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Getting Ready for NAMM 2011

  12/06/10 20:29, by , Categories: NAMM 2010, NAMM 2010 Music, Frank Butler, NAMM 2011 , Tags: carol kaye, dan grigor, deke dickerson, guitar geek, jorma kaukonen, namm
Frank Catfish Butler at 2010 NAMM

So here at, we are gearing up for the 2011 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. It is in January on the west coast and in the summer in Nashville. So what is NAMM?  Well it is not a Vietnam War memorabilia convention. It is a convention for music manufacturers. Companies that make guitars, amps, pianos, drums, strings, cords, microphones, stage lighting-you name it, will be there showing off their latest models to companies that sell these products.

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EKOs of the Past 50th Anniversary Edition

  06/15/10 14:28, by , Categories: NAMM 2010, NAMM 2010 Music, Frank Butler, Review , Tags: catfish butler, eko, goose jordan, guitar, model 700, namm 2010, review, video

While hitting booth after booth at the 2010 NAMM show, we came across EKO Guitars.

EKO, an Italian company, puts out some really nice guitars with bodies that look like fine art. The best artisans in Europe build them with the finest materials and they come up with some really amazing results. It is like holding onto the guitar version of a Lamborghini or Ferrari: flawless in playability.

Click through to hear the Eko!

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Monday Morning Blues From the Fender Stage at NAMM 2010

  05/24/10 02:20, by , Categories: NAMM 2010, NAMM 2010 Music, BFMN Exclusive, Frank Butler, Dan Grigor , Tags: barefoot, barefootmusicnews, catfish butler, dan grigor, monday morning blues, music, namm2010

Monday Morning again and I have been pretty busy. I was sifting through NAMM footage this week and I learned that there is a tape missing from our time in the Fender room. Great stuff, but it’s all gone. All I have left is the steadytracker footage of the walk-around tour and a little bit of music. On it is a cut we can use for Monday Morning Blues.

The Fender room at NAMM is a spiritual experience for a guitar player. In that room is every kind of Fender, Gretsch, EVH, Guild, Squier and Charvel guitar made. An amazing display of some of the most popular guitars on the planet. We’ll have that video tour for you soon.

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BFMN Exclusive Interview with Jason Cale, USAF Mobility Band Guitarist

  05/23/10 02:30, by , Categories: NAMM 2010, NAMM 2010 Music, BFMN Exclusive, Dan Grigor , Tags: barefoot, bfmn, exclusive, grigor, jason cale, mobility band, namm 2010, travis afb, usaf

By the third day of NAMM I was exhausted. NAMM was a nonstop run for us. I got there first and, suffice to say, I was not yet wide awake. I was making a beeline to the coffee in the press room as I walked through the door. I went through the front door by the big stage to find a huge crowd gathered. On the stage was the USAF Mobility Band. They sounded so good and the crowd was so excited that not three feet from the door I dropped my backpack, set up the steady-tracker-cam and headed for the stage.

Click for a video interview with Jason Cale of the Mobility Band.

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Tasty Guitar Riffs from NAMM 2010 #4

  05/15/10 16:23, by , Categories: NAMM 2010 Music, BFMN Exclusive, Dan Grigor , Tags: 2010, anaheim, barefootmusicnews, dan grigor, namm, tasty riffs
BarefootMusicNews ... just like it sounds

The more I watch these, the more I wish I had turned a camera on and just left it on while walking around. As I think back over the sheer number of guitar players in the room I wish I had specifically collected riffs from the aisles. There were so many good players there among the collected group of music store owners, teachers and folks that had some connection that got them a pass into the joint. The press alone was quite a group. Sitting around in the press room yackin’ with folks you find most of them play an instrument or sing and it is their love of music that got them their “beat.”

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