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Behind the Scenes with Fred Taccone of Divided by 13 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 July 2008 18:09
freddividedby13.jpgIn Part 1 of Behind the Scenes, we sit down with Fred Taccone of Divided by 13 Amplifiers. Ken Volpe and Fred talk about his early experiences as guitarist and a bassist. Fred also talks about how he learned about electronics while growing up. Towards the end of the session, they talk about how Fred went from a local tech for guitarists like Rusty Anderson to forming his own amplifier company, Divided by 13.

Enjoy Session 1 with Fred Taccone of Divided by 13!
Artist to Watch: Jim Kaufman of Opiate for the Masses PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 July 2008 17:46
jim_kaufman.jpgIn Session 1 of Artist to watch, GJD's Ken Volpe talks with Jim Kaufman of Opiate for the Masses. Jim talks about how he started as a keyboardist and later transitioned into a lead guitarist. He also tells Ken about how the band deals with the challenge of being in today's music scene.

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Artist Interview: Paul Gilbert on The Jamcast - Session II PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 July 2008 09:03
gilbert-1.jpgIn Part 2 of our Artist Interview with Paul Gilbert, GJD's Ken Volpe asks Paul about the difference between putting your ears before your hands and vice versa. Paul also talks about his unique approach to improvisation. Towards the end of the session, they discuss some specific details about a few of the tunes on Paul's latest release, 'Silence Followed By a Deafening Roar'.

Enjoy Session II on The Jamcast with Paul Gilbert!
Artist Interview: Carl Verheyen on The Jamcast - Session III PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 June 2008 21:00
verheyen012.jpgIn Part 3 of GJD's Artist Interview, Ken Volpe spends time with session ace, Carl Verheyen. They continue an in depth discussion about how to learn and grow as a musician. He reveals how he began to formulate his own sound and style. Carl also talks about how his method book, "Improvising Without Scales" came about.

Enjoy this session with Carl Verheyen on the Jamcast!
Artist Interview: Bill Kirchen on The Jamcast - Session II PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 June 2008 17:52
billkirchenhirez1a.jpgIn today's session of the Jamcast, GJD's Ken Volpe spends time with Bill Kirchen, Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter. In Part 2 of their interview, Bill and Ken talk about his approach to soloing and improvisation. They also discuss how it is probably best to not try to think too much when playing. Bill also talks about how players differ from genre to genre. He reveals what his approach is on two recent gigs with both Nick Lowe and with RatDog. At the end, they discuss his gear.

Enjoy this session of the Jamcast with Bill Kirchen!
Artist Interview: Yngwie Malmsteen on The Jamcast - Session II PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 June 2008 09:22
yngwei-malmsteen--dgs-063.jpgIn Part 2 of our Artist Interview on The Jamcast with Guitar Impresario Yngwie Malmsteen, Ken Volpe and Yngwie talk about how he composed music for his new record due out this July and how he retains his ideas. Yngwie also talks about he developed his amazing ability and technique. He believes that it all stems from the ear. As he says "If it sounds good it is good."

Enjoy Session II with Guitar God Yngwie Malmsteen on The Jamcast!
Artist to Watch: German Schauss on The Jamcast PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 May 2008 07:08
german_promo3_bio.jpgIn Session 1 of our Artist to Watch, GJD's Ken Volpe spends some time with the amazing German Schauss. He tells Ken about his life as a musician and they discuss the challenges of playing live these days. They discuss the importance of daily practice habits and using your time wisely to really achieve results in growing as a musician. German also tells Ken about his current gear: Laney amps, his Parker Fly Signature model, and the various EFX he uses to achieve his tones.
Artist Interview: Walter Trout on The Jamcast PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008 13:34
waltertroutjump.jpgIn Part 1 of our Artist Interview on The Jamcast, GJD's Ken Volpe speaks with blues guitar master Walter Trout. Walter talks about the rigors of the road and how he has been doing 200 gigs a year most of his career. He also reveals how back in the early days he switched from Gibson to Fender guitars. After that Ken asks to Walter about his latest Cd, The Outsider, which is due for a June 24th USA release date. Walter speaks in great detail about the lyrical content on the Cd and about his honest views on faith as a Christian man.

Enjoy Session 1 with Walter Trout on The Jamcast!
Artist Interview: John 5 on The Jamcast - Session 1 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 May 2008 15:37
john5.jpgIn Part 1 of our Artist Interview on the Jamcast, GJD's Ken Volpe speaks with guitar master John 5. John talks in great detail about his upcoming release Requiem, which will be available June 3rd. He tells Ken how much better it is for an artist to control his own CD sales these days, compared to the old days when the record companies had all the control. John also talks about how he cut tracks in the studio for Requiem and about his old school writing style.

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Artist Interview: Paul Gilbert on The Jamcast - Session 1 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 May 2008 19:09
gilbert-1.jpgIn Part 1 of our Artist Interview on The Jamcast, GJD's Ken Volpe sits down with guitar legend Paul Gilbert. Paul tells Ken about how he became a guitarist at a very young age and how important it was for him to be playing in rock bands early on. He reveals his early major influences; Jimmy Page, Van Halen, Frank Marino, and Randy Rhoads. Paul also talks about how he ended up in GP magazine at the age of 15. At the end of the session, he tells Ken about how he went about writing music in a unique fashion for his latest release.

Enjoy Session 1 on The Jamcast with Guitar Hero Paul Gilbert!
Artist Interview: Phil Keaggy on The Jamcast - Session 5 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 May 2008 16:32
pk_new_promolowres.jpgIn Part 5 of our Artist Interview on The Jamcast with legendary guitarist Phil Keaggy, Ken and Phil discuss what artists he's always wanted to record with. Phil sites a bunch guitar legends including Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson, Peter Frampton, and Joe Walsh - and more! Phil also talks about how Joe Walsh auditioned for a band that he was in early in his career. Towards the end of the session, Phil hips us to a cool Podcast of his music, and he also gives some great advice for new artists. Lastly, they discuss the legendary Dumble amps.

Enjoy Session 5 on The Jamcast with Phil Keaggy!
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  • 02:41 - 01.10.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    A five week long, cross-country tour featuring some of the best known and most respected figures in rock and blues has been set to celebrate the legacy and music of Jimi Hendrix. Presented by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., the Hendrix family-owned company founded by James A. “Al” Hendrix, Jimi’s father, entrusted with preserving and protecting the legacy of Jimi Hendrix together with musical instrument giant Gibson Guitar, this year’s Experience Hendrix Tour represents a dramatic expansion beyond last year’s seven sold out performances.

    Featured artists who will be performing music written by and associated with Jimi Hendrix include blues giant Buddy Guy, contemporary guitar greats Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Eric Johnson, Cesar Rojas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos as well as Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford.
  • 01:53 - 26.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) and Italian distributor M.Casale Bauer proudly announce the grand opening of the Fender Custom Shop Showcase Italy. It is the third such international exclusive Fender guitar destination, joining the elite Fender Custom Shop Lounge (Düsseldorf, Germany) and Fender Showcase Tokyo (Japan).

    The Fender Custom Shop Showcase Italy is in Bologna, Italy, and is housed in a building by California-born Italian designer Gretchen Alexander. The showroom is located near the offices of M. Casale Bauer, Fender’s Italian distributor since 1962, and was created to provide Fender dealers, their special guests and artists with a comfortable place to find, try and buy some of the most beautiful guitars in today’s market. The showcase features an impressive array of high-end guitars crafted by the master builders of the Fender Custom Shop and provides artists and dealers (and their VIP clients) with access to some of the most unique high-end Fender instruments ever made available in one place. The showroom houses an unparalleled selection of Fender Custom Shop instruments, as well as Bauer’s personal collection, one of the largest and most valuable in the world.
  • 03:41 - 23.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Los Angeles, CA – World-renowned Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will  release Center Stage, a live concert DVD on October 14th via Favored Nations Acoustic.  
    The full-length concert DVD follows the recent release of the Center Stage  double CD, both having been recorded live for the PBS television series “Sierra Center Stage.” Filmed in eye-catching high definition, every element of modern technology was used in production, creating a stunning package, both aurally
    and visually. 
  • 00:09 - 19.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Montreal, Canada- September 16th, 2008: Renowned guitarist Daryl Stuermer will be giving Godin Performance Clinics in and around Quebec and Eastern Ontario from September 29th to October 3rd 2008.

    Having performed in studio and toured the world with both Phil Collins and supergroup Genesis for years, Daryl is a player who is on top of his game and has the chops to prove it. Performing as the Daryl Stuermer Duo, he will be accompanied by keyboardist Konstantin Efimov during the clinics and will also be giving attendees his perspective on playing live, recording, technique, and his gear, by fielding a Q&A session after each performance.
  • 09:29 - 03.06.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 2, 2008) -- Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced today that it has acquired certain assets of Groove Tubes LLC. Among other assets, FMIC purchased the Groove Tubes brand. Groove Tubes company founder Aspen Pittman will continue in a consulting role.