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GSTV on FOX News

GSTV Executive Producer Brian Lippey discusses the process of creating “Guitar Shop TV” with anchor Kimberly Gilfoyle on Fox News



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Nashville Venues: The Grand Ole Opry

 

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.

 

 

Contemporary country star Brad Paisley has… Read More

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Varvatos: Rock Fashion That Can Even Pretty-Up ZZ Top

John Varvatos is a famous fashion designer from Detroit, Michigan who served for Ralph Lauren‘s Polo line and Calvin Klein before launching his own company that vends his signature collection.

 

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.

 

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Chicago Players: Muddy Waters – “Got My Mojo Workin’”

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

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Great Venues: Double Door – Chicago

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

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NYC Venues: B.B Kings Blues Club and Grille


 

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.

 

B.B. King has also hosted big mainstream pop and rock artists like Erykah Badu, Better Than Ezra, Macy Gray and The Roots, as well as nostalgic favorites such as… Read More

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