Interviews

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Stone Sour's Corey Taylor Talks Les Pauls

Corey Taylor splits his worlds between making music with melodic rockers Stone Sour and masked metallers Slipknot, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. “People wonder if it’s a hassle or a chore, and honestly, it’s not,” Taylor told Gibson.com. “If you’re like me and go off pure instinct when it comes to music, it’s way easier than you would imagine.” Stone Tour’s fourth studio album, House of Gold & Bones Part 1, was released last year, and House of Gold & Bones Part 2 will hit stores and online outlets on April 9. The two ...
 
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The World According to Leslie West

Had Leslie West done nothing more than record "Mississippi Queen” – one of rock guitar’s finest moments -- his place in music history would be assured. Fact is, however, that classic, which West recorded with the legendary trio Mountain, is just one chapter in a vast body of work that attests to his monumental skills. In the summer of 2011, West underwent an amputation of his lower leg due to complications from Type 2 diabetes. Just three months later, he released Unusual Suspects, a guitarist’s dream album featuring an A-list of fellow six-string greats. Such is the fortitude of the man. In the quotes below, he talks about playing with Jimi Hendrix, how he gets his unique tone and the “coolest rock star” with whom he’s ever jammed.
 
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CMA New Artist of the Year Hunter Hayes

Imagine your name has just been announced at the CMA Awards as New Artist of the Year. Celebrities seated around you in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, the ones you admired as you were growing up, are applauding. Thousands of fans throughout the venue are cheering. Millions are watching you on live TV. What goes through your mind at that moment? For Hunter Hayes, who received this honor at the 2012 Awards, the first reaction was something like disbelief. “I looked at my manager, Ansel Davis...
 
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Peter Hook on Ian Curtis & Gibson Basses

How many artists can claim the distinction of co-founding not just one – but two – monumentally influential bands? Peter Hook is a member of that rare club. Inspired by a legendary Sex Pistols show in Manchester, England, in June 1976, Hook, Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and singer Ian Curtis formed Joy Division. Joy Division’s two studio albums – 1979’s Unknown Pleasures and 1980’s Closer – have since become templates for the artier, darker sides of bands as varied as R.E.M., Radiohead and Interpol.
 
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Justin Moore & Crown Royal Partner To Recognize Heroes

One thing is for sure concerning the final weekend in February – The Valory Music Co. recording artist Justin Moore is going to have some fun. The singer, who recently topped the chart with “Til’ My Last Day,” will be hanging out at the Daytona 500 this weekend – though there will be some work involved. Moore will be performing a special concert at 10 a.m. this Sunday at the Crown Royal footprint ahead of the race to launch the inaugural “Your Hero’s...
 
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How to Improve Your Live Show

Ben Weinman is the founder and lead guitarist for the band The Dillinger Escape Plan. I got to know Ben several years back, when he was kind enough to guest lecture in a course I was teaching. I was impressed by Ben’s business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit. However, I was not prepared for the sheer power and ferocity of his and his band’s live performance, which I learned about later. In this interview, Ben shares with us some tips regarding how bands can make the most of their live performances.
 
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Corey Taylor Talks Guitars

Corey Taylor knows what makes a good rock song. After all, the singer and guitarist has topped the charts in not one but two blockbuster bands: masked metallers Slipknot and melodic rockers Stone Sour. Stone Sour’s fourth studio album, House of Gold & Bones Part 1, dropped last year, and House of Gold & Bones Part 2 will reach stores and online outlets on April 9. The two make up the band’s epic concept album: a collection of ambitious hard rock songs that present a harrowing story from the standpoint of colorful characters.
 
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John Franck – SVP of Marketing at Razor and Tie Records

Founded in 1990, New York-based Razor & Tie Records is one of the fastest growing independent entertainment companies in the United States. John Franck, senior vice president of marketing, believes that rock is truly here to stay and has the statistics to prove it. While the majors have been shying away from signing hard rock acts, the innovative Razor & Tie has taken the opposite tact and doubled down on them. Listen to this one-on-one interview as Franck discusses signing acts like the...
 
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Dave Mason Comes To Nashville!

Dave Mason has enjoyed one of the longest and most varied musical careers in history, and the legendary performer is out on the road once again, bringing his rich musical legacy to Nashville’s TPAC on February 23. He says his recent tour is “just a continuation of my forty-five year tour,” albeit with a new wrinkle. “But, I’ve been going out for about a year, and have put together an acoustic unplugged show together, which I haven’t done in years. I’m looking forward to these shows. I’m taking out Jonathan McEuen, a young man ...
 
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A Conversation With John Driskell Hopkins and Acoustic Performance - Part 2

Recently, singer/songwriter and artist John Driskell Hopkins sat down with Cristina deVallescar and talked about his new album, "Daylight," with Balsam Range. Hopkins, also a long-time member of the Zac Brown Band, talked about life on the road, family, the differences between being in a band with Zac Brown and his new ventures, and more. After the interview, Hokins performed an acoustic version ...
 
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‘You're Living All Over Me: J Mascis On The Rise Of Dinosaur Jr.

By 1984, the basements of America still swelled with angst and teemed with dizzying congregations of sweaty, shirtless teenage boys, bobbing and thrashing to anarchic sheets of white noise and speed. Hardcore punk had slowly homogenized into a monotonous formula, employing similar conformity it so maliciously denounced. Out of this desperation, a Massachusetts trio by the name of Dinosaur Jr formed; J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph. While maintaining hardcore’s ferocious edge, colossal pop hooks provided...
 
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Interview with Mötley Crüe Frontman Vince Neil

Mötley Crüe were one of the biggest and most prominent hair metal bands to come out of the ‘80s, churning out hit after hit of rebellious, freewheeling bliss. Now, over 30 years later, the guys are still kicking it, selling out arenas and touring with other heavyweights, like Kiss. When lead singer Vince Neil isn’t rocking it with the Crüe, he hits the road with his solo band and gives fans a good, ol’ fashioned, stripped-down rock show. We caught up with Neil before one of his recent solo gigs to talk about his background...
 
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Joe Perry on the New “Joe Perry 1959 Les Paul”

Some guitars are unforgettable — even for Joe Perry, who’s had more six-strings pass through his hands than most of us will ever play in our lifetime. His 1959 tobacco sunburst Gibson Les Paul Standard is such an instrument. The guitar, the “Joe Perry 1959 Les Paul” is the newest historic instrument produced in a limited run by the Gibson Custom Shop. The original accompanied Aerosmith’s musical kingpin into the studio and on tour throughout the late 1970s, appearing on the classic albums Rocks, Draw the Line and Live! Bootleg, and...
 
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A Conversation With John Driskell Hopkins And Acoustic Performance - Part 1

Recently, singer/songwriter and artist John Driskell Hopkins sat down with Cristina deVallescar and talked about his new album, "Daylight," with Balsam Range. Hopkins, also a long-time member of the Zac Brown Band, talked about life on the road, family, the differences between being in a band with Zac Brown and his new ventures, and more. After the interview, Hokins performed an acoustic version of ...
 
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A Conversation With The Delta Saints

Recently, Nashville-based Bayou-Rock/Americana band The Delta Saints made a stop in Atlanta and took time out of their schedule to talk with Cristina deVallescar of Music News Nashville about life, music and much more. After the interview, they performed an acoustic version of the title track from their new album, "Death Letter Jubilee". The Delta Saints have been gaining recognition through their touring and building a strong fan base around the country. For more about the band, visit www.thedeltasaints.com
 
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