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Tommy Bolin's Posthumous New Release

This summer OurStage, Guitar Player magazine, and Ernie Ball teamed up to offer aspiring guitarists a chance to win the ultimate Grand Prize with the Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition. The judges are deliberating on a winner as we speak! The winner be featured in an upcoming edition of Guitar Player. While you wait for the big news, here’s some exclusive editorial content fresh from guitarplayer.com”enjoy.

“When I was a little kid, I was just consumed by the fact that Tommy Bolin was all over the map,” says producer Greg Hampton, who recently partnered with Warren Haynes to release the labor of love, Tommy Bolin and Friends: Great Gypsy Soul [Samson/429 Records]. “He was incredibly diverse musically, and that’s what attracted me to him. He became a huge influence on me.”

Read more: http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/the-making-of-great-gypsy-soul/148972

Published by Michael Molenda, Guitar Player magazine

 

Jason Becker Super Hero

OurStage, Guitar Player magazine, and Ernie Ball are teaming up this summer to offer aspiring guitarists a chance to win the ultimate Grand Prize. With the Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition. The competition is now closed for entries, but fans can still judge and rank their favorite shred-masters for a chance to win a year’s subscription to Guitar Player magazine! If you’ve got an ear for fantastic fret-work, judge now! Throughout the competition, we’ll be bringing you exclusive editorial content fresh from guitarplayer.com”enjoy.

What do you think he’d be doing if he were playing today? This is a question guitarists love to ponder when discussing heroes like Jimi Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, Stevie Ray Vaughan, or any other player whose career was cut short by a premature, untimely death. But what if the guitar hero didn’t die? What if, through no fault of his own, a brilliant guitarist was simply no longer able to play guitar? That doesn’t come up in conversation nearly as often, unless the guitarist in question is one Jason Eli Becker.

Read more: http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/jason-becker-super-hero/148973

Published by Matt Blackett, Guitar Player magazine


Intel Seeks To Award Canadian Artists With Superstar Prizes

Live in Canada? Check. Want to be a superstar? Check. Have a song entered into the Intel® “Canada Superstars” Competition? ¦ wait, you haven’t entered yet? Well, considering that there are only FOUR days left to enter, friend, you might want to get on that asap. We’ve got five, genre-specific channels open for superstar hopefuls such as yourself, including country, electronica, francophone, pop, rock, singer-songwriter, and urban. The top artist from each channel will win an incredible prize package, stacked with Fender Guitars, Casio Keyboards, Intel® Notebooks, Pro-Tools, and more. The Top 20 artists in each channel will automatically enter the final round and compete for the Grand Prize. So, get on it.

 

Staffan Johansson on Minimalism

OurStage, Guitar Player magazine, and Ernie Ball are teaming up this summer to offer aspiring guitarists a chance to win the ultimate Grand Prize, and there’s only one day left to enter! Enter the Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition by August 17 for your shot to win your very own feature in Guitar Player magazine, and a year’s supply of strings and accessories from Ernie Ball! Throughout the competition, we’ll be bringing you exclusive editorial content fresh from guitarplayer.com”enjoy!

It kind of sounds like atmospheric rockabilly, but that doesn’t account for the strains of tango, 1920’s jazz, and Weimar Republic cabaret that Carver Combo bandleader Peter Murphy (not the Bauhaus lead singer) cites as his band’s influences. In any case, the broad musical spectrum of the Stockholm, Sweden group definitely keeps its guitarist Staffan Johansson on his toes. But rather than attack Carver Combo’s stylistic Smí¶rgí¥stí¥rta with multi-textural orchestrations, Johansson embraces savvy dashes of minimalism to punctuate the music’s ebb and flow.

Read more: http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/staffan-johansson-on-minimalism/148953

 

Carolyn Wonderland's Telecaster Blues

OurStage, Guitar Player magazine, and Ernie Ball are teaming up this summer to offer aspiring guitarists a chance to win the ultimate Grand Prize. Enter the Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition by August 17 for your shot to win your very own feature in Guitar Player magazine, a year’s supply of strings and accessories from Ernie Ball, and more! Throughout the competition, we’ll be bringing you exclusive editorial content fresh from guitarplayer.com”enjoy!

“When Carolyn Wonderland took the stage at Yoshi’s in Oakland, California, the crowd didn’t know exactly what to make of her at first. She appeared somewhat shy and unassuming, armed with a Tele, a lap-steel, and a tiny Fender combo. As the band went into the opener, the first thing listeners were struck by was her singing voice, an amazing instrument unto itself, with uncommon power, dynamics, and range. Comparisons to Janis Joplin are inevitable, but Wonderland possesses a purity of tone that is all her own.”

Read more: http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/carolyn-wonderland/148795

Published by Matt Blackett, Guitar Player Magazine

Calling All Latin Artists! Enter The "Tr3s Latin Music Channel" Competition For A Shot At Unparalleled Exposure

Tr3s and OurStage have come together in the past to give Latin artists a chance to prove that they are worthy of superstar status. This August, another OurStage artist will rise above all others to be crowned El Headliner when they win the “Tr3s Latin Music Channel” Competition!

Latin artists need to submit their best track into the Tr3s Latin Music Channel by August 23rd for a shot at the crown. The winner of the competition will receive exposure fit for pop royalty: online coverage on Tr3s.com through Music Muy Güey, Descubre & Download, and Blogamole as well as TV coverage on Tr3s. With 6.1 million viewers tuning their televisions to Tr3s and millions more checking out music online, what do you have to lose? If you think you’ve got what it takes to be El Headliner, then enter today!

Lita Ford Cuts the Crap

OurStage, Guitar Player magazine, and Ernie Ball are teaming up this summer to offer aspiring guitarists a chance to win the ultimate Grand Prize. Enter the Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition by August 17 for your shot to win your very own feature in Guitar Player magazine, a year’s supply of strings and accessories from Ernie Ball, and more! Throughout the competition, we’ll be bringing you exclusive editorial content fresh from guitarplayer.com ” enjoy!

THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ME, exclaims Lita Ford when I mention her previous album, 2009’s Wicked Wonderland. It was out of my control. There are so many devices and plug-ins and all kinds of crap on everything. That’s not who I am. When I first started playing, I figured if I couldn’t cut it as a guitar player just plugging straight into an amplifier, then I should stop playing guitar. Effects, layering, stacking”f**k that! Just plug in the damn guitar and play it.”

And that’s just what Ford and producer Gary Hoey did on her new release, Living Like a Runaway [SPV/Steamhammer].

Gary got me immediately, says Ford. So this album was all about what I love about pure and basic rock music. We did vocals and guitars first, to ensure we captured the bare emotion of the songs, and then we cut bass and drums. If playing to a click track took away from the feel I wanted, then we didn’t use one. The other musicians had to play to my time.

I’m a real feel person, and it was so great to get back to that. In fact, seeing a Pink Floyd documentary on VH1 Classics really inspired me while we were recording. Their stuff was so real”they just went with what was in their hearts and laid it down. That was it. And they’d come up with this beautiful journey of music. After watching that show, I was even more determined that nothing fake or calculated get on this album.

Ford used mostly comfy old friends while tracking Living Like a Runaway.

My BC Rich ˜Black Widow’ Warlocks are so damn powerful, she says. Nothing beats those. They’ve got the beef for big crunch power chords and long, sustaining solos. I’ve got preamp switches built into some of them, and when you click on the preamp, it will blow your ass through the freaking wall. I also used my BC Rich Stoli vodkabottle guitar”which sounds like death”a new DBZ Bolero, and a Taylor Grand Symphony acoustic. My favorite strings are GHS Boomers, gauged .009-.042, and I use this bizarre-looking pick that Ritchie Blackmore once gave me. I loved that pick so much I used it exclusively for three months during a Runaways tour with the Ramones. Happily, Pickboy makes them now”they used to be so hard to come by. For amps, we used Marshall JCM 800s, Peavey 5150s, and old Soldanos. My cables are Monster Cable and custom models from guitarcables.com with kill switches on the jacks.

After a recent and ugly divorce (I left with the shirt on my back) ” as well as suffering through career decisions made mostly by her former husband ” Ford views Living Like a Runaway as a heartfelt manifesto of freedom and empowerment.

I’m free to pursue my dreams now, and answer to no one, she says. What’s so great about rock music is that there are no rules. You can do whatever you want. So, right now, I’m just being Lita.

Published by Michael Molenda, Guitar Player Magazine

 

Get Your Final Votes In For The ESPN "Main Event" Competition

This month, we’ve seen dubstep duo Circuit Assasins take on alt-rockers DIVE in the ESPN “Main Event” Competition, but only one group can have their music featured on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. The winning act will also compete with past “Main Event” winners to have their song featured on FNF‘s “Images of the Year.” With the competition coming to a close, these guys need your votes now more than ever! Head over to our Facebook page and cast your votes now” voting ends this Tuesday, July 31.

 

LIVE – Stream Search For The Coldest Finale Featuring Performances From Ice Cube, Fabolous, DJ Drama And Competition Finalists

Eight of the nations’ “coldest” MC’s”as selected by YOU, the fans”are about to get their moment in the spotlight, and we’ve got your exclusive access right here. Beginning Thursday July 26 at 8:00pm EST, the Coors Light® “Search For the Coldest” Competition Finale will be streaming live from searchforthecoldest.com. You can catch performances from the competition finalistsIce Cube, Fabolous, and DJ Drama during the event, which will be hosted by Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg from New York City’s Hot 97. Tune in and catch all the action from the hottest seat in the house.

Rockers Of The Lost Ark: Vote For The Best Face-Melting Guitar Solo

Haven’t you just been dying to hear that one killer solo that will melt your face like that scene from Indiana Jones? So have we! Which is why we want you to help us decide who, among our many talented OurStage shredders, should win the Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition. You have the power to help us discover the next Stevie Ray Vaughn, Joe Satriani, or Yngwie Malmsteen to be featured in an issue of Guitar Player magazine and win a year’s supply of Ernie Ball guitar strings. All you have to do is click here to start judging. Just make sure you mop up your face after you’re done… and maybe see a doctor (Jones, that is).