Here's a great interview with Joe talking about the Hendrix tour, Chickenfoot and all the new DVD and projects! Mitch Gallagher also chats with Joe about his awesome signature pedals: the Satchurator, the Time Machine, and the Big Bad Wah.
When I saw Brian Wampler post this new pedal picture on his Facebook page I thought it was some kind of joke. I still chuckle at the pedal's name. Here's the description from his website.
Sometimes you just need that "11" on your guitar or amp... something to to beat your amp into submission and show it who's boss...
It's finally here... the TALENT booster. It's true! Step on the button and instant talent... well, that's not entirely true but stepping on the button will catapult your signal making your amp much more responsive. I've designed this pedal to be very touch sensitive and warm, yet it has a switch to add in some mids and presence if you need extra 'girth'. It's a very transparent JFET based booster, and has a 'gain' control (which allows you to have a hint of dirt), a volume control, and a presence switch which will add in some mids and highs.
Cranking up the gain and you can add just a bit of natural compression and a bit of grind that makes a clean tone jump out... it doesn't change your tone at all however, it just ADDs to it!
It works well as a simple solo boost as well - place it behind your favorite overdrive or distortion (or use it in your amp's effects loop) and it will allow you to get your solo tones way out in front.
*High grade film capacitors and resistors picked for their superior sound and response
*Completely true bypass
*Battery connection and 9v power jack (barrel plug like Boss)
*2 knobs - Volume/gain
*Switch goes from treble boosting to full body boost.
* 2.5" x 4.5" in size
*Sounds great as a solo boost or as an added gain channel to your amp
*Ultra-bright LED for ease of use
*Battery connection and 9v power jack (barrel plug like Boss)
*Powder coated durable finish
*Newsletter members can get a discount, contact us for more info
Part two of our exclusive interview sees Slash talking about the inspiration behind the AFD100 project, his reasons for picking 'Nightrain' as the sample track and why he's excited about trying the prototype.
Here's the official poster for the "Pickers 4 Pets" ASPCA benefit showcase for Summer NAMM 2010! Thanks to Alli Richards! Please feel free to use this poster and help promote this event on your website! Thanks for your continued support!
I just got my Yoda backpack from Amazon the other day and decided to tweet this picture of him and my green Gibson Les Paul. It was in celebration of the 30th Anniversary for my favorite Star Wars film, "The Empire Strikes Back!" Well, the internet picked up on this picture and was tweeted by @StarWars! How cool was that? Perhaps I should do a viral video: "Yoda, Jedi Shredder" or "Guitar Wars: Return of the Shredder!" Ok, they all can't be jems. Well, at least the picture was cool. My geek cred remains in tact!
Dunlop ZW-45 Zakk Wylde Signature Wah Pedal - Modern Crybaby master Zakk Wylde and Dunlop have joined forces to deliver the toughest, meanest wah pedal on the planet. Built from the ground up with great tone and rugged durability in mind, this pedal can stand up to the crushing stomp of metal's reigning king of lead guitar. The Wylde Wah features a heavy-duty raw-metal casing and roadworthy components to withstand years of ass-kicking abuse. With guts that have been finely tuned to Zakk's specs, this wah is specially voiced to deliver an extra thick and cutting tone. The Wylde Wah—available only from Dunlop Manufacturing, the world's leader in wah pedal technology.
The Dunlop JC95 Jerry Cantrell Signature Crybaby Wah pedal offers the kind of wide dark response favored by Jerry. The Cantrell signature wah is custom-voiced for a tight, punchy heel-down guitar tone.
One of the most influential guitarists to come out of the Seattle rock scene, Jerry Cantrell's epic riffs and searing tone have been the driving force behind Alice in Chains since the late '80s. His melancholy wah-drenched melodies in modern classics like "Man in the Box" and "The Rooster" left an indelible mark on a generation of guitarists.
A rugged side-control knob lets you fine-tune the toe-down frequency. And with its antique, oxidized "road worn" brass casting and custom Alice in Chains tread, the Jerry Cantrell Signature Crybaby is a wah pedal that looks as great as it sounds.
Power the Dunlop Jerry Cantrell Signature Wah with a single 9V battery (accessed via the pedal bottom), a Dunlop EC8003 AC adapter, or a Dunlop DCB10 DC Brick power supply (not included).
If you could get your hands on this sweet guitar, you could really jam out a great version of “Pac-Man Fever”. It was designed by Specimen Custom Guitars and it not only looks retro-cool, but it also has some cool features. Like the blinking headstock and a variable-speed knob located on the eyeball that can synchronize the blinker to the beat.
Sadly you or I will never EVER get to touch it as it is one of a kind, but it does make our inner geeks very happy in a dot-munching sort of way. Come to think of it, it looks more like a Pac-Banjo then a guitar, but I still want it.
Morley, manufacturers of world famous Wah/Volume Pedals and widely used switching devices announced the release of their two newest pedals the Mini Volume and Mini Wah.
After years of hearing customers complain that most Wah and volume pedals (including ours) take up too much real estate on a pedal board, Morley designed these two new Mini pedals at just 6.75” in length, 4.5” wide and only 2.75” in height. “This is yet another example of us listening to our customers.” states Sales Manager, Bill Wenzloff, “We don’t just listen; we give them what they want.”
Both the Mini Volume and Mini Wah are equipped with Morley's time-tested Electro Optical circuitry so there are no pots to wear out like typical wah and volume pedals. The Mini Wah has a Wah on/off switch, Wah Level control and is designed for classic and vintage wah tones just as you’d expect from a leading manufacturer of wah and volume pedals. As expected, the volume is studio quiet and set for a smooth audio taper.
Like all Morley products, both minis are housed in durable cold-rolled steel, equipped with LED indication and easy access battery door, have a no-hassle, two-year warranty, and are both made in the USA.
Mini Volume MSRP is $119. Street Price is $69.99. Available Now!
Mini Wah MSRP is $129. Street Price is $79.99. Available Now!
My prayers have been answered! I have been a Morley user for nearly a decade and my Bad Horsey Wah has NEVER let me down! I'm really looking forward to picking up these pedals!
Continuing its support and development of the musician community, Guitar Center, the world's largest musical instrument retailer, today announced an undiscovered music competition that is giving guitarists the chance to attend a private Guitar Center Sessions workshop with Grammy Award-winning guitarist Steve Vai.
Now through June 30th, 2010, guitarists across the United States are invited to submit their best lead guitar performance using their favorite track off of Steve Vai's "Naked Tracks" album to www.guitarcenter.com/stevevai. The online contest will be hosted by The Public Record, a new online interactive recording concept that bridges the gap between artist and fan. Ten guitarists, hand-picked by Vai, will be given the opportunity to attend the exclusive Guitar Center Sessions workshop with the legendary guitarist.
"I've had a wonderful career, and have been completely blessed beyond my belief," said Vai. "I know the ins and outs of the business, and am proud to be a part of Guitar Center Sessions so I can share my knowledge with guitarists who are looking to take things to the next level."
Guitar Center Sessions is an ongoing music education based initiative that provides musicians with the chance to network and gain insight and knowledge from their heroes in a comfortable and intimate setting. The commitment is to help musicians further their musical aspirations and provide tools for career growth.
Vai began his career transcribing music for Frank Zappa and also worked with Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake. But it is as a solo artist that Vai has made his most valuable contributions, earning him three Grammy wins, eight
nominations, and over twenty million records sold worldwide. This announcement coincides with the 20th Anniversary of the Ibanez 7-String limited edition Universe Guitar, designed by Vai himself and used in the recording of his 1990 release Passion and Warfare. Sixteen of these rare instruments will be available to purchase at select Guitar Center locations.
Guitar Center Sessions is just one of many Guitar Center initiatives created to foster growth and success within the music community, including its annual Drum-Off, On-Stage, Your Next Record, and King of the Blues competitions, among others. Guitar Center's Drum-Off, now in its 21st year, has been a launching pad for many drummers, including Cora Coleman-Dunham and Tony Royster Jr, two Drum-Off champions who have gone on to become acclaimed professional drummers (Prince and Jay-Z respectively). Guitar Center On-Stage, an unsigned band competition last judged by Mötley Crüe, saw the winning band, The Last Vegas, go on to open for Mötley Crüe on tour and subsequently topped iTunes critics' 2009 "Rock Singles of the Year List" with their hit single "I'm Bad." Guitar Center Presents Your Next Record with Slash provides emerging artists the chance to win the ultimate career-altering opportunity: record a 3-song EP with legendary producer, Mike Clink and have Slash write, record and perform on the winning artists' single -www.YourNextRecord.com. King of the Blues is a nationwide search for the next great undiscovered blues guitar player. Guitarists can currently sign-up at any of Guitar Center's 214 stores across the country for the chance to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and the opportunity to perform at the King of the Blues finals at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, and play on the same stage as Grammy Award-winning guitarist Derek Trucks.
Blasko and Pro Tone Pedals team up to bring you the Blasko Bass Overdrive pedal.
Crossroads,TX -- May 18, 2010 -- Widely recognized bassist, Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Ex-Rob Zombie), Pro Tone Pedals have joined forces to deliver to you a bass overdrive designed to bring new levels of tone shaping, growl inducing, low end pulverizing distortion.
The Blasko Bass Overdrive pedal is meant to be as versatile as Blasko himself. In the course of an evening onstage with Ozzy, Blasko will need to cover a wide range of styles from tender ballads to hard charging metal anthems. This pedal performs perfectly in such an eclectic set list.
The Blasko Bass Overdrive comes equipped with a Baxandall EQ system for ultimate tone shaping capabilities and sits in the pocket of low to medium-high gain; at low settings you'll be pleased to feel its vintage amp like response and tone, while at high gain settings you'll get some spicy gain heating up your signal, sending it into a modern metal/industrial realm. Pushing the 'Hi' and 'Low' controls will give you a more scooped mid-range and add additional grit to your signal. Additionally, the unit can be powered anywhere from 9-18volts. At higher voltage you'll get increased clarity, more output, and an overall edgier tone.
As with the entire Pro Tone Pedals product line, the Blasko is hand made in the USA, is 100% true bypass with grounded input for noise free operation, and comes backed by a 5 year warranty.
In this episode of "The Tone Freq Podcast" Aljon chats with Ty Dietzler (Thousand Foot Krutch) about touring and the gear he uses. He also has "Minister of Funk" Toddzilla (JonesWorld) to talk about the recent flooding in Nashville and the effect on local musicians. Aljon also has guitar news and an update on the Wicked Wood Pedal Board giveaway and more!
The following demo is "Close Captioned!" This is the official demo of our optical phaser pedal Modulo Lunar.
Fly into all the phaser sounds you can image with the MOD-3. Besides the classic phaser tone, you get fifteen other combinable wave forms.
Includes Tap Tempo and Tap Sync functions.
- Optical analog modulation with Ligth-Dependent-Resistors.
- Classic Mode: traditional phaser tone with hypertriangular wave.
- Special mode: fifteen aditional waveforms, both linear and staircase-like.
- Manual mode: fixed filter with no LFO modulation.
- 4 and 8 phase-shift stages.
- Tap Tempo and Tap Sync functions
- True Bypass
- Blinking two-color LED indicates speed and mode.
It's a Gearmandude weekend! I have covered the Line 6 M9 Stompbox Moddler in the past and really like the delay and chorus effects on it. I have used this effect in the past using a distortion and wah at the front of it. It's a nice compact gig tough pedal. In this demo Gearmandude is VERY entertaining and channels the spirit of Jack Black. Check out his com-padre's vintage Kramer and Whitesnake licks!
The M-9 multiple stomp-box modeling pedal is ultra useful...ya just gotta spend a few minutes with it to get familiar with the territory. I thank my stunt guitarist, Trickitty Lickitty for stepping up to the task so that I could tweak the knobbies.
Your sound will be firing on all cylinders when you place the Rocktron Mega Booster between your guitar and your amp to turn it into a sonic ballistic missle!
The Rocktron Mega Booster not only provides up to 20dBu of gain, it can also enhance the tonal response of your guitar with your amplifier.
The Mega Booster utilizes a singular Field Effect Transistor input that reacts with your guitar pickups and individual playing nuances similar to the way a tube does, thus enhancing your pickup articulation and harmonic content.
As an added bonus the gain stage is buffered, assuring that your tone is maintained throughout your signal chain. Part of the Rocktron Boutique Series of stomp boxes this pedal design comes in a rugged metal chassis with eye popping retro custom design laser etched artwork. This is a TRUE BYPASS pedal: when you turn it off…it is out of your signal path!
Find more information on this pedals and our entire boutique series at the Rocktron website!
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WORLDCLASS GUITARISTS SHOWCASE TO BENEFIT ASPCA
Nashville, Tennessee – 5/13/10 Guitarists Aljon Go and Tony Pasko throw a party featuring some of the best guitarists in town for the Nashville Summer NAMM show and raise money for the ASPCA to assist pets who have been effected by the recent flooding in Tennessee.
Gopher Entertainment Group presents the “Pickers 4 Pets.” The event will be held Saturday June 19, 2010 at the Rutledge Live Music Venue in downtown Nashville Tennessee. The showcase will feature performances and clinics from: JonesWorld (funk/rock), Reeves Grabels (David Bowie/Tin Machine) and Rikk Beatty (rock instrumentalist), Voodoo Prophet and more. It will also serve as an album release party for session guitarist Tony Pasko (Premier Guitar Magazine/Rock House Method). Everyone who pays the $10 cover will get a download card featuring Tony Pasko’s single release “Addison” benefiting the ASPCA as well as a chance to win prizes from sponsors of the event: Kramer Guitars, Mad Professor, Blackstar Amps, Wampler Pedals, Reverend Guitars, T-Rex Engineering, Rock House Method, Music Connection Magazine and more!
This will be the third Summer NAMM benefit concert that Aljon Go has organized. “The last couple of years a lot of people and manufacturers donated a significant amount of time and resources to help out some great charities. This year we’re changing it up a bit and introducing new partners.” Go continues, “The floods have been devastating to our state. There have been many families who have lost pets due to this tragedy. Our hope is to help those rescued pets and give them another chance at a happy life with a loving family. My wife and I rescued our two wonderful cats and I know Tony Pasko and his family just loves animals. Everyone here just wants to do their part to help the ASPCA and help our furry friends.”
The “Pickers 4 Pets” Concert will be held at The Rutledge Live Music Venue (www.therutledgelmv.com), 410 4th Ave. North, Nashville Tennessee, Saturday June 19th. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and is “smoke-free” and an 18 and up event. Live music beginning at 8 p.m. and admission is $10. The event is presented by Gopher Entertainment Group. For more information on this event please contact Kristen Hoetzel, Gopher Entertainment Group – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aljon Go is the writer/founder of the ToneFreq blog & podcast. He is also tours the world as a product specialist for a leading guitar company, as well as performs with the critically acclaimed funk/rock group JonesWorld. He has also co-founded/hosted non-profit music showcases like the “World’s Largest Pedalboard” events. He is also heard internationally as a radio personality on Sorcerer Radio (www.SRSounds.com), the popular Disney-based station. For more info please visit www.tonefreq.info and follow him at @aljonrocks on Twitter.
Tony Pasko is a session guitarist and writer for Premier Guitar magazine and The Rockhouse Method among others. He is also a musical instrument designer with over 10 years experience, having worked for Peavey, Washburn, Randall, Parker, and many others. As a guitarist, Tony has played with several international artists, including the P-Funk All-Stars, Gary Hoey, David Ellefson (Megadeath), Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Nico McBrain (Iron Maiden), Jack Bruce (Cream), Black Stone Cherry, and Johnny Hiland. Tony is now stepping out on his own as a solo artist and has already garnered several product endorsements, including: Mad Professor Amps & Pedals, Blackstar Amps & Pedals, Wampler Pedals, Seymour Duncan Pickups and Pedaltrain Pedalboards. In addition, Tony is working on a signature pedal with Wampler Pedals that is due out summer 2010. Tony has partnered with the internationally acclaimed composer/producer Jose Pimentel on his debut album “In This Moment”, which is set for release late 2010. The first single from this album, “Addison”, will be released during the “Pickers 4 Pets” showcase at Summer NAMM in Nashville, TN. For more info on Tony, please visit www.tonypasko.com and follow him @tpasko on Twitter.
The ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Our mission, as stated by our founder, Henry Bergh, in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.” The ASPCA works to rescue animals from abuse pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide. Learn more about at http://ASPCA.org or follow them at Twitter @aspca.
Gopher Entertainment Group, a Nashville artist/event consulting agency is run by Kristen Hoetzel. They have organized and promoted events such as the Save the Predators benefit concert; Rock the Vote concerts, My Space Mixers, National Kidney Foundation benefits and the annual Local Buzz Rock Awards. Please visit www.myspace.com/gopherentertainment for more information or follow them at Twitter @gopherentertain.
Death By Audio Robot is an 8-bit, lo-fi pitch transposer / fuzz generator that has all the warm and sweetness of tone that you'd expect from a cold, soulless machine with a heart of microchips. Not for the faint of ears.
If you've been following this blog you know that I love Gibson's green finishes! Check out this blast from the recent past! It's a beaut!
2004 Gibson Custom '59 Korina 59 Flying V Green
Gibson Historic 1959 Korina Flying V. Made of a pale African wood called korina (initially used only on the Consolette and Skylark steel guitars) which was, despite its rarity, a very durable wood. The Korina Flying V began shipping in the spring of 1958.
Homebrew Electronics Psilocybe Phaser Pedal - Relive the sounds of the past with the Homebrew Electronics Psilocybe Phaser Pedal. Everything from 60's psychedelic and 70's funk to the classic Eddie sounds of the 80's.
@iheartguitar review the Roger Mayer Mongoose X distortion pedal. Guitars are a homemade Telecaster copy (left channel) and an Ibanez Universe (panned middle and right). Amp is a Marshall DSL50, and I used an AxeTrak isolated speaker cabinet with built in mic.
The "Daily Pedal" feature is BACK at ToneFreq.info!
Pigtronix ASDR Attack Sustain Compressor Pedal - At the heart of the Attack Sustain is a revolutionary, newly designed compression / sustain amplifier. When the Attack and Decay functions are switched off, the pedal creates a punchy yet smooth compression that allows your instrument to sustain as long as you want.
The Attack and Decay functions provide a wide range of swell and fade times and pallete of effects that range from cello and trumpet to tape reverse and toy piano. With short attack and decay settings, the auto reset allows you to create pulsating tremolo and staccato-stutter effects.
The Attack Sustain is a far reaching evolution of the Electro Harmonix Attack Decay. For lovers of the Boss Slow Gear, Ebow and/or Fernandes Sustainer pickup, this is the ultimate pedal. In keeping with the tradition of the Attack Decay, we've included our own twist on the "Harmonics" control, which adds a layer of sweet distortion as well as a HIGH-BOOST switch that adds clarity, presence and natural overtones.
The BLEND control allows you to mix in a clean sound for undulating volume swells when using the ATTACK / DECAY functions or for super transparent compression sounds when combined with the Sustainer function. The VOLUME control allows you to boost the effect's signal level significantly above unity gain.
The Attack Sustain is an interactive pedal, that relies on the player's touch to determine when the attack and/or decay cycle will begin. The TRIGGER input jack allows the touch sensitive Attack and Decay functions to be controlled by an external source such as a band mate or drum track. This side chaining technique results in some exceptionally bizarre and cool interactions between the rhythm of the trigger source and the amplitude of your instrument.
Creative circuit design allows the Attack Sustain to mimic bowed string, horn and synthesizer textures without altering the essential "tone" of your instrument.
In honor of Zakk Wylde’s recent Golden Gods Award for the “Best Guitarist of 2010″ from Revolver Magazine, we’ve compiled the best of his signature gear and are offering you the chance to win it in our Ultimate Zakk Wylde Gear Pack give away. Simply enter for your chance to win the grand prize of:
A year’s supply of Dunlop Signature Zakk Wylde Guitar Strings
Crybaby Zakk Wylde Signature Wah
MXR Zakk Wylde Overdrive
MXR Black Label Chorus
Coffin Case (Graveyard Disciple Model)
Epiphone Graveyard Disciple Guitar
EMG Zakk Wylde Signature Set
Presented by Dunlop with gear contributed by Epiphone , EMG, and Coffin Case.
Check out Zakk’s brand new site http://www.zakkwylde.com/ where he talks about his recent completion of the Black Label Bunker home studio project and his preparation for a brand new Black Label Society album out this summer.
Winners will be contacted by email and also announced on our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/dunlopmanufacturing.
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Gopher Entertainment Group presents “Pickers 4 Pets.” The concert event to benefit the ASPCA will be held Saturday June 19, 2010 at the Rutledge Live Music Venue in downtown Nashville Tennessee. Here are your performers:
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Les Paul, Gibson and the Les Paul guitar have always been about innovation. Now, Gibson is bringing the innovation of Robot Guitar tuning technology to the classic Les Paul model with the release of the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited. With a legacy as one of the most versatile electric guitars available, the new Les Paul knocks versatility right off the charts, courtesy of Gibson USA.
With Robot Guitar automated tuning capabilities, two different but seminal magnetic pickups, a piezo-loaded bridge, and Chameleon Tone Technology courtesy of its Master Control Knob (MCK), the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited packs a dizzying array of sonic capabilities, all primed to unlock your inner creative potential. From the raw, biting crunch of a hot, chrome-covered, hum-canceling P-90H in the neck position and the sizzling wail and punch of an overwound BurstBucker 3 in the bridge, to the subtle acoustic response of its piezo bridges saddles — and any conceivable blend of the three, accessed instantly from the MCK — the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited really does pack all the tonal colors of the rainbow. And to keep it all sounding true, Gibson’s exclusive Robot Technology puts you perfectly into tune in seconds at the push of a button, or shifts you into any of a countless number of open and alternate tunings, all accessed at your command.
Robot Tuners™ System
60's SlimTaper Neck Profile
Hum-Cancelling P90H Neck Pickup, and BurstBucker 3 Bridge Pickup
HD LP-Z Output Jack with Low-Impedance Preamp
New Battery System gets 500 tunings from a single charge
Nashville Flood: Initial Steps to Take When Recovering Your Guitar Amp
I am an amp builder/designer based in Franklin/Nashville TN. I was lucky enough to be on high ground, about 100 yards from the flood water. Others were less fortunate. If your prized amplifier(s) have been damaged, take these initial steps:
NOTE: Take steps to handle your gear in a sanitary manner (rubber gloves, etc.). Keep in mind that your amp has been submerged in likely contaminated water (chemicals, microbes, waste and other yuck).
NOTE: Do NOT spray your gear off with a hose... it's wet already isn't it? While it is already wet, spraying it off will likely cause more damage by forcing water or contaminants deeper into the circuitry.
• Oxygen and high-humidity are not your amp's friend after a flood - they're responsible for bringing on rust. Rust is corrosion and will expand and cause all kinds of damage. We need to take immediate action to dry out these amplifiers once they're recovered from the flood site.
• I'd get the most prized pieces of gear disassembled immediately (like in the parking lot once they let you on site) and get the chassis toweled dry. Then wrap it in a dry towel and get it home asap and place it in an air-conditioned room.
• Blast the AC and put the gear near the vent. The goal here is to get the chassis in a low-humidity environment. This will keep corrosion down to a slower pace.
• If you have one, use a wet-vac and vacuum out additional water.
We now have some time to get the transformers out and get them dry. I've discussed the situation with Mercury Magnetics and they've pledged to assistance with re-baking transformers. If a transformer is too severely damaged, they'll rewind or provide replacements at reduced cost for Nashville musicians impacted by the flood.
In any case, do not power the amp on even if it looks like it's dry as it needs to be examined carefully first. Many vintage and high-end amps have cloth insulated wires. Once they've become compromised by moisture they can no longer effectively insulate and block or retain heat. They'll need to be examined and serviced accordingly.
Let me know if I can help further.
Tone fanatic and amp designer
3RD POWER Amplification
Keith Urban got on Skype earlier this afternoon to talk with CNN's Rick Sanchez about the Nashville flood. Sanchez seemed more interested in talking about Urban's own equipment losses (at the flooded Soundcheck rehearsal studios), but Urban was quick to counter that there are much bigger problems in the area.
“I went through this in Australia in 1974," he said. I was very young, but we had this kind of 100-year flood in my city, and it’s just unfathomable. As someone said this morning, you know, when you see it in other places, like we saw in New Orleans, you feel for these people, but you don’t get a sense of what it’s like until it happens to your own city.”
Flood waters come closer to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 3 (photo: Larry McCormack/The Tennessean).
The common denominator is water.
Water on the wooden circle scuffed by Hank Williams’ own boot heels. Water bending hundreds of wooden instruments at Soundcheck Nashville rehearsal studio, and halting production of Gibson guitars. Water destroying historical documents at the Grand Ole Opry House and at WSM-AM’s Opryland Hotel offices.
For musical Nashville, much — no one is sure how much — has been lost to this water.
The Grand Ole Opry House is a soggy mess. On Tuesday, water covered the Opry House floor, save for four rows of seats in back. Water covered the stage, including the legendary six-foot circle of wood taken from the Opry’s old Ryman Auditorium home and placed into the Opry House’s stage for its 1974 opening. The circle may be broken. Guitars and rhinestone suits were ruined as the water filled backstage halls, lockers and dressing rooms. Tuesday night, the Opry would still be held at downtown’s War Memorial Auditorium; the Opry is a show, not a building, emphasized Opry vice president and general manager Pete Fisher.
The Tone Freq Podcast is dedicated to the every-day guitarist! Join host Aljon for real talk about gear with guitarists and manufacturers so you can achieve your signature guitar tone. In this premier episode Aljon speaks to guitarist Tony Pasko about his new CD and Eric Willis about the new Wicked Woody pedalboard and how to WIN one for FREE!
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