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Sammy Hagar: The Gibson Interview

Sammy Hagar has always captured everything that's fun about rock n' roll: the loud guitars and fast cars, the women, the fun in the sun… but more importantly, he's never forgotten that music is best when it's shared. The late-night jams at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Mexico are legendary - heck, they directly led to the formation of his band Chickenfoot with Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith - and it's stuff like this that helps us relate to Sammy even when he's playing arenas or ...
 
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Bernie Marsden Talks The Beast, The Blues, Bonamassa and David Coverdale Reunion

With the Collector’s Choice™ #8 Les Paul “The Beast” selling like hot cakes, Bernie Marsden has had a fine 2013 already. But there’s more to come from the veteran BritBlues-rocker. Gibson’s Collector’s Choice™ #8 Les Paul “The Beast” is the replica of the fabled ’59 LP Marsden used throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, from bands Wild Turkey to Cozy Powell’s Hammer to hit days with Whitesnake. Marsden still plays it now, of course. But he couldn’t be happier than having a Collector’s ...
 
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Mick Ralphs: The Gibson Interview

In the early ‘70s, during the glory years of Mott the Hoople, Ralphs was the instrumental force behind such classics as “All the Way from Memphis” and Mott’s definitive version of David Bowie’s “All the Young Dudes.” Then, in 1973, along with singer Paul Rodgers, drummer Simon Kirke and bassist Bozz Burrell, he co-founded Bad Company, one of the few bands that more than lived up to its “supergroup” tag. Songs such as “Can’t Get Enough,” “Shooting Star” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love...
 
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The Court Yard Hounds Aren’t Just Whistling Dixie

Let’s get this out of the way right up front. The Court Yard Hounds, composed of sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire, will always be linked to another group they’re a part of — the Dixie Chicks. Formed in 1989 with Laura Lynch and Robin Lynn Macy, they pared down to a trio with lead singer Natalie Maines. In this configuration, they won 10 CMA Awards and dominated Country Music from the late 1990s until 2006, when their ongoing recording hiatus began.
 
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Derek Trucks Talks About “Made Up Mind”

Derek Trucks is on the phone from Virginia Beach, where he’ll play the final date on the Allman Brothers summer tour that night and, the next day, fly out to meet his wife, singer-guitar slinger Susan Tedeschi, and the nine other members of their Tedeschi Trucks Band onstage for a gig. Then it’s a few days off before the group sprints back into a tour that will continue through the end of 2013. Trucks seems intent on vying...
 
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The Gibson Interview: Papa Roach’s Jerry Horton

Like many great guitarists, Papa Roach’s Jerry Horton was inspired to pick up the six-string after hearing James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett’s blazing riffs. “The band that made me want to play guitar I’m going to have to say is Metallica,” Horton told Gibson.com. “I started out listening to Mötley Crüe, but it wasn’t really until I got into Metallica that I really wanted to start playing.” “I took lessons for a couple of months,” he added, “but after that, I decided I just wanted to learn by ear-- learning songs ...
 
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Sammy Hagar: “The Les Paul’s like a Muscle Car”

Aside from being a successful solo artist, Sammy Hagar, aka the Red Rocker, has surrounded himself with some of the world's best guitar players as a member of Montrose, Van Halen, and Chickenfoot. But Hagar himself is no slouch when it comes to playing killer riffs and soloing. Sammy says that he is self-taught, and that he's picked up quite a few tips and tricks along the way from guys like Ronnie Montrose, and Eddie Van Halen. Gibson guitars have always been a part of Hagar’s ...
 
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The Music Industry's Top Women Of Public Relations

Public Relations (PR) is more than just a department in a record label. For many, it is the link that connects the artist to the fans. Martha Moore, Claire Cook, Cindy Heath and Ebie McFarland are among Nashville's top PR experts who work tirelessly to represent and promote their clientele. They love working in their field and they love seeing the results that come from the long hours they put into their numerous projects.
 
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The Gibson Interview: Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher on His ‘Golden Axe’ Explorer

Bill Kelliher delivers a powerful, riff-heavy guitar sound that demands an equally powerful axe to lead the way. While the longstanding Mastodon guitarist has always made Gibson his guitar of choice, earlier this year, Kelliher scored his own signature Gibson model, the Bill Kelliher “Golden Axe” Explorer. The “Golden Axe” offers a hard-charging array of features, including trapezoid fingerboard inlays...
 
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Steve Hunter: The Gibson Interview (Part 2)

Fans of classic rock know Steve Hunter best for his brilliant guitar work on such legendary albums as Lou Reed’sBerlin, Alice Cooper’sWelcome to My Nightmare and Peter Gabriel’s self-titled solo debut. Last week, we spoke with the veteran guitarist about his new solo album, The Manhattan Blues Project—including a discussion of the guitars he chose to play on the disc and how he captures his distinctive tone. In this second installment, Hunter looks back at key moments in his career...
 
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The Script’s Mark Sheehan Talks Les Pauls, Loving Foo Fighters

“Despite all our achievements and success around the globe, like our band or hate us, the business for every band is one in the same: make album, tour and promote album,” he told Gibson.com. “It’s the same storm for all of us. “Still after all these years, I haven't figured out the formula for success, but I have figured out the formula for failure. That’s trying to make everyone happy.” Sheehan and the Script are currently out on a North American tour, taking them through amphitheaters across ...
 
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Dream Theater Author Rich Wilson: The Gibson Interview

Dream Theater changed the face of progressive rock, bringing it to a new generation of fans and raising the bar pretty darn high for future proggers. Originally released in 2007, author Rich Wilson's book Lifting Shadows: The Authorized Biography of Dream Theater went behind the scenes with the band to uncover their history and inner workings. This rock-library must-have has been revised to cover the departure of founding drummer Mike Portnoy, the subsequent welcoming of Mike Mangini into...
 
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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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