J. D'Addario (Evans Drumheads): News From The Front
Hello and welcome to the latest update from your friends at J. D'Addario & Company, Inc. With the development of several new products and much artist activity, it's an exciting time for us all. Once again, we thank you for tuning in and for your continued support. Inside this month's newsletter read about the latest from our endorsees including Joseph Arthur, Bill Bruford, Dave Matthews Band, Mark O'Conner, Tool's Danny Carey, Peter Erskine, Megadeth, Dennis Chambers, Tomo Fujita, and many more. Please read on!
Customer Comment of the Month:
"I know each time I open a pack of D'Addario strings I'm getting an awesome, worry-free product with the backing of great people standing behind the product." - Danny H. (via e-mail)
Raves for Planet Waves:
"Simply put, Planet Waves cables are amazing." - Joel Shearer (Guitarist, Alanis Morisette)
Awards & Accolades:
Congratulations to Mark Tremonti of the band Creed for winning Guitar World Magazine's Reader's Poll for Best Rock Guitarist. The Best Guitar Album of 2000 category was packed with D'Addario endorsees including 3 Doors Down, Joe Satriani, and Orgy. Way to go guys!
Singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne was awarded the Grammy for Best New Artist, thanks in part to her smash album I Am Shelby Lynne.
Songstress Sheryl Crow took home another Grammy this year, winning Best Female Rock Performance for her live version of "There Goes the Neighborhood."
The Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance went to Lenny Kravitz for his performance of the song "Again." Lenny and several other Performing Artists can be seen in an interview on D'Addario's CD-ROM.
Brian Setzer and the Brian Setzer Orchestra took the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the song "Caravan" off the album Vavoom.
Mark Tremonti of Creed won the award for Best Rock Song for his song "With Arms Wide Open" (written with Scott Stapp).
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo went to longtime D'Addario Performing Artist Pat Metheny for the song "(Go) Get It."
The Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance went to banjoist Alison Brown for her song "Leaving Cottondale," performed with Bela Fleck.
Violinist Mark O'Connor's and Alison Krauss' Appalachian Journey won the Grammy for Best Classical Crossover Album. Mark uses D'Addario Zyex strings; Alison uses Helicores.
Lawrence Dutton and the Emerson String Quartet walked away with two Grammys: Best Classical Album and Best Chamber Music Performance, both for Shostakovich: The String Quartets.
Todd Levy's Orpheus Chamber Orchestra won the Grammy for Best Small Ensemble Performance for "Shadow Dances (Stravinsky Miniatures - Tango; Suite No. 1; Octet; Etc.)"
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder walked away with the Grammy for Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album for Soldier of the Cross.
The Grammy for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album was given to Jars of Clay for the album If I Left the Zoo.
Evans endorsee Bill Bruford's Earthworks releases The Sound of Suprise on DGM records. The band will be touring the US in late May.
Look for the latest metal offering from Megadeth entitled The World Needs A Hero to be released in early May. Megadeth features D'Addario endorsee David Ellefson on bass (Prisms), guitarists Al Pitrelli and Dave Mustaine (both EXL140 users) and Evans endorsee Jimmy DeGrasso.
Bassist Reginald Veal is featured on Dianne Reeve's tribute to Sarah Vaughn entitled The Calling.
D'Addario endorsee and Berklee College of Music Assistant Professor Tomo Fujita releases his Accelerate Your Playing instructional video series via Hal Leonard/Berklee Press. Tomo uses EXL110s exclusively.
Classical guitarist Josep Henriquez releases his latest CD entitled Catalan Music for Guitar. Josep will be performing this month in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Look for a live double CD by Juno-award winning songwriter and alt-country rocker Fred Eaglesmith to be released soon by Signature Sounds Recordings.
Guitar wizard Frank Gambale has released a new live double-CD entitled Resident Alien on his label, Wombat Records. In related news, Frank's new AES-FG model Yamaha guitar has gone into production. Frank uses D'Addario EXLS510 Stainless steel round wound strings.
Classical guitarist Lucian Plessner will soon release a new CD entitled Virtuoso Folklore featuring music by Eduardo Falú and Alirio Diaz. This CD follows Lucian's Bernstein on Guitar release, which featured arrangements suggested and authorized by Leonard Bernstein.
In The Studio:
Bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen is currently in England recording new material with Tori Amos. Justin uses D'Addario Slowounds.
Guitarist Reb Beach is currently at home recording his first solo record.
D'Addario endorsee Joseph Arthur is currently in the studio recording tracks for an upcoming release. His song "In the Sun" was recently featured on the hit TV series Dawson's Creek. Listen for Mr. Arthur's "Chemical" on the soundtrack to the feature film Rennie's Landing, to be released later this year.
Performing Artists on Tour:
D'Addario endorsees Orgy are currently on the road with Papa Roach.
The first leg of the Dave Matthews Band's 2001 spring/summer tour will begin on April 21 hitting large amphitheaters and stadiums in major U.S. markets including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Denver. In addition, a May 5 performance at the 32nd annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has been confirmed.
D'Addario endorsee Mark Knopfler is on the road in support of his latest solo recording. Mark uses EXL110 strings.
D'Addario endorsee Paul Z. Livingstone is currently on the road dazzling listeners with his unique sitar and fretless guitar compositions. Paul has focused his studies in North Indian classical music, in which he has been rigorously trained for the past 14 years in India and the US. For more information, visit his website at www.tanpura.com
Evans endorsee Tony Fagenson is on the road with his band Eve 6.
D'Addario endorsee Craig Setari is pounding the pavement with his band Sick Of It All. Craig provides the bottom end with EXL160 Nickel Wound bass strings.
Singer/songwriter Louise Taylor is currently on the road in support of her latest Signature sounds release.
Evans artist Giovanni Hildago will be in Hawaii hosting a clinic and performing with Latin band Salsaloha at Hickam Air Force Base.
Violinist April Verch and her band appeared at the International Folk Alliance in Vancouver, B.C. in mid-February. April was selected as an official showcase for this year's event. April uses Helicore strings exclusively.
Jazz saxophone Vandoren artist Dan Moretti will be in Russia attending the "Jazz Over the Volga River" festival. Dan will be the only solo jazz performer to participate from the United States.
Check out Evans endorsee Danny Carey's interview in Modern Drummer's June issue.
Look for an interview with Evans endorsee Carter Beauford in the May/June issue of Drum! Magazine. Also featured in this issue is Devon Glenn of Buckcherry.
Clinics, clinics, clinics!
Keep an eye open for an Evans clinic coming to your town soon! These events are a great way to get up close and personal with many of the hottest players around. In the upcoming months clinics will be hosted by Dennis Chambers, Carl Allen, Tim Adams, Kalani, Horacio El Negro Hernandez, Ignacio Berroa, Zoro, Gerry Brown, Tony Royster, Jesus Diaz, Michael Spiro, Tony Verderosa, Ed Soph, and Mr. Peter Erskine.
For more information on clinic dates and locations, please visit www.daddario.com