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Johnny A Talks about His KRK Monitors and Headphones

Ted Drozdowski
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11.30.2014

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Gibson Signature Model namesake Johnny A spent 18 months in his home studio recording and mixing his exceptional new album Driven, and his constant companions where his state-of-the-art KRK Expose E8B studio monitors. Of course, they weren’t the only KRK products in the studio Johnny built to his own perfectionist’s standards. He also used the smaller KRK VXT4 series monitors, which are based on the E8B’s technology, and his set of top-of-the-line KRK KNS 8400 headphones.
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This Day in Music Spotlight: All Things Must Pass

Michael Wright
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11.29.2014

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On November 29, 2001, media outlets all over the world reported that former Beatle George Harrison had passed away, having lost his battle with cancer. But such statements were grossly insufficient to capture the breadth of Harrison’s life. Though he contributed mightily to The Beatles — with his guitar playing, his vocal harmonies and as a burgeoning songwriter — Harrison’s life encompassed much more than those 12 years on the Beatle rollercoaster.
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Gibson Interview: Session Great Waddy Wachtel

Michael Leonard
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11.28.2014

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Waddy Wachtel may not be a household name to the casual rock fan, but to guitarists he's a sideman supremo. Just some of the legends he's worked with include Bob Dylan, The Everly Brothers, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, Neil Young, Joe Walsh and many more. Let's just file Wachtel's résumé in the “does not suck” section of sessioneers.
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5 Black Friday Record Store Day Releases

Anne Erickson
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11.27.2014

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Check out five vinyl releases coming exclusively to your local record shop this Black Friday
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10 Great Songs that Give Thanks

Russell Hall
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11.27.2014

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As thousands of families gather this Thursday to give thanks (and to devour scrumptious turkey dinners), it seems appropriate to pause and consider the number of songs that contain expressions of gratitude. Anyone who doubts there are thousands of ways to say “Thank You” need only peruse this venerable list of compositions. From Abba (with “Thank You for the Music”) to ZZ Top, artists of every color and stripe have offered up humble missives of appreciation. Below are 10 such songs that represent the cream of this rich crop.
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Electric Shock: Bob Dylan and Michael Bloomfield Change Music Forever

Ted Drozdowski
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11.26.2014

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Bob Dylan was the most popular folk artist in America in 1965 when he outgrew his original solo acoustic sound and cut the landmark album Highway 61 Revisited. Then he started a revolution. And he fired the first shot at the famous Newport Folk Festival on July 25, when he brought the electric band that played on that album – including the legendary guitarist Michael Bloomfield – to its stage.
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10 Thank You Songs for Thanksgiving — And Just One’s a Turkey!

Ted Drozdowski
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11.26.2014

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Thanksgiving isn’t about turkey and stuffing. It’s about gratitude. So let’s celebrate that this year, and with apologies to Plymouth Rock, here are 10 songs about thankfulness that really rock.
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Don’t Wimp it Up with a Bunch of Cowboy Chords

Peter Hodgson
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11.21.2014

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The power chord is that most glorious, exhausted of guitar building blocks. Learn that classic power chord shape and you can play a shockingly wide variety of songs.
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De-Mystifying “Hi-Resolution” Audio: Sample Rates

Craig Anderton
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11.20.2014

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There’s a buzz about whether “CD-quality”—specifically, a 44.1kHz sampling rate and 16 bits of resolution—is good enough. Is it? Here’s the scoop on sample rates and hi-resolution audio.
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5 Tips for Playing Like Duane Allman

Ted Drozdowski
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11.20.2014

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Duane Allman was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 20, 1946 — 68 years ago. And although he was lost in a tragic motorcycle accident on October 29, 1971, his legacy lives on in the Allman Brothers’ classic first three albums, Derek and the Dominos Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, and the many recordings he made as a session player and sideman. And, of course, in his instantly recognizable sound.
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