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Astoria Characters: The Composer Who Came Out of a Coma

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.05.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It happened a little more than two years ago, but Allen Schulz says it seems more like a lifetime. In March 2014, he was in Pittsburgh to see a perf...

Dead And Company Is This Summer's Must-See Act

Laura Goldman | Posted 06.27.2016 | Arts
Laura Goldman

Mayer and three of the surviving Grateful Dead band members -- Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann -- along with Oteil Burbridge, formerly of the Allman Brothers, and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti aren't a touring nostalgia act.

How Becoming a Great Leader Is Like Becoming a Great Guitar Player

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 06.14.2016 | Business
Shane Paul Neil

Led Zepplin's Jimmy Page once said, "I believe every guitar player inherently has something unique about their playing. They just have to identify wha...

Warning! Music Class Will Never Be the Same!

Rob Furman | Posted 05.18.2016 | Education
Rob Furman

I have never been shy when it comes to asserting my opinions about the need for educators to "get with the 21st century program". My recent post on t...

Astoria Characters: The Gentle Giant

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.03.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

At the front door of Gussy's, there's a big dude with a ponytail and tatts. And a super-size-me grin. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Ozzie's the show ...

Boston GuitarFest Past, Present and Future

New England Conservatory | Posted 04.27.2016 | Entertainment
New England Conservatory

Boston GuitarFest Past, Present and Future By Eliot Fisk I founded Boston GuitarFest in 2006 at the New England Conservatory. From year one my aim h...

The Day Our Prince Died

Kevin Powell | Posted 04.25.2016 | Entertainment
Kevin Powell

I finally shed massive tears for Prince a few days after he left us. Was not sure if I knew how to do so given the hole-in-the-heart sorrow I feel. I am sleepless, numb, and terribly sad that Prince is dead, gone from us forever.

The Day Prince Made Me Cry

Sal Cataldi | Posted 04.22.2016 | Entertainment
Sal Cataldi

Prince was one of the artists who really touched people. We're only now realizing that so much of that spiritual connection came courtesy of his mastery of the six-strings that have been mastered by so few and enjoyed by so many.

Buddy Guy: From Behind the Six String

Jason Landry | Posted 04.12.2016 | Entertainment
Jason Landry

"My mother use to tell me, it's hard to climb the ladder son, but if one foot slips after you get to the top, your ass hits the ground." ~ Buddy Guy ...

To My 16 Year Old Self

Jon Vaughn | Posted 04.11.2016 | Parents
Jon Vaughn

As a 16-year-old high school student, my junior year, I transferred schools three times. It wasn't a performance issue, I was actually quite smart and...

Eurotunes: Instrumental Folk CDs from European Artists

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 04.08.2016 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Wör. Photo by Tom Abeloos. Used by permission of Wör I'm continuing to write about some of the music I picked up this year at the annual Folk Alli...

An American's Havana Adventure of Discovering Cuba Through Music

Ibrahim Rashid | Posted 03.23.2016 | Good News
Ibrahim Rashid

I might look different, speak a different language, hail from a different country, and see the world from a completely different perspective than he does. But none of that mattered to Sergio; what mattered is that we both share a common passion for music.

Brett Randell's Dramatic "Rise"

Bridget Fitzgerald | Posted 03.21.2016 | Entertainment
Bridget Fitzgerald

Singer-songwriter Brett Randell proves with his new release, album "Rise," that he has what it takes to be a mainstream star. He has a warm likeabilit...

Tin Toy Cars Music Video Debut - Haunting Instrumental Melodies

Ilana Rapp | Posted 03.08.2016 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Tin Toy Cars players are Peter Fand, Aaron Guidry, Martin St-Pierre, Brian Burns and Andrew Chute. Music Video Debut: Do Everything You Can Before You...

The City In Focus: Glen Park Bluesman

Mark Coggins | Posted 02.17.2016 | San Francisco
Mark Coggins

Image Copyright (c) Mark Coggins, 2015 Bluesman playing at the BART Station in Glen Park. The City in Focus features regular posts of San Francisco ...

Astoria Characters: The Leaders of the Band

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.16.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The map on the wall is punctuated with round red pins that look like Rudolph's reindeer nose. Each one of them, Ben Taylor explains, marks the spot where Beecher's Fault, the band he leads with Ken Lamken, has played.

Musician Pierce Fulton On His First Headlining Tour

Ilana Rapp | Posted 01.21.2016 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

I love listening to positive stories about people making a living at their passion. Pierce Fulton is just the guy I needed to hear from while waiting with baited breath for a weekend snowstorm here in New York. Plus, Pierce is really adorable.

How to Move Through Fear

Emily Pereira | Posted 01.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Emily Pereira

Last month, I hosted a concert at my house for an inspirational friend who has been on tour for six months. If you've been following along at emilyper...

Astoria Characters: The New Father

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.19.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Kyle Marshall is still new at this father stuff, and he wants to make sure he's doing a good job.

Nature Ganganbaigal and His Mongolian Band Tengger Cavalry Is a Great Listen if You're Looking for a New Sound

Ilana Rapp | Posted 12.17.2015 | Arts
Ilana Rapp

I've come to the conclusion that the entire universe knows I love New York City, so when I saw the interesting band name Tengger Cavalry come up in my list of bands playing in NYC, I had to find out more. I was like, "What kind of music could a band named Tengger Cavalry play?"

Hamish Anderson: From Behind the Six String

Jason Landry | Posted 12.11.2015 | Entertainment
Jason Landry

Although the roots of blues music came from the United States, it doesn't mean that you have to be from here to have the blues. Case in point: Hamish Anderson.

16 Gift Ideas for Your Guitar Playing Bookworm

Jason Landry | Posted 12.04.2015 | Books
Jason Landry

As someone who has interviewed a lot of guitar players, I also spend quite a bit of time reading about them. If you are thinking about buying the guitar player on your holiday wish list a book this year, you might consider one of these titles.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd: From Behind the Six String

Jason Landry | Posted 12.02.2015 | Entertainment
Jason Landry

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the release of Kenny Wayne Shepherd's first album Ledbetter Heights. In the last year, I have seen him pl...

Billy Gibbons: From Behind the Six String

Jason Landry | Posted 11.24.2015 | Entertainment
Jason Landry

Most people know William Frederick "Billy" Gibbons as the sunglasses-wearing, bearded guitarist in the band ZZ Top. This born & bred "Sharp Dressed" Texan recently spun his signature rock and blues into something a little bit different -- something you may never have expected.

Josh Smith: From Behind the Six String

Jason Landry | Posted 11.19.2015 | Entertainment
Jason Landry

Thirty years of playing and Josh Smith is still learning new tricks. His most recent CD, Over Your Head, is filled with gritty, rockin' blues with guest appearances by Kirk Fletcher and Joe Bonamassa.