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Influential Blues Rock Guitarist Bobby Parker Dead at 76

Pioneering blues rocker who influenced Zeppelin and the Beatles has passed away

 

By Alex Baker

 

Bobby Parker, a pioneering blues rock guitarist whose 1961 track “Watch Your Step” contained a riff that went on to influence songs by the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, has passed away at the age of 76.

 

The news comes to us courtesy of Anthony R. Rucker, a bassist who played with Parker recently.

 

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GSTV Spotlight: Scott Sharrard – Allman Brothers Singer/Guitarist Live in NYC

Seasoned guitarist strikes out on his own with blazing soul-rock sound

 

By Alex Baker

 

He’s been¬†labelled as “Greg Allman‘s secret weapon” by Glide Magazine and called “one of the best guitarists in the country” by Billboard. Scott Sharrard is fairly well-known as a lead vocalist and guitarist, who’s played not only with The Allman Brothers, but also the likes of Read More

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GSTV Buzz Band: The Dirty Pearls

¬† More like a gang that’s somehow got ahold of some instruments than just some mere band, The Dirty Pearls are an NYC outfit with an old school rock and roll sound and attitude. The band burst out of the Lower East Side about three years ago, playing catchy rock songs about sex, drugs, and what else. . . rock and roll.

 

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Fender Brings Back the Coronado and the Starcaster

Fender dusts off a pair of “forgotten” classics

 

Long lost Fender models the Coronado and the Starcaster have suddenly resurfaced on the guitar makers website. Both models are known for iconic design and configurations that are somewhat unconventional by Fender’s standards.

 

The Coronado, for its part, was first unveiled in the mid-Sixties and became associated with players like Dave Davies of the Kinks and even Elvis Presley, both of whom were assumedly drawn to the guitar because of its cool looks.

 

 

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Artist Showcase Winner: Specyphi

Eclectic Cincinnati rockers Specyphi are GSTV’s May Artist Showcase winners

 

A hard rock/metal outfit from Cincinnati, Specyphi also incorporate elements of rock, blues, and acoustic music into their sound. The band is fronted by vocalist Josh Fent and features Shane Doan on lead guitar, Telly Kools on bass, and Matt Grooms on drums. Although the band has only been in operation for a couple of years, they already have an endorsement deal with B.C. Rich guitars. Check out the headbanging video for Specyphi’s “Snowy Summer.”

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Fender Releases Ritche Blackmore Tribute Strat

Fender Custom Shop unveils limited edition replica of Deep Purple guitarist’s legendary black Stratocaster

 

By Alex Baker

 

Fender Guitars has unveiled a special limited edition Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster based on the instrument the pioneering heavy metal guitarist used to record the iconic hit “Smoke On the Water.”

 

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