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singer Articles, interviews and reviews with A & R and record industry insiders by the people in the biz to bring you a close up look at the world of fame.  Some articles will be featured in the relevant instruments pages but we will be providing links here for the avid readers among you.   All the article links on this page open in a new window so you can read the article then come back to the next one - Enjoy!!

Brandon Mendenhall : Rocking Out With Cerebral Palsy
Brandon Mendenhall had no mobility in his left hand and limited movement on his left side. The idea of the teenager playing guitar was crazy to pretty much everyone, including the doctors who said that playing an instrument would mean only frustration and heartbreak. Born with cerebral palsy, Mendenhall had heard discouragement like this many times before. "They were trying to protect me," Mendenhall said, "But, it was in my heart. It was what I wanted to do." As a Korn fan, Mendenhall had learned that one of his musical heroes, James "Munky" Shaffer, started playing guitar while rehabilitating his left hand after an ATV accident took the tip of his index finger. "That gave me the ammunition to tell my grandparents, 'If this guy can overcome that, then I can do it.' After a while, my grandmother relented and loaned me $1,000. I bought an Ibanez 7-string RG-7620 from Musician's Friend and hid it from my grandfather for two months," Brandon said.

Gus Thornton by Jeremy Segel-Moss
Bassist Gus Thornton has lived a blues musician's dream. In the last 40 years he has traveled around the world recording and touring with blues greats such as Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Katie Webster. He has shared the stage with, and earned the respect of, every St. Louis Blues Musician he has played with. Gus Thornton is the epitome of St. Louis Blues.

Lisa Loeb
Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb has a dozen years of musical success under her belt. And, though she was the first artist to score a #1 hit before she was signed to a record label, her success hasn’t come without a lot of hard work and dedication.

Marc Broussard
Marc Broussard is an ambitious up-and-coming performer with music in his blood. The power and soul in his voice was earned through a lifetime spent playing and performing music. Marc joined his father, Louisiana Hall of Fame guitarist Ted Broussard, onstage when he was only five years old. He was performing his own gigs at 17, playing solo as well as leading a succession of bands.

Satch-uratedd: An Interview with Joe Satriani
n the mid '80s, Joe Satriani was one of the first primarily instrumental rock artists to break through into the mainstream. Satriani first made his way onto the radar when his former student, Steve Vai, hit the big time and credited him in guitar magazine interviews as one of his greatest influences.

The Great Modern Blues Artists
As rich in talent as the early blues era was, artists like Charley Patton, Robert Johnson and Son House set the stage for bluesmen in the 1940s and '50s to succeed commercially, thus bringing the blues to a mass audience. It's tough narrowing any list of talent down to a mere handful, but here are six essential blues artists of the modern era, those with the most influence and impact on both blues and popular music alike.

The Real Chicago Blues and Interview with David Grazian
Author of Blue Chicago: The Search for Authenticity in Urban Blues Clubs