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The acclaimed session guitarist Brent Mason is one of the most recorded six-stringers of all time. Proof of his ubiquity: Mason’s been named Guitarist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music a staggering 12 times, he’s a two-time winner of the CMA Musician of the Year award, and—really raising the bar on the heights a studio musician can reach—he earned his own signature model guitar. Gibson debuted its Valley Arts signature Brent Mason guitar in 2003. The best-selling guitar is a replica of Mason’s… Read More
Nashville Players: Vince Gill, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow & Friends – 2009 Crossroads Guitar Festival – “Tulsa Time”
Sure, he’s a famous country frontman now, but Vince Gill got his start as a backing guitarist for Ricky Skaggs and Rodney Crowell. Gill became renowned in his own right during the 1970s as frontman for country rock band Pure Prairie League and then as a solo artist beginning in 1983 (the same year that the Norman, Oklahoma native moved to Nashville). These days, the 54-year-old has sold upwards of 22 million albums and has 18 CMA Awards and 20 Grammy Awards to his name. This… Read More
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.
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.
Some guitarists just have it all. Brad Paisley, for one. The guy has figured out how to juggle his unabashed guitar geekiness with his enormous commercial success as a mainstream country star. Paisley moved to Nashville in 1993 with a full scholarship to attend Belmont University‘s music business program. Within a week of graduating college, he inked his first songwriting contract. Today, the prolific artist has almost released an album every year since his first in 1999.
Paisley rolled the dice big-time… Read More