David Gilmour at 68

Any classic rock fan can name their favorite Pink Floyd album, but it’s hard to imagine the band’s sound without David Gilmour’s searing guitar and atmospheric vocals. My favorite of Gilmour’s solo albums is his first self-titled release from 1978.  Listen to “There’s No Way Out of Here…” the sustain is amazing…he can squeeze so much emotion out of just one note. Happy Birthday to guitarist David Gilmour, who is 68 today… Solo Albums: David Gilmour (self-titled, released in 1978) About Face (1984, several songs co-written with Pete Townshend) On an Island (2006, “Castellorizon” won a Grammy for best rock instrumental) Live in Gdansk (2008, the last recording featuring keyboardist Richard Wright before his death) davidgilmour.com pinkfloyd.com Tweet

The Beatles Fab Gear

So I was thinking how cool would it be to post a story about the original instruments that The Beatles used in 1964 during their first American tour and appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. After a little research I found some awesome websites like thebeatlesgear.com that features guitars like the group used…here’s a little snippet of their fab gear… John Lennon’s 1958 Rickenbacker 325 Capri guitar was extensively modified from the original model, and featured a black finish (to match the group’s black suits from that early period) and a Vintage Bigsby vibrato. George Harrison’s 1963 Gretsch Country Gentleman guitar, a model of which was endorsed by ... More on The Beatles Fab Gear →

The Beatles 50 Years Ago

  CBSnews.com posted a great article, and I like what Anthony Mason writes here… When The Beatles burst on the scene 50 years ago, many of our greatest young rock musicians-to-be were listening, and with songs such as “All My Loving,” they inspired performers who entertain to this day. When the Fab Four were first beamed out over the airwaves, it wasn’t just that America discovered The Beatles, but that a whole new generation of musicians discovered themselves. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I’ll never forget seeing The Beatles for the first time on Ed Sullivan’s “really big” show, and how much of an impact it was at the time.  As ... More on The Beatles 50 Years Ago →

Americana Pre-Grammy All Star Tribute To The Everly Brothers

The Americana Music Association presented a pre-Grammy all star tribute show and salute to the Everly Brothers, remembering Phil Everly, who passed away on January 3rd, 2014.    thebluegrasssituation.com posted a great article with photos! The 56th Annual Grammy Awards show took place last Sunday, with special performances from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as a 50th anniversary celebration of the appearance of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, who was nationally televised on the NBC TV network fifty years ago  in 1963. ultimateclassicrock.com posted a short clip of Ringo and his All-Starr Band performing “Photograph” at the Grammys.  Paul and Ringo then ... More on Americana Pre-Grammy All Star Tribute To The Everly Brothers →

Live from Daryl’s House

I found a great live music show called Live from Daryl’s House, featuring guest artists like Booker T. Jones, Grace Potter, Joe Walsh and Todd Rundgren.  I love the casual atmosphere of these guys jamming together, just like they’re performing right in your living room! Host Daryl Hall said the idea of “playing with my friends and putting it up on the Internet,” started as a free monthly web show in late 2007. Influential blogger Bob Lefsetz has described Live From Daryl’s House as a perfect example of a veteran artist reinventing himself in the digital age by collaborating with both established colleagues ... More on Live from Daryl’s House →
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