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Billy Gibbons: From Behind the Six String

Jason Landry | Posted 11.24.2016 | 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 11.19.2016 | 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 11.16.2016 | 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 11.12.2016 | 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 11.11.2016 | 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 10.29.2016 | 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 10.28.2016 | 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 10.06.2016 | 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 10.01.2016 | 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 09.27.2016 | 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 09.10.2016 | 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 08.26.2016 | 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 08.19.2016 | 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 08.06.2016 | 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 07.31.2016 | 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 07.21.2016 | 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 07.13.2016 | 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 07.04.2016 | 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.

Headbanging Tot Rocks Out To Rage Against The Machine, Knows That Music Iz Lyfe

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.16.2015 | Good News

This kid WILL rock you. In a video uploaded to YouTube, a toddler jams out to Rage Against The Machine's "Bulls On Parade" while playing Guitar He...

G. Love on Sugar, Keith Richards' Book and Signature Guitars

Jens Erik Gould | Posted 06.08.2016 | Entertainment
Jens Erik Gould

Last year, the artist also known as Garrett Dutton released a record with the original members of his famed trio G. Love and Special Sauce for the first time in a decade. And this month, he begins a summer tour including both solo and full band shows.

You Just Kinda Wasted My Precious Time: Dylan's Cold Apperance on Letterman a Let-Down

Lauren Daley | Posted 05.26.2016 | Entertainment
Lauren Daley

If my dad or mom calls me after 11 p.m., my first thought is not emergency, but that one of them just found either Bob Dylan or Neil Young on TV. We Daleys are a proud Dylan-and-Young-loving people.

The Day I Watched My Father Make Music In A Retirement Home

Stephen Harris | Posted 05.19.2016 | Fifty
Stephen Harris

I had gone into an old folks' home with dad a couple of years prior to take a chair to one of his friends. I was horrified. It was an eye opener as I found many of the people inside of the home were actually already dead with their heads hanging, but they were still using oxygen.

B.B. King Remembered (VIDEO)

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.15.2016 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tune in Friday and Monday nights as we pay tribute to the life and legacy of legendary blues guitarist B.B. King, who has passed away at the age of 89. We last spoke with B.B. in 2013 for a two-part conversation about his life and extraordinary career. In this clip, B.B. tells the famous story of how he named his guitar "Lucille."

A Rock God's Spiritual Journey: How Rock Stars Live Their Purpose and How You Can Too

Dragos Bratasanu | Posted 05.07.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dragos Bratasanu

Steve Vai is a Grammy Award winning musician and probably the most inspiring guitarist in the world. In his interview for my new movie The Amazing You...

The Young Guns on Touring, Thailand and Beer with Ricky Gervais

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 06.29.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Meet the Young Guns, an English rock band whose sound has been described as "the Killers meets The Academy Is..." With a history that includes a no. ...