Tag Archives: California
American custom guitar co. unleashes a pair of stripped-down rockers
Fender introduces its own line of guitar-themed wine
Fender Guitars has partnered with the Armida Winery to launch its own line of guitar-themed wines.
Fender’s selection of vino includes a Strat-themed Cabernet Sauvignon, a Thinline Telecaster Pinot Noir, and a Jazzmaster Chardonnay. There’s also a more high-end Telecaster Zinfandel that goes for $500 a bottle.
This isn’t the first time Fender has extended its brand into the lifestyle… Read More
A foot stompin’ folk blues duo from Los Angeles by way of Nashville, Smooth Hound Smith is comprised of singer/guitarist Zack Smith and vocalist/percussionist Caitlyn Doyle. Together the duo produce a surprisingly big sound that infuses simple foot percussion with fuzzed guitars and artful jazz-like arrangements with the blues and folk that are the band’s bread and butter. Smooth Hound Smith can certainly do a lot with a little as you’ll see in this charmingly simple video for “California Sway.”
Founding member of influential thrash band succumbs to liver failure
By Alex Baker
Slayer guitarist and founding band member Jeff Hanneman died yesterday at the age of 49. Hanneman, who co-founded Slayer with Kerry King in 1981, suffered from liver failure and passed away at a hospital near his California home.
The band issued an official statement, saying “Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman passed away at about… Read More
Pushing the Sun are a melodic hard rock outfit from San Francisco that was formed in 2012 by guitarist Billy Connally. Connally had previously released an instrumental album on Steve Vai’s Digital Nation label but longed to return to a classic rock format with a lead singer, bassist and drummer. To that end, he recruited vocalist Andrew Saman, drummer A.J. Curtis, and bassist Larry Smith. Having spent the last year gigging around SF and Northern California, the band are currently hard at work on recording their debut full-length album. Check… Read More
Los Angeles soul rock sensations Vintage Trouble at Harvelle’s in Santa Monica, circa early 2011
By Alex Baker
Vintage Trouble are a band that has come a long way in a short time. We first caught up with the boys in VT, less than two years at Harvelle’s, a tiny club in Santa Monica. Since then Vintage Trouble has enjoyed a whirlwind ride that has seen them conquering the UK and Europe with incessant touring, and landing an opening… Read More