Monday, November 19, 2012

Eric Clapton Announces Major U.S. Tour Culminating In 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival Presented By Chase




Two-Night Festival To Feature Legendary Music And Collaborations Including: Allman Brothers Band, BB King, Brad Paisley, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr.,
Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Urban, Vince Gill and many more

(November 19, 2012) – Widely considered one of the world’s all time greatest guitarists and known amongst his peers as a great collaborator, Eric Clapton announced today a major U.S. tour culminating in his fourth Crossroads Guitar Festival presented by Chase. The Festival, which has become legendary in its own right for hosting performances and impromptu collaborations from the world’s most legendary guitar players, will take place April 12-13 for the first time at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden. See full listing below of artists performing.

Clapton and his band will visit more than a dozen cities across the U.S. beginning March 14, 2013 (see itinerary below). The tour will end with the two-night Festival where Clapton will gather the past, present and future of guitar music onto one stage for an unparalleled musical event. All profits from the Festival will benefit The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility founded by Clapton for chemically dependent persons. The Festival is presented by Chase.

Since its inception, Clapton’s vision for the Crossroads Guitar Festival has been to create an event where his friends and contemporaries can have fun and perform together for the benefit of a good cause. This year’s Festival will feature two-nights of musical performances with once-in-a-lifetime guitar collaborations. Known as pioneers in their field, the roster of artists spans old and new. The audience can expect unrivaled entertainment, brilliant guitar work, surprise guests and impromptu jams that are the hallmark of these performers.

The first Crossroads Guitar Festival, in June 2004 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, was an unprecedented collection of guitar icons from blues, rock and contemporary music. The sold-out show was chronicled in a 2-disc DVD that has since gone on to become one of the world’s top-selling music DVDs. The Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 and 2010 were the second and third such concerts by Clapton and were staged at Toyota Park in Chicago. Both Festival were filmed for DVDs and met similar acclaim and achieved multi-platinum status. This will be the Festival’s first-ever visit to New York and Madison Square Garden.

“The Crossroads Festival is the realization of a dream for me, to gather a group of amazingly talented musicians to perform on one stage,” said Clapton. “The Crossroads performers are all musicians I admire and respect.”

In addition to the concerts, the “Guitar Center Road to Crossroads Exhibition” will be featured on the Terrace level @ Madison Square Garden and will excite fans with an incredible guitar-centric celebration of past Crossroads Guitar Festivals.  This exhibition will feature the “Legends Guitar Walk”, with some of the most valuable guitars in the history of Rock and Blues, including historic guitars from Guitar Center’s Legends Collection featuring Eric Clapton’s two most famous Fender Stratocaster® guitars, BLACKIE® and ‘Brownie,’ Gibson ES-335 as well as Stevie Ray Vaughan’s ‘Lenny’ Fender Stratocaster®, plus selections from Guitar Center, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Experience Music Project. Additionally, Fender, Gibson, Ernie Ball and Martin will host interactive exhibits where guitar lovers can plug in and play new products and classic favorites, while all visitors will be able to peruse memorabilia and watch archival footage of once-in-a-lifetime performances from prior Crossroads festivals on video walls throughout the exhibition. The “Road to Crossroads Exhibition” will open at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 6:00 p.m. Saturday, and is free to all ticket holders.

Tickets for the Crossroads Guitar Festival Presented By Chase will be offered as an advance sale to Chase customers beginning Monday, November 26 at 12pm EST via through Thursday, November 29 at 10pm.

General Public On-Sale will begin Friday, November 30 at 12pm EST.

Tickets for the Clapton 2013 U.S. Tour will go on-sale beginning November 30, 2012. Please check local venue listings for more detailed information.

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(Note: Two Different Nights of Music. Not All Artists Will Perform Both Nights)

Albert Lee, Allan Holdsworth, Allman Brothers Band, Andy Fairweather Low , BB King, Blake Mills, Booker T , Brad Paisley , Buddy Guy
Citizen Cope,
Dave Biller , Doyle Bramhall II, Earl Klugh, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Jeff Beck, Jimmie Vaughan, John Mayer, John Scofield , Jonny Lang , Keb Mo , Keith Urban , Kurt Rosenwinkle , Los Lobos , Quinn Sullivan , Robbie Robertson , Robert Cray , Robert Randolph, Sonny Landreth
Taj Mahal,
Vince Gill


Clapton has assembled an impressive band for the 2013 U.S. dates which will consist of long-time touring partners: Doyle Bramhall II (guitar), Steve Jordan (drums), Chris Stainton (piano and keyboards), and Willie Weeks (bass), along with newcomers Paul Carrack (organ and keyboards) and Greg Leisz (pedal steel guitar). Michelle John and Sharon White will join the touring band again as backing vocalists. The tour will also feature special guests, The Wallflowers. Please check local listings for ticketing information.

Thursday, March 14 Phoenix, AZ U.S. Airways Center

Saturday, March 16 Houston, TX Toyota Center

Sunday, March 17 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center

Tuesday, March 19 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center

Wednesday, March 20 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena

Friday, March 22 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena

Saturday, March 23 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena

Tuesday, March 26 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

Wednesday, March 27 Atlanta, GA Gwinnett Arena

Friday, March 29 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live

Saturday, March 30 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live

Tuesday, April 2 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena

Wednesday, April 3 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena

Friday, April 5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

Saturday, April 6 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center

Friday, April 12 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

Saturday, April 13 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

The Crossroads Centre, Antigua
Founded in 1998, Crossroads Centre, Antigua was created to provide treatment and education to chemically dependent persons, those with other compulsive addictive behaviors, their families and their significant others. Treatment is provided through residential care, family and aftercare programs. The pathway to recovery is founded on the movement toward a change in lifestyle. Crossroads Centre, Antigua also operates a 16-bed halfway house in Antigua called the Bevon House (exclusively for Antigua residents) and facilitates a school-based education series, Breaking the Cycle, in all Antiguan schools. The Crossroads Centre has recently expanded its programme to offer transitional living for men, in line with the Crossroads Centre’s philosophy on recovery, at The Sanctuary in Delray Beach, Florida, for those who have completed a residential treatment programme.

About Chase

Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.3 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Chase serves more than 50 million consumers and small businesses through more than 5,500 bank branches, 17,500 ATMs, credit cards, mortgage offices, and online and mobile banking as well as through relationships with auto dealerships. More information about Chase is available at

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Xombiewoof’s “How To” - How to pick the right Bass Guitar

Xombiewoof Magazine’s “How To” Series, to help you find the information and Resources to Make Great Music Happen in Your Life. We will be offering more “Hot To” Tips as well as Music education based information here and on our Pro-Source Pages.

Xombiewoof.Com Pro-Source : Tools of The Trade

bass-guitar-wallpaper-8Choosing the perfect bass guitar is a highly personal experience. Every instrument sounds and feels differently to the individual playing it. You have to get a feel for the instrument before you can decide which one meets your needs and standards as a musician.

If you`re new to the bass guitar, the best way to start is to decide what kind of music you want to play. If you`re strictly into jazz, you`ll want to look for bass guitars that are constructed more for jazz players. Likewise, if you`re a rocker through and through, you`ll want to opt for a traditional rock-styled bass.



If you`re shopping for a bass guitar, here are a few features you`ll need to know about:

Body Shapes and Styles

Bass guitars can be found in hollow, semi-hollow and solid body styles. Solid body guitars are capable of being amplified at a much higher volume than hollow-bodies, which can be prone to feedback at higher levels. Solid bodies also offer more sustain sound. Since they rely on amplification rather than on resonance, solid-body guitars are extremely responsive to sound effects. Since a sound chamber isn`t as important on a solid-body, these bass guitars can be found in a wide variety of funky shades and sizes. Solid body basses are generally preferable for those who are playing hard rock, heavy metal, punk and classic rock.

Hollow body bass guitars produce a more acoustic-oriented sound than either solid bodies or semi-hollow bodies. A hollow body bass depends more on the natural resonance of its sound chambers. On the downside, hollow body basses can`t be amplified to extremely high levels, as can solid-bodies. Jazz players vastly prefer hollow body basses because of the authentic acoustic sound that they produce.

Semi-hollow bodies are a great mix for all kinds of musical genres because they offer rich, warm tones and sustained overtones, coupled with a resonance that almost sounds acoustic. Semi-hollows can also be amplified to a much higher volume level than hollow body basses. Country musicians, jazz musicians and many classic rock and pop musicians prefer semi-hollow basses.

Tone Woods

Guitars and basses produce different sounds based on the tone woods used in their construction. Hard woods, such as maple, walnut, ebony, koa and rosewood have a brighter, more percussive tone. Softer woods, such as alder, swamp ash and basswood, produce a warm, mellow tone. For a happy medium, many luthiers prefer using mahogany, which is medium-hard and offers the best qualities of both hard woods and soft woods.

Try It Out First

If you`re not sure whether or not playing the bass guitar is right for you, it`s a good idea to experiment a bit before you purchase one. By borrowing a friend`s bass guitar or renting one, you can practice on it to get the feel of the instrument in your hands. A reputable music store will also provide you with opportunities for trying out instruments before you decide to purchase them.

Watch the Price

Since you`re brand new to the instrument, you probably shouldn`t spend a lot of money for your first bass guitar. Otherwise, you could end up with a costly wall hanger decorating your den. Get the absolute best quality instrument at a price you can afford and then spend an ample amount of practice time with it. After you`ve gotten some musical chops and developed some basic skills, if you decide to continue playing, you can invest in a better model.
If you`re considering
bass guitar options or other options toward furthering your musical hobby, make sure that you do your homework first.

Once you`ve done a bit of research and learned to identify exactly what you want, you`re sure to find that fabulous bass guitar of your dreams.


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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sony’s Seasonal Sounds: A Legacy of Holiday Favorites and Classics to Ring in The Holidays and Start The New Year Right

The Classic Christmas Album Collection, featuring Music from:

manilow bennet wnelson denver kennyg vandross presley

Barry Manilow, Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, John Denver, Kenny G, Luther Vandross and Elvis Presley.

Review by Joseph Timmons, Xombiewoof Magazine.

Well, another year is almost over and the holidays are upon us, soon the Thanksgiving leftovers will be the next day’s lunch and the Christmas party planning will begin. Christmas has always been a favorite holiday for me because of my childhood memories, the family all together in one place, the festivities and the Christmas music that makes every magical moment seem even more special. I often dig out my old LP’s and try to get a playlist of my favorite songs and artists together to create an environment of yuletide joy for friends and family that come by during the month, and it is never an easy task with everyone having so many different tastes in music.

Sony Legacy seems to have made this year’s holiday music planning easier for me, and for anyone who wants to enjoy the very best of the holiday season’s most special music with their Classic Christmas Album Series, there are seven different albums by seven spectacular artists that have delighted and inspired us to feel joy throughout the season, if not our entire lives. The artists selected are exemplary and renowned for their ever memorable careers in music, Barry Manilow, Luther Vandross, Kenny G, John Denver, Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson and the king himself, Elvis Presley.

Each album is overflowing with both Christmas classics and the artists personal interpretations of holiday music that makes each one unique unto itself, as well as setting this series to be the definitive Holiday Season Music Collection - each artist’s album spotlights the artists rich talents and select duets with other artists known for their warmth and tender voices.

The Luther Vandross album will delight many for his soulful and emotionally charged styles, the John Denver collection of classics are deep with his down home sensitivity. The Kenny G album, with its soft textures create an ambient mood of perfection, Willie Nelson gives us a Country Christmas with all the trimmings, Tony Bennett and Barry Manilow give a more jazzy and upbeat tone to bring any and every party up to sleigh-ride speed. Elvis Presley rounds it all up by his well-known and award winning performance, Elvis, even now has popularity that is, like this album, timeless.

This season, give the gift of music to yourself, your friends, family and everyone by selecting from Sony Legacy’s magnificent collection of artists and the Classic Christmas Album Series, this is music that will make your “merry merry” and your new year bright.

Find out more at, and find the albums online or at your local retailers.

On Behalf of Sony Legacy and Xombiewoof Magazine, and Myself -Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.