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Guitar Nine News For January, 2006

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Art Greenhaw Joins The Ventures On Stage In Anaheim - Sunday, January 29, 2006 - 8:25 PM
Grammy Award-Winner Art Greenhaw of The Light Crust Doughboys joined his biggest guitar and instrumental influences, 2006 Grammy Hall of Famers, The Ventures, for their super-charged concert before thousands of cheering fans at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show, January 20, 2006 at the Anaheim, California Convention Center. Introduced to the cheering crowd which filled every inch of the convention center lobby and all the center's balconies by Ventures' co-founder Don Wilson, Art played Ventures-style bass guitar on The Ventures' signature encore number, "Caravan", joining his long-time idols Nokie Edwards on lead guitar and Don on rhythm guitar.

The Ventures are recognized as the top instrumental combo/guitar band in recording and touring history, and Art is quick to give the band credit as his top musical influence. The Light Crust Doughboys, led by Art, are one of the world's top historical bands and the quintessential Texas western swing outfit. Art has collaborated musically with Nokie Edwards for the past 6 years, and their acclaimed albums together include this year's Grammy-Nominated album for best in the gospel field, "Southern Meets Soul: An American Gospel Jubilee".
Jim Horne Update - Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 4:19 PM
You can check out some new MP3s from Jim Horne's upcoming CD "Panic Attack". Just go to www.Jim-Horne.com and head on over to the Media Section!

"Classical Variations And Themes" By Timo Tolkki Now Available - Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 7:00 PM
"Classical Variations And Themes" is the re-release of Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki's 1994, neo-classically flavored, melodic metal solo outing. An 11 track collection (9 instrumental, 2 vocal) of classical variations and themes, it includes Tolkki's interpretation of Tchaikovsky's "Death Of A Swan", as well as Rodrigo's "Concierto De Aranjuez" ("Guitar Concerto") and the traditional tune "Greensleeves".
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"Voices In The Wind" By Tim Donahue Now Available - Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 7:50 PM
Nippon Crown's first worldwide release, "Voices In The Wind", is a hard rocking powerhouse that features the extraordinary talents of guitarist Tim Donahue together with two legends of rock music, Paul Rodgers and Eddie Kramer. On his 3rd Nippon Crown album, Tim brings melody back to rock, along with a unique approach to rock guitar. Rock fans will especially enjoy tracks like "Step On It" and "Riff Raff", as this fretless guitar virtuoso cuts loose! Paul Rodgers' fans will be pleased to hear songs like "Sharing The Same Dream" and the title track, as Paul reveals a previously unknown side to his great vocal abilities.
"Meadow Run" By Clarelynn Rose Now Available - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 7:07 PM
Nature lovers, guitar lovers, lute lovers, and just plain lovers, check out "Meadow Run". Journey through the redwood forests and the misty hills of Celtic country with this lovely and lively album. This third album by forester Clarelynn Rose is filled with inspiration from the woods. You'll run with the elk in the title track, be invigorated by the "West Wind", and mellow out with "The Honey Song". The album includes a track played on the baroque lute. The presence and power of this incredible 24-string instrument are absolutely stunning. You'll enjoy a strong Celtic flavor in several tracks.
"Diversity" By Dave Hart Now Available - Monday, January 16, 2006 - 10:21 AM
Dave Hart's "Diversity" is a diversified collection from his many inspired musical impulses over the last two years. Each song's environment was created by combining acoustic and electric guitar arrangements with a Roland guitar synthesizer and other audio effects, bringing together expansive and sonic atmospheres that bridge musical tastes. As you listen to the recordings - keep in mind that all non-guitar sounds (or 'synth-struments') you hear (like strings, pipes, percussion and bells) were created from using the guitar's hexaphonic synth pickup, which transmits the strings vibration to the main synthesizer unit. Then all of these instruments were tracked and mixed together with interlaced soundscapes and other audio effects.
"China Rose" By Guitar Garden Now Available - Sunday, January 15, 2006 - 6:35 AM
Love exotic World music mixed with cool Hip-Hop beats? Dig the sound of passionate lead guitar? Meet Guitar Garden, the new voice of World Progressive music. Their music has been featured on NPR's "Morning Edition" radio program, and has received countless rave reviews from critics across the country. The atmospheric sound of "China Rose" features contemporary World Progressive music blended with soulful guitar solos, heavy keyboards, and Asian melodies, providing this CD with a breakthrough instrumental sound. Fans of Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Genesis, the Flower Kings, and Chinese classical composer Tan Dun will revel in the atmospheric quality of the music, which features deep grooves and orchestral keyboard pads, in addition to ripping guitar work.
"Uninstall" By Ed Vick Now Available - Sunday, January 15, 2006 - 7:26 AM
New Haven, CT based guitarist/songwriter Ed Vick writes guitar-driven instrumental rock with many different stylistic inflections. Ed has been playing for 25+ years and is a full time guitar instructor. On "Uninstall", Vick takes his music to new levels of heaviness, incorporating more of his Van Halen and Randy Rhoads influences into the music, as compared to his "Set In Motion" CD. Says Vick, "The title "Uninstall" was perfect for this CD. During the recording and production process, my now obsolete, piece of s&*% computer crashed numerous times sending me into fits of rage and panic."
Vitalij Kuprij News - Sunday, January 15, 2006 - 9:18 PM
Vitalij Kuprij has added a video to his web site of a performance featuring neoclassical soloing and a little excerpt from his "VK3" album. Also available are all the MP3s from his latest album "Revenge".
Nokie Edwards Update - Sunday, January 15, 2006 - 9:36 PM
The Ventures' "Walk Don't Run" single has entered The Grammy Hall of Fame as one of the world's most influential and enduring recordings. The Grammy Hall of Fame is the recording industry's highest honor for historical recordings as voted by the world's most respected producers, artists and engineers.

Also in big 2006 Grammy news, Nokie Edwards has been Grammy Nominated for "Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album" for "Southern Meets Soul: An American Gospel Jubilee also featuring The Jordanaires, The Light Crust Doughboys and Larry "T-Byrd" Gordon in collaboration with Nokie. The Grammy Awards, music's highest honors on music's biggest night, is held February 8th in Los Angeles.
"Seduction" By Jasun Tipton Now Available - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 5:16 PM
If the goal of the musical arts is create a mood - a vibe - a slice of raw emotional energy, then the medium one chooses to paint these moods can be vibrant in countless different ways. Forms and textures, variety and originality, honesty and compassio... these are the brushes that Jasun Tipton has chosen in his musical endeavors. Tipton's CD, "Seduction", is a collection of material reflecting a more subtle and nuanced side of his musical personality. Along with the fretted and fretless bass work of brother Troy, Tipton recruited the powerful percussive genius of drummers Sean Flanegan (Enchant) and John Perrine (Dali’s Dilemma). Jasun himself uses both electric and nylon acoustic guitars along with keyboards to provide a sensual, cinematic and unforgettable melodic flair.
Curt Shaw`s Self-Titled CD Now Available - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 6:00 PM
On his self-titled CD, Curt Shaw's blazing technical leads are beyond this world with his classic shredding, but you will also be intrigued by his unique rhythms. Curt’s focus on composition allows you to travel with his songs. Meticulous care and effort were put into each song to inspire and allow you to immerse yourself into the scene of the music. Songs like “Egyptian Moon” and “Ilsa Majeras” will take you off to a distant land that extends far beyond your back yard. Curt delivers the ultimate “high-tech shredding”, yet he does not limit himself to one style; you will also hear beautiful finger picking and classical pieces.

XM Radio interviews Paul Nelson and Johnny Winter - Monday, January 9, 2006 - 12:18 PM
Paul Nelson and Johnny Winter interviewed on XMRadio's "Bluesville" with Bill Wax - check listings for broadcast times. Visit: www.paulnelsonguitar.com and www.johnnywinter.net.
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"Living Digits" By WIll Landrum Now Available - Monday, January 9, 2006 - 7:12 PM
"Living Digits" is Will Landrum's debut CD from this Virginia-based guitarist featuring 8 cuts of heavy rock instrumentals (tracks here have been enhanced or redone and remastered from the original "Will Landrum" CD). Landrum has developed an impressive set of muscles as a guitarist. Lightning-fast scales are mixed with hammering and pull-offs, but not to the point of imitating instrumental mainstays such as Satriani or Vai. Landrum is especially adept at composition providing numerous catchy guitar riffs and memorable melodies. Highlights on this release include "Fullness of Time", "Shining Hope", "Hour Champion", and the acoustic coda "Perfection Of The Bride".
Curtis At Bad Dog On Friday The 13th - Monday, January 9, 2006 - 10:22 PM
Mark your calendar to start of MLK weekend with Curtis at a newly opened venue in El Segundo - "The Bad Dog Ale House" (226 Standard St., El Segundo, CA, Friday January 13 - Low Cover). Curtis and the band will play several sets from 9:00 till closing.

Also, Curtis' CD "Blue Electric Cool" has been selected as one of Dr. Mike's hot picks of the week on www.radioioJAZZ.com - one of a growing number of Internet radio stations playing Curtis tunes. The "Weapons of Mass Destruction" video (from the CD "Blue Electric Cool") is available at Google's new video site.
Steve Booke Featured In Guitar Player Magazine - Saturday, January 7, 2006 - 9:01 AM
Steve Booke is featured in the current issue of Guitar Player Magazine in Mike Varney's Spotlight column. Steve has also just released a new CD in conjunction with Idiot Savant Records. The CD is music inspired by The Passion of the Christ. The CD is all instrumental and is in Steve's trademark Indian/Middle Eastern style.
Denis Taaffe Update - Wednesday, January 4, 2006 - 6:40 AM
Denis Taaffe has completed and released 7 new full length albums in his Modern Rock Guitar series. Denis is developing a musical style which uses regular guitar and guitar loops done on the fly and improvisation. All the recordings were done live in the studio without overdubs and all the material was improvised on the spot. The CDs are: Modern Rock Guitar Vol. 10 "Timelines", Modern Rock Guitar, Vol. 11 "Road To Anywhere", Modern Rock Guitar Vol. 12 "Storm Control", Modern Rock Guitar Vol. 13 "Towers", Modern Rock Guitar Vol. 14 "Versailles", Modern Rock Guitar Vol. 15 "Vaux-Le-vicomte", and to kick off 2006, Modern Rock Guitar Vol. 16 "The Chase". You can hear samples of each track on the CDs here by clicking on the "Album/CD mp3s" link. To date, Denis has released 18 albums, 11 of which were in 2005! He promises many more CD releases in 2006.

Also Cando Films/New York has licensed two of Denis' tracks for their latest feature film out in early 2006.

"The Unstruck Melody" By Eric Mantel Now Available - Tuesday, January 3, 2006 - 8:08 AM
Adam St. James, editor for Guitar.com writes in the liner notes, "Eric Mantel has been amazing Chicago and Midwest audiences for many years, as I found after moving here not too long ago. His debut album, "Montage", chock full of blistering riffs and showcasing an already jaw-dropping talent, appeared years prior to the ascendance of Vai-Johnson-Satriani. That he may have led that pack out of the starting gate is not unthinkable, had the ears of the industry been turned in Eric's direction before now. But good things do come to those who wait. With "The Unstruck Melody", this largely undiscovered guitar virtuoso and musical daredevil-wizard stands poised and ready to make the leap to international stardom."
"Just For Fun" By Patrick Rondat Now Available - Monday, January 2, 2006 - 7:12 AM
French guitarist Patrick Rondat's "Just For Fun" was originally released back in 1989, and was Patrick's incendiary debut album. For many years this seminal CD has been deleted and unavailable even in the second-hand market. Demand from his many rabid fans - many of whom were very young at the time of the original release - has been high. Thus, for the re-release, the sound has been re-mastered and is better than the original. A new, more informative booklet was put together, including liner notes written by Patrick (in French, translation available on Rondat's web site), along with new 'old' pictures.
"Rape Of The Earth" By Patrick Rondat Now Available - Monday, January 2, 2006 - 8:56 AM
Guitarist Patrick Rondat's "Rape Of The Earth" was originally released in 1991, and was the French axeman's second solo album. This CD has been described as more technical than his subsequent albums, but Rondat had the skill and experience to know how to combine technique and melody in order to deliver a most satisfying end result. Rape Of The Earth contains heavy-rock 'n' roll, a Django Reinhart composition and classicially influenced pieces which helped Rondat occupy some of the same sonic space as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and John Petrucci.
"Guitar Dreams" By Neil Citron Now Available - Monday, January 2, 2006 - 9:42 AM
Legendary guitarist Steve Vai (Jack Butler in the movie "Crossroads") says of Citronm "Neil is dedicated to anything he applies himself to and gets great results. His guitar playing cuts right to the heart. It's balanced with perfect percentages of technique, tone and wisdom, like a Samurai Warrior. Few can wield the guitar like a sword and bring justice to the realm of instrumental rock. He's way beyond Black Belt." Vai's reference to the Black Belt points to the fact that Citron is an accomplished martial arts master. The culmination of a self-produced three year effort, with "Guitar Dreams", Citron delivers a powerful showcase of guitar acrobatics and pyrotechnics mixed with his familiar melodic sensibilities that keeps his music with the listener long after the songs have stopped.
"Point Of No Return" By Hideaki Nakama Now Available - Sunday, January 1, 2006 - 7:57 AM
Hideaki Nakama, a neo-classical and metal guitarist who gained fame with the hard rock band Hurry Scuary released a mostly instrumental showcase album in 1989 called "Point Of No Return". The CD features seven instrumental tracks, along with two vocal numbers sung by bassist Norio Sakai. Other band members contributing include 44 Magnum drummer Satoshi Miyawaki, keyboard player Fumiaki Ogawa and Hiroshi Kondo on bass. Tatsuya Umehara from 44 Magnum also makes an appearance on backing vocals.

"Black Glue" By Mike Hartman Now Available - Sunday, January 1, 2006 - 8:33 AM
R. Scott Bolton, writing for RoughEdge.com, had this to say about Mike Hartman's "Black Glue", "As you listen to Mike Hartman's "Black Glue", you can't help but notice the vitality, the charisma, the determination of each tune. These aren't just rock 'n' roll instrumentals featuring a genuine guitar shredder, these are musical pieces that celebrate life. Mike has good reason to celebrate life: Diagnosed at an early age with cystic fibrosis - which doctors said would kill him before he reached the age of 10 - Mike has developed a sense of determination and drive that has propelled him to where he is today: A hell of a guitarist with his own solo CD."
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