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Patrick Matera Recording New Solo Record

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Patrick Matera might be well known at Katy Perry’s guitarist, but he’s also been hard at work on a new solo record.

And to complete it, Matera launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise a final $10,000 with rewards that include a digital download of the album to the opportunity to have the artist play a private 45-minute set at a fan’s home.

“I’ve been playing guitar with Katy Perry since the 2008 Warped Tour,” he wrote on his Kickstarter page. “When we had a little time off last summer, I began working on this solo record, writing songs and recording demos. It’s pop music, I’d say… electronic/guitar/vibey singer/songwriter stuff. I’ll be singing, playing guitar and keyboards on it and just need a little help from my friends to finish it and get it out there to you. I’m raising funds so I can pay all the musicians, studio owners, engineers, mixers, etc., that I need to help complete the project.”

To learn more about Matera’s mission, click here.

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Ray Davies Performs ‘Waterloo Sunset’ During Closing Ceremonies

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Ray Davies was a featured artist on the epic Olympic closing ceremony that recently took place, as he played “Waterloo Sunset,” a love letter to London.

Watch the performance alongside guitarist Bill Shanley in the clip below.

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Joe Robinson Not Just A Guitarist Anymore

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Australian guitar stud Joe Robinson certainly has the chops to make a name for himself on his axe accomplishments.

That was mainly the way he won the 2008 season of Australia’s Got Talent.

But now, Robinson is ready to branch out, having just released his third album – and first with vocals and a full band – last week.

Entitled Let Me Introduce You, the album features 13 songs that Robinson painstakingly put together for more than just him and instrument.

Even though he had just flown in from his native country hours before, Robinson sat down with GretschGuitars.com for an exclusive interview over the weekend.

Here’s what he had to say:

Q: Now that the album is out, is there a sense of relief?

A: I’ve spent the last year almost writing and recording, so it’s a really good feeling to be done with it and to share it with people.

Q: Was there a certain kind of style or genre you were going for with this album?

A: The idea behind this album was to try as many things that I could and see what fit. I had really distinct ideas as far as having my signature guitar stuff, but there was a vocal too. Even though it was vocal-based, the guitar had to play an important role. Every track, stylistically we went in as many directions as we could.  There are jazz-fusion elements, blues-rock elements, pop.  There’s a lot of elements to it, but that’s just part of the fun.

Q: You’ve mainly been a guitarist in the past.  In what ways did you have to adjust your songwriting process for Let Me Introduce You?

A: I felt like this album was quite ambitious for me, because I’d never sung before or written for a band. I’ve played in a lot of bands, but this album was a different kind of animal.  It was a blast, and I felt like I learned so much from it.

Q: You moved to Nashville a few years back. How did that scene inspire you?

A: When I was writing the album, I wrote with a lot of Nashville songwriters, co-wrote with a lot of people.  Some of these people have written big hits and write a song every day.  To see how that works was a great thing to be exposed to.  Having said that, I tried to avoid falling into the Nashville machine, where some albums have that formula and come out sounding like a “Nashville” CD.

But I feel like if you have a vision and and idea, Nashville’s a great place to make that come to life because it’s such a music city.

Q: What were your first impressions of the “Music City”?

A: I come from a small town, so growing up, I was just craving musical stimulation.  Just craving to see someone playing, and when I came to Nashville for the first time, it was like sensory overload.  It was so great.

Q: Did you ever just walk into a club or bar with your guitar and jam?

A: I did that so many times. Whenever I walked down Broadway past the honkey-tonks, some people would say, “Hey, there’s that kid that used to sit in!” I’d take my guitar and ask if I could come up and jam.  People eventually got to know me and eventually I met so many people just from doing that.

When I first got to Nashville, I was 15 and I made all my inroads by door-knocking.  I literally walked around Nashville with a guitar on my back during the summer and was banging on doors, like, “Hey man, can I play for you?  I’m from Australia.”  Most people would be like, “No, go away.” But sometimes, I’d find someone that would let me play, and they’d say, “Meet this person, meet this person.” I got introduced to half of Nashville through those connections.  It was a fun was to get to know people.

For more information about Joe Robinson, visit his official website.

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Rare Neil Young Photographs Presented in New York

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Music photographers Henry Diltz and Joel Bernstein presented an exclusive collection of limited edition prints of legendary musician Neil Young in New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery on June 17.

This exhibit is considered to be one of the best collections of Neil Young photographs ever presented, containing over 40 candid images of the music icon.

To view the entire collection, including images of Young with his Gretsch White Falcon guitar, visit the Morrison Hotel Gallery’s website here.

To see Neil Young’s tour dates, visit his website here.

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