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Ronin works with, among giants

Ronin works with, among giants

IT IS A HULKING, yet relatively unassuming building that backs up to North Channel Bay off Highway 101 in Eureka, California. At one time back in the 1970s, it was used by shipbuilders to paint the hulls of ships and other maritime construction tasks. Today, it is the unlikely home of Ronin Guitars — one of the world’s only guitar makers to use reclaimed old growth redwood for electric and acoustic guitars.  more...
Dave Cobb brings together his <i>Southern Family</i>

Dave Cobb brings together his Southern Family

AWARD-WINNING albums, Grammy nominations, hit songs — Dave Cobb has produced them all, and each is a milestone for the Nashville-based producer/guitarist/imprint record label head. While he takes all of his accomplishments seriously, and with an element of disbelief for his good fortune, it’s clear how taken aback he is by his recent appointment as producer in residence at the legendary RCA Studio A.  more...
Welcome to NAMM-aheim, CA. Pop: <i>Gear!</i>

Welcome to NAMM-aheim, CA. Pop: Gear!

THE 115th NAMM show is in the books, and it was a big one according to show organizers. The National Association of Music Merchants said a record 1,726 exhibiting companies representing more than 6,000 brands were showcased at the 2016 affair, a 7% increase in exhibiting companies over last year’s event.  more...
John Lodge: Light years traveled

John Lodge: Light years traveled

For five decades the Moody Blues — bassist John Lodge, vocalist/guitarist Justin Hayward, and drummer Graeme Edge — have maintained a high profile in the music industry, with a loyal fan base that spans generations. With over 70 million albums sold worldwide, the group has won numerous awards and earned 18 platinum albums.  more...
Blackbird Pedalboards finds new nest

Blackbird Pedalboards finds new nest

SOME BUSINESSES are born out of necessity. Some are built out of desire. Still others... are just flukes. You’ll find by talking with many of the smaller gear manufacturers around, that their businesses were born from first doing a little something nice for themselves... and then that ‘little something nice’ catching the attention of a fellow musician, and snowballing from there.  more...
The many shades of Baroness

The many shades of Baroness

WITH THE release of their new album, Purple, the members of Baroness — John Baizley – vocals and guitar, Pete Adams – guitar and vocals, Nick Jost – bass and keyboards, and Sebastian Thomson – drums — find themselves fielding an endless list of media requests. Purple is, in many ways, a landmark album — it’s the band’s first time writing and recording with Jost and Thomson, their first with producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Sleater-Kinney), their first on their own label, Abraxan Hymns, and of course their first since 2012’s horrific bus accident, which left permanent scars — physical and emotional — on the band, resulting in two members’ departures, and Jost and Thomson joining the group.  more...
Sublime Guitar Company branches out

Sublime Guitar Company branches out

DID YOU EVER hear the one about the guitar start-up founded by a drum company? In 2011, Terry Platt, chief executive of Crush Drums and company co-founder Chad Huang returned from the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, with the germ of an idea: What if Crush started a guitar line? Terry recruited brother Tommy to help create what would after several months of development become Sublime Guitar Company.  more...
John Jorgenson’s tuneful triad

John Jorgenson’s tuneful triad

While other artists release digital CDs and EPs, or sometimes singles in lieu of full-length discs, John Jorgenson has taken the road now much less traveled by releasing Divertuoso, a box set of new material. Three new albums, three distinct styles, three different groups of musicians, released at the same time. Even he admits that it is an unorthodox undertaking.  more...