INTERVIEW: Jimmie Vaughan

Jimmie VaughanMost biographies of Jimmie Vaughan rightfully mention his powerful yet restrained Stratocaster playing. Most also mention, of course, his brother Stevie Ray, with whom Jimmie recorded one album before SRV was taken from us. What’s perhaps slightly less prominently mentioned is that Jimmie is also a bit of a style icon: his classic band The Fabulous Thunderbirds helped to usher in a blues revival while also popularising ‘retro cool.’ The slicked back hair, the hot rods, the vintage threads – Jimmie is his own man who cuts an imposingly cool figure across the guitar landscape. So what would it be like to talk with a man who has opened for Jimi Hendrix, stood on stage with the likes of Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy, opened for Bob Dylan and pretty much summarised a whole lifestyle which is soundtracked by hot 50s Stratocasters, scented by sun-warmed leather interiors and wrapped in mid-century sunglasses? Well it turns out that although he gives off an air of the ultimate baddass, Jimmie Vaughan is a dude who’s so cool and friendly that you instantly become cool by association. And you’ll want to go and pick up your guitar.   Read More …

Summer NAMM Music Industry Day

Ever wished you could go to the NAMM Show, but bummed out that it’s so dang hard to get into unless you’re there in some professional capacity? Well the Music Industry Day offers musicians, pro-audio and staging professionals and music lovers access to the exclusive NAMM Show in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday July 19. You’ll be able to try out next-generation gear from hundreds of the biggest brand names in music, meet artists and engineers, network with music industry professionals, attend workshops such as How to Grow Your Internet Presence, 10 Keys to Marketing Success for Musicians, and more. Here’s the press release.

PRESS RELEASE: NAMM opens its doors to musicians, songwriters, and sound and staging professionals on Music Industry Day, Saturday, July 19 from 10AM-4PM at Nashville’s Music City Center. Music Industry Day offers a once a year opportunity to demo new gear from hundreds of brands, attend workshops designed to further careers in music, check out live music, and network with music industry leaders at an exclusive, trade-only NAMM event. Read More …