Monthly Archives: February 2012

PRS Offers Collection Series II, DGT Standard


The PRS Collection Series guitars consist of one electric and one acoustic. For the second installment, the company designed instruments with David Grissom, Tony McManus, and Martin Simpson . The Collection Series II DGT has a one-piece maple top with mahogany back, 22 fret 25” scale length pernambuco neck with Honduran rosewood fingerboard and mammoth […]

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Country Music Hall of Fame Slates Bakersfield Exhibit


The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will host an exhibit titled “The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country” beginning March 23. Narrated by Dwight Yoakam, the exhibit will explore the roots, heyday, and (more…)

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“In Performance at the White House” Highlights Blues, Includes Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, More


Washington, D.C. PBS member station WETA-TV will broadcast “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues” February 27 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. The blues-themed special will honor the musical form that sprang from the Mississippi Delta and flourished in the Westside of Chicago, with roots in Africa and slavery.  Its performances will explore those roots […]

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Joe Naylor Launches Railhammer Pickups


Joe Naylor has launched Railhammer pickups, which use both rail and pole magnet extensions to sense string vibration. The rails under the wound strings are designed to sense a narrow section of string, which Naylor says increases the clarity of tone from (more…)

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MC5 Bassist Michael Davis Passes


Michael Davis, bassist for punk-rock pioneers the MC5, died February 17 after being hospitalized for a month with liver disease. He was 68. Davis helped form the MC5 in 1964 and was a member during the band’s ’60s/early-’70s heyday, when it recorded the classic album Kick Out the Jams. He left the group in ’72, then […]

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Wisconsin Historical Society Offers Book On Les Paul


The Wisconsin Historical Society Press announced the release of  Les Paul: Guitar Wizard, the 20th book in the Badger Biographies series for young readers. The book tells the story of the man who pioneered the solidbody electric guitar, multi-track recording, and many (more…)

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Iron Maiden Announce “Maiden England World Tour”


Iron Maiden has announced dates for its Maiden England World Tour, which will mirror the 1988 concert video of the same name, shot on the Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour. The opening section of the tour is the band’s (more…)

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Johnny Winter Documentary In Production


Filmmaker Greg Olliver will be shadowing Johnny Winter throughout 2012 while producing a documentary on the blues guitarist. Johnny revived the careers of Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker by producing their Grammy-winning comeback albums. His friend John Lennon wrote “Rock and Roll People” in his honor, and he has performed at Woodstock and in […]

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Shout Factory Preps Release of Rundgren’s Utopia Live At Hammersmith Odeon ’75


Shout Factory is set to release Todd Rundgren’s Utopia Live At Hammersmith Odeon ’75 concert CD on April 10. Recorded on October 9, 1975, at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia Live At Hammersmith Odeon ’75 captures the band performing their (more…)

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The City Champs

The Set-Up

See an instrumental, old-school R&B band consisting of Hammond organ, drums, guitar, and (in this case, added on) bass, and it’s a safe assumption it will owe a debt to Booker T. & The MG’s. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing; the world might be a better place if there were more combos laying down […]

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