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New Guitar Collection: George Harrison iPad App Features Famous Gretsch Duo Jet


The new Guitar Collection: George Harrison iPad app from Bandwdth Publishing presents a fascinating digital guided tour of one of the world’s most historic guitar collections belonging to one of the world’s most famous and beloved guitarists. It delivers 360-degree views and an unbelievably detailed close-up look at every scratch, ding, dent and modification of the guitars that Harrison used to make his many monumental contributions to music.

Fans can dive much deeper, too—Guitar Collection: George Harrison also presents the facts about and the story behind each guitar through detailed descriptions, a wealth of images, historical and contemporary video footage, a full list of Beatles and Harrison songs on which each guitar is heard, and even the unmistakable voice of Harrison himself.

Among the many famous instruments on digital display, the app presents a remarkably detailed look at the highly distinctive Gretsch Duo Jet that figured so prominently in Harrison’s early career and that he was photographed with for the cover of acclaimed 1987 solo album Cloud Nine. Harrison played the guitar extensively from summer 1961 through spring 1963—a historic period that encompassed the Beatles’ meteoric rise from regional popularity at home in Liverpool, the band’s gritty rock ‘n’ roll “apprenticeship” in the seedy nightclubs of Hamburg, Germany, 1963 debut album Please Please Me, the phenomenal rise of Beatlemania and the opening salvos of the British Invasion.


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Ed Roland “When It Comes Down To Love”


Collective Soul’s Ed Roland performs his new Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea song “When It Comes Down to Love” on the Gretsch G5022CE Rancher Jumbo Cutaway Electric guitar.

Sweet indeed!

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Matthew Davidson Wins Robert Johnson Blues Foundation Award


Guitarist and vocalist Matthew Davidson of Shreveport, La., recently won the 2011 Robert Johnson Blues Foundation New Generation Award.

“It’s an award given out annually to guitarists 12 to 18 years old that helps young kids like myself keep interested in the blues and respect the blues,” the 14-year-old Davidson said, according to the foundation’s official website. “Robert Johnson is one of the greatest blues players. He kind of started it all and paved the way for so many.”

Said Steven Johnson, Robert’s grandson and vice president of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation: “His style was advanced for his age.  It was crisp; it was professional. His style with that electric guitar was amazing. I know Matthew will be a great ambassador for the Foundation”.

In addition, Davidson is the youngest member of the Memphis Chapter and was selected to be the guitarist for the 2011 Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Rock Camp Band.

The week-long camp was held in July at the Kidd Kraddick studio in Irving, Texas, and only four young musicians were selected from a group of over 300 applicants.

Earlier this month, Davidson covered Gretsch signature artist Brian Setzer at the Ellerbe Road Baptist Church’s Jazz Dinner featuring Port City Jazz.

Watch Davidson in action in the video below:

Check out Davidson’s official website for more information.

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Alejandro Escovedo Rocks Springsteen Crowd


Alejandro Escovedo was joined on stage by Bruce Springsteen during a show at the South by Southwest music festival, and the Texas-based musician helped his buddy out in return by opening for the Boss’ intimate SXSW show at the ACL Moody Theater last Thursday night.

During Springsteen’s appearance at the Escovedo show, the two played Escovedo’s “Always a Friend.”  Fellow Texas singer/songwriter Joe Ely, Escovedo and Springsteen then alternated verses during “Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad,” with Springsteen adding metal-esque flourishes.

At the Springsteen concert, Escovedo had an eager crowd of about 3,000 jamming along with his earnest rock and roll.

And as Springsteen wrapped up his epic two-hour plus set, Escovedo, Ely, Tom Morello, Garland Jeffreys and members of Arcade Fire and the Low Anthem all came out to perform “This Land Is Your Land” as the closer.

Watch the Springsteen concert closer below:

For more information, visit Escovedo’s official website.

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Papa Bring The Groove To SXSW


Los Angeles-based soul-punk-rock band Papa was already three shows into a five-show run at the South by Southwest music festival, but that didn’t stop the Darren Weiss- and Danny Presant-helmed group from putting on an electric show at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Friday night.

Drawing upon their 2011 EP A Good Woman Is Hard To Find and other tunes that should make it on a planned 2012 full-length, Papa had a dusty SXSW crowd dancing with their infectious grooves.

Highlights included Weiss’ growling vocals coming to the fore front on “Collector,” which held the audience’s rapt attention as the crew attempted to find another kick pedal when Weiss’ went missing.

Once he got the issue fixed, Weiss told the crowd, “When this shit kicks in, oh my God it’s gonna be good.”

As his cymbals crashed in a snarling crescendo, Weiss came through on that promise.

Papa closed with “Ain’t It So” and “I Am the Lion King,” a catchy number that even includes a break for Weiss to get out in the crowd for an impromptu handstand.

Weiss apologized in advance to the crowd if his voice faltered.  As previously noted, it was the fourth performance for the band on Friday, with one more to go.

But no worries.  Papa seemed fresh as ever despite their heavy work load.

For more information and a list of tour dates, visit Papa’s official Facebook page.

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