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Great Venues: The Legendary Sun Studio in Memphis

Guitar Shop TV sits behind the board with engineer Matt Ross-Spang at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, “the most famous recording studio in the world,” where Elvis Presley was discovered and the first rock and roll hit single, “Rocket 88” was recorded in 1951. Ross-Spang talks about the history of Sun and why it’s so special.

 

Sun Stuidos

Sun Studio was opened in 1950 by the legendary producer and rock pioneer Sam Philips. It… Read More

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Shop Spotlight: Gruhn’s Guitars – Nashville

To call George Gruhn a mere guitar expert would be to understate the depth and breadth of his vast knowledge. He is a true guitar intellectual, and a walking encyclopedia of detailed information about the history, physics, and the taxonomy of electric and acoustic guitars, mandolins, banjos, and related instruments.

 

George Gruhn

Educated in Biology, Zoology, and English Literature at Vanderbilt and The Read More

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Exclusive Interview: Jaxx Guitar Great Rodeney Jones

Rodney Jones has had a long and eclectic career as a guitarist, but it’s always been rooted in the soul and funk that he loves. He spent three years touring with Dizzy Gillespie before becoming the guitarist for the house band for the TV show Showtime at the Apollo. He also played guitar for James Brown’s legendary sax player Maceo Parker’s super-tight funk band.

 

 

Jones began playing at age six, and joined his first band at age fourteen, having… Read More

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Great Venues: BB King Blues Club – Memphis

B.B. Kings

 

Guitar Shop TV travels to Memphis Tennessee for some great soul food and hot blues by the smokin’ house band at the original B.B. King’s Blues Club on fabled Beale Street. Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King was born Riley B. King, and got his start in Memphis in 1948, where he worked as a singer and DJ at… Read More

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Great Venues: The Green Mill – Chicago

A legendary Chicago venue with a colorful history, The Green Mill Jazz Club has hosted the famous and infamous, from Frank Sinatra to Al Capone. As one fan described it: “It is such an institution…with an interior from a bygone era…the lighting is very art deco and those murals are just ridiculous… a HUGE wraparound bar, intimate tables up front, and plenty of booths, including the one used by Al Capone himself which faced the door, not the stage. He needed to see who was… Read More

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Exclusive Interview: Classical Guitar Legend Sharon Isbin

Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the reigning diva of the classical guitar” and “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time.” She is also the winner of Guitar Player magazine‘s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, the Madrid Queen Sofia and Toronto Competitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition.

 

Sharon Isbin

An NYC resident, Isbin is also the director of the guitar department at The Jullliard School, which she created in… Read More

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