Interviews

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Angie Johnson - From the Air Force to the Airwaves

If you’re going to cover Adele and open for Martina McBride, you need some powerful pipes. Former Air Force staff sergeant Angie Johnson packs military might, literally. After skyrocketing to YouTube fame leading the Air Force Band’s now famous cover of Rolling In The Deep (3.5 million hits), she appeared on the second season of The Voice and made it through the first battle round under coach Cee Lo Green. Her four-song EP, “Sing For You” showcases all sides of her personality. From...
 
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Dane Schmidt Brings the North Country to Nashville

Very few independent artists actually make a living off their music, but Dane Schmidt has been able to do it for several years now with a combination of musical talent, drive and business smarts. As the mastermind behind the band the Jamestown Story, Schmidt has sold over 250,000 song downloads and some 25,000 albums. While the Jamestown Story has at various times been a full band and sometimes is simply Schmidt alone, the act has played all over the nation and even in Japan. That all ...
 
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The Subversive Country Artistry of Kacey Musgraves

It was one of those nights at the Grand Ole Opry that promised satisfaction for Country traditionalists. One after the other, Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs and Dailey & Vincent filed out and fired up some sizzling bluegrass. Yet it was an idiosyncratic new artist that brought the audience to its feet. Wrapped in a tight, blazing-red outfit, Kacey Musgraves teetered out in heels. Smiling a little shyly, she spoke two words — “Hello, Opry!” — and then drifted into “It Is What It Is” (written by Musgraves, Luke Laird...
 
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British Singer-Songwriter Bobby Long on Gibson J-200

British singer-songwriter Bobby Long built his career the old-fashioned way: working the open mic night scene and earning fans one strum at a time. Initially from London and now based in New York City, Long is known for his large body of acoustic music with deep folk influences. Long favors Gibson J-200s, and you’d be hard-pressed to find him without his J-200 on the road. Gibson.comchecked in with Long to chat about why he believes Gibsons are “a working man’s guitar” and what went into...
 
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Charlie Worsham's Star on the Rise

Nashville is full of hopefuls who never get anywhere in the music business, but once in a while a young artist gets signed not because he or she has the money to back himself or herself up, but because he or she has the goods. A lot of people think Charlie Worsham has the goods. Worsham, a former member of Nashville band KingBilly, is a multi-instrumentalist who plays just about anything with strings, but, unlike most musicians, is also musically educated, having studied at the ...
 
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The Wisdom of Slash

Saul Hudson – a.k.a. Slash – has just turned 48 yet he shows no signs of slowing down into a comfortable middle age. He has plans for a new album with Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, and a new variation on his favorite Gibson Les Pauls is out now. With a career of success and excess spanning three decades, Slash is also full of insightful guitar anecdotes and advice on how he’s become the most-revered hard rock guitarist since, what, the 1970s? Get your top hats and leather pants...
 
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Duane Allman: Memories From His Friend Joe Marshall

For more than 20 years, from 1971 till 1992, Duane Allman’s famous 1959 Cherry Burst Les Paul was played, cared for, and cherished by one man: Joe Marshall. Duane befriended Marshall in late 1966, when the Allman Joys were based in St. Louis. Duane and Gregg often subsequently stayed with Marshall at his parents’ home whenever the band was in town. The friendship between Duane and Joe was singular and special, but it also exemplified the loyalty Duane demonstrated—and inspired...
 
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The Gibson Interview: Ellie Goulding

Some artists are easy to pigeonhole, but that cannot be said of Ellie Goulding. The 26-year-old is a star in her native U.K. and is making increasing strides in the U.S. – her impressively diverse hit albums Lights and Halcyon have fans of all music tastes. Goulding is clearly something of a chameleon. She can deliver dance hits - see current smash “Burn” - as well as haunting guitar folk-rock and artsy-pop, all framed by her remarkable voice. What is not often mentioned is Goulding’s abilities as...
 
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The Gibson Interview: Barenaked Ladies Bassist Jim Creeggan

Barenaked Ladies’ Jim Creeggan isn’t your typical rock bass player. He’s a trained symphonic bassist whose band just happened to blow up with chart-topping, whimsical radio hits such as “One Week,” “Pinch Me,” “If I Had $1000000” and “Brian Wilson.” This summer, Barenaked Ladies are heading up the 2013 Last Summer on Earth Tour, which also features Ben Folds Five, Guster and Boothby Graffoe. The Barenaked Ladies also have a new album out, Grinning Streak, which just landed...
 
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Brian Ray Talks McCartney, Steven Tyler and Gibsons

It must be great fun being Brian Ray. As a lead guitarist and bassist, he’s been in Paul McCartney’s band for over a decade. Before that, he was Musical Director for Etta James. He’s written/arranged for Smokey Robinson. In any spare time Ray has, he makes his own fine solo recordings, which he has now stepped up a notch with his fine new band, The Bayonets. The Bayonets are essentially Brian Ray (guitar/vox) and drummer Oliver Leiber (son of songwriting legend Jerry Leiber of ...
 
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Five Finger Death Punch’s Jason Hook Talks Signature Explorer

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook is on top of the rock world. After all, not only is his band co-headlining the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with Rob Zombie this summer, but the group is also releasing two albums this year: “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell,” Volumes 1 and 2. Even with all the Death Punch momentum, on the phone, Hooks seems most stoked to chat about his new signature Gibson M4-Sherman. “I was so impressed ...
 
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La Luz - Ready To Make Some Splashes

Today I had the pleasure of chatting it up on the phone with the spunky ladies from the band La Luz. When I called the band they were on the road leaving Atlanta and headed to their next show in Knoxville. The main person holding the phone was the band leader herself, Shana. I asked the band if they got to experience any cool Atlanta nightlife after the show, but sadly the band did not get to venture out due to their exhaustion from their drive in when their van broke down in Alabama the previous...
 
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Truth & Salvage Co. Touring Behind New Album

Truth & Salvage Co., formed in Los Angeles and now based in Nashville, is preparing to embark on a six-week tour in support of their new album, Pick Me Up, the follow-up to their self-titled album produced by Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson. The band's sound has been called everything from roots rock to Americana; in other words, they've been lumped in with genres that include acts that sound like anyone from The Band to any number of T-Bone Burnett-produced acts. In the...
 
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Andrew Combs and the New Face of Nashville

For a journalist, it gets a little wearisome for me to write about singer-songwriter after singer-songwriter, since practically anyone who can afford a guitar and a tuner can call themselves one. And it becomes equally boring - and usually foolish - to constantly compare these writers to Steve Earle or Townes Van Zandt or Hank or The Hag. At least until I hear somebody who's the real deal. Andrew Combs is the real deal. He writes what he lives and sings like he needs to do it...
 
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Jack White on the Art of Playing Guitar

Jack White has a minimalistic approach to guitar playing. When it comes to music equipment Jack goes for a "less is more" approach. But the vintage fanatic White does make use of modern technology when it comes to effects like pitch shifters. Here we take a look at some of White’s ideas and influences behind his guitar playing style, as well as some insight in how he achieves his very unique sound. 1. Jack White’s guitar playing is often characterized by a very raw sound, and an intense delivery...
 
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