Monday, 7 January 2013

Donna Grantis: Prince gets Donna's rocking chops for Bambi!

Donna Grantis photo by Florentijn Bruning 
Donna Grantis appears with Prince on this new raw and gritty sounding track!


Desiree Bassett: Talks Cirque Du Soleil's Michael Jackson with Dave Reffett

We recently spoke with Immortal World Tour lead guitarist Desiree Bassett, who is tasked with recreating a host of legendary guitar parts on Jackson's songs — night after night, city after city.

GUITAR WORLD: You've jammed with some of rock's elite, including Ted Nugent, Sammy Hagar and others. What's your background, and how did you get to be where you are now?

I started playing guitar at age 3. My dad taught me how to play, everything from how to play chords, scales, how to change strings and how to tune. To this day, we still teach each other so much. If it wasn't for my dad, in terms of his being there for me and being so supportive, I probably never would have gotten this far in life with the one thing I love to do most.

In terms of exposure, it's a matter of constantly practicing, getting yourself out there (YouTube has been the best tool for sure) and having the right connections, someone to support you. For me, it's my dad. But the most important thing is to have a good, positive attitude and just have fun and do what you do best.

full interview

Orianthi, Holly Knight: to get an award at NAMM

Holly Knight, Orianthi to be honored at the She Rocks Awards at NAMM 2013

The first annual She Rocks Awards kicks off at the Women in Music Network breakfast at the January NAMM show. The January 25th event will be co-hosted by NewBay Media and the Women in Music Network. The She Rocks Awards honors women who stand out in their field...2013 She Rocks Awards will honor songwriter, producer and Songwriter Hall of Fame nominee, Holly Knight. Knight has be voted as Best Songwriter in Rolling Stone’s 11th annual poll...

Xuefei Yang: Bach's "Air on a G String" and "Bist du bei mir"

From a special Bach Birthday concert called "Sonatas and Partitas" at the WGBH Fraser Performance Studio, Classical New England host Cathy Fuller welcomes EMI Classics guitarist Xuefei Yang - one of the first Chinese guitarists to play in the West - for a performance of the popular "Air" from Bach's Suite No. 3. More at


WGBH Music: Guitarist Xuefei Yang plays Bach's "Air on a G String"

WGBH Music: Guitarist Xuefei Yang plays Bach's "Bist du bei mir"

Stacey Douglas: Bad Asteroid jazz solo cover

Amazing band. love this solo, hope to put the full cover up soon.

Backing tracks and tabs for The Aristocrats album are all here:

Recorded direct with Axe FX II - preset 89 'Mr Benson'.
Guitar is a Washburn N61 using the neck pick up (Seymour Duncan)

The Aristocrats (Guthrie Govan) - Bad Asteroid jazz solo cover

Sandi Thom: acoustic at Alva's San Pedro

Flesh and Blood, Title track from her new release. Solo acoustic show. Available on itunes. Download at
Flesh and Blood, Sandi Thom at Alva's San Pedro

Sandi Thom, November Rain