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GSTV Executive Producer Brian Lippey discusses the process of creating “Guitar Shop TV” with anchor Kimberly Gilfoyle on Fox News
The Grand Ole Opry is the most sacred of all Nashville venues. It’s changed locations several times since the 1920s, but the six-foot circular oak stage at its current location (just east of Nashville, where it’s resided since the 1970s) is cut from the Opry’s most famous incarnation at The Ryman Auditorium. This is the same piece of oak on which Patsy Cline, the Carter Family and Johnny Cash once stood.
Varvatos actually launched the Polo Jeans Company and was even licensed by Converse to make a line of high-end, high fashion All Star’s which became so popular that he still makes them today as part of his own line.
What can be said about this man that hasn’t already been written? Grammy winner and Rock Hall of Fame Inductee Muddy Waters (aka McKinley Morganfield) came to Chicago in 1943 from Clarksdale, Mississippi, and was one of the driving forces that shaped the revolutionary musical genre known as the Blues. Waters himself matter-of-factly summed up his importance by stating “I think I’m responsible for Chicago Blues. I think I’m the man that set Chicago up for the real blues.”
Waters transitioned from acoustic to electric guitars and pioneered… Read More
Located in the heart of Chicago’s Wicker Park area, Double Door is one of the best places in town to see great live rock music in a comfortable, subterranean setting. It is the smaller, more intimate sister club to the Chicago’s legendary rock venue Metro, and offers an impressive range of performers ranging from mainstay rock acts to hip-hop, Latin, new-country, and electronic.
The club has a killer sound system and a layout similar to a rehearsal studio, making it ideal for bands and audiences… Read More
When the big blues acts come through town, they head for the big blues club–B.B. King Blues Club and Grille in Times Square. The Robert Cray Band, Dr. John, Shemekia Copeland and Hubert Sumlin are just some of the internationally renowned blues and R&B stars who play B.B. King’s regularly.