Friday, 15 May 2015

Justin Tolan: Monochrome Sweatsuit - new album available

Justin Tolan: Monochrome Sweatsuit

I was born May 9th, 1987 in Austell, Georgia. My interest in music sparked around the time I was around 7 years old. I started borrowing records from my older sisters room and listening to them over and over. The Smashing Pumpkins record Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is something I can single handedly attribute to the reason I picked up the guitar. In 1995 I began hacking away on a used 3/4 size acoustic guitar. A year later I moved to a town north of Atlanta named Cumming and spent majority of my formative years there. It was through my sister that I began to gain exposure to all kinds of music via the mixtapes that her and her friends made. We had tape cassettes around of everything from Andrew Lloyd Webber to Aphex Twin. I was unaware at the time of how much this music would influence me later on. 
From the ages of 12-17 I took lessons with Howie Bentley (Cauldron Born, Briton Rites), and through him I was exposed to guitarists like Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, Greg Howe, George Bellas, and other guitarists of the Shrapnel Records camp. This led to an intense period of practice that entailed 6-8 hours a day on weekdays and 8-14 hours a day on weekends. I attended the Berklee 5 Week Summer Performance program in 2003 & 2004, providing the opportunity to meet and study with Joe Stump. Between the ages of 16-17 I started sending Demos out to various guitar websites and magazines. This led to an appearance on the Undiscovered Column. Shortly after I appeared on their Guitars at an Exhibition Vol.2. Just shy of 18 years old one of my demos ended up reaching Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records. He did a very nice write up about me in the Spotlight Column of the August 2005 issue of Guitar Player Magazine.

In the fall of 2005 I began attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston on scholarship. In the Spring of 2009, I was featured in the Rock/Pop Guitar Night Showcase at the Berklee Performance center. Around the same time I was approached by fellow Berklee student Keith Freund, asking if I wanted to play guitar in a band he was forming, which became RIBS. I graduated Berklee on my 22nd birthday with a degree in Professional Music. I spent 2009-2012 giving guitar lessons/clinics/ensembles, writing, recording, and playing shows with RIBS (opening for bands like Helmet, Intronaut, Circa Survive, Junius, Lights Resolve, Mona, O’Brother, New Politics, and Funeral Party) and releasing 2 RIBS EP’s British Brains, Russian Blood and 1 Double A-Side The Locrian Singles.

After parting ways with RIBS I moved to Charleston and then back to Atlanta to get working on my next project. I worked at American Apparel folding clothes, and for a community music school giving private and group lessons. I had grown pretty estranged from the guitar and felt the music I wanted to play didn't inherently have guitar parts in them. I began having demo sessions with a loop pedal and a few other stomp boxes, trying to create every sound with a guitar. Much to the annoyance of my neighbors I began experimenting with concepts from Fixed Guitar Playing and using household objects with my guitar to make weird sounds. During this time period I began work on the first MONOCHROME SWEATSUIT EP. A little over a year after starting the project it is coming to a close. MONOCHROME SWEATSUIT EP Spring 2015
released 14 May 2015

Monochrome Sweatsuit wrote and played on tracks 1-7
Bruther Brown played bass on tracks 1-7, auxiliary percussion on 1,5
Ricky Fontaine played guitar on track 5, auxiliary percussion on 1,5
Senam Palmer played guitar on track 5

1. _ony _awk on __t__in_ 02:45
2. mega man 03:15
3. camp crystal lake 02:57
4. surfs up 01:55
5. sparkle motion 01:38
6. spud 02:37
7. monochrome phone home 03:34

Special thank you to DJ Burn One, Ricky Fontaine, Walt Liverson, Bruther Brown, Senam Palmer, Eric Thompson, and Alexa Borthwick

Guitar on tracks 1-6 recorded with Eric Thompson at Porch Cat Studios

Guitar on track 7 recorded with DJ Burn One at The Five Points Bakery

Mixing and mastering by DJ Burn One and Walt Liverson

Album art by Alexa Borthwick

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Jack Thammarat: FGN Guitars Japan | MSA-HP-C Electric Guitar

FGN Guitars Japan HP:
Special FGN demonstrator: Jack Thammarat

Model Name: MSA-HP-C(Custom)

Construction: Set-In-Neck
Body: Canadian Hard Maple Top & Back / African Mahogany Sides
Neck: African Mahogany 1PC with Soft-U Shape
Fingerboard: African Ebony
Strings: D'Addario .010-.046
Frets: 22F Medium High (C.F.S)
Scale: 24.75" (628mm)
Controls: 2V, 2T, 3-Way Toggle SW
Pickups: FGN original Alnico3 x 2
Finish: Polyester
Tuners: Gotoh SD90-SL
Bridge: Gotoh GE104B
Tailpiece: Gotoh GE101A
Color: AWH(Antique White), BK(Black)
Case: FGN Original Hard Case

Manufacturer: Fujigen Inc. (Made in Japan)
FGN Guitars Japan | MSA-HP-C Electric Guitar | Demo & Spec Review With Jack Thammarat

Jeff Beck, Rhonda Smith: Live + new album - 17th full-length studio album is expected later this year.

Jeff Beck (guitar); Jimmy Hall (vocals); Rhonda Smith (bass); Jonathan Joseph (drums); Nicolas Meier (guitar)

Jeff Beck’s 2014 double-bill tour with ZZ Top provides the source material for the guitarist’s new live album, Jeff Beck Live+, out May 5. The album features 14 live performances from the tour and includes two new studio tracks, the first new music from Beck since his 2010 Grammy-winning album, Emotion & Commotion.

Jeff Beck Live+ features more than an hour’s worth of music recorded at multiple venues. On the tracks, Beck is backed up by his band, consisting of vocalist Jimmy Hall, bassist Rhonda Smith, drummer Jonathan Joseph and guitarist Nicolas Meier. The material stretches across Beck’s five-decade career and includes “Morning Dew” (from Truth, 1968), “Superstition” (from Beck, Bogert, Appice, 1973), “Big Block” (from Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop, 1989), and two Grammy-winning tracks: his cover of the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” and “Hammerhead.”

The two new studio tracks are “Tribal” and “My Tiled White Floor,” and they feature guest vocals from Ruth Lorenzo and Veronica Bellino, respectively. These aggressive new songs mark Beck’s first studio recordings since 2010.

Beck’s 17th full-length studio album is expected later this year.

Track Listing:

1. Loaded
2. Morning Dew
3. You Know You Know
4. Why Give It Away
5. A Change Is Gonna Come
6. A Day In The Life
7. Superstition
8. Hammerhead
9. Little Wing
10.Big Block
11. Where Were You
12.“Danny Boy
13. Rollin' And Tumblin’
14. Going Down
15. Tribal *
16. My Tiled White Floor *

*New Studio Recording

Simon Phillips, Andy Timmons, Steve Weingart, Ernest Tibbs: Protocol III new album

Simon Phillips: Protocol III ***** Release Date 15 May 2015
Simon Phillips (drums); Andy Timmons (guitar); Steve Weingart (keyboards) and Ernest Tibbs (bass)
2015 release. Brand new release from this fusion quartet whose 2014 Protocol II CD was one of the years best. The new album contains music inspired by the band’s live performances, taking the style of electric jazz fuzed with rock and this time experimenting with world music and blues.

Dhalif Ali: Jim Dunlop Ultex Jazz III 2.0

first time playing since my elbow injury, slowly getting the strength back in my left hand.. its great!
Playing with my Suhr Classic Antique through my pod rig direct in

Jim Dunlop Ultex Jazz III 2.0

PJ d'Atri: J. S. Bach - Badinerie BWV 1067 - another top line interpretation for electric guitar

One of the all time classics by Maestro Bach - recorded for my Bach Album due this summer. Enjoy and get an impression....

J. S. Bach - Badinerie BWV 1067 by PJ d'Atri arr. for electric guitar

Leonardo Guzman: Steppin' out - play through video - classy original tune

Watch in HD!!
Hey guys! I'm back!, this time with an original tune i did just for fun. :) hope you like it!.

| Steppin' out - Leonardo Guzman |

Richard Daudé: Tribute to BB King - he thrill is gone - sweet strings

Richard Daudé: My humble tribute to the King...

Richard Daudé: "The thrill is gone"

William Stravato, Gabriele Cianfrani: Eddie Lang Jazz Festival - 500 Miles High

Eddie Lang Jazz Festival Open Tour, XXIV Edition
Monteroduni, Italy - august 2, 2014
William Stravato & Gabriele Cianfrani perform "500 Miles High" (Chick Corea)
William Stravato, guitar
Gabriele Cianfrani, guitar
Mauro Arduini, bass
Giovanni Petrellesi, drums

William Stravato & Gabriele Cianfrani Fusion Trio @ Eddie Lang Jazz Festival - 500 Miles High

Gabriele Cianfrani Fusion Trio - Eddie Lang jazz festival 2014

Jazz Fusion impro.

Nita Strauss: new web site and new t-shirts coming soon!

Nita Strauss
Along with the site launch, there are going to be new limited edition shirts coming out, and each time you guys can vote for which shirt you want to see printed! Round one starts..... Now! Post your favorite- 1, 2, 3 or 4 in the comments here!

Phil Collen: Def Leppard Lead Guitarist To Release Memoir

Def Leppard Lead Guitarist PHIL COLLEN To Release Memoir -- October 27th on Atria Books

Atria Books has acquired North American and audio rights to a memoir by Phil Collen, lead guitarist for rock band Def Leppard for more than 30 years. ADRENALIZED: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond, written with veteran journalist and author Chris Epting and scheduled for publication on October 27, is the first book written by a member of the group that holds claim to being one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies in the U.S. Featuring personal, never-before-seen photos of Collen and his band mates on stage and off, Adrenalized is a fascinating account of the failures, triumphs, challenges, and rock-hard dedication it takes to make dreams come true.

"It's fascinating for even me to look back at my life from working in a factory at 16 years old to eventually traveling the world selling over one hundred million records and all the experiences that come with that journey,” Collen says. “I realize that there is a constant evolution of 'me' that is still a work in progress even as I continue to be vital and dynamic in my same occupation for the past 35 years well into my late fifties."

Def Leppard will be touring this summer with Styx and Tesla. The 48-date outing will kick off in Tampa, Fla., on June 23 and will wrap in Jacksonville., on Oct. 17

The book was acquired by Atria’s Vice President and Editorial Director Peter Borland from Peter McGuigan at Foundry Literary+Media.

John Patitucci,Adam Rogers,Steve Cardenas: Brooklyn - the new album

John Patitucci: Brooklyn ***** Release date May 19 2015
John Patitucci (bass); Adam Rogers and Steve Cardenas (guitars); Brian Blade (drums)
Acclaimed bassist/composer/educator/bandleader John Patitucci unearths old memories and finds fresh inspiration by returning home on ''Brooklyn,'' his diverse and electrifying new album. ''Brooklyn'' pays homage to the vibrant, eclectic borough where the bass great was born and raised, looking back at the influences and experiences that have shaped his life and career while taking his music into thrilling new directions. Patitucci's 14th album as a leader and his first in six years, boasts a guitar-centric electric sound featurng six-string wizards Adam Rogers and Steve Cardenas. Patitucci jons the fray with a new semi-hollow electric bass designed specifically for him by Yamaha, which allow him the fluidity of an electric guitar with the deep, rotund bottom end of an acoustic bass. The quartet is anchored by virtuoso drummer Brian Blade, Patitucci's long-time friend and bandmate in the revered Wayne Shorter Quartet and in the new trio Children Of The Light (with pianist Danilo Perez, another Shorter bandmate). John Patitucci is a three-time Grammy Award winner and has been nominated over 15 times.

01.   IN9-1881/The Search
02.   Dugu Kamalemba
03.   Band Of Brothers
04.   Trinkle Tinkle
05.   Ugly Beauty
06.   JLR
07.   Do You?
08.   Bells of Coutance
09.   The Thumb
10.   Go Down Moses
11.   Tesori

BB King: Passes away at the age of 89 RIP

The king of blues guitar... a giant of the genre passes away at home after a short spell of treatment in hospital. RIP

B.B. King (born Riley B. King; September 16, 1925 - May 14, 2015)

Attorney Brent Bryson tells The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PDT Thursday at his home in Las Vegas.

B. B. King - The Thrill Is Gone (Live at Montreux 1993)

Allan Holdsworth
I am very, very saddened today to hear that
Mr B.B. King is no longer with us.
With the exception of Mr King's family and close
friends, who have my deepest condolences, I can think
of "no one" who can say more than Mr Eric Clapton
does in his very moving video, both for himself, and also all of us!
Thank you MR KING for your amazingly inspiring talent and all the tremendous music you have shared and continue to share with us all.
Rest In Peace MR B.B."KING"

Eric Clapton - BB King a dear friend and inspiration to me..RIP BB King (1925 - 2015)

Buddy Guy
This morning, I come to you all with a heavy heart.
BB King was the greatest guy I ever met. The tone he got out of that guitar, the way he shook his left wrist, the way he squeezed the strings... man, he came out with that and it was all new to the whole guitar playin' world. He could play so smooth, he didn't have to put on a show. The way BB did it is the way we all do it now. He was my best friend and father to us all.
I'll miss you, B. I love you and I promise I will keep these damn Blues alive. Rest well.
All my love,

Joe Bonamassa

God bless you BB... Rest in peace my friend. Thank you for all that you did for this kid... my condolences to his family and band.

“For many of us the thought of not having BB King on this earth seemed surreal. A man larger than life who was a constant, something you can set your watch to. The sun will rise and fall and B.B. King will play the blues. Sadly, today the sun rose but the music was silent. To say that the loss of B.B. King is devastating to the blues community is an understatement. He defined the blues, he was the blues. He brought blues to an audience that would never have found the blues if B.B. was not the conduit. Never again will there be another as good, gracious or as kind as Mr. King. When Mr. King came off the road last year I couldn't believe nor wanted to accept that I would never hear his nephew Walter King introduce him again, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, the King of the Blues, Mr B.B. King!’ That combined with the fast shuffle and the horn stabs as the man himself walked onstage was enough to convince this kid on May 24, 1990 that a life in the blues was for me. The excitement those words caused over the thousands of shows to the millions of people will never be matched or equaled. Those shows that I saw - almost 50 in total over the past 25 years - changed my life. Thank you Mr. King for the inspiration, the motivation, the support, your friendship and, most importantly, the music which I love so dearly. Rest in peace, my friend.”

Remembering B.B. King

Carl Verheyen 
I got a chance to work with BB King many years ago when I composed the TV commercial music for the One Touch Diabetes blood sugar tester. Playing rhythm guitar on a track he sang and played on was such an honor, even if it was just a jingle. BB King was absolutely magical. The entire world will miss him!

Neal Schon
R.I.P. BB we will All miss you

Willie Nelson
The world lost an incredible musician and dear friend to Willie. Our hearts go out to all near and dear to Mr. B.B. King.

Billy F Gibbons - ZZ Top
"It's difficult to fathom a world without B.B. King... He's been with me literally since the dawn of my musical consciousness. I first encountered him when I was a small child. My father was a musician and would take me around to studios in Houston. We met B.B. King at ACA Studios when I was, maybe, 7. He made a huge impression on me and that encounter continues to resonate" –

Eric Johnson
B. B. was the best; the most elegant bluesman, the greatest singer, guitarist, storyteller and entertainer. We knew he was ill and elderly,but it still gives me profound and emotional pause to reflect about his life.  He had a great life; he made millions of people happy and filled with joy. He lived to be 89 years old, enjoying playing, recording, and touring to the final months of his time on earth.
I treasure the times I was privileged to play with him during our tour together. He gave me some very powerful artistic advice which I will always carry with me. The most sacred part of my
memories of him was that he was absolutely one of the nicest, considerate and kind persons I have ever worked or toured with.He is a big inspiration to me in a number of ways. We have all been influenced by him.

He was the best, a most elegant bluesman.

Peter Frampton 
My heart goes out 2 BB King's family today & all who loved him. A great friend & amazing gtr player leaves us peacefully. We will miss u BB.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Farewell BB King. You were like a father to me in many ways over the years. The world is a much better place because you were here. Rest In Peace my friend. The Thrill Is finally Gone. #BBKing #RIP

Brian May

RIP #BBKing Very sad to hear of BB’s passing. I only just saw the news... @DrBrianMay Read More:

point he called me over from the wings, and this was snapped. Thank you, BB. Ever the gentleman. Fly on, I know you are enchanting, still, wherever you are. (for anyone who has "Play Like a Girl", the cut "Fall On You" was written just as I was getting ready to drive out to the Midwest. You were gonna brush wings with BB? A song was gonna come … effortless, haunting, acoustic slide and voice. When BB calls with a song, you drop EVERYthing). xx

Samantha Fish
Thank you for the inspiration BB King! He touched my life and millions of others. Celebrate life, that was always the message I took from him. I'm thankful that we got him for as long as we did. RIP Mr. King.

Joanne Shaw Taylor
Rest in peace BB King. I don't have the words to accurately describe his talent or his influence on me and the millions of others his music touched. I was obviously very sad to hear the news of his passing today but tonight I'll be raising a glass to the amazing life he lead, the gifts he shared with us in that lifetime and the legacy he left us with. Thank you BB......Long live the king!. JST x

Jennifer Batten
I used to have recurring dreams about this man. We would meet on the street and talk guitar. Enjoy your next chapter sir!

Desiree Apolonio Bassett
I'm not going to lie.... Tonight was probably one of the most intensive and emotional performances we've had all of this tour. In dedication to BB King, I played a blues solo I honestly never felt before and I nearly cried playing it.... One of the other most heartfelt performances of the time we've been together! And on another note, I played another half of a set with only 5 strings lll

Kristen Capolino
RIP BB King! I'll never forget seeing him for the first time at the Civic Center. Lol I was so young and new to shows that when he through his pick out, I tried to give it back to him! He is another one of the greats we will never forget. I bet he and Gary Moore are playing Thrill Is Gone right now!

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks
From Derek: "It's a sad day. A thread was broken for sure. He was the last of the giants.

We were lucky he was here as long as he was. And getting to know him and share the stage a few times is more than you could ask for. We are listening to him now and the bus just passed the exit for his hometown, Indianola MS.

Thank you BB..."

B.B. King, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi - You Are My Sunshine (Live at Royal Albert Hall)

RIP B.B. King - The Thrill Is Gone - Cover by Lindsay Ell

Joe Satriani 
We will miss you B.B. #RIP #BBKing

Yngwie Malmsteen

True master and a legend has left us RIP BB King!
God Bless,

Yngwie Malmsteen

Gladys Knight
Uncle BB, truly a shining star! May your legacy continue to live on until the end of time. #BBKing

Vernon Reid
Don't Make Your Move Too Soon!

Alex Skolnick
Playing fast is fun but saying a lot with a little is precious. #BBKing exemplified this. Another life changing album

Brett Garsed
R.I.P the legendary BB King.

Devastated by the passing of BB King. My favorite blues guitarist. & a truly wonderful man. RIP BB.

Richie Sambora
My friend and legend BB King passed.. I'm so so sad....he was so great to me... We've lost the King..... My love and prayers to his family.

R.I.P. BB King.....................

Dave Martone
My story on BB King may he rest in peace.

Years ago while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, I was studying under a great professor named Bruce Bartlett. Bruce was a great fusion guitar player and I studied with him for one semester. Of course back then I was trying to play 500000000000 notes a second, and Bruce could see what I was lacking in my playing.

I remember the lesson clearly.

He told me to pick up a BB King album and listen to one song in particular. Unfortunately I cannot remember what song it was, and he told me to learn it. I remember doing this of course, thinking it would be very easy. WELL!!!! Let me tell you I was schooled! What I learned was how much Mr King was able to play around with his timing and feel of the beat. To get his exact inflections was incredibly difficult. To this day I still use a few of his licks I learned from that great experience that Bruce and BB King taught me so long ago. Rest in Peace BB King and thank you for all of your music.

Jon Gomm
I met BB King when I was 13, he let me play his guitar backstage. He was very kind and funny, made an awkward kid feel great about himself.

matt sorum
Farewell #BBKing you left us with so much music that will live forever #RIP

Gary Hoey
Very sad news that BB King passed away. My condolences to his family. His thrill will never be gone! #longlivetheking

In Tribute: Obama's 'Duet' With B.B. King

Richard Daudé: "The thrill is gone"

Steve Smith, Vinny Valentino: Vital Information NYC Edition: Viewpoint

Steve Smith (drums); Baron Browne (bass); Andy Fusco (sax); Mark Soskin (keys); Vinny Valentino (guitar)

2015 release. "Viewpoint" is the follow up release for Live! One Great Night. It combines elements from Steve's other bands Buddy's Buddies and Jazz Legacy. Buddy's Buddies , a Buddy Rich alumni group plays smaller versions of familiar Buddy Rich charts. Jazz Legacy focuses on classic songs by great jazz drummers including Art Blakey, Tony Williams & Elvin Jones. "Viewpoint" combines all of this into one dynamic and versatile band

Steve Smith and Vital Information NYC Edition: "A Night in Tunisia"