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Great Performances: Greenwich Town Party Music Festival (Buddy Guy, etc)

The first annual Greenwich Town Party was a big hit, with a great musical lineup, a gorgeous site on Greenwich Harbor, perfect weather, flawless organization, and enthusiastic response from everyone who attended. Featured artists included Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Little Feat, Toots and the Mayalls, The Temptations, and several impressive local bands. Given its highly successful debut, The Greenwich… Read More

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Stevie Ray Vaughan: Rare British Interview

The late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan was perhaps the only blues guitarist to truly cross over to the MTV generation, not only through winning Grammys for contemporary blues albums like In Step but also by appearing alongside David Bowie in the video for Bowie’s smash hit  “Let’s Dance.”  Vaughan got his big break playing the Read More

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The Decemberists: “This Is Why We Fight”

Naming yourself after an unfinished Tolstoy novel and composing a rock opera would seem like unlikely steps on the road to success nowadays. That is unless you happen to be the Decemberists. The indie folk combo hails from Portland, Oregon and was formed in 2000. After initially releasing their first full-length debut album, Castaways and Cutouts on Hush Records, the heavily Fairport Convention-influenced folk rockers signed to the Read More

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Guitar of the Month: 1966 Gibson Firebird V-12

An Extremely Rare Vintage Electric 12-String
1966 was a curious and bizarre year for the Gibson Guitar Corporation. Ted McCarty retired as the company’s president, the Les Paul as we know it disappeared from Gibson’s catalog, and the company introduced the first Firebird V-12—an electric guitar 12-string with the hip Firebird V body shape and appointments.


The V-12 guitar featured a solid body, dual humbuckers, individual volume and… Read More

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Guitar Shop TV Episode 3: Def Leppard, Phil Collen

In Episode Three of Guitar Shop TV we chat with Phil Collen of Def Leppard and Manraze about what 2011 holds in store, get shown some beautiful acoustics by the guys at Taylor Guitars, and head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to check out their stunning guitar exhibit “Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York.” You won’t want to miss this one!



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Great Venues: Twelfth & Porter – Nashville

A cornerstone of Nashville’s booming music scene, Twelfth & Porter endears itself to locals and touring musicians as a small venue with a big, bold sound. The joint was immortalized in recordings like Townes Van Zandt’s Live and Obscure (recorded here in April 1985) and in the lyrics of Ryan Adams’ song “Tennessee Sucks.” (On the Demolition track, Adams sings: “Cause I’m getting by with a 12-pack from 12th & Porter with Billy /4:30 a.m. at night.”)

The venue has also evoked its… Read More

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