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Behind the Scenes with Phil Jamison of Matchless PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008 04:19
matchless2.jpgIn Part 3 of Behind the Scenes with Phil Jamison of Matchless Amplifiers, Ken and Phil talk about some of the artists that use Matchless amps, like Keith Urban, Robert Cray, Mike Landau, and so on. Phil also talks about their new lower watt models, "The Baby" and "The Little Monster". To wrap  up the session, Phil and Ken discuss the challenge of producing high quality hand wired amps and the cost factor that goes along with that.

Enjoy Session Three with Amp Guru Phil Jamison of Matchless!
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Artist Interview: Frank Hannon on The Jamcast - Session II PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 May 2008 07:10
frank_hannon_guitar_jam_daily.jpgToday on The Jamcast, we have Part 2 with Frank Hannon of Tesla. Frank and Ken Volpe riff on the gear that he uses both live and in the studio. He talks about his love for Gibson guitars, especially the Flying V. Frank also discusses the Marshall amps and the Line 6 pedals that are a huge part of his sound. At the end, Frank also talks about the challenge of keeping the production balance real from the studio to the stage.

Enjoy part II with Tesla's Frank Hannon!
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Artist Interview: Yngwie Malmsteen on The Jamcast PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 April 2008 21:18
yngwei-malmsteen--dgs-063.jpgIn Part I of our Artist Interview with Guitar Impresario Yngwie Malmsteen, Ken Volpe and Yngwie talk about the new Fender/Yngwie guitar that will be coming out this fall. It's an exact replica of his 1971 Strat. Yngwie also talks about his performance at this past weekend's Dallas Guitar Show. Towards the end of the session, they discuss his new project and about Yngwie's production techniques and recording philosophies.

Enjoy Session I with Yngwie Malmsteen on The Jamcast!
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Artist Interview: Bill Kirchen on The Jamcast - Session I PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 April 2008 11:19
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 I of their interview, Bill and Ken talk about the different approaches to learning guitar. Bill also reveals some details about his frame of mind before a gig. Towards the end of this session, Bill tells Ken how getting sober changed his life.

Enjoy this session of the Jamcast with Bill Kirchen!
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Behind The Scenes with Jay Graydon - Session 3 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 April 2008 20:54
jay_nov01.jpgIn Part 3 of our Behind the Scenes interview with Jay Graydon - a multi-talented artist, legendary guitarist, recording artist, songwriter, producer and engineer - Ken and Jay discuss his studio philosophy. They cover Jay's secrets on how to avoid over-the-top expensive mastering. And they also go through the shape of the production for each tune during a recording session. Jay also talks about the Steely Dan tribute record that he played on.

Enjoy Behind The Scenes Session with Jay Graydon!

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Artist Interview: Van Wilks on The Jamcast - Session 3 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 April 2008 20:43
vanwilks.jpgIn Session 3 of our Artist Interview with Texas blues and rock guitar legend Van Wilks, Ken and Van discuss self producing a project and how it is different from hiring an outside producer. Van also talks about his guitars and amps that he uses in the studio. At the end of the session, he tells Ken the reason he's more popular in Europe.

Enjoy this session of The Jamcast with Van Wilks!
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Artist Interview: Brad Paisley on The Jamcast - Session 4 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008 07:04
performance - bethel woods 2 kevin ferguson 7-06.jpgIn Session 4 of our Artist Interview with country superstar Brad Paisley, Ken Volpe and Brad continue their discussion about his complex amp sounds and about why he uses two or more amps at once. Brad also talks about how and why in-ear monitors are essential for him as a performer. He also makes mention of the whole online forum craze and gives some great and realistic advice to aspiring guitarists.

Enjoy Session Four with Brad Paisley!
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Artist to Watch: Ladd Smith on the Jamcast - Session Two PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2008 09:23
laddsmith.gifIn Session 2 of our Artist to Watch interview with Guitar Player Magazine's 2007 Guitar Hero Winner - Ladd Smith, you'll hear about how he developed his unique hybrid technique. Ladd and Ken also discuss the differences between a pure guitarist and a guitarist/songwriter. You'll be surprised by what you'll hear. Ladd also makes mention of some of his early musical influences.

Enjoy this session with one of the most talented young artists of our time.
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Artist Interview: Carl Verheyen on The Jamcast - Session 2 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008 18:09
verheyen012.jpgIn Part 2 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. Carl also rattles off a long list influences and how that changed him as a player. He shares more valuable details about his own approach and his keys to success as one of the most accomplished and versatile guitarists of our time.

Enjoy Session 2 with Carl Verheyen!
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Behind The Scenes with Scott Smith of ProAnalog.com - Session 2 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008 12:25
scotty.jpgIn Part 2 of our Behind The Scenes Interview with Scotty Smith of ProAnalog.com, Ken Volpe and Scotty talk about his deserted island pedal. In other words, if he could only use 1 pedal what would it be. Scotty also talks about how he cut his teeth and why he entered the world of pedal making. Towards the end Scotty discusses the first pedal that he marketed when he started out.

Enjoy this gearhead Behind The Scenes special with Scott Smith!
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Artist Interview: Steve Stevens on The Jamcast - Session Two PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 March 2008 13:50
stevens_front_cover_miniweb.jpgIn Session 2 of our Artist Interview with rock guitar master Steve Stevens, GJD's Ken Volpe and Steve talk about his early 1970s Marshall amp that he used on his latest release "Memory Crash". They also discuss his approach to composition and production. Steve reveals how many of the early Prog Rock guys did it in a similar fashion.

We hope you enjoy Session Two with Steve Stevens on The Jamcast!


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