Based in Nashville, Creation Audio Labs is one of the hip, underground boutique guitar pedal manufacturers that started out making modifications and repairs to existing pedals before developing their own line. Their Holy Fire is an overdrive and distortion pedal that tests the capabilities of high power and headroom. This pedal, powered by 48V of DC power, combines a smooth overdrive with a thick distortion to create a broad spectrum of gain. It also features a hi-cut tone control, similar to that of a Vox amp. The clean output is massive, and can compensate to any loss of level when rolling back highs or dialing in distortion.
Those Darlins, Tristen, and Adia Victoria Rock Nashville
Three of Nashville’s most dynamic female-fronted acts joined forces Sunday for a special Lightning 100 Sunday Night broadcast live from 3rd and Lindsley. Returning home from their west coast tour,Those Darlins invited established local Tristen and quickly rising newcomer Adia Victoria to perform on a triple bill that gave a solid sampling of the diverse Nashville rock scene.
When Dierks Bentley was just another Nashville newbie strumming covers in lower Broadway joints for tips from tourists, he wrote thousands of songs. That is, he wrote down thousands of songs, transcribing other writers’ lyrics not only to learn their material, but to analyze their work.
“Every little word mattered to me,” he says. “I have books and books at my house, notepads, front and back. The front was country; the back would be bluegrass, and I’d just fill both sides of these yellow legal pads. I was trying to learn the craft of writing songs.
“Songs are everything,” Bentley asserts. “If you ain’t got the song, you ain’t got anything.”
The Bluebird Cafe has seen an increase in traffic since the premiere of the hit ABC show Nashville. Reservations are made online and often sell out in minutes, but customers can line up before the shows to try for the limited number of seats at the bar.
Since Nashville is home to thousands of songwriters and guitar players, it makes sense that Music City would also be the location of some well-known vintage guitar dealers. And while not all of us can afford a collectible vintage Gibson or Martin or other historic model, they sure are fun to try out in the showrooms and talk about with other pickers in Guitar Town.
Gruhn Guitars, opened in 1970 by George Gruhn, and Carter’s Vintage Guitars, owned by Walter and Christie Carter, are the stores of Nashville’s best-known vintage guitar dealers. While Gruhn doesn‘t boast about his clientele, he doesn’t need to. Stringed instruments from his shop, both acoustic and electric, have been used by literally hundreds of legends of guitardom over the past 44 years. Names like Clapton, Paisley, Knopfler, Gill, Gibbons and others come up in any conversation about who’s playing a guitar that Gruhn has touched at one time or another. In the end, though, the question has to be asked: Does a guitar always sound that much better just because it’s old?
Here we are, on a purple velvet fainting couch in a dressing room inside of Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, and Conor Oberst is sharing his battle scars.
“I smashed my head on a drum set the other night,” he says, lifting up a flop of brown hair to show me a half-inch cut above his right eyebrow, which is still a little crusty. “I was rocking out with Griff, and I didn’t take into account the rototoms. I knew where the normal drums are, but these are a little higher, and I came down on a point. I didn’t even feel it on stage, but I walked off and had blood all over my face and Corina was like, ‘ahhh!’”
With the decade of big hair, padded shoulders and L.A. metal disappearing mercifully in our rearview mirrors – I’m referring to the 1980s here, kids – the extraordinary multi-platinum success of Nirvana and Pearl Jam kicked off a feeding frenzy for Seattle grunge. Major label Yosemite Sams raided the Emerald City, staking claim to Alice in Chains and Soundgarden, then spelunking behind every garage door, clamoring to sign any barely breathing combo of Gen X-ers who could play a couple-a chords or warble nonsense in a three-note range.
Saturday Night Live did a hilarious sketch about this irrational talent grab, in which a Hollywood A&R scout endeavored to negotiate a multi-album recording contract with the only un-signed Seattle-ite left – a beragged street person. Unbeknownst to the SNL writing staff, a similar phenomenon was taking place in Music City. But, in place of Nirvana and Pearl Jam, it was Garth Brooks and Billy Ray Cyrus filling Nashville’s coffers with unprecedented lucre.
After four years at the Loveless Barn, the popular variety show Music City Rootsis moving to a new venue. The inaugural show will take place tonight in Liberty Hall at The Factory at Franklin, and will be broadcast live on Hippie Radio 94.5 FM. The sold out show will feature performances by Emmylou Harris, Verlon Thompson, Rodney Crowell and Humming House.
Guest Blog: How Nashville’s Economic Boom Could Kill Its Creativity
Last week, one of the big stories in Nashville’s music scene became the potential bulldozing of Music Row’s historic Studio ‘A’, currently under the care of musician Ben Folds who’s been renting and upkeeping the space for the last dozen years. Studio ‘A’ has been in service since 1964, and was the site of some of country and pop music’s most important recordings, so when Ben got word that the studio was being sold to Bravo Development, the piano player feared the worst, and wrote an impassioned open letter to let people know the important landmark might be in trouble. A rally was planned for Studio ‘A’ on Monday morning (6:30, which still transpired to raise awareness about preservation in general), but the developer let it be known on Friday that it was always the plan to keep Studio ‘A’ intact as part of any development plans.