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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...
Visual Sound’s Bob Weil: Can You See It?

Visual Sound’s Bob Weil: Can You See It?

Seeing is believing. Bob Weil founded Visual Sound on that simple notion. Looking for a better solution to the existing volume pedals on the market, Weil employed a light meter that would show guitarists how much oomph was passing through the pedal. Things were good... then things got bad. Out of money on the cusp of the release of the company’s flagship Jekyll and Hyde distortion/overdrive pedal, Visual Sound filed for bankruptcy. Weil, accepting but not happy about the defeat, started his search for another job. Not long into the process, an unexpected phone call from overseas changed the game and brought Visual Sound roaring back to life.  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...
Reb Beach: Better Days Here

Reb Beach: Better Days Here

IN THE 25 years since Winger released their self-titled debut album, everything and nothing has changed for guitarist Reb Beach. He still makes music with the band’s original members, vocalist/bassist Kip Winger and drummer Rod Morgenstein, now joined by guitarist John Roth. He still uses the same Suhr guitar and Marshall amp that he purchased over 20 years ago. He is still, in his words, “an ’80s rock guitarist,” and an in-demand one at that, always busy recording and performing with his bandmates, as a member of Whitesnake, and with his own group, The Reb Beach Project.  more...
Greg Edwards: Failure’s Fantastic Return

Greg Edwards: Failure’s Fantastic Return

GUITARIST/BASSIST Greg Edwards didn’t stand still for long after Failure, his band with Ken Andrews and Kellii Scott broke up in the mid- 1990s. He worked with bands like Lusk, and continues to be the driving force behind Autolux. But when he and Andrews rekindled their friendship a few years back, talks soon swung to a possible Failure reunion. The band ended in a swirl of runaway drug use fol- lowing its most successful and critically acclaimed album, 1996’s Fantastic Planet.  more...
Mojo Hand FX profile – Mojo Risin’

Mojo Hand FX profile – Mojo Risin’

IT WAS NO sure thing in 2012, when Brad Fee took on his Mojo Hand brand of effects pedals as a full time gig. He had just sold out his portion of popular boutique effects retailer Tone Factor and knew he had a tough road ahead to grow the small brand into a daily breadwinner for himself, his family and staff. The seeds of Mojo Hand can be traced back to around 2006 and the beginnings of the Tone Factor Custom Shop.  more...
Rich Robinson …After The Flood

Rich Robinson …After The Flood

WHEN IT CAME time to record his third solo record, Rich Robinson had lost his father and a treasure trove of near-priceless gear, but not the passion for music or the fire of creativity. He walked into Applehead Recording near Woodstock, New York about as unprepared as ever at the beginning of a new project, but with the assistance of drummer Joe Magistro and keyboard wizard Marco Benevento, the month-long process yielded The Ceaseless Sight - a 12-track slice of bluesy Americana drenched in shimmering rhythms and deft fretboard work. It’s his most mature and complete album to date.  more...
Collings Guitars… Made To Order

Collings Guitars… Made To Order

WE ROLLED into the Collings Guitars complex west of Austin, Texas, on Highway 290 the morning of ‘Salsa Day’. It was the day when employees would bring in their own secret recipe salsa for judging by their peers and company management and, we suppose, ultimately reign as the guitar maker’s Salsa Champion, at least for 2014. Regrettably, we were not asked to judge.  more...