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Conan Checks out George Harrison Guitars

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Conan invited Dhani Harrison by his show last week to unveil the new iPad app featuring his father’s collection. Harrison, in turn, allowed Conan to actually hold and play a few of the valued instruments.  Watch what happened below when he got his hands on George’s Duo Jet.

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Country Music H.O.F. To Hold Chet Atkins Programs In March

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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will present two special programs next month in support of the exhibition Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player.

On March 3, The Life and Times of Chet Atkins by Dr. Richard Hood will be presented in the museum’s Ford Theater.  Hood, an Atkins scholar and finger-style guitarist himself, will trace Atkins’ life from his rural childhood to his career as a legendary guitarist and producer. Ben Hall and Eddie Pennington, both winners of the National Thumbpicking Championship, will perform selections from the Atkins catalog. Pennington will also present a thumbpick guitar demonstration on March 4.

Then on March 17, the museum will host Chet Atkins at Studio B, a panel discussion featuring some of Atkins’ closest associates.  RCA crossover artists Bobby Bare (“Detroit City”) and Jim Ed Brown (“The Three Bells”), background singer Delores Dinning Edgin, studio guitarist Ray Edenton, and hit songwriter John D. Loudermilk (“Abilene”) will share stories of their work with Atkins, providing insights into what made him one of country music’s most successful producers of all time. The program will be streamed live on the Country Music Hall of Fame’s official website.

Following the panel discussion, Hall will present The House That Chet Built: A Chet Atkins Tour of Historic RCA Studio B. This unique guided tour will show how Atkins worked in his longtime recording home, logging many hours as a musician and a producer and cutting records that helped define the classic Nashville sound.

For tickets and more information, click here.

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The Cult Confirm 2012 Debut At SXSW

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With a new album - Choice of Weapon - due out May 22, The Cult will make its 2012 concert debut at the South By Southwest Music Festival next month, headlining Austin’s Auditorium Shores Stage on Saturday, March 17.

The appearance will be free and open to the public, and it starts at 8 p.m.

“SXSW is thrilled that The Cult is returning to play our biggest stage at Auditorium Shores,” Festival Producer Darin Klein said in a statement. “We’re excited to hear their new tunes and their classic hits. The show is free and open to the public, so everyone in Austin should get fired up for a great night of music.”

Choice is The Cult’s first new studio album in five years.  Written by founding members Ian Astbury (vocals) and Billy Duffy (guitar), the effort has been said to reveal the band in its rawest state.

“What we do with The Cult is try and let the songs become who they are. It’s like school children, you try and give them good guidance, but they’re going to end up doing what they want to do. In the end, you have to just relinquish power,” Duffy told Noisecreep.  ”You want to capture a feel and document the era when you wrote them. You don’t want to overdo it, or you end up with something like ‘Chinese Democracy.’ You know what I mean?”

Future tour dates will be announced on The Cult’s official website, but for now, fans can download the new track “Lucifer” here.

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Watch The Airborne Toxic Event Perform on Letterman

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The Airborne Toxic Event recently dropped by David Letterman to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the show with a performance of their latest single “All I Ever Wanted.” Watch below as frontman Mikel Jollett rocks his Gretsch Silver Falcon with guitarist Steven Chen on his Gretsch Power Jet.

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Dhani Harrison Appears on ‘Conan’ to Discuss George Harrison Guitar App

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Dhani Harrison appeared last night on Conan to discuss the new The Guitar Collection: George Harrison iPad app last night that features his father’s most famous guitars. As you’ll see, there’s also a guitar in the collection that most of us have never seen before. Watch the interview below, and download the app at the iTunes store.

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