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BFMN Exclusive - Lloyd Gregory Live from Roxboro Label Launch Party

  02/05/11 21:45, by , Categories: Guitar, Electric, BFMN Exclusive, Artist Interview, Dan Grigor, Featured Artist, Video , Tags: lloyd gregory, master byong yu, roxboro entertainment, stanley clarke, sunnie paxson

I had the pleasure of meeting guitar virtuoso Lloyd Gregory at Stanley Clarke’s label launch party for Roxboro Entertainment Group.

Lloyd is one of the premiere artists on the Roxboro Label.  Talking in the green room for a moment we found a soft-spoken gentleman relaxing a bit before the show. He talked with us briefly about his new CD and his Roxboro cohorts and then they took the stage.

Played to a packed house his easy style, reminiscent of Wes Montgomery yet distinctly Lloyd Gregory, flowed effortlessly through two beautiful guitar songs. His flow and exuberance caught on and the all-star band, including fellow Roxboro artist Sunnie Paxson, played the songs as if they had been playing together for years.

Click through for an exclusive performance video of his hit “Germ”

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Stretching Across Generations with Magical Musical Moments

  09/25/10 04:01, by , Categories: Electric, BFMN Exclusive, Dan Grigor, Video , Tags: dan grigor, fourth of july, jam at the cam, labor day, memorial day

There have been some magical moments in my backyard. It’s a pretty cool spot and part of what makes it so cool is the music. We live on the lake’s edge and have a stage there. For years we have been having these great jams on the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor day, all the big holidays. Here, by the lake, we use them as an excuse to get together, plug in all the stuff and make loud music all day long.

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Sound Advice - Part 2- Live Sound Tips

  03/09/10 02:00, by , Categories: Electric, Sound, Live Sound , Tags: advice, great sound, guitar, jam at the cam, live, music, pa, peavey, sound, tips, xr-800_ alesis

Recently I wrote the first part in this mini-series about getting decent sound from a third-party sound crew. In Part 2 I’ll show that, in my experience, the way to have the best sound at the lowest volume is to let the sound guy control the mix.

If you can’t hear yourself on stage, that is a monitor problem, not an amp volume problem

Get his attention and say this, “I can’t hear my guitar. Should I turn my amp up or can you give me more monitor please?” You’ll likely get more monitor. If he tells you to turn your amp down, it is so you will appear to come out of both sides of the sound system, rather than heavy on the side where your amp is. This lets you blend in better with the entire band as you would on a CD. The house sound needs to be balanced so that the song sounds pretty much the same from all sides of the house.

The next time you find yourself reaching for the volume knob on your amp mid-performance, STOP! Ask the sound guy for more monitor instead. There is no way for him to make you sound good if he does not have control. He (not you) sets you in the mix, EQs you for the room and drops you into the sonic landscape like the little flower that you are.

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Unreleased Jimi Hendrix Tracks Launch Catalog Project

  02/22/10 18:26, by , Categories: Welcome, Electric, Music News , Tags: barefootmusicnews, billy cox, bleeding heart, dan grigor, eddie kramer, jimi hendrix experience, valleys of neptune

On Monday, March 8, Valleys Of Neptune will finally be released and more than 60 minutes of unheard Jimi Hendrix music will enter the atmosphere.

Mostly recorded between February and May, 1969, Valleys of Neptune documents both the final studio recordings Jimi made in 1969 with the original Jimi Hendrix Experience and the first efforts with new bassist Billy Cox.

Mixed by Eddie Kramer, the engineer for all of Hendrix’s albums throughout the guitarist’s lifetime, the album includes exciting 1969 arrangements of the classic signature songs “Red House,” “Fire,” and “Stone Free” as well as unheard studio versions of Hendrix’s inspired interpretation of Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love.”

Hendrix’s blazing cover of “Bleeding Heart,” the classic blues song by Elmore James, is included in the LP and will be available as a single on vinyl the same day. Reportedly, though not featured on the album, “Peace in Mississippi” is on the B side of this single, and contains more previously unreleased material in the form of 7 minutes of pure Jimi genius.

Click through for a track listing and news of the 2010 Jimi Hendrix Catalog Project!

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UPDATE: More than 40 Birds Play My Fender Strat

  02/18/10 22:28, by , Categories: Guitar, Electric, Music News, BFMN Exclusive , Tags: 40, barefoot, birds, dan, fender, gibson, grigor, guitar, les paul, play, strat

The latest episode in the quest to get 41 birds to play my Fender Strat.

When we last left our hero he was all set up to record the birds the following morning at the crack of dawn or “first light” as he put it. Our “hero” slept a little late and neighbors were loudly mowing all morning but tape rolled at the butt-crack of 11 am sharp or so. 18 hours of tape later I am here to report that the birds actually did play; lots of them did. The sound of my backyard through a mic is worth the trip.

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Hoping More than 40 Birds Play My Fender Strat

  02/16/10 03:38, by , Categories: Guitar, Electric, Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Sound, Live Sound , Tags: 40, barefoot, birds, c_leste boursier-mougenot, fende, gibson, grigor, guitar, music, paul, play, r les, strat, stratocaster, the curve

A couple of weeks ago we ran the story about the French artist who placed a Gibson Les Paul in an aviary. The video is mesmerizing. You can see the story here: 40-wild-birds-play-a-gibson-les-paul-guitar

From the moment I saw this I knew I had to try it. The next weekend we had rain; the weekend after that we had rain; this weekend was a holiday weekend. Holiday weekends bring loud boats to the lake and we needed quiet to record. Today the weather was beautiful. We put trays of birdseed and hung a feeder close to where the guitar will be placed.

This evening, before dark, we hung a strong rope from a tree and from that we hung the guitar in a plant hanger.

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London's Guitar Nation Festival 2010 Intends to Take the Power Back

  02/16/10 01:09, by , Categories: Guitar, Acoustic, Electric, Music News, Festivals and Events , Tags: barefoot, grigor, guitar nation festival 2010, iron maiden, steve vai, toto, whitesnake

Guitar Nation Festival 2010, to be held in London May 8 and 9, is expected to be a two-day musical delight of performances, demonstrations, seminars and debates for guitarists and music industry professionals.

A broad variety of Master classes will be offered to appeal to those serious about working in Music.

Steve Vai will be making his only professional visit to the UK of 2010 to help attendees interested in “Making it in the Music Industry.”

In an exclusive from the USA, John Page, founder of the Fender Custom shop and creator of Fender Museum, will be speaking on greatest guitar designs.

Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain, Toto’s Steve Lukather, and ex-Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden are also among those whose attendance is already confirmed.

A complete list is available at the Guitar Nation Festival 2010 website. They give fair warning: “Pass availability is very limited and they will sell very quickly. Book early to avoid disappointment and save money.”

And if you get to attend, please take lots of great pictures and send them to, where you will receive full credit and endless adulation.



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