Nashville singer-songwriter Jamie Kent has played countless small and mid-sized venues — and he’s no stranger to those rooms’ hit-or-miss sound quality. So this seasoned “road warrior” takes sonic matters into his own hands by bringing a portable PA: the Bose® L1® Model II system. In between stops on the Bose Troubadour Tour, and on his […]
Listen in as Chris and Eli "Paperboy" Reed talk about old school American soul music, juke joints, gospel, songwriting, recording techniques and more!
Over the course of Black Sabbath’s long and storied history, there always remained one key component of their sound: guitarist Tony Iommi. Gilded in absolutely legendary status, he remains one of the pivotal guitarists who helped to establish and define what the true sound of metal guitar was and still is today. When delving into […]
Walk through the halls of Shure’s sleek and sophisticated building and you’re likely to hear someone talking about the company’s rich and renowned philosophy. Just as likely is someone crediting that philosophy to “Mr. Shure.” I’m midway through a guided tour of The Great Hall, Shure’s new in-house museum exhibit, when I stop and remark […]
Earlier in April, a few of us were fortunate enough to visit the Gibson acoustic guitar factory in breathtaking Bozeman, Montana. An extensive tour of each part of the factory commenced, and we were impressed with the amount of elbow grease that goes into making each one of these fine instruments. Trust us — when […]
These are the words the no one expected to hear today: “Prince dead at 57.” Just this past Friday, the town of Moline, IL experienced probably the largest amount of internet chatter it has ever had because of one man. This force of nature, Prince, had to touch down his airplane not to rock this small […]
Got any cajon players out there? I’m used to hearing crickets chirp after a question like that. Personally, I love the stuff out of playing cajons, even though I’m not a drummer. When you sit atop a cajon and slap out a sick beat, you can literally feel the rhythm in your whole body. A […]
The Musical Almanac is an ongoing series highlighting musical styles or genres from around the world. Our future destination is to get to the powerfully sublime Nouvelle Chanson music of France. But, first, we have to explain how we’ll get there. Today we take one step back and discover its humble beginnings. Stay tuned for the next […]
To celebrate the storied life and career of country legend Merle Haggard, Chris found it best to re-air the episode of Walking The Floor from July 29, 2015 when Merle was the featured guest. April 6, 1937 to April 6, 2016 - you will be missed.