Friday, 10 February 2017

Sloth Chubsteen, Parker Wallace: Slimer back for The Blues!!! Relay for life of indio

Sloth Chubsteen, Parker Wallace: Slimer back for The Blues!!! Relay for life of indio

The Blues!!! Relay for life of indio

Rick Graham: Hybrid Picking - Its pretty useful

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News: Enter The Wilson Center Guitar Competition

As the only guitar festival in the world to feature four different genres competitions —Classical, Fingerstyle, Jazz, and Rock & Blues
Beijing Guitar Duo
Thursday, August 17, 2017 • 7:30 PM
Candyrat Records' Fingerstyle Friday:
Mike Dawes
Gareth Pearson
Antoine Dufour
Friday, August 18, 2017 • 7:30 PM
Kevin Eubanks
Saturday, August 19, 2017 • 7:30 PM
Single tickets and Festival packages for headliner concerts will go on sale March 13, 2017.

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Richie Kotzen: announces Salting Earth, his 21st Solo Album and associated US tour dates



February 9, 2017 -- RICHIE KOTZEN has never been an artist known for playing by the rules. And for this ever-adventurous triple-threat songwriter/guitarist/vocalist, that meant putting on the brakes after a nonstop flurry of band-related activity in order to refuel the creative process for the ten heartfelt and hard-hitting songs that comprise his new, vibrant 21st solo album, SALTING EARTH, out April 14 via his own custom label, Headroom-Inc.

KOTZEN tossed convention on its ear by actually taking one step back in order to move two steps forward. “It’s something I really needed to do in order to reset myself,” he explains.

Kotzen’s “charge to recharge” was officially put into play following the mega-success of the 2015–16 tour behind his band The Winery Dogs’ sophomore effort, the oh-so-appropriately named HOT STREAK. And the man’s reset manifesto wound up hitting all the right buttons too. The proof is on display deep within the grooves of SALTING EARTH, which veers from the balls-out, heads-up declaration of the opening track and first single, “End of Earth,” to the burning-sky harmonic thrust of “Thunder” to the Prince-like funk-jazz swing of “This Is Life” to the acoustified take-me-as-I-am self-reflection of the album’s final song, “Grammy.”

The majority of SALTING EARTH is the result of KOTZEN’s one-man production machine, with the exception of Julia Lage adding background vocals to “Make It Easy,” a tasty, sing-along groove stew. “It’s really not deliberate when the record is finished and suddenly I’m the only performer on it,” Kotzen admits. “It actually comes out of my process of writing and documenting my ideas. It started back in the late-’80s when I had a makeshift studio in my parents’ barn. I grew up fairly isolated, and I soon realized in order to get this music out of my head and onto a format where I could listen to it, I’d have to figure out how to do it alone.”

KOTZEN’s previous solo release, 2015’s diverse, far-reaching CANNIBALS, was a well-received hit among his core fan base, and SALTING EARTH cuts like the aforementioned “End of Earth,” “Thunder,” and “Divine Power” all showcase the scorching guitar solos and soaring vocals that one would expect from a KOTZEN solo album. That said, there’s also quite a vulnerable side on display here that’s perhaps best demonstrated in the stripped-down approach to the album’s closing salvo, “Grammy.”

“That song came to me in the oddest way at the most inconvenient time,” he reveals of the track that can be filed in the “first thought, best thought” category. One night when he was home alone, “I basically woke myself up with the chorus melody in my head, and in my haze, I knew that if I didn’t at least record the idea, it would be forever lost. I ended up programming a simple drum beat, and then recorded the acoustic guitar. The lyrics pretty much wrote themselves. By 6 in the morning, the song was finished. I was going to do more overdubs, but I kept playing it over and over, and I just felt like there was something so personal coming out of the speakers. By messing with it, I’d likely destroy the magic — so I left it as it is.”

Bringing SALTING EARTH live to the people is KOTZEN’s next holy mission. “My real outlet is touring — playing live as much as I can, wherever I can, whenever I can,” he says enthusiastically. “It’s one of the few things you can’t copy, steal, or download. It’s an engaging human experience that’s a give-and-take between both the performer and the audience, and there is nothing else like it on this earth.”

KOTZEN will launch his “Salting Earth Tour” on April 21 at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA. He and his band are planning to tour extensively throughout the U.S. and continue their journey into Mexico, South America, and Europe. A complete list of international tour dates will be posted on KOTZEN’s official website and social media pages.

Here’s the complete track listing of SALTING EARTH:

1. End of Earth
2. Thunder
3. Divine Power
4. I’ve Got You
5. My Rock
6. This Is Life
7. Make It Easy
8. Meds
9. Cannon Ball
10. Grammy

Check out RICHIE KOTZEN at any of the following U.S. stops:


Fri 4/21 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
Sat 4/22 Pasadena, CA The Rose
Sun 4/23 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
Tue 4/25 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
Fri 4/28 Las Vegas, NV Vamp’d
Sat 4/29 Scottsdale, AZ BLK Live
Mon 5/1 Denver, CO Oriental Theatre
Wed 5/3 Moline, IA Rascal’s Live
Thu 5/4 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theatre
Fri 5/5 Westland, MI The Token Lounge
Sun 5/7 Whitesburg, KY Appalshop Theater
Tue 5/9 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
Thu 5/11 New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Sat 5/13 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage
Sun 5/14 New Hope, PA Havana New Hope
Wed 5/17 Bethlehem, PA Musikfest Café

Claudio Pietronik: announces debut album on Jam Track Central

Claudio Pietronik

I am so happy to share the front cover artwork for my debut solo release, launching a week today at !

Cover artwork by Simone Bertozzi , photo by Matteo Ermeti of WHITE STUDIO.

Plini: Masterclass Tour with Strandberg Guitars

We are over the moon to have Australian prog guitar rising star Plini coming to 3 of our stores during his worldwide tour, to hold informal Masterclasses. As one of the top artists in the Strandberg Guitars endorsee stable, Plini has his own Strandberg Signature model coming out later this year and this will be the first opportunity to see this guitar in the UK.

Plini recently released his outstanding debut album 'Handmade Cities' which reached number 1 on the iTunes Prog/Metal chart and subsequently went on to peak in the Top 10 in the Rock chart worldwide.

Amongst the many plaudits he received, possibly the most impressive was from Steve Vai on his Facebook page

"Many of you may have heard of guitarist/musician Plini. I’ve been following him for a while and his new record 'Handmade Cities' is one of the finest, forward thinking, melodic, rhythmically and harmonically deep, evolution of rock/metal instrumental guitar records I have ever heard. I’ve been waiting for stuff like this and here it is. I highly recommend checking it out for a bit of a mind blowing experience."

Discuss anything: composition, arrangement, music business, philosophy, guitar theory, techniques - whatever you like!

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Nita Strauss, Courtney Cox, Emily Ruvidich: The Starbreakers will debut at The Viper Room Saturday March 11, 2017

Vocals: Jill Janus (Huntress, Chelsea Girls)
Guitar: Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, Iron Maidens)
Guitar: Courtney Cox (Iron Maidens, Femme Fatale)
Drums: Lindsay Martin (Glam Skanks, The Aviators)
Bass: Emily Ruvidich (Misty Day)

The Starbreakers will debut at The Viper Room Saturday March 11, 2017. The all-star cover band features five of the most talented female musicians today. With unparalleled musicianship and looks that kill, they’ve mastered the art of the cover song - delivering a mind-blowing live show and unforgettable party. The Starbreakers are professional international touring and recording artists, five blonde superstars who will rock your night and break your heart!

No frills, no fashion, no fucking around - just straight-up rock & metal covers. Shred 'til yer dead!

Courtney Cox
Soo excited to announce our debut show at @theviperroom March 11th! see you there.

Emily Ruvidich
So excited to be playing bass for The Starbreakers!! Come check out our debut show at The Viper Roomon March 1

Li-sa-X, Paul Gilbert: announces debut mini album『Serendipity』

I will release the DEBUT EP on March 8, 2017 ✨✨
And the title track "Serendipity" unveils digitally in 119 countries worldwide on my 12th birthday: February 8, 2017!



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Li-sa-X debut mini album『Serendipity』

01.Serendipity (written by: Li-sa-X)
02.Scarified feat. Paul Gilbert (Written by: J.Alderete / B.Bouillet / P.Gilbert / J.Martin / M.Travis) ※Original: Racer X song
03. CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA feat. Polyphia (Written by: Chiho Kiyooka) ※Original: Dragon Ball Z Theme song
04. The Dance of Eternity (Written by: J.Myung / J.Petrucci / M.Portnoy / J.Rudess) ※Original: Dream Theater song
05. Yankee Doodle (Traditional)

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■Title track unveils digitally in 119 countries worldwide on her 12th birthday: February 8, 2017!
■Album “Serendipity” drops on CD/digital on March 8, 2017!
March 8, 2017 release
CD: JPY1,500 + tax (catalog #: SICX 74)
Generic digital version: JPY1,250 (pre-order w/ IGT starts February 8) Hi-res digital version: JPY2,000 (96kHz/24bit)

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Per Nilsson, Nili Brosh: Per on fire with Nili at Musicians Institute in January 2017

Per Nilsson, Nili Brosh: Per on fire with Nil at Musicians Institute in January 2017

The amazing Nili Brosh came out to the clinic I held at Los Angeles' Musicians Institute in January 2017, and I called her up on stage for an impromptu jam! The song is one of hers and it's called 'A Matter of Perception'