All posts in November 2014

Episode 45- Pedal Genie (The Netflix of Pedals), Lightbulb Vaporizer & Los Protones, Its a MONDO Episode!!


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Black Keys guitar raffle to benefit Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank


Dan Is Cool!

Can ya Help a Brother out?


Lets Rally around Tim “Too Slim ” Langford of Too Slim and the Taildraggers who needs our support through his Cancer Journey.
Tim “Too Slim” Langford is a touring musician and band leader of the band Too Slim and the Taildraggers. Tim has toured several countries, the US and Canada, he has toured his entire life. Tim was recently diagnosed with Cancer and will be having surgery on December 4th to remove the cancer and lymph nodes in Nashville TN. Tim normally tours year round, but will be having to take time off to recoup from his surgery, as well as determine if there will be further medical needs. Tim as a touring musician has band members who count on him as well, and he feels the need to take care of them during this time too. He counts on his touring income to survive on and he has had to cancel some of his touring dates. Tim will have medical expenses and his band expenses continue whether or not he is touring. Tim is very humble and has a very difficult time asking for help, yet he is always the first to play a benefit or give to the needy, help the homeless, raise money for dog rescues, you name it, he is there. Now it is his time and he needs help. He won’t ask, but I will ask for him. Tim is a very shy generous individual that would give you the shirt off of his back and actually he has!! He rescues, dogs, gives to shelters in Seattle (former home town) gives to the people standing at the freeways with papers. He actually had an elderly gentleman come to his door on New Years Eve this past year, so Tim talked with him for quite some time, fed him, and gave him money to get into a shelter as it was very cold that night. Tim’s cancer came as quite a shock, he just went in for a physical and found he had cancer. I believe whenever we hear the BIG C it is a very scary thing no matter what. We are praying that TIm’s cancer will be removed and that will be the end of it, but until then, Tim needs some help financially taking care of himself, his medical bills, his family, his band, and hopefully that will be the end of his Cancer story. Please consider helping…. you may want to consider at least a minimum donation of $31.00 Tim’s birthday is 10/31!!

Tim has Charted on Billboard Top Blue Album Chart – Heat Seekers Albums numerous times with 4 of his releases

Too Slim and the Taildraggers have 11 Studio releases – and several live albums. TIm has 3 solo releases.

Tim is a songwriter, he has written over 160 songs

Tim last two studio releases were produced by Tom Hambridge

Tim has been won numerous awards including awards for Best Guitarist,Best Band, Best Album, Best Slide Guitarist. He has also been nominated for a BMA award from the Blues Foundation for best Blues/Rock Album. He has had two of his Cd’s nominated for Best Blues/Rock album at the Blues Blast Music Awards. He is a Hall of Fame Member in 3 Blues Societies and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Blues Society.

Fender at 60!!!


60 Years on Fender keeps on keepin on!!!


500 Words with Adam P Hunt- Seperating Art From Artist


Adam P Hunt is a freelance writer who has previously written for The Library Journal and Premier Guitar Magazine. We are so happy to have him join us here at Guitar Radio


500 Words by Adam Hunt Separating Art from Artist

Any student of popular music will tell you that there have been some out and out weirdoes that have been involved with pop music. Sexual deviants, alcoholics, drug addicts, child molesters, racists, murderers, thieves, plagiarists, philanderers, you name it pop music has had them all.

Chances are a lot of the popular acts you know probably aren’t very nice people and being a bad person and being a great musician aren’t mutually exclusive.

At what point, however, does a person’s behavior become so egregious to warrant you issuing a personal listening ban of their music?

I can’t draw that line for you and it’s up to listeners to make that distinction for themselves.

There are several artists I like that have engaged in some pretty questionable behavior. Not to name names but one artist immediately comes to mind. He’s struggled with a well-publicized drug addiction and he’s had multiple dalliances with a telephone book’s worth of super models but he’s a great musician and songwriter.

While I do think it would fun to hang out with him for an afternoon I’m not sure I’d trust him with the keys to my car.

“Cackle, cackle… Thanks for the keys mate… Cackle, cackle… Do you know anywhere I can get some more 1916 Helsleck champagne? Patti and I have run out of Pernod-Ricard Perrier-Jouet and we’re just looking to keep the buzz going.”

“Sorry about the cigarette burns on the steering wheel of your Celica. The last time I through a butt of my Davidoff cigarette out of the window there was a riot of people trying to pick it off the street. Cackle, cackle… “

Recently a favorite musician of mine just had an affidavit filed against him by his wife accusing him of child abuse. This guy has the reputation of being taciturn, combative, vindictive, and has habitually withheld royalties to people signed to his record label and former band members.

In other words, he’s just a peach.

A little while ago I was chatting with a buddy of mine about Mr. Peachy. My buddy got a tattoo of the band that Mr. Peachy had cofounded and he was feeling a lot of regret about that decision.

Being the helpful guy I am I suggested he should get some cover up work done and send Mr. Peachy the bill.
I know where I draw the line where it comes to what I define as unacceptable behavior and there are some artists whom I used to like I believe have crossed that line and as a result I no longer listen to them.

By some accounts composer Richard Wagner was a pretty nasty individual but he made great art. One contemporary critic said of Wagner, “Wagner isn’t a musician, he’s a disease”.

Sure, Mr. So-and-So may be a better musician than I ever will be, or sell more recordings, or whatever but I’m not going to support them if I feel uncomfortable with their behavior or if I find their opinions offensive.

Episode 44- Dog Tired Guitars


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Episode 43- Author Shawn Persinger- The 50 Greatest Guitar Books


If You Could, Would’nt you???


The great Brian May pays 10,000 pounds for his number one guitar to ride beside him on his international flight.

I know if I could afford the extra seat for my beloved Six String I would do it without thinking!

Episode 42- Toronzo Cannon- Chicago True Blues


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500 Words with Adam P Hunt- Fane Speakers


Adam P Hunt is a freelance writer who has previously written for The Library Journal and Premier Guitar Magazine. We are so happy to have him join us here at Guitar Radio

500 Words by Adam Hunt Fane Speakers

Stop for a moment. What’s the first name that comes to your mind when some one says the words, “British speaker maker”? Chances are Fane isn’t the first name you may think of but Fane was every bit as important as Celestion when it came to creating the unique dialect of British amplifiers.

Widely used in many British companies Fane found their way into Marshall, Vox, Laney, WEM, HiWatt, Selmer, Orange and Sound City amps and cabinets. Fane became famous for a gutsy sound and speakers that could handle a lot of power partly due to their use of fiberglass voice coils, alnico magnets and solid construction.

Starting in 1958 Fane has had its ups and downs throughout its nearly sixty-year history and by the early 1980s Fane was in trouble. Musical tastes had changed, ownership of the company had shifted, and the cost of doing business in Britain was on the rise. After much effort and delay former Fane managing director, Neil Barnes, rescued Fane from oblivion.

Barnes was originally hired by Fane in 1966 as a press shop foreman and eventually worked his way up the ranks. After Fane sunk under the waves in the early eighties the company quickly changed hands several times and in 2007 Barnes was to secure the company.

Today Fane is a family owned company, Neil and son Mark Barnes and is partnered with a sister company Precision Devices. While Precision Devices focuses on high-end British made audio speakers, Fane has a broader product line and takes advantage of low cost high quality Chinese subcontractors.

In a 2013 interview for Audi Pro International Neil Barnes states, “It’s always a challenge to set up a manufacturing facility off-shore, but fortunately we’ve had a very smooth ride without any significant difficulties,” Neil continues. “We have an exceptional team in China sharing the same attitude, mindset and ethos as the team back here in the UK; there’s no us and them. We’re operating together in a seamless way. That’s the key – if you think on the same lines and work on the same lines, with the same dedication to the end result, then you’re most of the way there.”

“We use the example of Apple – it’s designed and engineered in the US, but assembled in China. If you form the right structure with the correct quality control in place, then you’re OK.”

For guitar players Fane produces two distinct lines of guitar speakers, the Medusa and the AXA series. The Medusa series is geared towards players who favor more classic rock sounds while the AXA still has a vintage flavor to them they are set up to handle an extreme amount of power.

For audiophiles Fane also produces a full range of speakers for home audio, studio and live music venues.

Fane, it seems is making a comeback. If you’re looking for a way to stand out in the mix or want to capture that missing element in your Vox, HiWatt, Laney or Orange reissues Fane may be just the thing you need.