In April 2001, I was honored to interview gifted blues rock virtuoso, singer, songwriter, guitarist Shannon Curfman. Curfman, at the tender age at the time, of just fifteen years old, had just released her critically acclaimed debut album, “Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions”. Shannon was dazzling fans, critics, and seasoned music artists and veterans of guitar with her scorching maturity, authority, and command at burning up the fretboard while belting out her blues drenched vocals.
Guitarist Mark Tremonti seeks to explore and discover new walls to breakdown in a never-ending quest to master the guitar. As he reaches the horizon of the guitar, he finds a plateau, only to find yet another world of mastery to work toward. It’s the magic of the instrument and the essence of inventiveness and creativity and for the guitarist, an unquenchable thirst.
Emerging Austin-based five-piece band, The Vanity, comes fully loaded with hooks, depth and attitude which is evident on their debut indie EP Strangers. Featuring such strong rock songs with haunting melodies as “River,” “Cowboy Killer,” and “Black & Blue.”
The Wombats are gearing up for the release of their third CD, Glitterbug, on April 13th. Hailing from the UK the band have scored an unprecedented number of radio hits with their 2011 release, This Modern Glitch, which debuted at #3 in the U.K.. That CD was also the band’s biggest international album in its career.
Sugarcane Jane, the Alabama Gulf Coast-based duo, will release their new studio album, Dirt Road’s End on April 28th.
Anthony and Savana Lee Crawford purvey what they proudly call “Organic Music at its Finest.” Their brand of Americana draws from a deep well of roots influences, interwoven with inflections of gospel, country, jazz, and rock.
Michael Des Barres the British singer, songwriter, musician, and actor will be releasing a new full-length CD entitled; The Key To The Universe this April 7th on FOD Records. The album is a return to down and dirty rock music with heavy guitars and unflinching lyrics about living life to the fullest.
As That Metal Show celebrates its 14th season on VH1 Classics, co-host Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine continue to fly the flag for hard rock and heavy metal. As the show grows in popularly, it flourishes and evolves with each new season.
In May 2003, I was honored to interview Lynyrd Skynyrd’s legendary Gary Rossington. At the time, Gary was celebrating Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 30th Anniversary which included the release at the time of a new Lynyrd Skynyrd Boxed Set, ® Epiphone Guitars Official 30th Anniversary Lynyrd Skynyrd Les Paul Standard Gold Top
Iconic vocalist and guitarist Michael Sweet of Stryper and guitar hero George Lynch of Lynch Mob and Dokken have joined forces to form the new supergroup Sweet & Lynch. Joining them on bass are James Lomenzo and Brian Tichy on drums.
Few rock guitarists have an impressive resume like Michael Schenker – from UFO, to the Scorpions, to the Michael Schenker Group; he has influence generations of guitarists.