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J. D'Addario (Evans Drumheads): News From The Front

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New Performing Artist Signings:

Guitarist Dino Cazares and bassist Christian OldeWollebers of the band Fear Factory have recently joined the D'Addario family. The band is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on their soon-to-be-released Roadrunner Records album Digimortal. Beginning in mid-January, Fear Factory will headline the Snowcore tour featuring fellow D'Addario artists Kittie & Slaves On Dope. Dino uses D'Addario XL110s. Christian uses Planet Waves 74T000 bass straps and custom XL bass string gauges.

D'Addario is proud to welcome NY-based singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur to our Performing Artist Roster. Joseph's latest Virgin Records release, Come To Where I'm From, an experimental folk-rock masterpiece, was recently dubbed the #1 Album of the Year by Entertainment Weekly magazine, and Number 8 Album of the Year by the New York Times.

Lending A Helping Hand

Evans recently outfitted all the drum kits at the Drummer's Institute of Georgia. The Institute is one of the few schools solely dedicated to drum/percussion instruction in the country. For more info, visit the school's website (digdrums.com).

D'Addario endorsee Carlos D'L Puerto recently paid a visit to several schools in his homeland of Cuba. The schools, Amadeo Rodán, the National School of Music, and the National Institute of Art, were in dire need of strings for their classroom instruments so Carlos called upon D'Addario for support. Helicore strings were proudly donated to this great cause.

Carlos will be hosting a clinic at the Bass Collective in NYC on January 29th. Check out the D'Addario website for more info (http://www.daddario.com)

Awards & Accolades:

Nominations for the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards were recently announced. Below is a sampling of D'Addario endorsees nominated. Congratulations and best of luck to all! Beck, Shelby Lynne, Paul Simon, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Blue Man Group, Creed, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson, Pat Metheny, Peter Frampton, Liquid Soul, Joe Satriani, the Dixie Chicks, Ricky Skaggs, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Alison Brown, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Nickel Creek, Alex Acuna, Lawrence Dutton (The Emerson String Quartet), and Jars of Clay. For a complete list of nominations, visit www.grammy.com

If you're a participating NAMM member, come visit us at J. D'Addario's Booth # 4834 at the upcoming NAMM Convention in Anaheim, CA (1/18-1/21)!

New Releases:

Evans endorsee Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez recently released his latest instructional book, entitled Conversations In Clave.

Look for Evans endorsee Frank Colon's latest release Latin Wonder in early February.

Dracula 2000 film Soundtrack featuring Linkin Park and Static-X.

In The Studio:

D'Addario endorsee Ottmar Liebert's latest Epic Records recording Little Wing will be released in May of 2001. The album contains 11 songs written by Ottmar and four covers, including "Little Wing" by Hendrix, "Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin, and "Paint it Black" by the Rolling Stones.

Guitar genius Marty Friedman is in the studio with his new band red dye #2.

Evans endorsee Peter Erskine recently recorded tracks for artist Marc Antoine at Capital Records studio in LA.

Acoustic wizard Ed Gerhard is hard at work recording his latest album, due out in early spring. Ed is challenging himself by recording this album using only cheap, pawnshop-style guitars with strings so high off the fingerboard it takes both hands to make a chord! If anyone can make one of those guitars sound great, it's definitely Ed!

Evans endorsee Drew Hester is currently in the studio cutting tracks for the latest Joe Walsh record.

D'Addario endorsee Carlitos D'L Puerto and Evans endorsee Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez are providing the groove on the latest recording for Juan Carlos Formell.

Performing Artists On Tour:

* Buckcherry featuring Evans endorsee Devon Glenn

* Vandoren artist Jeff Coffin (www.jeffcoffin.com)

* Look for Lenny Kravitz on the Howard Stern Show (1/12) and as Saturday Night Live's musical guest (1/20).

* Del McCoury

* Little Feat

* Ricky Skaggs

* Limp Bizkit

* Ani DiFranco


The Rock In Rio festival in Rock City - Barra da Tijuca - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, featuring endorsees Beck, Poncho Sampedro (Crazy Horse), The Dave Matthews Band, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, promises to be the musical event of the year.

Rockers 3 Doors Down recently performed on the Billboard Awards and the Conan O'Brien show.

The West Coast leg of The Colors of Christmas tour was outfitted entirely with Planet Waves instrument cables.


The International Association of Jazz Educators Conference will be held this month in NYC (1/10-1/13). Longtime D'Addario endorsee Pat Metheny will be this year's Keynote speaker. Other endorsees performing include: John Patitucci, Darol Anger, Ed Soph, John Adams, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Adam Nussbaum, Bob Mintzer, and Jeff Coffin.

D'Addario Strings is once again a sponsor of the 13th Annual International Folk Alliance, to be held this year in Vancouver, British Columbia (2/15 - 2/18). If you plan on attending the show, please stop by and say hi to Peter D'Addario, who will be working the D'Addario Booth. Come by and pick up a sample set of our brand new EXP Coated Acoustic Guitar Strings. Debuting at the upcoming NAMM show, D'Addario EXP strings are revolutionary in their tone, feel, and corrosion resistance.

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