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Guitar Talk with Eric Church’s Guitarist, Jeff Cease

Anne Erickson
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10.02.2014

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Country rocker Eric Church is probably one of the only musicians who can hang with George Strait and Metallica alike. With that kind of variety, Church needs a solid band—one that can swing between genres and not falter.
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The Gibson interview: Brian Ray on The Bayonets, Paul McCartney and his Favorite Gibsons

Michael Leonard
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10.01.2014

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“I'm a guitar nerd. I know I am,” laughs Brian Ray. “And I'm unrepentant!” That's three good-enough reasons for Gibson.com to speak to Brian Ray, but there are many others. Brian Ray plays guitar (and sometimes bass) in Paul McCartney's band for a start, which is a helluva gig. Brian was musical director of the late, great Etta James. And now, he fronts The Bayonets when he has “downtime” from playing with Paul McCartney.
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Slash Returns to the Sunset Strip

Daniel Eriksson
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09.29.2014

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When Guns N’ Roses started out in the mid-eighties, they were a mainstay at many of the bars and clubs on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. By constant exposure and gig after gig Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, and Steven Adler built a strong and loyal following that helped them expand their fan base to other US cities as well. Some thirty years later, Slash returned to the Strip for three sold out shows together with his band Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators as part of Guitar Centers 50th Anniversary celebration.
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Life on the Road with Trivium’s Matt Heafy

Peter Hodgson
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09.26.2014

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Florida metallers Trivium were signed to Roadrunner Records a decade ago, and since that time they’ve toured the world countless times, played to what’s gotta be over a million people at this point, and released an ever-evolving series of albums that tell a story - not a literal or literary story, but a musical story of a band finding and refining their own voice.
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1991: Nirvana and Metallica Change Rock Forever

Peter Hodgson
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09.24.2014

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It's generally held that 1967 was a landmark year for rock music. Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced, Cream's Disraeli Gears, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - all of those albums were released that year and they all had an instant and jarring effect on music history, with particular impact on guitarists. A similar impact was felt around the world in 1991 with the release of several extremely influential albums – U2’s Achtung Baby, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Pearl Jam’s Ten, My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, Primal Scream’s Screamadelica).
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I Was There: How Nirvana Ripped Up a Club on the Eve of Nevermind’s Release

Ted Drozdowski
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09.24.2014

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September 23, 1991 was like any other autumn night in Boston – unless you happened to be in the now-long-gone club Axis on Lansdowne Street, Boston, where one of the greatest rock shows of the past two decades blasted the black box room’s lid into the stratosphere.
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5 Smokin’ Songs about Barbecue

Ted Drozdowski
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09.24.2014

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Summer’s over, but cool air is no excuse to stop cooking all kinds of critters on the barbecue. So can the Beach Boys for a few seasons and check out these five smokin’ songs that’ll keep the thrill of the grill riding high through the fall...
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Crazy Rock Covers

Daniel Eriksson
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09.22.2014

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There are so many cover bands around that you either have to be extremely talented or do something quite out of the norm to stand out in the crowd. Today we’re taking a look at five acts that are both talented, and have decided to approach covers in an unusual way, like playing it on an odd instrument, and rearranging it to a completely new style. Some have made a career out of doing odd covers, and others have become YouTube stars with millions of views - enjoy!
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John Lennon’s Best Guitar Solos

Ted Drozdowski
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09.19.2014

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John Lennon, the revolutionary Beatle, was born on October 9, 1940, in working-class Liverpool, England. This year, he would have turned 74.
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Americana Awards Highlights

Ted Drozdowski
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09.18.2014

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NASHVILLE, TN —Ry Cooder sat on stage all night and ignited the house band. Jason Isbell was the big winner with three awards, sweeping the album, song and artist of the year categories. And a stellar cast of veteran entertainers and newcomers including Jackson Brown, Cassandra Wilson, Isbell, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Loretta Lynn, Taj Mahal, Sturgill Simpson and Flaco Jimenez performed at the historic Ryman Auditorium during the 13th annual Americana Music Awards ceremony.
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