Beach Boys Launch Their 50Th Anniversary Tour

Listening to their songs – hard to believe that The Beach Boys are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year .. launching a new tour and the first time that Brian Wilson has been with the rest of the band since 1996. The tour set list includes a huge list (42 songs) of Beach Boy Hits including: Surfer Girl, Be True to Your School, Little Deuce Coupe, Sloop John B, Wouldn’t it Be Nice, California Girls…. Great Songs for the Summer Time, Car Driving


50 Unsung Heroes of the Guitar

Everyone knows the legends – Hendrix, Page, Clapton, Beck – but do you know about Tommy Bolin, Danny Cedrone, Tampa Red, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe?? They contributed vast numbers of licks, riffs, solos, tones, compositions, techniques, and musical concepts that inspired generations of guitarists and advanced the art of playing guitar. “50 Unsung Heroes of the Guitar” tells the stories that are as critical to modern guitar music as is electricity or amplification. Any guitarist seeking to devise a unique and individual sound should study the wacky, off-kilter, unfamiliar, and criminally underutilized creative concepts of the unsung greats, straight from the pages of “Guitar Player” magazine.

Kenny Aronoff, Gregg Bissonette, Peter Erskine, Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy, Steve Smith

Just released “Essential Drum Lessons with the Greats” includes the very best lessons featured in 2 original “Lessons With The Greats” series. Learn grooves, fills, techniques, and concepts from these GREAT players Tim Alexander, Kenny Aronoff, Gregg Bissonette, Peter Erskine, Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy, Steve Smith, and Dave Weckl.  In addition two lesson-matching CDs are included featuring performances by the drummers themselves. These dynamic players reveal their secrets to soloing, playing fills, odd-time playing, warm-ups, double-bass grooves, polyrhythms, and more. Sticking patterns, grooves, ostinato patterns, and developing a touch on the instrument are also among the many topics covered.

The Levon Helm Midnight Ramble

This is the official record of the incredible down-home jam sessions held by Levon Helm, the charismatic drummer, singer, and sometimes mandolin player for The Band. Accompanying the spectacular photos are testimonials and remembrances from the notable blues entertainers and musicians who have joined the Ramble.  Hardcover, 252 pages.

Brand New DVD From Hudson Music – Just Released

More Drummers, More Lessons than ever – Fills & Chops DVD by Hudson Music is hosted by R&B drumming sensation Chris Coleman (Chaka Khan, Rachelle Ferrell, New Kids on the Block), contains exciting lessons  (less concert performances and more actual lessons) from drumming greats Steve Gadd (Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Chick Corea), Keith Carlock (Steely Dan, Sting), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Steve Smith (Journey, Vital Information), Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), Todd Sucherman (Styx), Benny Greb (international clinician), Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts), John Riley (jazz legend), Aaron Spears (Usher, American Idol), Pat Petrillo (Gloria Gaynor, Patti LaBelle), Russ Miller (LA studio ace), Thomas Lang (Stork, Gianna Nannini), Randy Black (Annihilator, Primal Fear), and Antonio Sanchez (Pat Metheney).