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The Vintage Modern Stylings of TK Smith

The Vintage Modern Stylings of TK Smith

STANDING over his circa 1912 Valley dual-wheeled buffer, with its assuming cast iron construction more akin to a ship’s anchor than any of its poten- tial modern counterparts, a wry smile creeps across the face of luthier TK Smith. He can run the venerable machine for hours on end and the motor never even gets warm. It is the epitome of the classic idiom -- the just don’t build them like that anymore. Smith and that buffer have a lot in common. He has dedicated years to the study and creation of exquisite, high-end guitars in the vein of classic guitar builder and inventor Paul Bigsby because, among other reasons, they just don’t build them like that anymore... and he’s just getting warmed up.  more...
Hail! Hale!: Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale

Hail! Hale!: Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale

As far as Lzzy Hale is concerned, there’s no better city for a musician than Nashville. Halestorm — with Hale on vocals and guitar, her brother Arejay on drums, bassist Josh Smith and guitarist Joe Hottinger — relocated a few months ago to begin work on their third release for Atlantic Records. Frequenting venues like 12 South Taproom, and watching A-list guitarists like Kenny Vaughan jamming and playing for tips, is “mind-blowing and inspiring,” she says. “It makes you want to go back and write something new. You want to practice. You want to get better. It still rings very true that if you want to be a better musician, surround yourself with musicians that are better than you. It forces your hand.”  more...
Marco Benevento talks new album ‘Swift’

Marco Benevento talks new album ‘Swift’

KEYS GURU Marco Benevento’s secret weapon on his upcoming album Swift can be traced back to his childhood, and the first keyboard he ever owned. When he was eight years old, his parents bought him a Casiotone 8000. It would travel around with him from place to place and eventually reside with the rest of his gear at his new home in Woodstock, New York.  more...