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Dan Hicks, Idiosyncratic Standard Bearer of Acoustic Hot Jazz, Dead at 74

Guitarist Dan Hicks died on February 6 following a two-year battle with cancer. He was 74. Hicks, who founded Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, was diagnosed with throat and liver cancer in 2014. His death was announced on his website by his wife, Claire. “My darling darling husband left this earth early this morning. He was true blue, one of a kind, and did it all his own way always,” she wrote. “To all who lov ...

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Jeff Beck Announces Hollywood Bowl Performance with Buddy Guy

In March 1965, Jeff Beck replaced Eric Clapton as the lead guitarist in the Yardbirds.  Now, 51 years later, Beck will officially celebrate his 50 (well, 50-plus) years in the professional music business with a rare appearance at the Hollywood Bowl on August 10. As a bonus, Beck will be joined by his good friend, blues legend Buddy Guy, who will be celebrating his 80th birthday July 30. “Sharing the stage a ...

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Dave Mustaine Names His Favorite Metallica Song (That He Wrote)

In a recent interview with LA Weekly, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine was asked which of the four songs he co-wrote on Metallica's 1983 debut album, Kill 'Em All, was his favorite. His response: "My favorite? Hmmm. Interesting. Good question. You know, I like 'Phantom Lord' and 'Metal Militia' because they are very interesting songs. "But I think if you were going to go for my favorite Metallica song that I ...

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Paul Gilbert Announces Great Guitar Escape 2016

This summer, Paul Gilbert will be hosting another one of his popular Great Guitar Escape events. In fact, the Racer X and Mr. Big guitarist officially announces and explains the 2016 edition of the Escape in the exclusive video below. This year, Gilbert's guests will include Megadeth's Kiko Loureiro and David Ellefson, plus Bumblefoot, Andy Timmons and Bruce Bouillet (Racer X). The event, which is billed as ...

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Bangles Guitarist Vicki Peterson Discusses the 30th Anniversary of ‘Different Light’

When the Bangles released their sophomore album, Different Light, in 1986, it represented something of a departure from the guitar-driven, Sixties-oriented sound the band had been known for. With its eclectic mix of radio-friendly pop, dance and Motown groove, Different Light would go on to become one of the year’s biggest albums, yielding the hits “Walking Down Your Street” and “If She Knew What She Wants, ...

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The Routine Premiere New Song, "Black Tropics"

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Black Tropics," a new song by San Diego rock 'n’ soul band the Routine.  It's the title track from the band's new EP, which will be released February 26. “Afro-centric, fresh and uplifting, 'Black Tropics' is a bright spot on our new EP, weaving American soul with African rhythm and tones," says the Routine guitarist Russell Ramo. "The song was buil ...

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The DIY Musician: 1917 Film on 'The Making of a Ukulele,' Plus Free DIY Uke Plans

Happy World Ukulele Day! (Yeah, I had no idea either…)   If you can play guitar, then you can play ukulele, so why not have a little fun with these boingy instruments? As a cigar box guitar historian, I have collected several sets of historic plans for building your own cigar box ukuleles. (They're all at Cigar Box Nation’s Free Plans Archive.) One of the standout sets of cigar box uke plans comes from the ...

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Prince Guitarist Donna Grantis Demos Her PRS Private Stock Custom Guitar

Guitarist Donna Grantis–of Prince’s 3RDEYEGIRL–was at PRS Guitars in Maryland a few weeks ago to pick up her newest guitar, a PRS Private Stock custom model. When she got it home, she went right to work making this video. In the clip, she demos and discusses the guitar and the PRS Private Stock program. Note that things get loud around the 3:10 mark. Below, we've also included part of a PRS Guitars "Meet th ...

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The Routine Premiere New Song, "Black Tropics"

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Black Tropics," a new song by San Diego rock 'n’ soul band the Routine.  It's the title track from the band's new EP, which will be released February 26. “Afro-centric, fresh and uplifting, 'Black Tropics' is a bright spot on our new EP, weaving American soul with African rhythm and tones," says the Routine guitarist Russell Ramo. "The song was buil ...

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Simo Premiere "Long May You Sail" Music Video

Nashville power trio Simo—featuring breakout guitarist J.D. Simo—have teamed with GuitarWorld.com to premiere a new music video. Check out "Long May You Sail," a track from Let Love Show the Way, Simo's second full length album (and first on Mascot Label Group). It was released January 29. "'Long May You Sail' is about hope, love and positive feelings toward others and their future," says singer-guitarist J ...

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