Interviews

Jeremy Parsons: Stoking the Fires of True Country Music

Most 20-something country singers in Nashville are mixing their country with everything from AC/DC to, well, bad pop. But one younger country vocalist couldn't care less about trying to emulate what's on the radio today, cares nothing about songs with crunchy guitars and formulaic arrangements aimed at soccer moms. Jeremy Parsons thinks country should be country, and he says so night after night musically, verbally and in his appearance. Known for his black cowboy hat and attire that brings...
 

The World According to Ronnie Wood

2013 is a good year for Ronnie Wood. He’s just turned 66 – “I’m really lucky to have survived everything I put myself through,” he admits. Plus, The Rolling Stones play the Glastonbury festival for the first time ever on June 29. Wood was key in persuading his fellow Stones that “we must do this.” When you’re in a band with Keith Richards, you’ll always be “the other guitarist.” It wasn’t long ago that the other Stones referred to Wood as “the new boy” (he joined in 1975!)...
 

A Conversation With Della Mae

Rising Americana / Bluegrass group Della Mae took time during their stop in Atlanta to talk with Cristina deVallescar about their new album This World Oft Can Be, as well as touring life, travel to other countries, working together as an all-girl band and more. Comprised of Celia Woodsmith on Vocals and rhythm guitar, Kimber Ludiker on fiddle, Jenni Lyn Gardner playing mandolin, guitarist Courtney Hartman and Shelby Means on vocals, Della Rae is making a name for themselves on the touring...
 

The Guitar World According to Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher has made a name for himself by writing catchy rock songs. With Oasis’ first two albums, it seemed he could do nothing wrong. Every song released became a massive hit for the band. After a disappointing third album, and struggling fourth one, Oasis came back strong with Heathen Chemistry, and it seems that Gallagher really has found his stride since. His first solo release Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds was a success both critically as well as with the fans. Here...
 

Tom Randles Is Jazz and News in Music City

Playing jazz is seldom the path to stardom and even less often the path to riches. Jazz players play for the love of the music, and usually find some kind of day job to pay the bills. One jazz guitarist who has found great success in both his artistic life and his work life, though, is Tom Randles. Having just produced his fourth album, Destination Music City, Randles is well-known in jazz circles as a fine player who mixes the traditions of the masters with the licks and sound of more contemporary...
 

Thompson Square Downplays Duets on Just Feels Good

Keifer and Shawna Thompson explore new avenues and share stories of their personal and professional voyage on Just Feels Good, the second album they’ve released as Thompson Square. “We wanted to really open up our lives to everybody on this album,” Keifer explained. “It’s literally a soundtrack to our lives over the last 13 or 15 years.” “I’m so proud of this album because they did what is so tough to do: They stayed true to their brand but really pushed themselves...
 

A Conversation With Bombadil

Folk-pop group Bombadil made a stop on their tour in Duluth, GA, where they took a few moments to talk with me about their career, their new album and more. Daniel Michalak, Stuart Robinson and James Phillips shared stories from the road as well as discussing the songwriting for their newest album, Metrics of Affection. We held the interview in an antique store across the road from the Red Clay Theater where they were playing. Thank you to Trishland antiques (www.trishland.com) for the...
 

Songdish: Promote, Find, Distribute and Track Your Music For Free

It’s tough out there for indie musicians. But more independent artists are in control of their careers and their destiny than ever before. The market is crowded, and it can be hard to make noise and be heard, even by your hardcore fans. What if there was one place you could go to access all the tools you need to make a real measurable difference in marketing yourself to your fans and other music professionals? Songdish may just be the music community you’ve been looking for.
 

This Just In - A Conversation with Robin Meade - Part 2

She’s the anchor of HLN Morning Express with Robin Meade on CNN. She’s a former Miss Ohio. She’s an exceptionally talented singer, songwriter and artist who’s now released two CDs. Robin Meade recently sat down with me to talk about her new album, Count On Me, as well as her career in broadcasting, balancing multiple creative paths and more. Click on the graphic below to watch Part 2 of my interview with Robin, and make sure to check her out at www.hlntv.com/robin. Her new CD is...
 

This Just In - A Conversation With Robin Meade - Part 1

She's the anchor of HLN Morning Express with Robin Meade on CNN. She's a former Miss Ohio. She's exceptionally talented singer, songwriter and artist who's now released two CDs. Robin Meade recently sat down with me to talk about her new album, Count On Me, as well as her career in broadcasting, balancing multiple creative paths and more. Click on the link below to watch Part 1 of my interview with Robin, and make sure to check her out at...
 

Guitar Talk with Metallica’s Kirk Hammett

When it comes to getting a great guitar tone, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett takes a no-frills approach: “It’s really very simple,” he tells Gibson.com. “I don’t have a bunch of parametric equalizers or anything like that. I’m just very simple.” It’s a method that’s golden. At this point in his career trajectory, Hammett is a true guitar icon. There isn’t a “Best of” list he hasn’t topped, and fans and critics alike recognize his talent and skillful approach to the art of guitar. With Metallica’s Orion Music + More festival set...
 

The Guitar World of Richie Sambora

Richie Sambora is responsible for writing some of the best-known rock songs of the past thirty years, together with Jon Bon Jovi. Sambora’s fast bluesy solos and infectious riffing is half the fun at a Bon Jovi show. Richie, who is attending to a private matter, won’t be on stage with Jon and the boys when Bon Jovi tour Europe this month. Here we present some interesting thoughts from Sambora on guitar playing, song writing, and music in general. In an interview with Guitar.com in 2000, around the...
 

The Old School Sound of Martin Harley

Martin Harley considers himself to have very much an old school approach when writing music. Though many writers prefer to hone their craft in an office setting with appointments throughout the day, he says he has to strike when the moment is hot. “Structure and planning doesn’t really help me get there,” he says of the writing process. “I wish I could get up at 8am, put the coffee on, sit in a space, and just start hammering...
 

The World of Guitar According to Tony Iommi

Few would dispute that heavy metal’s most ominous strains can be traced to one source: Tony Iommi. Beginning with Black Sabbath’s 1970 debut album, Iommi ushered in a dark, sludgy sound that through the years has impacted bands as varied as Nirvana and Metallica. Sabbath’s new CD, 13, harks back to the style of such vintage classics as “Iron Man,” War Pigs” and “Children of the Grave.” Below, we gather some choice quotes from Iommi about his life as a pioneering guitarist.
 

The Gibson Interview: Black Star Riders

Black Star Riders is the new band formed by the touring members of Thin Lizzy. Debut album All Hell Breaks Loose is out now and is getting rave reviews. Understandably so, as Black Star Riders’ debut echoes the classic twin Les Paul sound of ‘70s Thin Lizzy with added punch, swagger and some seriously good guitar to go. Black Star Riders are Ricky Warwick (ex-Almighty frontman), Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy Les Paul legend), Damon Johnson (guitarist for Brother Cane, Alice Cooper...
 
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