Wilson Center Guitar Festival
The world of Rock is a tough environment.  Whether you are fighting your way through an over saturated genre, creative oppression, elitism, financial struggles, or straight up sexism; this thing called Rock is far from easy.  I mean if you make this your career choice, you are considered by some to be either extremely brave or downright touched in the head!  This one profession is known for crushing dreams hard.  Well I had the chance to get associated with one band that is staring all these risks and stigmas squarely in the face with unrelenting defiance…
Taylor Guitars introduced several new models for 2017 at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California last week and we’re especially excited about the new Academy Series and the GS Mini Bass. Master Guitar Builder Andy Powers chatted with us while at the show and said, “As guitar builders and musicians, one of the things that is important to us is we want people to be playing music. Music is way too important to leave it up to the professionals so we want people to be able to incorporate music making as part of their lifestyle. So we wanted to build instruments that would hopefully break down some of those barriers to entry.”
Teton Guitars showcased their new models at The NAMM Show January 18-22 on their front porch at Booth #4430. The CEO of Teton Guitars, Tana Stahn, was onsite to discuss their new models and the company. Stay tuned for our interview with Ms. Stahn to discuss women in the music industry.
Preview Day - January 18, 2017
Fender celebrated its 30th Anniversary of its Fender Custom Shop at the 2017 Winter NAMM Show with an evening with the master builders that have created the gorgeous instruments for some of the most iconic players in the world. 
Guild Guitars’ exhibit at the 2017 Winter NAMM Show, located at Booth 5308, will be showcasing new acoustic and electric guitars.
The axe wielding guitar god is more often than not akin to Zeus coming down out of the sky with a thunderous fire and brimstone vengeance.  The thought of soft lace and flowers are usually not really associated with the aforementioned, but let me tell you what…I recently met someone at this year’s She Rocks Awards that made me rethink all that! 
The mighty uke was again fully represented this year at NAMM by many manufacturers in all the usual shapes, sizes and gorgeous designs. Kala Brand Music was onsite at Media Day which is held the day before NAMM and is just a teaser into what will be shown at manufacturers’ booths during the NAMM Show. 
Known as the “Six String Siren” to her fans, after hearing Diana Rein play, I can certainly understand why. This singer-songwriter from Los Angeles performed at the D&A Guitar Gear Booth at the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA and is their first female endorsed artist. With her strat in hand, a suitcase kick drum/tambourine, and her powerful vocals, she put on one heck of a “one woman” show.
Rising country music artist, Clare Dunn, was raised in a small Colorado town and grew up working on the family farm driving cattle and riding tractors which allowed this rising star to listen to a lot of music and dream all day of becoming a musician. To pay for college, Dunn drove 18-wheelers during her breaks. From all of this hard work and family commitment, she developed a deep and committed work ethic which has helped her along her musical journey.