Monday, March 14, 2011

Steel Guitar Tips

Hello fellow players,

As we all watched television today, we all have to admit that Charley Sheen is pretty interesting to watch doing his rant on the news channels. I wouldn�t do what he�s doing. I�m sure most of you wouldn�t either. However, when you�re making over a million dollars an episode on your own television show, about anything you do and say will command attention.

This goes back to what Faron said that I quoted in my last newsletter. Nobody wants to see anybody ordinary rant and rave, but being famous takes on a whole new meaning. Here�s an email that I received from reader Rich Peterson.

Bobbe, that might be the best newsletter you ever wrote. It's great to read stories of people joking, kidding and having fun.

Faron hit it right on the head; people won't pay to see someone normal. We are musicians, but most of the audience aren't going to judge us on our musicianship. But they will remember being entertained. The only thing I hated about the "Outlaw country" fad was that you could no longer tell the entertainers from the crowd. The bands didn't wear uniforms anymore, and didn't dress fancy; jeans and tee shirts aren't showy.

I don't think it is coincidence that soon after, we had lip sync contests, (air guitar contests) karaoke, and the public developing an "I could do that!" attitude. As entertainers stopped behaving like they were different from the audience,the audience lost respect for us. So the lighting and loudness became
more important than the playing.

So it is nice to remember the time when it was fun. Thanks, Bobbe.

Rich Peterson

Anybody that loves country music is impressed by people that play rhythm on a flattop guitar. Little kids when they see Gene Autry, Roy Rogers or even Roy Clark, they hear them singing and strumming on the guitar and there�s just something magic that makes them want to play guitar.

This seems to be a never ending thing throughout the years. When we are watching a Tex Ritter movie or something with Smiley Burnette in it, out comes the guitar when they start singing. This is why you never saw many grand pianos on the prairie in the middle of a cattle drive. The guitar was a lot more portable. You can tell I�ve been watching Encore Classics for awhile.

Steel guitar sorts of fits in between. It�s a lot more portable than a piano but not as much as a standard guitar or a harmonica. But steel guitar is a lot more fascinating to the general public. Everybody knows what a regular guitar does and how it works. After all, we all grew up with it.

But there�s something a little more fascinating about a pedal guitar. That big bank of chrome plated tuning keys, the gorgeous pedals, fretboards, necks, all that shiny stuff and then it comes down to that hauntingly gorgeous sound, that flowing, rolling, cascading sound that engulfs the senses.

It�s as fascinating to look at and watch as it is to try to understand. Next time somebody looks at you and your guitar and exclaims �Wow. What is that thing?� Just look at them and say, �It�s just a fascinating thing.� Which we know it is and they are learning it is.

Sort of makes you wonder why the Opry fired all the great guitar players. Legendary players like Leon Rhodes and Joe Edwards. But then again, they also fired Buddy Harman, Pig Robbins, Walt Cunningham and several other founders of the Nashville sound.

It�s nice though that we have YouTube where we can punch up these great players and hear them anytime we want. Maybe computers aren�t so bad after all and I hope to be able to run one someday.

One of the hardest to find parts to restore a Fender steel guitar with is the fretboard. I just ran across 100 brand new twenty two and a half inch scale Fender fretboards. I�m sure most of you guys that have these twenty two and a half in scale great classic steels need fretboards. Here�s your chance to get them while they�re here and available. I will be keeping some of them for guitars that I restore at the store. Email me and look for pictures and descriptions of them on our web page.

Check out our monthly specials at http://www.steelguitar.net/monthlyspecials.html and we�ll try to save you a lot of money.

Your buddy,
Bobbe
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Rachel Holder Sends Sugar Rush to Country Radio with Debut Single, “Chocolate”

Rachel Holder Sends Sugar Rush to Country Radio with Debut Single, “Chocolate”
 
Impacts March 15, produced by industry veterans Chuck Howard and Wilbur Rimes

(Nashville, Tenn. – March 14, 2011)  All Entertainment recording artist Rachel Holder has officially released her debut single to Country radio, a lighthearted and distinctive new Pop-Country gem called “Chocolate.”

Co-produced by Nashville industry heavyweights Chuck Howard and Wilbur Rimes, “Chocolate” is a tongue-in-cheek look from a female’s perspective at the benefits of candy as opposed to those of a boyfriend.  Bomshel’s Kristy Osmunson, producer Howard and songwriter Bob Regan wrote the song, and after hearing it, Holder jumped at the chance to record it. 

“The first time I heard ‘Chocolate,’ I immediately connected to it, and I’m sure there’s a lot of other girls out there that will, too,” says the 18-year-old Holder.  “It’s different, but that’s what I like about it.  It’s catchy and it’s fun, and after all – who doesn’t like chocolate?”

The Chattanooga, Tenn., native has been recording material for the past several months with Howard, a veteran Music Row producer whose credits include projects with LeAnn Rimes, Trick Pony, Hank Williams, Jr., Bomshel and many others.  Holder’s debut album is due out later this year on Nashville-based independent label, All Entertainment.

The teen Country singer has an accomplished background in theater, having performed more than 800 Broadway-style musical shows in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. before pursuing her Country career full-time in Nashville. She released a special holiday song “Christmas Eve” to Country radio in December 2010.

For more information, visit  www.RachelHolder.com.  For photos and digital press materials, please visit www.aristopr.com.



A&M/OCTONE’S MISS WILLIE BROWN RELEASES FIRST MAJOR LABEL EP

A&M/OCTONE’S MISS WILLIE BROWN RELEASES FIRST MAJOR LABEL EP

Spring Tour With Country Music Star Dierks Bentley Begins March 17

2011 Tour Kick-Off Show Planned For
Tues. In Nashville
 
 
Nashville, TN - March 14, 2011 - A&M/Octone Records’ first country act Miss Willie Brown is set to release their first major label EP digitally tomorrow.  Kasey Buckley and Amanda Watkins—usually found finishing each other’s sentences, talking over each other, making each other laugh and cry—are the two singers and songwriters who make up Miss Willie Brown, and the release of their self titled EP marks the arrival of a dynamic new duo in country music.

Produced by award winning producer Keith Stegall (Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson, George Strait), the four track EP includes the up-tempo and funked-up tracks “Sick of Me,” “Good Fight” and Couyan Crazy.”  It also covers tender emotional territory with “Freeland,” the story of two women waiting for their men to return from fighting overseas.  Kasey and Amanda wrote and both sing lead vocals on all four tracks.

“Keith really jumped into our heads in terms of knowing what we like,” says Amanda, while Kasey adds that, “Amanda and I made a promise to each other a long time ago that we would do whatever was best for the song. It’s hard to do a lot of the time, because interests conflict and collide...but the song is everything to us.   And now we’ve put some of those songs we love to play live on this EP, so we could get out on the road and hopefully start building a fanbase show by show.  We want to tour hard...like the guys do!”

Guy Penrod Opens Up To Country Weekly - Discusses Family, Faith and Future In Deeply Personal Interview On Stands Now

Guy Penrod Opens Up To Country Weekly - Discusses Family, Faith and Future In Deeply Personal Interview On Stands Now

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Nashville, TN (March 14, 2011) -- Guy Penrod recently spoke with Country Weekly magazine's Deborah Evans Price, and the result is a deeply personal interview in which the talented vocalist openly discusses family, faith and the future.  Penrod reveals his Grandfather's final words of advice, and explains how those words would motivate him to take a huge chance with his career.  "After a very successful 14-year run with The Gaither Vocal Band, I opted to do something I had wanted to do for 22 years," Guy says.  "I stepped out on my own and made a country album, BREATHE DEEP." 

The feature offers insights into the challenges Guy faced in going out on his own; how he chose the disc's songs; his approach to country music, and his thoughts on where that music will take him.  The new CD is country - and it's a resounding success, earning high sales figures, accolades galore, and two solo artist Dove Award nominations (2010) for Guy (Country Album of the Year, Country Recorded Song of the Year). His current single, "Pray About Everything," is chart-active and a winner with Guy's fans. 
Fans can find out what's new in Guy's world, as well as compete in his March Madness Song Tournament, by clicking on Guy Penrod.

Country Music Legend Loretta Lynn joined Marty Stuart and Connie Smith

 
Country Music Legend Loretta Lynn joined Marty Stuart and Connie Smith on The Marty Stuart Show on Saturday,
March 12.  The show is currently in its 3rd Season and brings traditional country music into living rooms across the country every Saturday night on RFD-TV.   Check local listings for more information.
 
Photo by: Bill Thorup

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