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‘In Session,’ Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan Legendary Blues Summit, Finally Available on DVD September 29, 2010

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Guitar titans’ one and only meeting to be released as a deluxe CD/DVD November 9th on Stax

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — On December 6, 1983, legendary blues guitarist Albert King joined his disciple Stevie Ray Vaughan on a Canadian sound stage for the live music television series In Session. Magic happened. The highly sought after video footage from that one-time legendary summit becomes available for the first time ever on November 9 with the release of Stax Records’ deluxe two-disc CD/DVD In Session.
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Toronto-Based Blues Guitarist Chris Antonik Releases Solo Recording September 6, 2010

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The debut solo album from Toronto guitarist Chris Antonik is a diverse, soulful and tightly executed blend of classic guitar blues and original, innovative, contemporary blues-rock. After thrilling audiences in Toronto blues clubs as a sideman, Antonik has stepped out on his own to deliver this self-produced collection of original material and two classic blues covers.

The album “Chris Antonik” is a portrait of a maturing blues guitarist and songwriter who fully grasps the importance of song over solo – while still leaving plenty for guitar fans to enjoy. The songs deal with repairing relationships and giving back to those around you, as well as classic blues themes delivered in modern vehicles. (more…)

Australian Blues/Roots Guitarist Claude Hay is Deep Fried Satisfied on Ingot Rock Label Debut CD Coming September 21 August 19, 2010

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ASHEVILLE, NC – Ingot Rock announces the signing of Australian blues/roots guitarist Claude Hay and the September 21 release of his label debut CD, Deep Fried Satisfied, distributed in the U.S. by Burnside Distribution.

Hailing from Australia’s Blue Mountains, Claude Hay is a prime example of the Do-It-Yourself work ethic, having hand-built his own twin-neck guitar, lovingly called “Betty,” and customized his tour van with a kitchen and a recording studio. In addition to building his own instruments, Hay also built his own house, too. And his musical approach is no different – he’s literally a one-man band, constructing layer-upon-layer of instruments live and in the studio until he has listeners guessing where the rest of the band is hiding.

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Mike Hallal Band Releases New Album: Hatchet Blues August 18, 2010

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Roots rock originals include lyrics inspired by Obama book

Lynn, MA — The Boston-based Mike Hallal Band has released a new 12-song, 64-minute album of original roots rock, titled Hatchet Blues, available today at iTunes and other popular online and mobile sites. Featuring live-in-studio recordings of basic tracks and lead vocals, the new album captures the raw power and spontaneity of the 4-piece “gutbucket blues” crew (as The Noise tagged them in ’09). The band’s previous release, Live at Lizard Lounge, was named one of the Top 100 New CDs of ’09 by Real Blues magazine, in the company of albums from Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy and other notables. For more on this Mike Hallal release

Blues Guitarist Phillip Walker Passes at 73 July 22, 2010

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It is with deepest sorrow that we report on the sudden and unexpected passing of legendary blues guitarist Phillip Walker. He died of apparent heart failure at 4:30 AM, early Thursday morning, July 22, 2010. He was 73 years old.

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JJ Grey & Mofro to Release “Georgia Warhorse” on August 24th! July 7, 2010

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<p style=”text-align:center;”>”Thick Swamp Funk” (The New Yorker) Of JJ Grey Boils Up From Florida This Summer As JJ Grey &amp; Mofro Return With ‘Georgia Warhorse,’ Out August 24 On Alligator Records, With Special Guests Toots Hibbert and Derek Trucks</p>

Rising Florida swamp music-maker JJ Grey and his backing band Mofro are joined by guests Toots Hibbert and Derek Trucks on the new album ‘Georgia Warhorse,’ which will be released August 24 on Alligator Records, promising to be a frontrunner for best American roots album in 2010.  <!–more For more on this yet to be released Alligator CD–>

Recorded in a studio full of vintage equipment in Grey’s native Florida (near the Georgia line), the album’s unvarnished, natural sound mirrors Grey’s love of the rustic Florida backwoods, where his family has lived for generations. The album, ‘Georgia Warhorse,’ named for a particularly tenacious type of southern grasshopper, is also descriptive of Grey himself. “The Georgia Warhorse is real tough but a chilled out little thing,” says Grey. “Nothing seems to rile them. They’re in no hurry but they have a kind of resilience. They keep coming back.” Grey could be described in such words; his own career has grown over the course of a decade of winning over fans night after night – a process that has him poised to be a breakout artist in 2010. He still spends eight months of the year on the road. “I began singing in chicken wire clubs in Florida in my teens, and I’ve been leading my own band every since” he explains.

The eclecticism of the new album is also keeping with the JJ Grey tradition, chronicled over the course of his four previous albums. The in-the-pocket, Memphis-style soul of “The Sweetest Thing,” written around a horn line that was in Grey’s head for days, contrasts with the stripped-down acoustic 12-string guitar work on “King Hummingbird.” The hard-driving groove of “The Hottest Spot In Hell” speaks to personal experience as well as the heat of his home state. The constants are Grey’s full-throated vocals, his funky-as-hell arrangements and his consistently great writing in the southern literary tradition.

In a live review in the New York Times, Nate Chinen praised JJ’s “loose derivation of Southern swamp rock, with undercurrents of Memphis soul. His songs chronicle ambiguous truths and unambiguous urges, occasionally lighting on a righteous cause.” He goes on to praise the band’s “balance of wildness and cool.” Likewise, Billboard has praised Grey’s “idiosyncratic vibe – a world-beating blend of Southern rock, blues and Florida swamp soul.”

Over the course of his 20-plus year career, JJ Grey has shared stages with the likes of the Allman Brothers Band, the Black Crowes, Los Lobos, Jeff Beck, Ben Harper, Booker T, Lenny Kravitz, and Mavis Staples and has performed at The New Orleans Jazz &amp; Heritage Fest and The Austin City Limits Festival, among others.

Stony Plain Records Announces an August 24 Release Date for New CDs From World-Class Guitarists Duke Robillard – Passport to the Blues–and Ronnie Earl – Spread the Love June 25, 2010

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EDMONTON, AB – Stony Plain Records announces an August 24 U.S. release date for new CDs from blues guitar masters Duke Robillard, Passport to the Blues; and Ronnie Earl, Spread the Love. Stony Plain Records is distributed in the U.S. by ADA.

Duke Robillard continues a fantastic year of successes, including winning yet another Blues Music Award in May from the Blues Foundation as “Best Traditional Male Blues Artist,” and a Grammy nomination for his last CD, Stomp! The Blues Tonight.

Never an artist to stand pat, Duke Robillard has released previous albums that have saluted his love for jump blues, jazz, swing, and even exotica. With Passport to the Blues, Duke puts his personal stamp on music that the new CD’s liner notes describe as his “grittiest roots – dirty, gutty, houserockin’, shack-shakin’, finger-bustin’, down-in-the-bottom git-tar blues.”

“This all-blues album was a chance for me to reach back deep into the soul of what I do and let out a lot of steam and emotion – especially on the guitar tracks,” says Robillard.
“I played a lot of my solos live with the band in the studio, just like we would on the road. The energy was fantastic. Making the album felt magical.”

And what a band it is, featuring Duke’s former Roomful of Blues bandmate Doug James on tenor and baritone saxes, Bruce Bears on keyboards, Brad Hallen on bass and Mark Teixeira on drums. Along with Robillard’s always on-the-money guitar work and soulful vocals, this unit has crafted another album that’s sure to be lining up for plaudits come awards time.

Passport to the Blues features a dozen tracks, all but one written by Robillard – the single exception being “Make It Rain,” written by Tom Waits (a song Duke played as lead guitarist with Waits on his 2006 tour) and his wife, Kathleen Brennan. In addition to the timeless themes of the blues, the new CD has a decidedly modern take on songs such as “Text Me,” a love song for the digital age, and “Honk Kong Suit,” which deals with the rapid pace of contemporary life. Of special note is the song,” The High Cost of Lovin’,” written in the 1980s by Duke and legendary songwriter Doc Pomus.

As Robillard sums up in the album’s liner notes, “All my life and career I’ve been fascinated by all kinds of roots music. Now I have the career and life I’ve wanted, playing anything that tickles me from country to blues to jazz to rock ‘n’ roll to New Orleans music. As long as it’s roots, I love it all and I can’t get enough.”

During a career that began when he joined Roomful of Blues, Ronnie Earl has charted a course that has led him to become a legendary musician; one recognized around the world for his dynamic and soulful playing. For his sixth Stony Plain album, Spread the Love, Ronnie Earl has raised the bar even further, with 14 instrumental tracks that speak volumes of his amazing fret work, whether on originals or paying tribute to his influences such as Albert Collins (“Backstroke”) and Kenny Burrell (“Chitlins Con Carne), or on the beautifully spiritual ballad written by Duke Pearson, (but perhaps best-known by trumpeter Donald Byrd’s version) “Christo Redentor.”

On his original songs, Earl continues to spread the message of love and hope through his music, which is loaded with the kind of energy, passion, and serious grooves only he can deliver. He tips his hat to others such as Jackie Robinson (“Blues for Jackie Robinson”), Duane Allman (“Skyman”) and with the help of his regular keyboardist, Dave Limina, gives a playful musical nod to legendary pianist Otis Spann on “Spann’s Groove.” The other members of Ronnie’s band, The Broadcasters, are Lorne Entress on drums and Jim Mouradian on bass.

Ronnie Earl has been hailed by musicians and critics alike as one of the premier blues guitarists of his generation. He’s played with such greats as Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Earl King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and The Allman Brothers Band.

Reviews of his albums typically become a veritable love-fest, as critics try to come up with new descriptions for his amazing guitar work. “When it’s time for spiritual rejuvenation, it’s time for a visit from Ronnie Earl, pastor at the church of tone. Come in, listen, and be healed,!” – Vintage Guitar. “Blues has no better essayist in taste, tone and tension than Strat magician Ronnie Earl … Earl’s got his mojo working overtime,” –
Guitar World. “Ronnie Earl can still take your breath away … Earl’s playing has remained as inspiring as his humility, gratitude, and altruism.” – Guitar Player. “Earl is at his mesmerizing best when communicating with an audience … The all-instrumental set allows the subtlety of Earl’s genius to shine.” – Boston Herald. “His deeply personal process of squeezing out taut, precise notes during many slow passages makes for riveting listening.” – Downbeat.

For more information, visit www.stonyplainrecords.com.

Rock Out With The New T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition January 19, 2010

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T-Mobile USA, Inc. announces the upcoming launch of the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition, and a partnership with legendary musician and Fender guitarist Eric Clapton to help unveil the exclusive new phone.

As part of the myTouch 3G marketing campaign, which has featured a variety of iconic artists including comedians, musicians and sports figures, Clapton’s commercial will debut on national TV on January 20, supporting the availability of the device nationwide in select T-Mobile retail stores and online at http://www.t-mobilemytouch.com. In the ad, Clapton will showcase a personalized myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition.

The Fender Limited Edition puts a rock-and-roll spin on the original T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google, offering a fresh design and enhanced features to create a unique mobile music experience. The device will ship with preloaded Clapton classics including “Layla,” “My Father’s Eyes,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll Heart,” and “Wonderful Tonight,” and T-Mobile is a proud supporter of Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival.

Designed in partnership with Fender, the new limited edition myTouch has a Fender guitar sunburst-finish inspired design. The Fender Limited Edition comes equipped with an array of features for an enhanced music experience — a 16GB microSD card to house thousands of songs/videos, a 3.5mm headset jack for headphones and an enhanced music player. The music player, developed by HTC, offers an intuitive user interface that allows for toggling between different views or for changing a song or album by simply touching the album art. It also allows customers to create ringtones from songs that are playing.

“In a modern culture that forms an essential bond between music, mobile devices and one’s individual lifestyle, Fender is very proud to partner with T-Mobile on the exclusive new T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition,” said Mark Van Vleet, senior vice president of Business Affairs, Fender Musical Instruments. “This is an exciting and innovative way to connect people to their passion for great music wherever they go, and we are thrilled to share this news with our customers and fans.”

Content preloaded on the phone includes popular Android Market applications, Guitar: Solo and Musical Light. To accompany the preloaded Clapton tunes, the device also will ship with songs from Wyclef Jean, Avril Lavigne and Brad Paisley. New accessories allow further customization and usability, including additional Fender-branded shells, a Fender carrying case, screen protector, and Rock Dock, a docking station equipped with speakers.

“The myTouch 3G, which runs on Android, gives us an open, highly customizable platform to create truly unique experiences that go beyond what’s possible on proprietary platforms,” said Andrew Sherrard, vice president of product development, T-Mobile USA. “The new limited edition myTouch is a perfect example of this innovation and personalization, and we are excited to bring our customers this special limited edition, feature-rich, music-inspired device”.

With the myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition, T-Mobile is introducing a customized multimedia sync solution in partnership with Silicon Valley startup doubleTwist, allowing customers to easily take advantage of the phone’s advanced media features. doubleTwist is a free software application that enables users to easily manage and sync their music, videos and images from a Windows-based PC or Mac directly to their mobile device. doubleTwist automatically finds all of the music already on the computer and allows customers to import their iTunes playlists, providing full media management functionality.

An exclusive T-Mobile version of the software will be pre-loaded on the new limited edition so customers can simply connect their device to their computer for a seamless installation experience. The software offers a sleek, intuitive interface for syncing and managing music and other media. T-Mobile also will offer the customized version of the software to customers using other T-Mobile Android devices.

The new limited edition myTouch also offers the popular features and same great technology as the original T-Mobile myTouch, including a highly personalized experience, with home screen customization and more than 16,000 applications available from Android Market. The device also offers customers one-touch access to the Google mobile services that millions use every day including Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, YouTube and Picasa. The Fender Limited Edition, which runs Android 1.6, is expected to be updated to Android 2.1 this spring.

Universal Audio Announces Partnership With Dunlop January 18, 2010

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Universal Audio, a manufacturer of high-quality vintage audio hardware and award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins for Mac and PC, announced a partnership with Dunlop, a leading manufacturer of guitar stompboxes and studio-oriented effects under the Dunlop and MXR brands. Under this partnership, Universal Audio will deliver a range of unique and classic effects to the ever-growing family of plug-ins available on the UAD-2 platform.

“Dunlop and MXR have innovated and defined classic effects sounds for decades,” said Matt Ward, President of Universal Audio. “We hope to extend this reputation by painstakingly modeling authentic Dunlop and MXR effects for the UAD-2 platform. Guitarists and producers have embraced these effects for decades, so we’re very happy about this partnership.”

“Universal Audio and Dunlop Manufacturing both have a commitment to maintaining a tradition of true analog gear for musicians,” commented Jimmy Dunlop, Vice President of Dunlop. “When it came time to create plug-ins of our classic electronics, we knew there was only one company to turn to. We know our customers will be pleased with the level of quality and performance that UA will be offering.”

For more:
http://www.uaudio.com/