The Lone Star State produces an independent contemporary country sensation
By Bradley Weinholtz
Merging alternative and mainstream rock elements, classical training, and country storytelling, Breaking Southwest has quickly galloped onto the scene. The band's combined talents and diverse musical backgrounds have gelled into a flavorful contemporary country outfit that's going like a house on fire. Just a little over three years ago, the band was two guys jamming in their apartment; by New Year's Eve 2013 Breaking Southwest was performing in front of an audience of more than 35,000.
What is your first association with the violin? It’s likely of priceless antique instruments being played in grand orchestra halls. Though this scenario certainly does exist, the world of the violin is much more diverse. Contemporary musicians use it in electric and acoustic forms, with string, pedal, and amplification choices to create memorable performances and stretch the boundaries of its sound in the studio.
Tone guru Peter Janis of Radial Engineering gets into the nuts and bolts of true bypass, and how to alleviate the noise and tone-sucking impact of effects signal chains and long cable runs. He also addresses buffers, what they do, and how to feed and switch between multiple amps without adding noise.
Find the Right Gretsch Drum Set to Match Your Music and Budget
Gretsch has been building world-class drums ever since the company opened its doors in Brooklyn, New York in 1883. Known for their distinctive sound, the list of renowned drummers who have played Gretsch drum kits includes such luminaries as Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Charlie Watts, Phil Collins—and more recently—Steve Ferrone, Keith Carlock, Stanton Moore, and Taylor Hawkins.
New series links today's performance needs with Roland's legacy EDM gear
It's hard to believe that electronic synths, sequencers, and beat machines have been with us for going on four decades now. Roland led the march of the microprocessors that transformed the sounds of modern music; by the early 1980s the company's groundbreaking drum machines and synthesizers were reshaping the musical soundscape.
Renowned flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia died suddenly of a heart attack in Mexico on February 25. He was 66. A tireless innovator, his eclectic musical tastes led him far beyond the boundaries of traditional flamenco to collaborations with jazz, rock, and and Latin artists including Al Di Meola, Chick Corea, Eric Clapton, and John McLaughlin.
The strings on your electric guitar have a major impact on its sound and playability. If you’ve taken a look at the huge Musician’s Friend guitar string assortment, you’ve likely realized that there’s a lot to consider in figuring out which strings are right for you and your instrument. Read on to find the strings that best match your electric guitar, music, and playing style.