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


Hello and welcome to the latest update from your friends at J. D'Addario & Company. Inside this month's newsletter read about the latest from our endorsees including Will Kennedy, Amadeus Guitar Duo, Peter Michael Escovedo, Kelly Joe Phelps, Roy Book Binder, David Grissom, Onesidezero, Ghettoblaster, Gina Schock and many more. Please read on!

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Artist Quote of the Month:

"Playing music is speaking a language, and as musicians we search for tools that will allow us to express ourselves as clearly as possible. Evans Drumheads help give me the words I need to say through my drumkit on every performance" - Will Kennedy

Evans News:

Evans is proud to welcome Ronnie Ciago, Rob Basile, and Jeff Mince to our family of Performing Artists. Ronnie Ciago has recorded and performed with a diverse collection of artists including Rickie Lee Jones, Brand X, Paul Rodgers, and Ritchie Blackmore. Ronnie is currently a member of the Bill Ward Band. Rob Basile provides the hard rock muscle for the LA-based band Onesidezero. Currently on the road, the band's debut CD, Is This Room Getting Smaller, is set for a late September release on Maverick Records. Jeff Mince combines drumset and electronic percussion to create a sound all his own. He and his band Ghettoblaster recently completed recording their debut album, which is set for release in September on Elektra Records. The CD was produced by Eric Valentine (Smashmouth, Third Eye Blind).

Gina Schock and her band the Go-Gos rocked New York's Central Park last month. The event was taped and will air soon on VH1.

Jam-band Moe, featuring Vinnie Amico on drums, perform at Summer Stage in New York's Central Park this month.

Fuel, featuring drummer Kevin Miller, is currently on the road supporting their latest release Something Like Human. For more info on this great band, please visit www.fuelweb.com.

Rocky Bryant is currently in Los Angeles rehearsing for an upcoming tour with soul singer Maxwell. Feel the groove!

Congratulations go out to the following Evans artists on their Modern Drummer Magazine Readers Poll awards: Dennis Chambers, Peter Erskine, Zoro, Giovanni Hidalgo, Carter Beauford, Will Kennedy, Danny Carey, Alex Acuna, Ignacio Berroa, and Bob Gatzen. Way to go guys! For more info, check out www.moderndrummer.com.

Peter Michael Escovedo has been tapped as the musical director for the Wayne Brady Show, which airs on ABC on August 8. Peter will direct a 15-piece orchestra, which includes the incredible Will Kennedy on drumkit. Wayne Brady can currently be seen on the hit TV show Who's Line Is It Anyway?

In more Will news; Mr. Kennedy performs in Tokyo this month with jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour.

Nir Z. is currently on tour providing the backbeat for rocker Billy Squier. The band is on tour with Bad Company and Styx.

D'Addario News:

D'Addario sadly mourns the losses of two longtime Performing Artists, legends, and good friends. "Mister Guitar," Chet Atkins, who passed away on June 30, had used D'Addario strings for many years, and is known as one of the guitar world's great pickers and innovators. He amassed 14 Grammy awards for his albums, a feat matched by only one other Country performer.

Grammy-winner John Hartford, who passed away on June 4, had been hailed as one of Bluegrass music's top fiddle players, and kept playing until the end, long after his illness would have put most men into bed. Such was his love of music. These two amazing musicians will be sorely missed, and we offer our condolences to their families, and thank them for allowing us to be a part of their music. For more information, visit www.johnhartford.com and www.misterguitar.com

Praise for D'Addario's new EXP Coated Acoustic strings keeps rolling in from the road. Here's a sampling of artists currently using these groundbreaking strings - Bob Dylan, Steven Stills, Suzanne Vega, Dave Matthews, Bruce Springsteen, John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Robert Cray, Lucinda Williams, Martin Simpson, and Bill Frisell.

Guitarist Jeff Pevar and his band CPR (featuring David Crosby & James Raymond) release Just Like Gravity on Gold Circle Records. Just Like Gravity is a gorgeous record that should not be missed!

Congratulations go out to Vince Gill who recently received the Country Weekly Career Achievement Award at the TNN & CMT Country Music Awards.

Roy Book Binder is currently on the road hitting the festival circuit. Look for Roy's new CD, Singer-Songwriter-BLUESMAN, due for release in August. The CD features all original songs, recorded solo, just Roy and his guitar.

The word busy doesn't even come close to describing in-demand session guitarist David Grissom. In addition to laying down tracks in Nashville with artists such as John Anderson, Andy Griggs, Scott Miller, Charlie Robison, Pam Tillis, Mindy McCready, Susan Ashton, Tommy Shane Steiner, Blackhawk, and Lee Ann Womack, David will be touring this month with Jerry Jeff Walker, is hosting clinics at the National Guitar Workshop, and is developing an instructional book for Cherry Lane Music Publishing.

Bluegrass artist Ralph Stanley recently received a Platinum award for his contributions to the soundtrack to the Coen brothers film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? Congratulations Ralph!

Kelly Joe Phelps releases his long-awaited new record Sky Like A Broken Clock on Rykodisc. For this recording, Kelly Joe has enlisted a full band that includes the phenomenal talents of Larry Taylor (bassist for Tom Waits, ex-Canned Heat) on string bass and Billy Conway (from Boston's cult heroes Morphine) on drums and percussion. All 10 tracks on this groundbreaking record were written by Kelly Joe and were recorded live with no overdubs. For more info, check out www.kellyjoephelps.com

Bryan Beller, bassist for Mike Keneally and Beer For Dolphins, just finished up a tour of the U.S. in support of their latest record, Dancing (Exowax). Keneally and the Dolphins packed houses all along the way, including two gigs at one of New York City's most prestigious venues, The Bottom Line. Beller uses D'Addario Prisms. "Prisms really help to bring out the subtleties of some of the high-end transients in my sound, which is important during quiet passages, and especially key when using effects." Beller also recorded Dancing with Prisms exclusively. He plans to continue touring with Keneally later in the year.

Bassist Carlos Del Puerto is touring this month in Finland & Sweden leading a group called Carlos del Puerto e Impacto Cubano. The band will be performing at the Imatra Big Band Festival, Kuopio Wine Festival, Copacabana Salsa Club, Pori Jazz Festival, and the Stockholm Jazz Festival.

Mat Gurman releases his third Starlicks instructional video, entitled 50 Licks for Blues Guitar.

Grammy-winner (and seven-time nominee) Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown releases Back To Bogalusa on Blue Thumb Records. Not one to be pigeonholed, the 77-year-old Brown has stubbornly avoided labels while demonstrating his command of blues, jazz, Cajun, country, and swing. On his new release, Brown focuses on the rich musical sounds of his beloved Louisiana. For more info, please visit www.bluethumb.com

Suzanne Vega is currently on tour in Europe. Reports from the road indicate that Ms. Vega is extremely happy with D'Addario EXP acoustic strings.

Folk artist and acoustic wizard Don Conoscenti releases his first instructional video, entitled Capo Abuse and Guitar Techniques. Highly regarded in the acoustic music community for his prowess on guitar, Conoscenti's expertise with capos has inspired performers seeking an alternative to opening tuning. His techniques offer the benefits of open tuning while allowing the guitar to remain in straight tuning. For more info, check out www.donconoscenti.com.

Bassist Eric Hochberg has been busy with a number of projects. Eric recently opened for Bill Bruford's Earthworks with the Paul Wertico Trio. He also finished work on a new album from world musician Willie Schwarz for EFA Clearspot Records and completed a live recording at Chicago's famed Green Mill nightclub for Saxophonist Frank Catalano's new Delmark Records album.

Michelle Malone and her band The Peeps Show are currently on tour in support of her 7th release Hello Out There (SBS Records). For more info, please visit www.michellemalone.com.

Randy Kohrs releases his debut CD A Crack In My Armour on Junction Records. Randy is an amazing talent with extraordinary vocal and resophonic guitar skills bred deep in traditional country and bluegrass music.

Violinist Darol Anger is currently in the studio with Mike Marshall working on a Duo record to be released at the end of this year on Compass Records. Darol recently performed at Telluride with Comotion and Alison Brown.

Classical News:

Classical guitarist Richard Jacobowski is co-directing two classical guitar festivals in Italy. The first in Orvieto is entitled the Campo Musicale Chitarristico. D'Addario is proud to be an official sponsor of this event. The second, the Ida Presti Festival of Guitar, is in Catania (Sicily). Both of these festivals feature master classes, concerts and competitions. In addition to being the co-director of these festivals, Richard will also teach and perform solo recitals.

The Amadeus Guitar Duo, featuring Dale Kavanagh and Thomas Kirchhoff are currently on tour in Europe. The duo, who have been playing together since 1991, are acknowledged for their virtuoso performances and their highly sensitive creative ability in musical phrasing and articulation.

International concert guitarist Michael Laucke is presently in the recording studio, one week away from an international "CD-Extra" release. This CD-Extra, his 18th CD to date, is a music CD of his latest flamenco/pop works, together with his new video-clip, which can be viewed when inserted into computers. The video is slated for rotation on MusiMax, MuchMusic, Bravo, and other French TV networks

British Guitarist Jason Carter will be touring Europe and the Middle East this month. He will be playing Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Holland, Denmark and the UK. The release of his new CD Elements is getting great reviews worldwide.

Planet Waves News:

What the Pros are saying about Planet Waves:

"I've been using the Planet Waves cables in both live and studio situations and I'm really enjoying the sound. I prefer the Planet Waves cables for overall tonal spectrum response, construction and feel. The double-insulated/double-shielded design provides a pure signal that eliminates hum. The compression springs makes a solid contact at the instrument jack, and the colored O-rings are very helpful for recalling my setup." - Bassist Mark Egan

"As loud as it is in my studio, it's nice to have something quiet for a change. Planet Waves cables equal zero noise!" - Producer Peter Michael Escovedo

Everybody loves going to a concert and catching a signature pick from their favorite artist! Here's a heads up on a few of the musicians using custom Planet Waves guitar picks:

Justin Meldal-Johnsen (bassist with Beck)
Christian Olde Wolbers and Dino Cazares (bassist and guitarist for Fear Factory)
Frank Salvaggio and Kevin Jardine (bassist and guitarist for Slaves On Dope)
Neil Giraldo (guitarist with Pat Benatar)
Joe Satriani
Doyle Bramhall II (guitarist with Eric Clapton)
Ronnie Dunn (Brooks & Dunn)
Tony King (Brooks & Dunn)
Tim Farris (guitarist with INXS)

From Derlin® to Injection Molded to Celluloid, Planet Waves picks provide the player with excellent grip and minimal wear.

Pick the best. Pick Planet Waves.

New Guitar Hardware From Planet Waves:

Planet Waves is proud to introduce the latest development in tuning machines - the Auto-Trim Tuner. These unique tuning machines make restringing guitars simple. Auto Trim Tuners include a string clamp that securely holds the string in place, eliminating the need for multiple wraps around the tuning post. Simply insert and clamp the guitar string and tune up your guitar. But wait, there's more! As you tune your guitar The Auto-Trim Tuning Machine automatically cuts the excess string! For more info, please visit www.planet-waves.com.

Vandoren News:

Java player Marshall McDonald is everywhere! He recently performed with Lionel Hampton, played tenor with the Duke Ellington Orchestra at the Albany Tulip Festival, played baritone sax with The Don Braden Octet at the Project Poetry Live and performed with the recently restarted Cab Calloway Orchestra. In addition, several of Marshall's students achieved an "Excellent" rating on their NYSMA auditions. Spread that knowledge Marshall!

Alto and soprano saxophonist, Steve Wilson, is the featured artist on the NPR Jazz website. Read about Steve's experiences from his work with Chick Corea, his views on education, composing, and moving from sideman to bandleader. To view Steve's exclusive NPR Web-Only Interview, a review of his current recording Passage, and to read a summary of the show, click on www.nprjazz.org.

Ken Field recently performed with Birdsongs of the Mesozoic at NEARfest in Bethlehem, PA, and at the Knitting Factory in NYC. This month, Ken will perform at the Guimarães Art Rock Festival 2001 in Guimarães, Portugal. For more info, please visit http://fieldk.home.att.net.

That's all for this month. Thanks for reading!

Get the latest D'Addario, Evans, Planet Waves, and Vandoren news at http://www.daddario.com

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