Monday, 4 August 2014

Nili Brosh: announces release date of sophomore release

Nili Brosh

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to make an announcement: my second record, A Matter of Perception, will be released on September 9th! Info on the pre-sale and available packages will be revealed soon.

Nili Brosh performs "Silence of Saturday" for EMGtv

Joe Bonamassa, Johnny Winter: Remembering Johnny Dawson Winter III

Remembering Winter

"Rest in Peace Johnny Dawson Winter III. A son of Texas and a son of the Blues. There will never be another one like you. Thanks for teaching me to play the slide and to use the front pickup. A giant loss for Blues guitar and all music in general".
~Joe B.

Johnny Winter sadly passed away this July 16 at 70 years old. Matt and Joe reflect on his take-no-prisoners singing and his sound on acoustic, electric and slide. The Pickup team honors Johnny Winter by picking five of his greatest records. You'll hear how he got discovered, the unusual way he strung his 12-string and his role in creating the most soulful thing to ever come out of Greenwich, Connecticut!

Philip Sayce: New album Influence set for release end of August


Provogue Records is pleased to announce the August 25th new studio album from one of the most inspirational blues rock guitarists on the planet, Philip Sayce. Aptly entitled “Influence”, the new album features Sayce’s most outstanding recordings of his career.

The album will be released on Ltd. Edition 180 gram double vinyl (1,000 copies only), CD and digital download. The authenticity of his guitar playing throughout the new LP is overwhelming,
and yet, it is the craftsmanship, production and emotionally compelling song arrangements that evoke a passionate and spiritual impact that’s unforgettable.

Originally born in Wales, Sayce moved to Toronto as a young child. As a teenager he became heavily influenced guitar greats including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Healey and Mark Knopfler. “I still have distinct memories listening to these incredible musicians,” Sayce says. “Their music had a huge effect on me.”

His first live music experience was an Eric Clapton gig at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. “This groovy version of ‘Crossroads’ had such an impact on me,” Sayce recalls. “It was that musicianship, which laid the foundation for me. What Clapton did was very different from what many younger artists do today. It was about spilling your heart out.”

The name of Sayce’s new album “Influence” says it all. The album includes visceral covers and inspired originals. The blues guitarist is wise enough to realize that it doesn’t matter if you’re an interpreter or a writer - it’s about delivering a song that’s going to sear the listener’s brain. “You
want to make some sort of emotional connection,” Sayce says.

The opening track, ‘Tom Devil,’ is a psychedelic stunner, which showcases Sayce as a master of the six-string. “That song is about paying tribute to often forgotten roots of where modern Western music originates,” Sayce says. “My intention is to move away from ‘flavour of the month’ and to reconnect with spirit.”

The reason why Sayce’s sonic approach works so well is because of his disregard of trends. He goes with what moves him. ‘Out Of My Mind’ is a mighty tip of the cap to the man, who changed modern blues guitar, Jimi Hendrix. “I couldn’t help but do homage to the master,” admits Sayce. “Hendrix really moved me at an early age. My take on this one was just to go all Sayce is unpredictable. ‘Fade Into You,’ a moody, moving piece, which showcases his guitar brilliance, but it’s also inspired by real life experiences. “This song is definitely one of the heaviest songs, if not the heaviest song on the album,” Sayce says. “It comes from a very hurt, sad, dark place. It’s about being screwed over in the music business.”

Many seminal artists have been on the short end of the stick in the music industry, particularly blues greats. Buddy Guy didn’t break until he was 30 years into playing the game. But Sayce, who is still so young and vital, kept plugging along. He bounced back with a sonic masterpiece, which features blazing guitar licks and unbridled joy, particularly when he renders covers, such as the Little Richard gem, ‘Green Power.’ It’s a relatively obscure R&B classic. It’s a tight tune that builds and builds that the legendary vocalist/pianist recorded during the early ‘70s. “There’s no better rock and roll singer than Little Richard,” Sayce says. “I just wanted to have fun with ‘Green Power’ and do it justice. It’s a song everyone should know. During the recording I was staying at a hotel in Nashville that Little Richard spends a lot of time in. I was in the lobby one day and I saw him and he figured out that I’m in the same industry as him, he acknowledged me and that was cool. It was no small feat to try doing a Little Richard song. It’s pretty much a live take. It happened so quickly. (Producer) Dave (Cobb) said ‘that’s a take’ after the second try. It just worked out immediately.”

Sayce and Cobb certainly know how to pick songs. They unearth Graham Nash’s long forgotten ‘Better Days,’ which is the gorgeous centre piece and perhaps defining ‘Influence’ track. “Better Days’ is such a beautiful composition,” Sayce says. “That song is so underground and it connected with the head space I was in. To me, it’s about how this business takes a toll on your psyche. It’s an unbelievably heavy song.”

‘Better Days’ is also about perseverance and dogged determination. Influence’ may be about paying your dues, but is also Sayce’s ticket to the next level. “I just want to make the best music that I can,” Sayce says. “I’m inspired by great music, whether that’s by Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Donny Hathaway or Pharrell (Williams).”

Sayce has won the approval of a number of acclaimed artists. He recorded and toured with the late Jeff Healey and Melissa Etheridge. “She is a tremendous musician and just a great person,” Sayce said. “It was a wonderful experience with her. Jeff was just off the charts. He would simply put people in a trance when he performed. It was otherworldly.”

And then there was Sayce’s unforgettable performance at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival at Madison Square Garden in 2013. “It was amazing,” Sayce says. “In some ways I went full circle since my parents played Clapton and Dire Straits when I was growing up. I heard nothing but the best then, and that’s

Philip Sayce: Vocals, electric & acoustic guitars
Dave Cobb: Bass guitar, acoustic guitar & percussion
Chris Powell: Drums, percussion
Fred Mandel: Piano, organ & keyboards
Reese Wynans: Organ (tracks 5, 13)
Kristen Rogers: Vocals (track 3, 7, 9, 10)
Mike Webb: Piano & organ (track 7, 8)
Ed Lewis and The Prisoners: Vocals (track 1)
“Tom Devil” (track 1) is a traditional, from Ed Lewis and The Prisoners.
“Sailin’ Shoes” (track 3) is a song from Little Feat, composed by Lowell George
“I’m Going Home” (track 4) is a song from The Sonics, composed by Gerald Roslie and Larry Parypa
“Blues Ain’t Nothing But A Good Woman On Your Mind” (track 6) is a song from Don Covay, composed by Don Covay and Joe Richardson
“Green Power” (track 7) is a song from Little Richard, composed by Hidle Brown Barnum and John
“Better Days” (track 8) is a song from and composed by Graham Nash
“Peace In The Valley” (track 13) is a song from and composed by Thomas A. Dorsey
“Out Of My Mind” (track 2), “Fade Into You” (track 5) , “Easy On The Eyes” (track 9), “Evil Woman”
(track 10), “Triumph” (track 11) and “Light Em Up” (track 12) written by Philip Sayce and Dave Cobb


1) Tom Devil
2) Out Of My Mind
3) Sailin' Shoes
4) I'm Going Home
5) Fade Into You
6) Blues Ain't Nothing But A Good Woman On Your Mind
7) Green Power
8) Better Days
9) Easy On The Eyes
10) Evil Woman
11) Triumph
12) Light Em Up
13) Peace In The Valley

Blues supremo Philip Sayce puts his THR10 through its paces with a series of vintage pedals.
While most modelling amps struggle to work well with effects in the front end, thanks to Yamaha's VCM component modelling, THR responds exactly like you'd expect a tube amp to, even with Philip's 'best of the best' effects in the front end...

The video was recorded at Mates Rehearsal Studios in Hollywood, with the THR mic'd into the PA system - what you hear is an accurate representation of the sound in the room.

Philip Sayce's new album, Influence, is available exclusively in Europe and the UK from August 25th (global release coming soon!).

Yamaha THR10 - Philip Sayce vintage pedals demo

Doug Aldrich,Brian Tichy,Michael Devin: SteamRoller announce European tour dates for 2014


Where hard rock meets electric blues, where guitars are played with gritty fingers, where the hot iron meets the pavement, this is where you’ll find SteamRoller.

After a yearlong world tour promoting the latest release of multi-platinum selling band Whitesnake, guitarist and songwriter Doug Aldrich, bassist and singer Michael Devin and drummer-percussionist extraordinaire Brian Tichy decided to come together and form a homegrown band during Whitesnake’s 2012 hiatus.

Word quickly spread. Crowds gathered to hear the band lay it down during their initial brief run through Europe in early 2012. It comes as little surprise the power trio creates a sound as big as a six piece.

Doug Aldrich spent years rippin’ his guitar alongside metal master Ronnie James Dio before moving on to Whitesnake, where he has co-written the last two albums with legendary frontman David Coverdale. Bassist and singer Michael Devin spent years on the road, playing bass with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and George Lynch, before joining Whitesnake.

SteamRoller celebrates their unique individuality both as musicians and personalities. Their brand of music is raw and full of essential rock talent.

Adam Lajoie: Instrumental guitar original - tasteful solo work

Just a rough lead idea over an acoustic track of mine.

Instrumental guitar original - Adam Lajoie

Marco Sfogli: Andromeda - Recorded at Klavitara Zagreb Festival

Recorded at Klavitara Zagreb Festival, 7th June 2014. Read full review here:

Marco Sfogli - Andromeda

Damjan Pejcinoski: Strings on Fire - Chris Feener tribute

Recorded at Klavitara Zagreb Festival, 7th June 2014. Read full review here:

Damjan Pejcinoski - Strings on Fire

Dragianni: Flying Potato Blues - Recorded at Klavitara Zagreb Festival

Recorded at Klavitara Zagreb Festival, 7th June 2014. Read full review here:
Dragianni - Flying Potato Blues

Muris Varajic: The Ancient Forest - live

Recorded at Klavitara Zagreb Festival, 7th June 2014. Read full review here: Varajic - The Ancient Forest

Muris Varajic,Emir Hot: Mojo Oro (Live in Zagreb)

Recorded at Klavitara Zagreb Festival, 7th June 2014. Read full review here:

Muris Varajic and Emir Hot - Mojo Oro (Live in Zagreb)

Denis Shvarts: Through the Universe - new album available

Denis Shvarts: Through the Universe

Hello Friends! My name is Denis. I'm a composer and guitar player from Russia. I have recently released my first album called ''Through the Universe''. Thanks to the guys, who helped me to create this work!

27 y.o. Denis Shvarts from the city of Yelets (Russian Federation) has musical background on drums, but his main musical influences are guitar players: Yngwie Malmsteen, Greg Howe, Christian Muenzner and other titans of shred.

For successful self-expression he advances his technique and tries not to copy but to show his own vision of progressive and technical-death playing.

Support, rate, share and have fun!



Denis Shvarts (Obscurophagist) Galaxy Depth

Lars Bauer: Sonic Sketches EP available

My new EP titled 'Sonic Sketches' is now available on CD and as a digital download.
It contains 5 tracks, the CD comes in a nice LP-style sleeve cover.

Sonic Sketches - 5 song EP - mp3 album download
download link will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours upon purchase
Sonic Sketches - 5 song EP - Compact Disc
comes in LP-style sleeve cover, will ship within 3 days upon purchase

Sam Bell: Ibanez Demo’s - LickLibrary - Tour and more!

Ibanez Demo’s/LickLibrary/Tour and more!

I have been very busy over the last few weeks. I have been spending time playing some shows with Mask of Judas in preparation for the August tour, spending time at the Ibanez and Laney HQ and working on some new material with LickLibrary!

Akihiko Onji: Proto Cosmos - Leqtique MAR - Roland JC-60 - stunning two handed tapping

Akihiko Onji - Proto Cosmos - Leqtique MAR - Roland JC-60
Akihiko Onji
Improvisation - Akihiko Onji
Leqtique Maestro Antique Revised (Over Drive) - Roland JC-60
Allan Holdsworth - Proto Cosmos (Alan Pasqua)

Thanks for watching

Lee Luland: Prospekt - Album II Update

Here is Prospekt guitarist Lee Luland playing the main solo from track 'The Colourless Sunrise' from the album of the same name from 2013. The band are currently writing their 2nd album for release early 2015. Enjoy!!

Purchase the album here:

Thanks for watching! :)

Prospekt - The Colourless Sunrise (Solo)

Here's a short pre-production excerpt of a track we're working on called 'Fear In Motion'. It's an early mix and involves rough playing and dodgy programming but hopefully you guys can see where it's heading... \m/

Vigier Guitars
Fractal Audio Axe FX for the tones!!

Prospekt - Album II Update

Per Nilsson: solo for "Slaves to the Subliminal" at Freak Guitar Camp 2014

SCAR SYMMETRY's PER NILSSON plays the solo for "Slaves to the Subliminal" at Freak Guitar Camp '14
Per Nilsson
Filmed by Guillaume Michalakakos at my clinic at Mattias IA Eklundh's
Freak Guitar Camp 2014

Virgil Donati,Anthony Crawford,Ruslan Sirota,Irwin Thomas: Improv Session promo

On Impulse: Improv Session promo
Virgil Donati
Behind a nondescript bricked up storefront on Van Nuys Blvd, Phantom Recorders sits nestled among the every day urbanity of its surroundings. Yet inside its walls, something amazing is taking shape:

Following the filming of performance and promotional videos for the "In This Life" album, Virgil Donati, Anthony Crawford, Ruslan Sirota and Irwin Thomas rolled video and audio on a spontaneous improvisational session. The result is a spellbinding musical dialog by four musicians at the pinnacle of their craft.

I was fortunate enough to watch it unfold from the control room.
- Michael Mesker