Gibson Exits Bankruptcy - Experts & Dealers Comment on The New Gibson - Sammy Ash, Vic DaPra, Eliot Michael, Drew Berlin, Mercedes Girard & Ray Mauldin

Gibson Exits Bankruptcy - Experts & Dealers Comment on The New Gibson - Sammy Ash, Vic DaPra, Eliot Michael, Drew Berlin, Mercedes Girard & Ray Mauldin

We sought the opinions of some friends of Guitar Stories USA whom we greatly respect and who are in our opinion, not only some of the leading Gibson guitar experts, legendary vintage and new model guitar dealers, but have also had personal dealings with Gibson for decades.

They include:

  • Sammy Ash of Music Retailer Sam Ash Music

  • Vic DaPra, “Burst Believers” Author, Vintage Les Paul Expert & Gibson Dealer

  • Eliot Michael, Rumbleseat Music, Vintage Gibson Expert & Nashville Gibson Dealer

  • Drew Berlin, Vintage Gibson Dealer & Expert (Southern California)

  • Mercedes Girard, Guitars West, Vintage Guitar Expert and Dealer (Southern California)

  • Ray Mauldin, Grinning Elk Guitars & 2019 Atlanta Guitar Show Producer

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Kaleigh Baker Janis Joplin Tribute - Sneak Peek

KALEIGH BAKER AND HER JANIS JOPLIN TRIBUTE SHOW BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO

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KALEIGH BAKER DELIVERS THE GOODS

There's nothing more enjoyable for a guitar player than performing with a great singer and Kaleigh Baker is most definitely that. As anyone familiar with her career knows, when she does her Janis Joplin tribute, it's a treat for any audience to experience.

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE REHEARSAL STUDIO

I had a chance to sit in on a rehearsal at my good friend and top Saxophonist Chris Charles' Castle Door Studios in Winter Park, Florida and I put together a taste for you of what this show is all about. It rocks, and I don't hand out praise easily but this one is worth your time if you love Janis Joplin music performed by a great singer with a tight band.

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As the band preps for another live show at Wills Pub in Orlando Friday, May 11th, 2018, they were hard at work tightening up with the horn section, led by Chris Charles, and hammering out some of the subtlies. Make no mistake, Kaleigh's voice was on and the upcoming show is sure to be a great one.

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Here is some footage that should get you in the spirit of some live Janis Joplin by Kaleigh and her Little Boy Blue Band, featuring my longtime friend and Orlando fixture guitarist Brian Chodorcoff once again helping it all come together as a band.

Kaleigh Baker is going to delight the audience with her infamous Janis Joplin musical performance this Friday, May 11th, 2018 at Will's Pub. This clip features behind the scenes rehearsal footage, May 9, 2018 taken at Chris Charles' Castle Door Studios in Winter Park Florida. Footage and Editing by Rick Baker, Guitar Stories USA.

RISING DEMAND FOR TRIBUTE ACTS

I was recently discussing this issue with some industry peeps and it is a fact that tribute acts are in high demand. As a guitarist growing up in Orlando, I started gigging at 15 with an amazing Elvis "Illusionist" (many believe the term "Impersonator" to be a slur) and the audiences loved it.

Some believe it is indication that the music of old is better than music of today but I think it's more about the universal truth that a great musical artist is a great musical artist and their music is truly timeless. I also believe there is a subconscious conditioning of our brains from what we have listened to over and over from a young age and it somehow connects us to certain feelings and memories...and we love that!

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WHO DESERVES A TRIBUTE?

Not every act should be featured as the subject of a tribute, but in the world or rock and roll, Janis Joplin is unquestionably  a legend of requisite stature and Kaleigh nails it. It takes amazing vocal chops to even attempt it but Kaleigh delivers a killer show and it's good to see this show live again since it took top awards at the Orlando Fringe Festival a few years ago.

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 RICK BAKER IS A MUSIC BUSINESS CONSULTANT & FORMER MUSIC ATTORNEY, LIFELONG GUITARist & FOUNDER OF GUITAR STORIES USA. CONTACT HIM TO TALK ABOUT YOUR MUSIC BUSINESS QUESTIONS.

RICK BAKER IS A MUSIC BUSINESS CONSULTANT & FORMER MUSIC ATTORNEY, LIFELONG GUITARist & FOUNDER OF GUITAR STORIES USA. CONTACT HIM TO TALK ABOUT YOUR MUSIC BUSINESS QUESTIONS.

Keep your eye out for future dates, and don't miss this one...you won't be disappointed.

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Electric Guitar Fanatics Unite! | Guitar Stories USA

Audio Version of this Blog Article 

 Early days, circa 1978

Early days, circa 1978

Welcome to the GUITAR STORIES USA BLOG and if you are a true electric guitar fanatic, enthusiast, player, collector, and lover of all things electric guitar, then you are going to love this Blog and this site.

Yours truly, Rick Baker, has been playing the electric guitar devotedly since the age of 10, in 1976 (See..that's me to the right when I was about 12)! I played my first gig at age 11 in 1977 and from what I recall of the setlist, it was filled with many goodies from Peter Frampton, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac (you get it, the Top 40 of the day) along with of course, The Beatles.

 Your Editor in Chief, June 2015 prepping for the Stones Concert...

Your Editor in Chief, June 2015 prepping for the Stones Concert...

 Full on into jamming and gigging, circa 1981

Full on into jamming and gigging, circa 1981

Since that time, I have played about every type of music on my electric guitar at every type of venue imaginable; some better than others. But jamming on my 1966 Gibson SG and keeping the faith of my heros (Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend just to name a few) was all that mattered for many years...and still does. I just saw Keef and he is still unbelievable.

Now don't worry. This isn't going to be the soppy nostalgia train where I try to reclaim my youth (I just turned 49)...oh no, no, no! This is in the here and now man...where we can continue to celebrate together all that the electric guitar is and was, now and forever!

We're going to examine the classics, the legends, the axes that blew our minds and the cats that played them. We must keep the spirit of the electric guitar alive to inspire the next generation of guitar legends. And I want you to be a big part of that by emailing us and sending us photos and stories so we can feature you in the Member's gallery where we will award a monthly prize to the featured member of the month.

So buckle up, get ready and let's pay homage to the 20th century invention that was used to create the best music ever made!