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Internationally acclaimed, two-time GRAMMY Award winning classical guitarist, Sharon Isbin, shares her musical journey in the one-hour documentary “Sharon Isbin: Troubadour” produced by Susan Dangel and producer/editor Dick Bartlett.
Hal Leonard Corporation and female guitarist/singer-songwriter Ali Handal partnered together for their new book/CD pack “Guitar for Girls: A Beginner's Guide to Playing Acoustic or Electric Guitar.” Ali said, “I took great care to include encouragement, advice, and inspiring...
Just when you think you’ve seen them all, you find out there’s more.  If you’re a lover of guitars and the musicians that play them, there are plenty of books on the market to learn more about them.  However, famed author and guitar historian, Tony Bacon has done it again in his book titled The Guitar Collection released earlier last year.
Movie Review:  Ricki and the Flash  (PG-13)
Sadie Robertson from the famed Duck Dynasty clan shares her love of faith in encouraging and motivating young girls through her faith-based Live Original stationery products. The company has described the style of the products as “nostalgic vintage with a pop of happy” and that they are.
A hot Atlanta weekend in May was the setting to hear wonderful music from a variety of genres. This year’s Shaky Knees Festival did it right with a perfect mix of local, hometown artists as well as those from across the US and even some international bands to complete their lineup. Some of these artists included The Whiskey Gentry, ZZ Ward, and Nikki Lane. These truly talented individuals rocked the stages at Shaky Knees and were greeted with great rounds of applause with crowd members singing and dancing in the aisles.
HLN morning show host, Robin Meade, played to a sold out crowd at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia. World known as the host of “Morning Express” with Robin Meade on HLN, Meade performed a variety of music genres with friends and special guest Sixwire. The night was entertaining and one could tell that she and the band were having a great time performing. The music venue, Eddie’s Attic, is legendary in Decatur for having great performances in an intimate setting.
So what if Joan Jett and the Blackhearts still haven’t gotten into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame?  Who cares that this year they didn’t even get nominated? And big deal if South Dakota ranchers pitched a fit when hearing PETA advocate and vegetarian Joan Jett was going to represent their float?  Well, certainly Joan Jett doesn’t give a damn about a bad reputation because at the age of 55, Joan Jett is rocking just as hard, and maybe even harder, as she did back in the day of the Runaways.
In an area referred to as Little Five Points in Atlanta, Georgia in the music venue Variety Playhouse, Elle King brought her music to life with a gutsy, powerful and “not the faint of heart” performance.
The Shaky Knees festival held in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this month had a variety of artists and musicians grace their multiple stages. The Irish band Flogging Molly, native North Carolinian Ryan Adams, and Aimee Mann’s band The Both, were just a sampling of the talented line-up for 2015. This year’s music came from all different genres – rock and roll, blues, country, folk, Americana, and even reggae -- all of whom rocked and had audience members smiling and shaking!