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  • Eric Clapton
    Eric Clapton at 70: Best of his blues, part 1
    Eric Clapton as he reaches the milestone of his 70th birthday today scarcely needs anyintroduction. Generally acclaimed as rock’s greatest guitarist – “Clapton is God” read the graffiti once scribbled on the walls of the...
  • Zach Ummer released new single "Let Me In" on March 3, 2015.
    Nashville singer-songwriter Zach Ummer releases single, sets sights on album
    Zach Ummer is a Nashville-based singer songwriter who originally hails from Vermont, and hemay be your new favorite artist. With his unique blend of rock, pop, and folk, he credits influences like the Counting Crows and Ryan Adams.Examiner.com...
  • Tommy Emmanuel to play two nights at The Birchmere
    Tommy Emmanuel to play two nights at The Birchmere
    Finger style virtuoso and Certified Guitar Player Tommy Emmanuel is set to play two nights at the legendary Birchmere Concert Hall. The first show is Sunday, March 15 and he is also playing Monday, March 16, 2015. Sunday's show is already sold...
  • Jamstik is only 16" long
    A guitar for those on the go – Jamstik
    Once you grab the neck of the Jamstik, finger a cord and strum; you’ll appreciate that you aren’t holding a toy guitar at all. Sounds, feels and strums like the real thing. So how did Jamstik do it?JamstikFirst, they took a 16”...
  • Jarekus Singleton
    More with Jarekus Singleton: Ignoring trends to create an original sound
    Here is the second part of my interview with blues guitarist-vocalist Jarekus Singleton. He and his band perform Friday and Saturday at Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco.Question: I am very struck by the call to personal initiative in the lyrics...
  • Jarekus Singleton
    Jarekus Singleton wins over blues audiences with "Refuse to Lose"
    Is Jarekus Singleton the future of blues?I realize it’s a question that can almost be dismissed out of hand. No one artist is ever the future of anything, no matter their impact on the genre and its practitioners. Let’s be reasonable...
  • 12 String Guitar
    Guitarist Ewan Dobson to mesmerize Nighttown with his acoustic heavy metal
    He’s won the International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, Montreal Guitar Grand Prix, and Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition. His You Tube performances of “Time 2” and other original pieces have drawn millions of hits...
  • Marine Dreams
    Marine Dreams is finally on the road
    Ian Kehoe is on his first tour, and consequently so is Marine Dreams (as that is his musical identity), but he’s been performing in Ontario and drumming on others’ works for awhile.“How’re you doing?” I ask.“I...
  • Guitar duo makes return to Dearborn this weekend at the Center
    Guitar duo makes return to Dearborn this weekend at The Center
    Loren & Mark will be making a return to the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center for a concert this weekend.They first appeared on the same theatrical bill as Tommy Emmanuel, who opened the Michael A. Guido Theater's 2014/15...
  • D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary
    Martin Guitar to Release 50th Anniversary of Their Iconic D-35 Model
    C. F. Martin & Co. will debut its D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Dreadnought at the 2015 NAMM Show, which takes place in Anaheim, California, January 22 - 25, 2015. A limited run of 100 units will be made of this stunning...
  • Eric Johnson and Mike Stern
    Eric Johnson and Mike Stern get "Eclectic" on new album and tour
    Eric Johnson is among the most acclaimed guitarists of the past 30 years, a talented Texan whose six-string prowess has gained him fans across a variety of genres. Count jazz guitarist Mike Stern among them.“The way this cat plays! I’m...
  • The Wonderful World of Marcus Singletary
    The Wonderful World of Marcus Singletary (part one)
    The Wonderful World of Marcus Singletary is a four-disc, forty-track box set that features the very best recordings from the numerous albums that Marcus Singletary has done. Its chronology encourages interest from newcomers, and gives the familiar...
  • Muddy Waters
    A listener's guide to blues appreciation
    Assembling a list of the five most essential blues albums is difficult, but this chronologically-themed compendium covers each era in the genre's history, with considerations including the album's authenticity, the artist's ability to...
  • Review: Jeff Beck – 70 years old and still rockin'
    Review: Jeff Beck – 70 years old and still rockin'
    It's hard to believe Jeff Beck is 70. In his new DVD, “Live in Tokyo,” released Nov. 24 by Eagle Rock, he doesn't look all that much different than he did back in the '60s.And happily, his guitar work hasn't aged much...
  • Bradley Colten
    CD review: Classical guitarist Bradley Colten plays recently discovered works
    Bradley Colten’s new CD, “Ernst Bacon: The Complete Works for Solo Guitar,” is quite a discovery in more ways than one. It may well be most listeners’ introduction to a prolific American composer’s considerable output...
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