Monday, December 10, 2012



Tune In Tuesday night on Discovery to catch Skynyrd performance
New York, NY (December 10, 2012) – Legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd will headline the previously announced CHOPPER LIVE: THE REVENGE on Tuesday, December 11th at 9pm ET/PT.  Lynyrd Skynyrd joins an already extensive list of Discovery talent participating in this major television event, including AMERICAN CHOPPER stars Paul Teutul Senior and Paul Teutul Junior, OUTLAW GARAGE star Jesse James, and FAST ‘N LOUD stars Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman.

With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having sold over two million ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations. Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to build on the legacy that began over 35 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida with their most recent album, Last of a Dyin’ Breed, debuting at No. 14 on the Billboard Top 200, making it their highest charting album since 1977.  The band will be performing the title track from the new album as well as their hit “Sweet Home Alabama” during the show.

Last year, Paul Jr. beat out his father Paul Sr and nemesis Jesse James to take the title and the honor of ultimate bike builder when he won Discovery’s first ever AMERICAN CHOPPER LIVE.  This year, all three are back – plus FAST ‘N LOUD stars Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman—to duke it out in an incredible four way bike build-off.   In this two-night special, fans will to vote on their favorite bike after seeing the four finished products during our regularly-scheduled AMERICAN CHOPPER on Monday, December 10th at 9pm ET/PT.  The following evening at 9:00pm ET/PT, CHOPPER LIVE: THE REVENGE will air from Las Vegas’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for what’s sure to be a night that will go down in Discovery history.

For more information on Lynyrd Skynyrd, visit

Video Alert: Brad Paisley Southern Comfort Zone

Brad Paisley LIVE on Ustream
Brad will premiere the official music video of “Southern Comfort Zone,” during a live Ustream broadcast Today, December 10, at 2 p.m. Central Time / 3 p.m. Eastern.
Fans worldwide may chat with Brad immediately following the video’s premiere via Ustream’s social stream and Twitter by tweeting #bradpaisleychat.
Click here to watch.

Steel Guitar News December 10. 2012

This is Bob Hempker with today’s newsletter and some answers to questions we’ve received through emails. I’ve been asked to compare the advantages and disadvantages between the Emmons and Day setups. In truth, they’re just two different ways to get to the same place. I would recommend that anyone starting out use the Emmons setup because nine out of ten players use it. That way, if you sit down behind somebody else’s guitar, it’s most likely you’ll be able to play it without any problems. All our guitars on the floor are setup the Emmons way. If you’re already playing the Jimmy Day setup and are comfortable with it, by all means stick with it. I play the Day setup, have for fifty plus years and don’t see any reason to change. We had someone ask about the best amplifier for a steel guitar. I haven’t found it yet. Personally I like the sound of the highs and high mids of a solid state amp. I like the sound of the lows and low mids of a tube amp. Older is not always better. To me, dollar for dollar, the Peavey 112 can’t be beat. It’s not big and heavy. The size and weight of it allows a person to carry two amps if he so chooses. They don’t take up a lot of room on a small stage. For those just getting started who may not know this, the Peavey has an effects loop in it which a lot of older amps don’t have. An effects loop reduces noise for one thing and the effects work cleaner. It makes it easier to insert more units in the effects chain. Newer amps also have an XLR output which enables you to run directly into the sound board. I personally like the sound of a miked speaker better because I want the sound of the speaker with my tone. Going direct out through an XLR doesn’t give me the sound of the speaker. However, understand there are situations where they demand that you go directly into the sound board. You’ll find the XLR output on the back of the Peavey 112. If budget it not a concern, a tube preamp with a solid state power amp in a rack with a rack mounted effects processor can sound good. Some guys are opting for self-powered speakers and they’ll use a preamp with them. There are many options out there and different ways of going about this. Use your ear, your imagination and know what fits your budget. I’ve been asked about tone. Tone is all so subjective. It depends on what style of music you’re playing, the limits of your equipment and your own personal tonal preferences. The room you’re playing in makes a difference. I’ve played a show in the afternoon and been totally elated with the tone I got, then came back two hours later to play a second show and I hated the tone I got. Nothing had been moved or changed in any way. I hate to paint anything with a broad brush and say this sounds like this and that sounds like that. Not necessarily. Everybody has an idea in their head what they want their instrument to sound like. We can’t really explain it but we know it when we hear it. There is no Holy Grail of tone. As long as your tone is not bothering you, sometimes it’s best not to get concerned about it and just play it. Don’t get discouraged if on occasion your tone isn’t what it’s supposed to be. It happens to each and every one of us regardless of what equipment we use. If it becomes a normality that you always hate your tone, it might be time to look at some different equipment. When you get new equipment, get the best equipment you can afford. The better you like your equipment, the better you’re going to like playing it. Check out our monthly specials at Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM – 4PM Monday – Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday

Party Alert: Florida Georgia Line After-party at the House of Blues

On the heels of a successful debut album release last week and a #1, Platinum-certified debut single, “Cruise,” hot newcomers Florida Georgia Line will continue the excitement next week from coast to coast. The duo has secured a coveted presenter slot on Monday (12/10) during the American Country Awards live broadcast from Las Vegas, airing at 8:00P ET/PT on FOX. Immediately following, FGL has been tapped to headline the official After-party at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. For ticket information and show details, please visit
The good times keep rolling for the duo as they head to the Big Apple for their national television performance debut. FGL will perform their smash debut single, “Cruise,” on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (12/12) and the following morning (12/13) on FOX & Friends. Check local listings for show times.

TV Alert: American Country Awards Tonight

Country music superstar Keith Urban is set to perform with seven young musicians who have participated in the GRAMMY Foundation®’s GRAMMY Camp® music program on the AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS, airing live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Monday, Dec. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. The performance is intended to highlight the need to support music-based initiatives that attract young people to music and encourage their musical pursuits. As part of the campaign, a $25,000 donation will be made to support the GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY in the Schools® programs, including scholarship support for GRAMMY Camp.


     Julliette, Georgia, is a long ways off the beaten path," Bob Everhart says.  "It's one of the most unusual villages we have ever visited.   And, it's much like it was when it was the main shooting scene for the extraordinary film, "Fried Green Tomatoes."  When the movie company had finished filming, they returned the 'cafe' (it was formerly an antique store) back over to it's owners, with the hope that they might continue keeping it as a cafe.  Indeed they did, so we stopped their for lunch, and a stroll around the little town that was so prominent in the film.  Still lots of memories in this little village, but the 'cafe' is the center piece. The film featured Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy, and a couple of really good looking younger women.  It was a super film, and centered almost entirely around the 'cafe,' whose specialty was fried green tomatoes.  They are on the menu of course, so we had a go at them, and found them quite good, but if you saw the movie, you know the major food item that played such an important part of the story, is bar-b-qued ribs.  In this case, it's 'human' ribs.  If you haven't seen the movie, the DVD is still available, now mostly in the $5 bin.  We bought a copy of the film at one of the local 'memory' stores, and watched it again.  It's a super film, couple of oscars, etc., with a real 'kicker' at the end.  Sheila had 'Bennet's' pulled pork sandwich, Bobbie had  southern fried catfish (really really good), and I had the 'ribs.'  Well, they sure were different, and it wasn't a budget lunch, but we sure had a pleasant afternoon in this little tiny Georgia town."
     "We also stopped to see one of the 'national' park sites, Ocmulgee," Bobbie Lhea added.  "This was a super neat park.  It still has all the huge mounds built by the local Indians so long ago, with a terrific film and museum about this amazing site.  Dad still says there were human beings on planet earth before the dinosaurs, and he keeps telling me this historical site is one of the places where the small amount of surviving humans lived after the dinosaurs were gone.  They were a really advanced civilization, and I found it totally amazing."
     "We're off to our first performance in Florida," Sheila added.  "It's at the Manatee Springs Park, where we will be performing at their waterfront amphitheater.  We're sure looking forward to that."


Holiday Season Finale Features Rare Hometown Concert
With Brother in New Ulm, Minn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 10, 2012) - Singer/songwriter Brenda Zitzman has planned a series of concerts to make the season merry and bright for fans as the energetic performer is set to perform acoustic concerts of Christmas favorites throughout Middle Tennessee and in her home state of Minnesota.
Zitzman's Middle Tennessee concerts include shows at Mercy Ministries, Ronald McDonald House, Sycamores Terrace Retirement Community and Fifty Forward in Donelson. She heads north later in the month, with shows set for Fairfax Community Home and Countryview Estates in Fairfax, Minn., and Ridgeway on 23rd in New Ulm, Minn. Zitzman will be joined by her brother, Jon, for a rare Christmas performance on December 22 at the New Ulm Event Center. Jon Zitzman, who currently lives in Los Angeles, will be joining his sister on stage in their hometown for the first time in seven years.

"I love Christmas ! I already know the best gift for me this year will be sharing my love for this season with others through my music," says Brenda Zitzman.

In addition to sharing Christmas music with others making Zitzman's Christmas list, the musician has another heartfelt Christmas wish.

"We've worked hard to plan a spectacular holiday season with the many concerts," she says. "However, the one thing that would push it over the top would be the return of my beloved Taylor acoustic guitar, which was stolen a few weeks ago in Nashville. Dear Santa, that definitely is on my list."

For more information about Zitzman and her holiday schedule, visit

About Brenda Zitzman:
If there's one - only one - thing you should know about Brenda Zitzman, it's this: she's a giver. Doesn't matter if the person you know as a world-wide performer is onstage singing harmonies and playing guitar or if the person you know as a Belmont University grad who calls Nashville, Tenn., home is running alongside elementary-aged girls as a volunteer 5K coach, it's all the same: she's giving it her all.

Zitzman's commitment to playing all out goes straight back to her childhood, growing up on the family farm in New Ulm, Minn. Working alongside her parents and two brothers, Zitzman learned a strong work ethic and the truth about commitment: you give it all you've got.

She brought that foundation with her when she moved south to attend Nashville's Belmont University, where she graduated from the school's prestigious music program and put what she learned into action, first with a band named Wildflower (which later became Side Saddle) and most recently with internationally known country act Mustang Sally.
After ten years of non-stop touring, Zitzman has decided to move on to new adventures. Her fans will be thrilled to learn of the talented singer's latest project: Box 43 Collection. Box 43 Collection is a series of youtube videos featuring Zitzman singing songs that influenced her growing up. "Crazy Arms," the legendary Ray Price tune, kicks off the series. Zitzman considers the youtube videos as just one more way to give to her fans.
To learn more about Zitzman, visit

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