Week: The Righteous Brothers, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”

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It was 50 years ago that Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Phil Spector pitched a song to Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, who had had some minor success as the first “blue-eyed soul” duo, the Righteous Brothers. The song was a piece about a faltering relationship called “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” and the duo […]

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Review: Martin 000-18E Retro Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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A new addition to Martin’s Retro series this year, the 000-18E Retro is the first short-scale (24.9 inches from nut to saddle) guitar in the line. It’s also a sweet-sounding guitar even when not using the revolutionary Fishman technology that makes the Retro series one of the great guitar innovations of this century so far. […]

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Nashville is Truly a (Vintage) Guitar Town

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Since Nashville is home to thousands of songwriters and guitar players, it makes sense that Music City would also be the location of some well-known vintage guitar dealers. And while not all of us can afford a collectible vintage Gibson or Martin or other historic model, they sure are fun to try out in the […]

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Kenny Rogers, “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town”

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The most timeless songs usually deal with some aspect of the human condition, with things that have existed for as long as people have. Songs about love, loss, pleasure, pain, and even the ravages of war are favorite subjects of songs that we hear on the radio every day. One song that is still being […]

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Tess Henley Wins Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter 3 National Artist Discovery Program

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Some people automatically visualize artists like James Taylor or Taylor Swift when they hear the term “singer-songwriter,” somebody with an acoustic guitar who can command an audience’s attention with original music. But the winner of this year’s 3rd annual “Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter Artist Discovery Program competition is not primarily a guitarist, but a keyboardist/vocalist whose […]

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Nashville’s Legendary Music Mill Still Cranking Out Songs

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Some buildings are believed to be inhabited by supernatural forces, and there’s usually a negative connotation when a house or other structure is thought to be “possessed.” But with the Music Mill in Nashville, any type of spiritual presence that might exist there has produced nothing but good things for countless people over the past […]

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Review: Martin D35E Retro Acoustic Guitar

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When Martin’s Retro series, with Fishman’s F1 Aura Plus electronics system, was unveiled a couple years ago, the event marked the introduction of a major innovation in the acoustic-electric guitar industry. Using 21st century technology to model the finest characteristics of vintage microphones, and then incorporating that technology into guitar electronics to allow a player […]

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Legends Come Out to Launch New Gibson Les Paul

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Not since Charlie Daniels’ 1970s Volunteer Jams was there much of a chance of seeing so many Southern rock legends on the same stage at one time. But in Nashville on Monday night, a panel of Southern rock royalty was on hand at the Gibson Entertainment Showroom in Nashville to dedicate Gibson’s new Southern Rock […]

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Review: Martin CEO-7 Acoustic Guitar

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The first thing I noticed about the Martin CEO-7 was that, somehow, it didn’t really seem like a Martin. I tuned it up and played it for a minute before I stopped and realized that it almost looked like a 1930s Gibson, even though the headstock did indeed say “Martin.” In what almost seems like […]

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