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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 Jennifer Turner, California Guitar Trio, Bill Evans, Lo-Ball, Bill Saxon, Jean-Luc Ponty, Camille Gainer, and many more. Please read on!

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

Artist Quote of the Month:

"Last year I spent almost two hundred dollars on the road, replacing my stereo guitar cables every time they developed a ground buzz. . . then I got one from Planet Waves and it just doesn't give out on me. I'm sure I tried every brand at least once and the PWs are definitely the best by far." - Eric Lowen (Lowen & Navarro)

D'Addario News:

D'Addario is proud to welcome the California Guitar Trio to our family of Performing Artists. Dubbed the "World's Greatest Acoustic Band," by Guitar Shop Magazine, the trio was formed in 1991 in Los Angeles by Bert Lams, Paul Richards, and Hideyo Moriya. Their combined playing styles, ranging from classical to rock to surf, mesh to create the unique CGT sound. The group is currently on the road after recently completing recording for a 10-song Christmas EP. For more info, please visit www.cgtrio.com.

Also joining the D'Addario and Evans family are Justine, Lissa, and Claudia of the Los Angeles power pop band Lo-Ball. Newly signed to A&M, the band has just returned from being recruited by the USO and The Department of Defense Armed Forces Entertainment Division to perform for military personnel abroad. This is the first government-sanctioned tour venturing abroad since the events of September 11. The band visited several Army and Airforce base camps in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Germany to raise the spirits of our troops. For more info on Lo-Ball, please visit www.lo-ball.com.

Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur is locked away at Real World studios working on his new CD with Tchad Blake. In addition, the song "Chemical" from Joseph's album Come to Where I'm From will be in the new Farrelly Bros. movie Shallow Hal, which is now in theaters. The song will be included on the film's soundtrack, which also features music from fellow D'Addario users PJ Harvey, Shelby Lynn, and Sheryl Crow.

Guitarist/songwriter Jennifer Turner's new band Inner release their debut CD entitled Love the Only Way. Jennifer was formerly the front woman for the band Furslide and Natalie Merchant's guitarist. Love the Only Way is a phenomenal disc filled with heart, soul, and killer riffs! Don't miss it. The band is currently on tour in the States.

Bassist T-Bone Burnett recently held down the bottom end on TNT Network's John Lennon: A Tribute.

Look for The Golden Hum, the latest CD from Remy Zero. The disc was produced by Jack Joseph Puig and features the stellar track "Save Me." The band is currently on tour with fellow D'Addario endorsee Pete Yorn. For more info on this great band, please visit www.remyzero.com.

Kidneythieves release Phi in the Sky, the duo's debut EP for Extasy Records International. Kidneythieves (Bruce Somers and Free Dominguez) music is an enthralling meld of industrial drive, dance floor energy and astounding vocal work. For more info, please visit www.kidneythieves.com

Bluegrass News:

Congratulations to all the D'Adddario artists below who took home IBMA awards:

Entertainer Of The Year Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Femal Vocalist Of The Year Rhonda Vincent

Vocal Group Of The Year Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Instrumental Group Of The Year Nickel Creek

Gospel Recorded Performance Of The Year "I'll Fly Away"

Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch

Banjo Player Jim Mills

Bass Player Missy Raines

Dobro Player Jerry Douglas

Fiddle Player Michael Cleveland

Guitar Player Jim Hurst

Mandolin Player Chris Thile

Bowed News:

Jazz and rock violinist Jean-Luc Ponty recently made rare in-store appearances at Borders Books & Music locations in the United States. Jean-Luc performed a short violin solo, spoke about his storied career, held a question-and-answer session, and then signed autographs for nearly an hour. He also presented a few days of masterclasses at Berklee in late October. Life Enigma, Ponty's first new solo studio album in seven years, was recently released on his own JLP Productions label.

Bass phenoms Christian McBride and Steve Bailey got the crowd hopping at Bass Day 2001 in New York City in October. Christian use Helicore bass strings and Steve uses XLs.

Violinist Drew Tretick recently appeared on KOCE PBS Channel 50 - Huntington Beach performing two pieces and an interview. In addition, PBS will broadcast a half-hour program on Drew Tretick which will air in the near future on KOCE. For more info on Drew, please visit www.goviolin.com.

Evans News:

Evans is proud to welcome Frank Lombardi to our family of Performing Artists. Frank has studied at the Drummer's Collective in NYC, and at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. He has performed with Blues Saraceno, Furious Styles, serves as a staff music writer for Soundtrack Recording Studio's N.Y.C./Boston, and has played drums and percussion on numerous recording sessions for commercials, including Fayva, Home Depot, AT&T, WWF, Sylvania, Casual Male, Baybank, Tupperware, SNET, Volkswagon, WCW, and Norelco. Frank is currently holding down the groove in the Dickie Betts Band.

Mr. Gerry Brown has been busy! He just completed work on an upcoming motion picture starring Wesley Snipes and Ving Rhames, will be performing with Stevie Wonder at a concert honoring Quincy Jones, is hosting a Clinic/Masterclass tour this month, and will be performing with Stanley Clarke at selected dates in the first week of December. He also has started pre-production on his solo CD with release coming in late 2002.

Victor Indrizzo is on the road serving as musical director for Macy Gray. The band recently performed on Letterman, the VH1 Fashion Awards, and the Rosie O'Donnell show. Next up for the band are Canada, Brazil and Europe.

Dennis Chambers is on a European tour with guitarist Andy Summers.

Isaiah Williams recently performed at Guitar Center's Drum-Off Semi-Finals in Rockville, MD.

Dust to Dust, featuring Steve Tobin, are on tour with Type-O-Negative. For more info on this hard rock band, please visit: www.dusttodustmusic.com.

Congratulations to Zoro and his wife Renee on the birth of their baby girl Jordan Nicole! Jordan was born on Monday, October 1st.

Al Webster is on a world tour with Amanda Marshall.

This year's Montreal Drumfest features a stellar lineup of Evans endorsees including Chad Wackerman, Scrap, Mitch Dorge, Camille Gainer, and Troy Luccketta. For more info, please visit www.montrealdrumfest.com

Planet Waves News:

Planet Waves cables are now being used at BB King's in NYC exclusively as well as at Avatar Studios.

Look for Planet Waves cables on tour with Lenny Kravitz, Rob Zombie, Simple Plan, Wilco, Lowen & Navarro, Kidneytheives, Inner, Pete Yorn, and many, many more.

Vandoren News:

Bill Evans latest CD Soul Insider has now sold over 40,000 copies in Europe and received the jazz award for selling over 10,000 in Germany for 2001. The disc features Les McCann, Steve Jordan, and Ricky Peterson.

Javon Jackson made an impression when he gave a clinic at the Berklee College of Music on November 30. Those who attended were blown away by this talented saxophonist, who is in high demand right now.

Bill Saxon, known the world over for his prowess on the sax, stoked the crowd at the ceremony welcoming former President Bill Clinton to his new office in Harlem, NY. Harlem born and raised, Saxon never forgets his roots, and makes it a point to return and perform in Harlem on a regular basis.

Sax player Dan Moretti held a clinic at Mars Music in Houston on November 4. Attendees were not disappointed, and many asked Dan to return as soon as he could for another clinic!

Mel Martin will be holding a clinic at The College of San Mateo Jazz Festival on November 30. If you're attending the festival, be sure to catch Mel while you can!

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

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