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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! Inside this month's newsletter read about the latest from our endorsees including Dean Butterworth, Patrick Lachman, Metal Mike Chlasciak, Pete Yorn, Mark Egan, Sugarcult, CSN, Frank Black, Curtis Stigers, Adam Nussbaum, Rodney "Skeet" Curtis, and many more. Please read on!

To submit artist news, please e-mail John Ferrante at

Artist Quote of the Month:

"Dear D'Addario. Thank you for your ongoing dedication to quality. From strings on up, you're making my musical journey a better one." - Daniel Lanois (producer, U2, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan)

D'Addario News:

D'Addario is proud to welcome Frank Black to our Performing Artist roster. As a founding member of the '80's alterna-pop quartet The Pixies, Frank has created some of the most musically interesting work of his generation. His current band, Frank Black & The Catholics, have just released their third CD, entitled Dog In the Sand. Recorded live to two-track without edits, Dog features gritty tunes full of classic rock sounds and Frank's unique view of the world. A must hear! For more info, please visit <http://www.war.com/frank_black/index.html>

The tune "Austin" by Blake Shelton, featuring bassist and D'Addario endorsee Alison Prestwood, recently reached #1 on the Billboard country charts. Way to go Alison!

Bassist Dave Hiltebrand can be heard on four cuts of an upcoming release by keyboardist Mike Cunningham, which also features Mike Stern, Jimmy Haslip, Bob Mintzer and others. In addition, Dave is leading his own group.

New Releases to Check out:

Slayer - God Hates Us All - in stores September 11 (www.slayer.net ).

Speak No Evil - Welcome to the Downside (www.speaknoevil.com)

The new Halford music video Made In Hell, featuring guitarists Patrick Lachman and Metal Mike Chlasciak recently debuted on VH1. The tune appears on Halford's double live album Live Insurrection. In other metal news, Mike has recently hosted a clinic at Guitar Center in Totowa, NJ and Pat's other band, Diesel Machine, is gigging with Static-X.

Bassist Mark Egan releases his latest CD entitled Freedom Town on Wavetone Records. For more info, please visit www.markegan.com

Singer-songwriter Darryl Purpose releases his fourth recording, A Crooked Line. Q Magazine (UK) calls Purpose, "America's most original narrative songwriter since Harry Chapin." Darryl is currently on tour in the US in support of the new record, and will tour the UK this November.

INXS - Live Baby Live on DVD Ten years after this amazing performance at London's Wembley Stadium, Live Baby Live will be released on DVD worldwide. On July 13th 1991, INXS performed to 75,000 people at Summer XS, which was recorded and released as the band's premiere live performance. At this stage disc content, including special features is not available. (www.inxs.com)

Dougie MacLean's song, Turning Away, (sung by Mary Black) is featured in the new Jennifer Lopez film Angel Eyes.

Fingerstyle master Steven King has just finished transcribing ten tab arrangements for solo guitar. They are available in the new King's Tab Collection #5 at the CD-Video-Tab page of his web site www.kingofguitar.net

Dan Baird - Look for Dan's new album Redneck Savant (www.blue-buffalo.com).

Look for the latest release from Suzanne Vega this month. The record, which features bassist Mike Visceglia, was produced by Rupert Hine (Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks, Duncan Shiek).

Susan Sandberg - Her new album is titled Down Comes the Night (www.susansandberg.com).

Johnny A. - Sometime Tuesday Morning - Check Johnny out on tour opening for B.B King, Jeff Beck, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Huey Lewis, Dave Mason, George Thorogood and others.

Badi Assad & Jeff Young - Nowhere (<http://www.nowhereland.ws>)

D'Addario Artists on Tour:

Singer/songwriter Pete Yorn is currently headlining the MTV handpicked tour.

Systematic rocks the Music As A Weapon tour along with Disturbed, Stereomud, and Adema. The band recently released the second single from their debut disc Somewhere In Between and completed their first video. Watch for it on MTV, M2, and MTVX. Check out www.systematiconline.com for updated tour dates.

Rodney "Skeet" Curtis of the Maceo Parker Band is currently touring all over the world. Check his whereabouts at www.maceo.com/itinerary.html.

Singer/songwriter Peter Stuart, formerly of the band Dog's Eye View, is currently on a solo tour supporting Matchbox 20. His new CD Propeller is available on the web at www.peterstuart.com Peter recently co-wrote a song on the new Bon Jovi record and scored the movie All Over the Guy starring Dan Bucatinsky, Sasha Alexander, Richard Ruccolo, Lisa Kudrow, Adam Goldberg, and Christina Ricci.

Due to phenomenal demand, P J Harvey has just added a second date at London's Brixton Academy.

The Mike Plume Band is on tour in support of their latest, Fools for the Radio.

Special EFX, featuring Chieli Minucci, is currently on a national tour in support of its new release Butterfly. Butterfly is the goup's 16th CD and features fantastic special guests such as Chuck Loeb, Warren Hill, David Mann, and Jay Beckenstein.

Joey Ortega & his group, The Joey O Band, are releasing their debut CD on September 4. The Joey O Band will be playing several shows in September to promote the release before heading to Germany on October 1 for their first tour of Europe. Upon their return from Europe, Joey will be re-releasing his debut solo CD The Home Demos in November.

Bluegrass's best, Rhonda Vincent recently performed at the Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival in Sidney, ME.

In The Studio:

Bassist Roger Gupton recently worked on the forthcoming album by The Coming Grass, with Ken Coomer, formerly of Wilco, on drums. Roger relies on D'Addario Chromes and a Fender Precision to get his signature tone. For more info, please visit www.rogergupton.com .

Guitarists Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck, and bassist Paige Haley of the band Orgy are currently woodshedding new material in Los Angeles. The band's current release, Vapor Transmission, is currently available everywhere!

Classical News:

Benjamin Verdery performs this month in Singapore, Korea, and Japan.

The dynamic Inti-Illimani tours in October. For more info, please visit www.inti-illimani.com

After a solo guitar recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (Holland) on September 22, 2001, Emanuele Segre will surprise the audience at the Teatro Verdi in Salerno (Italy) performing as a duo with Maurizio Zanini, an excellent Italian pianist, on September 28. The program, an extremely original choice of unheard-of compositions, includes music by Beethoven, Bach, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Turina, and Ponce.

Bowed News:

Jazz violinist Julie Lyonn Liebermann releases two videos this month in which she examines the technical demands of all the alternative styles. Julie has organized the most essential left- and right-hand skills into these two videos. Part One covers essential bow control techniques, approaches to rhythmizing the bow, contemporary techniques to navigate the bow so that each note speaks, and much more. Part Two covers approaches to ornamentation, stylizing vibrato, use of double-stops, working with chords, slide techniques, a contemporary approach to navigating the fingerboard, & lots more! For more info, please call 1-800-484-1333.

Violinist Jeremy Cohen is currently recording his third CD at the Skywalker Sound stage. Skywalker Ranch is George Lucas' facility in Marin County. The CD features Jeremy's arrangements of Jazz tunes, tangos, and even a little cartoon music. Please check www.violinjazz.com for more info.

Evans News:

Evans is proud to welcome David Gross - Timpanist with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra - to our family of performing artists. David has been timpanist with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra since 1982. Prior to coming to Grand Rapids, he held the same position with the Kansas City Philharmonic for three years and has been invited to appear with many other major orchestras around the country. A native of Buffalo, Mr. Gross graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Gerald Carlyss, former principal timpanist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition to David's position with the symphony, he is founder of his own timpani mallet-making business.

Congratulations to Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, Brian Mason, Percussion Caption Head! Phantom placed 6th overall and 6th in percussion at DCI finals this year. In honor of placing in the "top 6," Phantom's performance is recorded on DVD for international distribution. Also, a congratulations to the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, Dan Delong, Percussion Caption Head, for placing 8th overall and 10th in percussion during DCI's finals! Way to go!

Drum prodigy Isaiah Williams is now featured as a young up-and-coming drummer in Bob Gatzen's Inspiring Drummers Series, Takin' Care of Business Video. This video also features NSYNC's drummer and fellow Evans endorsee, Billy Ashbaugh.

Mr. Carl Allen has just wrapped up a tour of Europe with The Brecker Brothers. In the fall, Carl will begin teaching at The Julliard School in the new jazz department as head of small ensembles. Look for details on Carl's fall clinic tour in Australia and New Zealand coming soon to the Evans website: www.evansdrumheads.com.

Since leaving Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, drummer Dean Butterworth has been extremely busy with several projects. Dean recently recorded two country albums with Kelli Liddel, laid down tracks for upcoming releases from alternative artists Liz Phair and Michael Penn, and completed work on the soundtrack for a new Keanu Reeves movie. Currently Dean is working with singer Kevin Martin of Candlebox fame.

Victor Indrizzo recently returned from the road performing with both Macy Gray and Beck.

Grammy award winning drummer Will Kennedy has introduced a new drum education feature on his website (www.willkennedy.com). Entitled "Will's Practice Room," the location shares Will's knowledge of the drumkit via lesson which include audio of Will speaking and playing through a wide range of drumming techniques. For more info, please visit Will's site. Will has also recently been touring will guitarist Lee Ritenour.

Adam Nussbaum has been busy! He recently finished teaching/performing at the Kosa percussion workshop in Vermont, was involved with a program of early Miles Davis music at Birdland in New York, traveled to Europe for the Saalfelden Jazz festival with John Abercrombie, and hosted master classes at North Texas State University. Whew!


Johnny Rabb recently hosted a clinic at Bentley's Drum Shop in Fresno, CA. His Evans EMAD, Power Center Reverse Dot snare head, and G1 Coated and clear drumheads enhance Johnny's unique drum technique.

Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming Marco Minnemann and Chad Wackerman clinic tour dates. What a lineup!

Planet Waves News:

What the Pros are saying about Planet Waves:

"You can definitely hear the difference between regular cables and Planet Waves cables. Try plugging a guitar straight into an amp with a regular cable and repeat the same with a Planet Waves cable. The difference is huge. Planet Waves cables transfer all the subtleties from your instrument to the amp, and everything sounds bigger. And because of the construction of the cable, you're sure to have the best connection possible. Now I'm really able to express myself freely. For me they're the ultimate cables." - Rick Musallam, guitar player with Mike Keneally and Beer for Dolphins

Crosby, Stills, & Nash are currently on the road relying on Planet Waves instrument and patch cables and the incredible PW string winders. One can only imagine what re-stringing all those guitars would be like without the winder!

Pop rockers Sugarcult release their debut CD entitled Start Static featuring the single "Stuck in America." For more info on this great band, please visit www.sugarcult.com.

Vandoren News:

Saxophone legend and multiple Grammy-winner David Sanborn, who has used Vandoren reeds for years, has now officially signed on as a Vandoren Performing Artist. David needs no introduction to jazz fans, who have made several of his solo albums platinum-sellers over the years. David uses V16 alto saxophone reeds.

Curtis Stigers will be touring England and Scotland this month, and mainland Europe in October and November. He will be traveling with a jazz trio, singing and playing sax. Curtis will then head back into the studio in October to record another album for Concord Jazz for an April, 2002 release. For more info, or to order Curtis' latest CD, please visit, www.curtisstigers.com.

Saxophonist Baron Raymonde just completed a 42-city tour in the USA with Rod Stewart. For more info, please visit: www.saxbaron.com

Marshall McDonald will be joining the Count Basie Orchestra and going on tour with the band directed by Grover Mitchell through the United States, Japan, and Europe starting in October. Marshall uses Vandoren Java #3 reeds on his alto sax.

David Sanchez recently performed at the J&R Downtown Jazzfest. David is one of the most exciting young saxophonists in jazz today. He received his first Grammy nomination in 1999.

T.K. Blue is currently on tour playing jazz festivals in the states and abroad. T.K. has two records on Arkadia: Another Blue, featuring Eddie Henderson and Randy Weston, and Eyes of the Elders featuring Jeff "Tain" Watts, Eric Reed, Lonnie Plaxico, Randy Brecker, Stefon Harris, and many others.

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

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