Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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.
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.
This is my first review of any type of iRig mic, but after using some of IK Multimedia's other products, and really liking them, I was ready to see what this compact mic could do. 
Singer, songwriter Emily Hearn played to a standing room only crowd on a beautiful Thursday night at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia. Playing a venue like the famed Eddie’s Attic is like playing a hometown show, so to speak, for Emily. While currently residing in Athens, GA, Emily, originally from Griffin, GA, considers the Atlanta region home, with a solid local fan base that continues to grow nationally with each performance.
A few years ago, when I discovered the original iRig, i was so excited. As a musician that traveled, the iRig (in my case along with the IK multimedia app, AmpliTube) it gave me the ability to practice, record new song ideas, and transcribe songs while on the road with great sound quality, and minimal equipment. I loved the sound quality and ease of the apps that I found that even when I wasn't on the road, I was using the iRig for practicing and recording ideas at home.
JUSTIN ST. VINCENT is the Director and Founder of Xtreme Music: where Music meets Spirituality, based in Auckland, New Zealand. His book trilogy and global series exploring “The Spiritual Significance of Music” (2009-2012) features exclusive interviews with many of the world’s most visionary musicians and writers.” 
The Texas K.G.B. played in Marietta, Georgia on Friday, January 30, 2015 to a good-sized crowd at Darwin’s Burgers and Blues. For those who are not familiar with Texas K.G.B., their sound can be described into a genre known as alternative folk music. Darwin’s had a good crowd for the band, many of whom enjoyed the food and drinks just as much as the Texas K.G.B. that night. It was a great night of live music and good burgers, as the performance was enjoyable and the sound was great.
Bryan Kaufman, founder of Dog Days Vintage guitar straps, has come up with a very creative idea of what to do with old, vintage materials.  He had the idea for the vintage straps after seeing some old curtains in a vintage clothing store. Dog Days is a family owned business and all the straps are hand made right here in the U.S.A.
The Riff Notes series of booklets by authors Phil Dixon and Christopher Jones and published by Hal Leonard are great for beginning guitarists yearning to learn more about electric guitars, acoustic guitars, and guitar strings. The collection of three small paperback booklets are easy to read with each being less than 25 pages.
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