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Hey, I’m in Charge Here! 10 Famous Rock and Roll Managers

Rock managers typically operate behind the scenes, leaving the celebrity limelight to their gifted charges while handling more mundane matters of business and publicity. Occasionally, however, a manager’s flamboyant style or personal charisma elevates his or her visibility—for better or for worse—in the public eye. Below we profile 10 managers whose names will ring familiar to many devoted rock fans. Be sure to tell us who we missed, in the comments section.

10 Exercises that Turn Guitarists into Songwriters

Sure, y’all can play songs, but can you write one? Here in Nashville writing songs is like breathing — it’s a requirement for musical life. And those who can pen a tune with lyrics have an entire host of opportunities for income, performing and creative satisfaction that those who can’t do not. If you’re daunted by the notion of songwriting, don’t be. It’s like walking. Once you start, it becomes something you hardly think about. Here are 10 creative suggestions to help put you on the...
Robert Kinsler & TJR

Music Worth Buying: iTunes Festival Discoveries

Orange County Register (CA) music critic Robert Kinsler and his co-host, TJR review new CDs. This week, TJR undertook a mission to watch the performance of each and every artist who performed at theiTunes Festival staged in England this year. Watch the latest episode of Music Worth Buyingwhere he shares some of his favorite discoveries.

Mic Techniques for Guitar

Getting a great tone from your guitar an amp is just one part of your recording challenge. You also need to learn how to best capture that tone. As with all recording techniques, there is no 100% correct method – just a lot of differing opinions. But if you want to find out what’s best for you for recording an amp with a microphone, it’s good to know what experts think. Lessons from Jimmy Page. When I interviewed Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, I asked him: “what is your proudest guitar...

SoCal Rocks – Ten Best Rockers from Southern California

Ever since the Beach Boys started singing about surfing and California, the rest of the world has had a fascination with “the golden coast.” Many bands have followed in the wake of Brian Wilson and his bandmates. Here’s an eclectic top ten of some of the best rockers to emerge from the SoCal area over the years, from legends like The Doors, to newer bands like Switchfoot - enjoy and add your own in the comments! Guns N’ Roses. With the release of Appetite For Destruction...

Book on B.B. King Inspired by a Stolen Gibson Lucille Model

The new book B.B. King's Lucille and the Loves Before Her is a painstakingly researched travelogue through the universe of the blues great’s gear, starting with the diddley bow he played in the Mississippi cotton fields as a boy and continuing through the current generation of the Gibson-made Lucille line of guitars he cradles on stage today, with plenty of information about amps, picks, strings and minutia along the way. But there’s also a fascinating story behind Nashville...

Chris Young’s Flight Plan for A.M.

Fan club parties pop up all over Nashville just before and during each CMA Music Festival. But this year, Chris Young’s celebration strayed a bit from the usual format. First, it happened at Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios, where Young had cut his previous two albums, along with his most recent, A.M., with producer and close friend James Stroud. Second, to make sure he could spend more time with each attendee, he increased the number of his get-togethers around...

Turn! Turn! Turn! A History of Turntables

Through the years, on occasion, recording industry experts have sounded the death knell for the turntable. All have been proven wrong. Despite countless threats to the vinyl format—whether it be commercial radio, cassette tapes, compact discs or mp3’s—LPs and the machines that play them have not only survived, but often thrived. Audiophiles swear by the unparalleled fidelity of vinyl, and in recent decades, club disc jockeys and hip-hop artists have transformed the turntable into a...

A GitHub For Musicians, GroupMe Founder’s ‘Splice’ Aids Collaboration With Song Version Control

Music production can be a nightmare. If you don’t save after every change, you can’t go back, and it’s tough for collaborators to know who tweaked what. Splice wants to redefine the musician workflow. The new startup from GroupMe co-founder Steve Martocci opens its private beta today that lets artists auto-backup every update to a song, and share a timeline of changes and comments with their team. Splice fittingly started as a conversation at a concert...

John Fogerty Revisits A Landmark At Nokia Theatre To Kick Off Fall Tour

John Fogerty is so good, it's easy to take the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer for granted. My first live encounter with him came in April 1992 when he blew away all the other featured artists at a Walden Woods benefit concert at Universal Amphitheatre – not an easy feat considering his set was followed by outstanding turns from Neil Young, Roger Waters and Don Henley. Fast-forward to the 2008 Stagecoach Festival in Indio and Fogerty's set resonantly triumphed over the Eagles' headlining ...

Yes, You Need a Videos Page on Your Band’s Website

It’s no secret that video is one of the most popular content formats online. So a great way to keep fans on your website is by embedding videoson your site. In fact, we think videos are important enough to have their own page on the main menu of your website (Read our post: "The Magic 8: Essential Menu Options for Your Band Website") However, many musician websites either don’t have a Videos page, or simply send people away to YouTube. Having...

The 3 Scariest Mistakes to Send Your Music Career to the Grave

Halloween approaches and the bodies are twitching in their coffins. Don’t let your music career be one of those corpses. You are going to make mistakes, and you will learn valuable lessons from them. However, some mistakes are best left unlearned. 1. Death by Debt. “Oh, I’ll just put that new rig on my credit card.” STOP! You want to go on tour for three months. You want to quit your job to live your musical dreams. You can’t live your dreams if you are buried...

Nashville Tuning: The 12-String That Isn't

The twelve-string guitar is one of the unsung heroes of the recording studio. It might not always take center stage as the primary focus of the song - although when it does that the results can be pretty spectacular - but it can add a really spectacular kind of magic to a track when used at the right moment. Think of the majestic twelve-string interludes of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven," or the 'we're about to be hit by a big riff' arpeggios in the beginning of Megadeth's "In My Darkest Hour...

Indie Artist Spotlight: Indie-Music October Artist Reviews Now Online

With the changing of the seasons, comes a steady stream of new music guaranteed to make you forget all about the summer months at Indie-Music. This month’s artist reviews features the fresh, bold sound of Broken Anchor, the dreamy tartness of Tangerine, the gritty Jersey rock of Zak Smith, a gutsy and soulful Star Anna and the impressively buzzworthy Wildcat! Wildcat! October’s artist reviews feature Broken Anchor’s “Fresh Lemonade” (surf-folk), Tangerine’s...

Justin Moore Straddles the Standard / Deluxe Line

Justin Moore is a man who listens to his gut … and his gut was telling him that Off the Beaten Path, his third studio album on The Valory Music Co. label, was complete. In fact, he was sure that these 16 tracks would tell the story he wanted to tell, as an artist and a person, more clearly than anything he had recorded previously. There was just one problem. “I had 16 songs that I was attached to and 16 songs I was determined for my fans to hear,” he recalled. “In my mind...
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