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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 emilyp...

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.

Joe Bonamassa: From Behind the Six String

Jason Landry | Posted 11.16.2015 | Entertainment
Jason Landry

As a fan of blues music, I tend to gravitate toward the old masters. But as I started to listen to more of the contemporary guitar virtuosos, I could see that some, like Joe Bonamassa, are taking the genre of blues music and kicking it up a notch.

Ted Nugent: From Behind the Six String

Jason Landry | Posted 11.12.2015 | Entertainment
Jason Landry

He may be known as the "Motor City Madman," but when Ted Nugent called me up a few months back as I sat in my hotel room in New Orleans, the way that he spoke reminded me of a book that I once read.

Light in the Music and Music in Light, Kaki King's Off on a New Adventure

Johnny Nevin | Posted 11.11.2015 | Entertainment
Johnny Nevin

With her latest album, she's found yet another new way to do what she always seems to do -- to find great music in a guitar and play it like very, very few people can. This time, though, there's something else.

Derek Trucks' 10 Commandments of Jam

Alan Paul | Posted 10.29.2015 | Arts
Alan Paul

Derek Trucks and I collaborated on this in 2004 when he was just a wee pup. It has stood the test of time.

Tomo Fujita: From Behind the Six String

Jason Landry | Posted 10.29.2015 | Arts
Jason Landry

If he is not teaching young, aspiring guitar students at the Berklee College of Music, you can find Tomo Fujita hosting guitar clinics, posting guitar videos to his YouTube channel, or on stage playing his unique blend of jazz and blues music.

Why Watch a Master Guitar Class if You Don't Play Guitar?

Susan Fowler | Posted 10.06.2015 | Arts
Susan Fowler

I was skeptical when my husband first urged me to attend these classes where young players perform in front of world-renowned guitarists who critique and provide feedback. I am not a guitarist. But I soon realized there are always lessons to learn from masterful teachers--no matter what they are teaching.

Dweezil Zappa: From Behind the Six String

Jason Landry | Posted 10.01.2015 | Arts
Jason Landry

When it comes to guitar, Dweezil Zappa has shown that being the bandleader on the Zappa Plays Zappa tour and through his numerous solo efforts that he could go toe to toe with his late father Frank Zappa, lick for lick, any day of the week.

Damaged Childhood Helped Liz Graham Become a Musician With a Purpose

Ilana Rapp | Posted 09.28.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

I often wonder what's behind the words of a song. Most lyrics have some sort of meaning. I love when a story teller musician shares personal things. Liz Graham does just that.

Chris Dingman's 'The Subliminal and the Sublime'

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 09.10.2015 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The Subliminal to the Sublime is an "aural feast" to be savored. If you have 60 minutes in your frantic life to dedicate to this music, sit down in your zero gravity recliner with a fine set of quality headphones and allow yourself to be immersed in Mr. Dingman's images.

Remembering Stevie Ray Vaughan

Tom Cramer | Posted 08.26.2015 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

I was born in Chicago in 1965. That is both a fact and a play on the song Born in Chicago by the Paul Butterfield Blues band. Being born at that time and place, I fell in love with the sound of rock and roll at an early age.

No Pity Party Here -- Melanie Martinez's Cry Baby Hits #1 on the Alternative Albums Chart

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Melanie Martinez released her debut album, Cry Baby, on August 14th, and it's already topping the charts. With the #1 spot on the Alternative Albums Chart and #4 on the iTunes albums chart, no tears shall be shed anytime soon!

The Impact of Music

Jessica Denis | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Jessica Denis

Have you ever noticed what a profound change music can make on a person? It can change their mood in just a few notes, or it can make a person truly introspective within a chord.

Notice Me. The Struggle and Everyday Plea of the Independent Artist.

Chad McKinsey - Kinsey Ry | Posted 07.31.2015 | Entertainment
Chad McKinsey - Kinsey Ry

In every artist's journey to find recognition and acceptance we sometimes lose the passion that brings us to make music in the first place: the feeling that art gives us.

The Vanity -- Real Talk with Frontman Alex Dugan

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 07.21.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Meet The Vanity, a band that recently broke into Austin's competitive music scene and is tearing it up with their raw talent.

Astoria Characters: The Music Mama

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.14.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Singer. Songwriter. Musician. Performer. Wife. Mother. Worker. Shelly Bhushan lists these labels -- she doesn't think she has left any out -- and adds juggler. That's the one word that defines her life.

Americana for the Fourth of July

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 07.04.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

But seriously, if there's a time to use the word Americana, it's got to be July 4th, right? So here are some genre-bending releases that fit the name.