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Meg Frampton Prepping For Blake Shelton Tour


Meg Frampton is getting ready for an upcoming tour with her sister, Dia, and star of the NBC hit show The Voice, Blake Shelton.

Dia Frampton, who finished as the runner-up in the competition’s first season, will have Meg in in her band as part of Shelton’s “Well Lit & Amplified” tour beginning Jan. 26.

As such, Meg recently stopped by the Gretsch Showroom in Burbank to pick up a glittery gold gold guitar.

“I feel so spoiled, and I am so excited to break in this sparkly beauty on the Blake Shelton tour!” she tweeted.

Check out a photo of Meg with that beauty below:

For a full list of tour stops, visit Shelton’s official website.

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Augustana Plays The Tonight Show


Augustana got ready for their upcoming tour with an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this week, offering “Just Stay Here Tonight” from their eponymous 2011 release.

Watch the San Diego rockers perform below:

For more information and a list of tour dates, visit Augustana’s official website.

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Jimmy Vivino and Conan Cover Cash With Chris Isaak


Chris Isaak stopped by the set of Conan recently to perform with host Conan O’Brien and Basic Cable Band leader Jimmy Vivino.

But the song they played was from another legend’s catalog, as Isaak and Co. offered a spot-on rendition of Johnny Cash’s 1963 hit “Ring of Fire.”

Isaak chose to put that tune on Beyond the Sun, his 2011 tribute to the iconic artists at Sun Records, such as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Cash himself.

Check out Vivino with the Gretsch G6120RHH Reverend Horton Heat he played on the episode:

Watch a video of the performance below:

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New iPad App Dissects Harrison’s Guitar Collection


In the past year, George Harrison’s life has been celebrated in the touching four-hour documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World and his wife Olivia Harrison’s companion photo book of the same name, both of which marked the 10-year anniversary of the late, great Beatle’s passing.

The accomplished musician, producer and philanthropist will soon have his robust collection of guitars on display, as well. A 360-degree photographic iPad app is due out on Feb. 23, featuring Harrison’s guitar collection.

In addition, there will be footage of musicians such as Josh Homme and Ben Harper playing the instruments and commentary from Harrison himself.

Harrison’s official Facebook page offered a video teaser of the app …

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Hanni El Khatib Preps For 2012 Tour


With a new album out in 2011, San Francisco rocker Hanni El Khatib is preparing to embark on a month-long European tour in February.

But first, El Khatib will play a show Friday night in Los Angeles at The Bootleg Theater, for which he stopped by the Gretsch Showroom in Burbank to pick up an Electromatic Duo Jet with Bigsby.

El Khatib’s debut full-length, Will The Guns Come Out (released in September), features eight original tracks and three covers.

Below is the official music video for “Loved One:”

Here is a full list of El Khatib’s 2012 tour dates:

Fri 1/6:  Los Angeles @ The Del Monte Speakeasy
Wed 2/1:  Manchester (UK) @ The Castle (Beta Club night)
Thu 2/2:  Bristol (UK) @ Thekla
Fri 2/3:  Brighton (UK) @ The Green Door Store
Sat 2/4:  London (UK) @ Borderline (HMV Next Big Thing)
Sun 2/5:  Rotterdam (NL) @ Rotown
Tue 2/7:  Nijmegen (NL) @ Merleyn
Wed 2/8:  Brussels (BE) – Rotonde @ Botanique
Fri 2/10:  St Gallen (CH) @ Le Palace
Sat 2/11:  Winterthur (CH) @ Albani
Sun 2/12:  Geneva (CH) – Festival Antigel @ Chat Noir
Mon 2/13:  Basel (CH) @ Kaserne
Wed 2/15:  Nantes (FR) @ Stereloux
Thu 2/16:  Rouen (FR) @ Le 106
Fri 2/17:  Clemont Ferrand (FR) @ La Cooperative de Mai
Sat 2/18:  Bordeaux (FR) @ Le Krakatoa
Tue 2/21:  Paris (FR) @ La Maroquinerie
Wed 2/22:  Tourcoing (FR) @ Le Grand Mix
Fri 2/24:  Nancy (FR) @ L Autre Canal
Sat 2/25:  Annecy (FR) @ Le Brise Glace
Sun 2/26:  Lyon (FR)
Tue 2/28:  Copenhagen (DK) @ Loppen
Wed 2/29:  Berlin (GER) @ Bassy Club
Thu 3/1:  Hamburg (GER) @ Molotow Bar
Sat 3/3:  Porto (Portugal) @ Mexefest Porto

For more information, visit Hanni’s official website.

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