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Joe Bonamassa “Different Shades of Blue”

Joe Bonamassa has released details about his upcoming album, which is titled Different Shades of Blue, and he has also released the first video for the album:

The album will be released on September 23 and will feature all original material:

“It’s been a while since I’ve been involved in the writing on an entire album. So I decided I wanted to make a completely original blues album,” said Bonamassa.

“I’ve really had to push myself to make everything I do better than the last project. I know the fans expect it. And I feel like I owe it to the fans to give them an original record after all these years.”

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PRS SE Bass Guitars: Kingfisher and Kestrel

PRS have released new basses to their popular SE import line. The basses are called the Kingfisher and the Kestrel:

Designed in PRS’s Maryland shop, the Kingfisher and Kestrel both feature neck through construction for sustain and evenly balanced tone, but are very distinctive instruments.

The SE Kingfisher is a huge-sounding bass with distinct old-school tonal character that delivers that huge “clacky” tone missing from some modern basses. Featuring a Swamp Ash body, 24 fret maple/walnut neck, and 34” scale length, this bass is instantly comfortable for players old and new. Kingfisher (4B ‘H’) proprietary pickups are deep, thick-sounding humbuckers with plenty of top end clarity and punch. The sparkling highs and the Kingfisher’s high midrange growl allow the bass to cut through the mix while holding down the band with its sweet warm fundamental tone. The SE Kingfisher bass will be offered in a variety of finishes, including Natural, Scarlet Red, and Tortoise Shell. For full specifications, videos, and audio samples, visit http://www.prsguitars.com/sekingfisher.

The SE Kestrel takes a traditional singlecoil bass platform and adds PRS’s fit, finish, and attention to detail, delivering a new take on a classic instrument. Starting with an Alder body, 22 fret maple/walnut neck, and 34” scale length, the Kestrel is instantly familiar. A modern bridge allows you the choice of strings through the bridge or the body to yield even more tonal possibilities. Kestrel (4B ‘S’) pickups are extremely punchy and focused, giving players the ability to walk a low-mid focused blues line, articulate a high-mid focused fretless part rich with harmonics, nail the scooped midrange and sweet top-end sound slappers favor, and wield a razor sharp blistering rock bassline. This bass has growl to burn! The SE Kestrel will be offered in Black, Metallic Red, and Tri-Color Sunburst. For full specifications, videos, and audio samples, visit http://www.prsguitars.com/sekestrel.

“I have been a gigging bass player for 23 years and working at PRS for 17, so I have been not only highly involved but personally engaged in the design and prototyping process of these basses from the beginning. Working with Doug Shive, our SE Project Manager, Paul Smith, and the rest of the team here has been a rewarding, collaborative process. I am truly proud to not only sell the SE basses but am inspired to play them for many years to come. They really are wonderful instruments,” Jim Cullen, PRS Guitars National Sales Manager.

PRS Guitars SE line began in 2001 in an effort to bring high quality, high value guitars to the market. Starting with great design from the PRS Maryland, USA shop and developed with partners overseas, the SE line marries the highest quality components with a rigorous process that ensures playability and dependability. All SE products that are shipped in the USA are individually inspected and play tested at PRS’s Maryland facility before shipping to dealers.

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Anthony Stauffer and TrueFire: 50 Monster SRV Guitar Licks You Must Know

Anthony Stauffer of Texas Blues Alley has recently created a course for TrueFire called 50 Monster SRV Guitar Licks You Must Know.

Learning SRV ’s licks note-for-note will only get you halfway there, but understanding the underlying harmonic approaches and technical construction of those licks will take you all the way home. And that’s precisely how Anthony Stauffer approaches his presentation of 50 Monster SRV Licks You MUST Know.

Anthony delivers so much more than a versatile, head-turning collection of SRV-inspired lickage — the course reveals the underlying vocabulary, signature phrasing, right and left-hand techniques and harmonic approaches that power Stevie Ray Vaughn’s consummate chops and distinctive sound.

Since starting Stevie Snacks/Texas Blues Alley in 2007, Anthony has been making a name for himself as one of the premier Texas blues guitar educators on the Internet both on his own site as well as with TrueFire, and this course looks like an excellent addition to his catalog.

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Anthony Stauffer Demos the Wampler Velvet Fuzz

My Internet pal Anthony Stauffer of Texas Blues Alley posted a video demo of the Wampler Velvet Fuzz pedal earlier this week. I first heard and saw the Velvet Fuzz pedal at last year’s Summer NAMM show, and it’s been on my radar ever since. It seems like a really versatile fuzz pedal that can also get fairly smooth.

Check out Anthony’s demo below. I think he does a good job of showing off what the pedal can do.

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Oz Noy – Twisted Blues Vol. 2

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Guitarist Oz Noy has released Twisted Blues Vol. 2, which is, as the name implies, a follow up to his last album, Twisted Blues Vol. 1. Like that album, Vol. 2 features Noy’s unique blend of jazz, blues, funk, and rock with the help of a few special guests.

If you’re into instrumental guitar music, I think you’ll like this album. Laying the foundation for the album is Noy’s excellent groove and tasteful playing. While he’s a great guitarist, he never lets the song be overridden by superfluous guitar playing. Which isn’t to say that there isn’t tons of great guitar work on this album. There is, not only from Noy, but from guests Eric Johnson and Warren Haynes as well.

Additional guests include Allen Toussaint, John Medeski, Chick Corea, Greg Leisz, Dave Weckl, and Gregroire Maret. Bassists Will Lee and Roscoe Beck and drummers Keith Carlock and Chris Layton also appear on the album.

Here’s Noy talking about the album:

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The Story Behind Fender’s “You Won’t Part with Yours Either” 1965 Ad Campaign

This is an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the making of Fender’s 1965 “You Won’t Part with Yours Either” ad campaign featuring the Fender Jaguar:

Jon Martin and Randy Nauert discuss shooting the iconic Fender Jaguar ad in 1965-
“Newport, June 1965. Fender Guitars was launching their famous, ‘You wouldn’t part with yours, either!’ campaign and hired me to get this shot… I paid [Jon Martin] a little money, had him sign a waiver. He slung the Jaguar over his shoulder, paddled out on his board, turned around, and took off on the first good wave. He stood up, whipped the guitar around in front, I snapped the photo, and he finished ridding the wave into shore. We got it, one wave, first take. There wasn’t a drop of water on that guitar when he came in, either. We packed it back up, and it went back to the factory and got shipped.” -Bob Perine

(via @fbjournal)

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John Mayer: Someday I’ll Fly

This is a really interesting documentary about John Mayer released earlier this year by Eastwood Allen:

John Mayer: Someday I’ll Fly chronicles the musical evolution of one of the most influential solo artists of his generation. Featuring rare demos, interviews and live performances; it is told in it’s entirety from Mayer’s perspective.
Explore the full story and creative process of acclaimed, Grammy Award winning, guitarist and singer-songwriter John Mayer.

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B.B. King: The Life of Riley

B.B. King: The Life of Riley, a documentary about the life of B.B. King, is set to hit select theaters later this month:

Narrated by Morgan Freeman, B.B. King: The Life of Riley is the untold true American story of an orphan boy from the heart of the Mississippi Delta who rose to music stardom around the world and inspired a generation of fans against all odds. The documentary includes never-before-seen interviews with rock legends including U2’s Bono, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr and many others.  Experience the inspirational journey of survival for the very first time with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and 15-time GRAMMY winning artist Riley ‘BB’ King.

The documentary will also be released on Blu-Ray and DVD in June. If the movie isn’t going to be playing in theaters in your area, you can pre-order the documentary from Amazon.

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Jack Pearson Guitar Academy

Nashville guitarist Jack Pearson is not nearly as well known as he should be. He was a member of the Allman Brothers Band from 1997-1999 and has played with a host of legends, including Vince Gill, Tommy Emmanuel, Earl Scruggs, Lee Roy Parnell, Jimmy Buffett, Keb Mo’, and many more. I had the pleasure of seeing Pearson perform with Double Trouble a few years and really enjoyed it. He really seems to be able to play just about anything.

You can now learn guitar directly from Pearson, as he has just announced the Jack Pearson Guitar Academy:

I love teaching and I’m very excited about this instructional site. Inside you’ll find hundreds of videos that show how I play, how I practice and how I work on all the different techniques it takes to play the variety of styles that I do. For me, music is a never ending learning experience.

As mentioned above, there are hundreds of videos already available, covering many of the styles that Pearson plays, which is considerable. Furthermore, he covers both acoustic and electric playing. Pricing of the Academy is $25/month with a 10% discount ($135) for a six-month subscription and a 15% discount ($255) for an annual subscription.

You can watch Pearson introduce the academy below:

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Eric Gales, Matt Schofield, and Tomo Fujita Playing “Little Wing”

Three fantastic guitar players playing one of my favorite Hendrix tunes:

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