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Billy Duffy Joins Johnny Marr Onstage

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Immediately following his Coachella appearance, Johnny Marr headed to San Francisco to play the Fillmore, where he invited an old friend to the stage.

In introducing The Cult guitarist Billy Duffy, Marr recalled moving to a new neighborhood as a teen and meeting up with some guys who changed his life, and the “one guy who stuck around more than any other person.”

Watch fan footage of the longtime friends rocking “I Fought the Law” and “How Soon Is Now” below.

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Little Big Town are Big Winners at ACM Awards

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Not only did Little Big Town win for Vocal Group of the Year and Video of the Year (“Tornado”) at last weekend’s 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, the quartet got to take the stage and play their latest hit “Your Side of the Bed.”

With their sweet four-part harmonies mesmerizing the audience, Little Big Town was accompanied by two dancers that were gracefully suspended in front of a vertical bed.

Watch their performance after the jump and visit their official website for more information. (more…)

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Honeyhoney Perform “Sugarcane”

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Nashville based duo Honeyhoney recently performed “Sugarcane” off 2010′s First Rodeo. For the performance, Suzanne Santo is using a Gretsch G9410 Broadkaster® “Deluxe” 5-String Resonator Banjo. Watch below.

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GretschTech: the Zero Fret

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Zero fret on a G6122-1959 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman.

What’s the deal with the zero fret found on some Gretsch guitars? What is it, why is it there and what does it do?

A “zero fret” is an extra fret located directly in front of the nut. You don’t often see them these days, although they were once fairly commonplace. Regarded today as an antiquated feature, they nonetheless still appear on a small number of instruments as an item of vintage-style authenticity.

Nonetheless, a zero fret isn’t merely a cosmetic touch—it does serve a subtle purpose appreciated by discerning players. In effect, it takes over the role of the nut in determining string height above the fingerboard. A zero fret can even out string action even more uniformly than the nut.

It’s easy to understand how the zero fret achieves this. On most guitars and basses, the nut serves as the anchor point for the vibrating length of the string at that end of the instrument (the bridge saddles serving the same function at the other end of the instrument) and as the string “spacer.”

The slots cut into the nut are of a generally uniform depth, but there can be very slight variations, which in turn produce very slight variations in the height of each individual string above the fingerboard. Guitarists with a discerning fretting hand feel may be able to detect such small variances.

The zero fret eliminates these variances and uniformly evens out string height even more finely because all the strings rest on it as they pass over it, with the nut relegated solely to its role of spacing the strings apart evenly across the width of the fingerboard.

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Depeche Mode Featured on Letterman

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With their new album Delta Machine coming out last month, Depeche Mode was the featured act on the most-recent edition of Live on Letterman.

The British electronic rockers performed several new tracks as well as a few classics from their extensive catalog.

Check out the full performance and an interview about the making of Delta Machine after the jump. (more…)

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