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  In 2015 Spitfire Audio  will release the new music bundle package The Grange. These magnificant drum library, made rock and roll history as they were recorded at the famous Headley Grange estate.  This happens to be  the same location were tracks like Lamb lies down on Broadway by Genesis, and When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin were recorded. After 40 years Spitfire was able to gain access to the grounds and record three of the most highly noted drummers...
  Funkmaster George Clinton appeared at the 2015 NAMM show today to  announce the importance of music education and give a live hands on workshop to students of Berklee College.  The workshop took place inside the John Lennon Songwriting Bus.  The bus is a recording studio and mobile educational facility  which has been in existence since  1998.   This year it has been updated with the latest in audio video and music products that include Mac, Mackie, GoPro and Zvex . George...
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  NAMM 2015: For the times they are a changing – by Joanne Ledesma The annual winter NAMM show 2015 (National Association of Music Merchants) at the Anaheim Convention Center is just around the corner. All industries must adapt and be flexible to change in order to succeed and prosper. The Music Industry is no different. Understanding and forecasting Economics, Politics, Technology and Trends are crucial to turning a profit for music merchants. The NAMM show is ground-zero for what could become a profit or...
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Nicks Taste of Texas closed it doors, but not without leaving an imprint our  community! Nick's Taste of Texas -- a gem in the San Gabriel Valley for decades closed its operation in Covina on Sunday Aug. 24, 2014. No details were provided, but Nick's requested that patrons stay connected to its Facebook page for information on a future reopening. The doors may be closed but Nick's has left a solid imprint on our community, where it has been a...
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Top Row: Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton    Middle Row Ryan Bingham, Jake Bugg, Dale Watson, Emi Sunshine   Bottom Row: Hank Williams Sr., Sturgill Simpson, Jackson Browne, Ray LaMontagne Songwriters: Trailblazers and New Trails  In the 1970’s singer-songwriters broke into the business through content, politics and record labels. Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan were all picked up by labels through massive popularity, and their popularity was due to political stance, environmental movement with some poetic justice thrown...
WORLD PREMIERE of the Movie "INSIDE METAL" (with METALLICA, VAN HALEN, RANDY RHOADS, MOTLEY CRUE, QUIET RIOT, DOKKEN & more!)  will debut as part of the Indie Entertainment Summit on  Sunday August 10 at 11am at LAEMMLE THEATRE – 5240 Lankershim Bl., N.Hollywood 91601 (between Magnolia & Burbank Bl) – with Special GUEST STARS (open to public)".  The music summit is exclusive to conference attendees however they are hosting several eventsincluding this film open to the public. There will also...
  It was more than forty years ago that Bobby Zarate and Jimi Seville first met in East Los Angeles. Soon after the teens met, they solidified their friendship with the love and passion for music and songwriting. Both became well known in the local music scene in the '60s and '70s. This set the foundation for careers that would parallel each other for decades.   Bobby Zarate started as a drummer but moved to keyboards early in a multi-decade career...
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It's vacation season -- time for longer days, more sunshine, music festivals, road trips and, of course, great traveling music. It's a time to reacquaint ourselves with favorite albums or shuffle through our favorite musical eras, and an opportunity for you to showcase your great taste in music for your travel mates. SGV music has assembled a hand-picked selection of amazing California songwriters whose music is an ideal fit for your adventure in the open spaces. Pacific Coast Highway: Chris Ahlman...
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  The 2014 NAMM Show debuts the hottest in musical instruments, technology and sound.   Fender took a giant leap this year with their "no solder" modification chip that alters the tone.   According to product specialist Allen Abbassi, the  Stratocaster is the most modifiable of their guitars. This year they went high tech with a removable  no–battery-needed chip card. You won’t believe it till you hear it and see it up close. They deem the new instrument the American Stratocaster Deluxe Plus....
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  The role of a record producer has changed vastly in the last few years. The style, approach and budgets of past Industry icons like Phil Ramone, Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler have nearly disappeared. The recording model for producers is quick to change and new approaches are a necessity if an artist is going to have success. Artists need more than a hit record to sustain a career -- they need a strong producer with a solid, current track record,...
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