After over 250+ suggestions, Tom Noll has selected a title for the Ronnie Earl painting!
I’ve finished the Ronnie Earl painting and selected the perfect title. But first, I’d like to thank everybody that has been a part of this painting experience. Great inspiration has come from reading not only your title submissions, but all your comments from the heart. So many people opened up to say how much Ronnie Earl means in their life. It really meant a lot to me and made me realize this was bigger than I originally thought, and much more than just another painting. You would think it would have been a lot of pressure, but the energy just flowed out.
So, if a painting could have dozens of names, this would be it, but I’ve chosen the name: “Transcendence”.
“Transcendence”, Blues Guitarist Ronnie Earl, painted by Tom Noll
Thank you to Natalie Berry for this great title. She submitted this to the Buzz… “Ever since I first heard Ronnie live in 1989, his music has always had the effect of helping me to transcend myself and taking me to a better place. So I would like to call the painting “Transcendence.”
I feel that this name captures what Ronnie is about, and what his fans embrace. I truly hope Ronnie will give it the nod.
Natalie will be receiving a complimentary print from the limited-edition run as promised!
I suspect I will have prints in hand in a couple weeks to start delivering. Pre-orders on these 19” x 27” print are suggested to secure your low numbers of the run of 500. Send an email to me at Tom@TomNoll.com and I will hook you up at the introductory price of $229 and $8 to ship ($12.50 international).
I’m honoring this price until July 20th.
Thanks again… and feel free to pass this along to all your Ronnie Earl friends!
Regular readers of TheGuitarBuzz know that I am a huge fan of Ronnie Earl! Let’s just say I already have a spot on the wall reserved for this one!
Ronnie Earl picked up his first guitar the age of 20. He became serious about the blues after attending a Muddy Waters concert at the Jazz Workshop, a small club in Boston. By his third year in college, Ronnie was seriously pursuing his guitar playing and would go on for the next 39 years to stretch the boundaries of electric blues guitar.
In 1979, Ronnie Earl joined the Roomful of Blues, then a ten-piece ensemble group based in Providence, Rhode Island, where he would spend the next eight years playing and touring while releasing a number of albums. In 1988 Ronnie formed his own band that he called The Broadcasters, named after the first Fender guitar which originally had been labeled The Broadcaster and was distributed in 1950.
Ronnie musical influences are blues guitarist and vocalist Otis Rush as well as Magic Sam, Guitar Slim, Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Wes Montgomery, all of whom have deeply and profoundly shaped and inspired his playing.
Ronnie Earl is a two-time (1997, 1999) W.C. Handy Blues Award winner as Guitar Player of the Year. He has served as an Associate Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music, taught for five years at the National Guitar summer workshop in Connecticut. In 1995 Ronnie released Ronnie Earl: Blues Guitar with Soul, an instructional VHS tape that was then re-released in DVD format in 2005.
He has played alongside such greats as B. B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner, Otis Rush, Earl King, Junior Wells, and Buddy Guy. Listen to what his peers have to say:
“I feel the respect and affection for him that a father feels for his son. He is one of the most serious blues guitarists you can find today. He makes me proud.” ~ B. B. King
“Perhaps the finest living blues guitarist on the planet.” ~ The Boston Phoenix
“He has released some twenty albums – but Ronnie Earl can still take your breath away.”~ Guitar Player Magazine
Ronnie’s road manager, Tom Hazeltine, is a talented photographer and has captured hundreds shots of Ronnie playing live.
The artprints are super high quality giclees, which utilize fade resistant UV archival inks. They’re produced from the original oil painting, and are rolled and shipped in a rigid tube along with a certificate of authenticity. The prints are perfect for matting and framing, and will be a memorable addition to any room.
The 27″x19″ prints will be available in mid-July at the introductory price of $229.00 (plus $8.00 to ship within the USA; $12.50 internationally)
Take a look at the “Creative Bone ArtWorks” Official Web Siteand browse Tom’s extensive gallery of “Art That Rocks” which includes many guitar players like Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, David Gilmour, B.B. King, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Les Paul, Johnny Cash, Gary Moore, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Roy Buchanan and Billy Gibbons. There you will find information about pricing, sizes and other info on Tom’s creative artwork.
GuitarDaddy Tip: You can Pre-Order a Ronnie Earl print by contacting Tom directly. Pre-ordering will allow you to reserve a low-numbered print and to receive your print much faster.
“This painting captures Ronnie Earl in a classic emotional pose playing live at One Longfellow Square in Portland, Maine, January 2012. I can almost hear his strat sing! He plays with such pure passion. I’m counting on the Guitar Buzz readers to come up with some fitting name suggestions!” Thanks…Tom
Tom’s Promise: If you are the winner of the contest and you also pre-ordered a print, your money will be refunded! So go ahead and CONTACT TOM at Tom@TomNoll.com to pre-order now!
Note: In the case of duplicate submissions, the person who suggested the name first will have claim to that name. Also note, the winner will forfeit any and all rights to the name to Tom Noll if it is selected to be the winner.
June 2012 – IK Multimedia is proud to release AmpliTube® Slash, the official Slash apps and software that let you play, practice and record with Slash’s signature pedals and amplifiers on the iPhone®, iPod touch®, iPad® and Mac®/PC.
AmpliTube Slash for iPhone, iPad, iOS Devices
All versions of AmpliTube Slash feature models of the signature gear used by Slash in the studio and for his live performances. Now users can rock with models of the legendary Marshall® amplifiers used by Slash together with his signature guitar pedals. Also included is a comprehensive collection of Slash’s guitar tone settings provided as starting points for tone tweaking or playing along.
Additionally AmpliTube Slash provides a fully integrated multi-track recording studio for capturing ideas quickly and easily or producing entire songs and compositions. A robust song player section gives users the ability to play along with songs or backing tracks by importing them directly from their device library or computer.
“My new album, Apocalyptic Love, was entirely written while we were on tour,” states Slash, adding, “If we are not performing we’re traveling, so there is little time for creating music. By using my iPhone along with IK’s AmpliTube and iRig I was able to capture whatever ideas I had swimming in my head, usually around 4am.”
“AmpliTube iRig comes in really handy for on-the-go practicing, recording, or just jamming on different ideas – even if it’s on the bus – it’s right with me all the time”, Slash adds, “I’ll do some tweaks on the Marshall’s, but there are also different effects that are available including distortion, chorus, auto wah and more.”
Superior Modeling – The Real Deal
IK worked closely with Slash to model his entire rig comprised of 2 must-have classic rock amplifiers – the Marshall JCM Slash Edition Silver Jubilee and the Marshall AFD100 – both equipped with Slash’s favorite 1960 Marshall speaker cabinet. Together with these sought-after amplifiers users will be able to choose from 6 stompbox effects that includes Slash’s signature Delay, Gate, Octave/Fuzz, Chorus, Booster and Wah/Distortion.
The rig is fully configurable so that the signal chain can be freely customized depending upon the device used: 3 stompbox effects into an amp and cabinet on the iPhone/iPod touch; 4 stompbox effects and amp/cabinet/mic on the iPad, and up to 12 stompbox effect combinations into dual amp/cab/mic/room on the Mac/PC.
AmpliTube Slash is the latest addition to the family of official IK guitar and bass products that, thanks to IK’s unmatched modeling technologies, features products with the best names in guitar effects and amplification such as Fender™, Ampeg®, Orange®, Soldano™, Seymour Duncan™, T-Rex® as well as legendary artist Jimi Hendrix™.
Hook up with Slash:
Users can plug their guitar into their iPhone, iPod touch or iPadusing IK’s extremely popular iRig™ guitar interface adapter or the coming soon iRig STOMP pedal interface adapter. Users with Mac/PC can connect their guitar via USB port using IK’s StealthPedal™ digital audio interface pedal or StealthPlug™ cable interface that now also works with iPad using Apple Camera Connection Kit.
Pricing and availability:
AmpliTube Slash for iPhone and iPad are now available from the App Store™ now at an introductory price of $9.99/€7.99.
Existing users of AmpliTube for iPhone, iPod touch or iPad can purchase AmpliTube Slash as an in-app purchase for $9.99/€7.99, or individual models a la carte starting at $2.99/€1.99.
For Mac/PC users, AmpliTube Slash can be purchased inside AmpliTube Custom Shop for $79.99/€59.99 (excluding taxes), or individual models can be purchased a’ la carte starting from $5 each. AmpliTube Custom Shop can be downloaded for free at:
Make no mistake, the iPhone and iPad are responsible for making huge waves in the do-it-yourself music space.
Case in point… Check out JamUp Pro!
Positive Grid's JAM-UP Application for iPhone and iPad
Plug your guitar or bass into your iPhone or iPad, and start rocking with JamUp Pro, a digital multi-effects processor that turns your iOS device into a studio-grade guitar rig.
It features modeled amps, cabinets, and effects; a sound-on-sound phrase sampler; an audio player for jamming; a tuner, and more.
Professional multi-effect processor for iPhone and iPad. With new tonal innovation and exciting features, JamUp gives guitarists access to a new level of authentic tones, sound-on-sound looping, and incredible jamming experience on your iOS device.
JamUp provides access to total 50+ hybrid amps, stomp-boxes and modules, 16 user presets, sound-on-sound phrase sampler, iTunes Jam Player with time stretching feature, metronome, chromatic tuner, and will expect continual update features. It’s simply the most convenient way for jamming and recording, without having to setup or switch in and out a variety of equipments.
17 multi-stage hybrid amp models
30 studio-grade stomp box, racks and processors
Supports up to 7 amp/effect simultaneously
drag and drop signal path
Sound-on-Sound phrase sampler
iTunes Jam Player with loop, speed and pitch control
Built-in chromatic tuner, metronome and 16 user presets
Compatible with JamUp Plug, and most other adaptors
If that’s not cool enough… check out this awesome video of the JamUp Plug (available from Amazon.com for $19.99)
I am launching a new category to the blog titled “Should Be (more) Famous”.
Posts in this category will feature guitarists that are not necessarily household names, but probably should be — at least in the homes of guitar players. I say “more” famous because perhaps they already are famous, but the GuitarDaddy has not heard of them! Hey, 6 years ago I had never heard of Joe Bonamassa!
Monty Montgomery (Photo by Jens Christensen)
Monte Montgomery is best described by one word: Musical.
Having grown up immersed in music, he’s been playing professionally since his teens, and is currently one of the hottest draws on the talent-packed Austin, TX music scene.
Rated by Guitar One magazine as one of the Top 10 Best Undiscovered Guitarists in America, Monte has earned praise from both critics and fellow musicians for his stunning and imaginative six-string work as well as his abilities as a Singer and a Crafter of ear-catching pop-rock songs imbued with a deep roots sensibility. Monte recently released “New & Approved”, a Live Album recorded in a very special setting featuring Monte and drummer Phil Bass in a Duo performance recorded at the Cactus Café in Austin, Texas. New & Approved showcases Monte’s ability to deliver not only as a virtuoso guitarist but also as a refined vocalist reflecting on all his gifts with class and finesse.
As Acoustic Guitar magazine notes, “Monte Montgomery is not your typical up-and-coming guitar god. His exquisitely crafted, melodically and rhythmically sophisticated pop songs suggest the best of Fleetwood Mac, Squeeze and The Police, while just happening to integrate the most mind-boggling guitar work in the state of Texas.” Monte’s earlier releases put an accent on his full range of his talents. New & Approved gives the listener a hint of Montes’s dynamic rock n’ roll experience at his electrifying shows with Rich, Stunning guitar work and Powerful Song Deliveries.
On January 24, 2004, Alvarez Guitars unveiled the MMY1 Monte Montgomery Signature Guitar, a model based on Montgomery’s 1987 Alvarez-Yairi DY62C Acoustic-Electric Guitar. Due to his intense playing style, Montgomery has broken the neck of his DY62C four times—the MMY1 has a reinforced neck to prevent such breakage.
A while back I wrote a post about “Guitar Artistry” and asked the question: If I can copy (insert your favorite guitar player’s name) licks, does that make me a guitar artist?
That thought jumped back to the front of my mind when I visited the web site of Hamilton Loomis and saw the words: “Innovate, Don’t Imitate”… a phrase coined by the late Bo Diddley and used to inspire Hamilton Loomis to re-define the blues.
Hamilton Loomis - LIVE in England
Loomis is one of the young artists at the forefront of bringing blues based American music into the 21st century and redefining it for a contemporary audience.
Whereas similar aged acts like Black Keys, Robert Randolph and White Stripes play American rock music with heavy blues influences, Loomis plays the inverse.
His is an undeniably blues based artist escalating into what All Music Guide calls “…a mixed bag of modern blues, modern funk, and slick soul.”
Born and raised in Galveston, Texas, Loomis was first hooked on music through his parents’ extensive collection of blues, rock, and soul records.
Loomis honed his multi-instrumental chops early, learning drums, piano, guitar, bass and harmonica by his early teens. At age sixteen he went backstage to meet Bo Diddley, and before the night was over Loomis was onstage playing alongside the legend.
Since that meeting, Diddley quickly became a friend, mentor, and supporter.
“INNOVATE, DON’T IMITATE”…are Diddley’s words and they continue to inspire Loomis and fuel his desire for creativity and originality.
Hamilton Loomis’ “Live In England” release captures his masterfull blending of his myriad of influences into a live performance.
[Click the Arrow to play a sample of "Get My Blues On" by Hamilton Loomis]
“Hamilton is the future of the electric blues.” -Malcolm Walls, Delta Blues Festival
“Contemporary blues revivalist and guitar whiz…” -Larry Nager, Memphis Commercial Appeal
“More than a triple threat man, he’s a singer, musician, composer. actor, and all-around high-powered entertainer who puts his own personal stamp on blues.” -Kevin Wildman, Music News, Houston TX
“Hamilton is one bad white boy!” -Lee Parker, North Alabama Blues Festival