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Backstage Chat: Blackberry Smoke’s Paul Jackson in England

Chloe Scannapieco
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10.29.2014

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Blackberry Smoke have been stoking the Southern rock flames since 2000, with three albums and two EPs in their catalog. More than old-school grind, they exemplify the new generation of Southern rockers who hew closer to modern country and pop song structures, but they have opened for Zac Brown, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and served all three’s audiences well.
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This Day in Music Spotlight: Duane Allman Dies

Andrew Vaughan
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10.29.2014

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Duane Allman, the musical genius of the Allman Brothers Band, died on Friday, October 29, 1971, in Macon, Georgia, from massive injuries received in a motorcycle crash. He was just 24 years old.
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From “Vehicle” to “Eye of the Tiger”: Jim Peterik Talks Guitars, Songwriting and His New Memoir

Russell Hall
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10.29.2014

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Guitarist Jim Peterik’s newly published memoir, Through the Eye of the Tiger, chronicles a half-century in music, including richly detailed anecdotes about sharing bills with the likes of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band and Boston. Peterik also happens to be an avid guitar collector, having amassed nearly 200 instruments, the bulk of which are Gibsons. “I have a video series on my Facebook page called ‘Guitars That Followed Me Home,’” he says, with a laugh. “That’s what I tell my wife. There’s always another guitar I’m chasing.”
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Ten Things You Didn't Know About Foo Fighters

Daniel Eriksson
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10.27.2014

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Right now music fans across the States are enjoying Dave Grohl’s HBO documentary Sonic Highways, chronicling the recording of Foo Fighters’ upcoming album of the same name. Keeping up with the excitement regarding all things Foo, this week we’re helping you increase your knowledge about what is possibly America’s hardest working rockers at the moment by listing ten little known facts about the band.
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The World According to...Pearl Jam

Anne Erickson
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10.27.2014

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Seattle grunge legends Pearl Jam are playing a handful of North American cities this October, and the trek runs through an Oct. 26 appearance at the annual Bridge Street Benefit Concert in Mountain View, Calif. The group got its start after the tragic end of Mother Love Bone, who lost their talented singer Andrew Wood to a drug overdose in 1990, and went on to become one of the most celebrated rock bands of the ‘90s.
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The Secrets Of Sustain

Peter Hodgson
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10.24.2014

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Sustain is one of those Holy Grail guitar tone things. We’ve all chuckled over Nigel Tufnel’s description of his ’59 Les Paul’s infinite sustain, but how do you achieve it if you’re not a certified rock god like ‘ol Nige? What elements go into it, and how can you bend them to do your bidding? There are a few different elements that work together to create sustain. It’s not any one thing. Let’s have a closer look.
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Five Reasons Why the World Actually Does Need Another Guitar Cable

Craig Anderton
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10.23.2014

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After all, it’s not like there’s some great cable shortage. But Gibson is introducing a line of Gibson Pure cables, and in typical Gibson fashion, these cables feature innovative technology that takes them way out of the “me-too” category.
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Build a Pro PA for Your Band’s Live Shows

Ted Drozdowski
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10.21.2014

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If you’re a solo performer or in a band that’s playing out, having a PA can make the difference between a “yes” or a “no” for gigs in small clubs or private events that require a live sound system. Putting together and operating a system may seem daunting, but it’s simply a matter of assembling the right gear and having some basic knowledge about how to operate it.
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Backstage Interview: Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher on His ‘Golden Axe’ Explorer and New ‘Halcyon’ Les Paul

Anne Erickson
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10.20.2014

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On Mastodon’s latest album, 2014’s Once More ‘Round the Sun, the Atlanta-based metallers display a penchant for raging, big-chorused rock and an arsenal of moods and styles. Lead single “High Road” is a meaty verse/riff number with gutting rhythms, while “The Motherload” shows off Mastodon’s prog side with blustering guitar lines and a pummeling bass attack.
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Theory of a Deadman’s Tyler Connolly on Savages, Jimmy Page and His Snow Falcon Flying V

Anne Erickson
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10.15.2014

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Frontman Tyler Connolly and the band pulled out all the hits when they performed on the main stage at Louder than Life festival earlier this month. Connolly also used the opportunity to show off his new baby: a Snow Falcon Flying V . It’s a dazzler.
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