Monthly Archives: July 2017

Music festival | Sugar Ray to bring ‘90s pop rock to Flood City stage | News

A little taste of Southern California will come to Johnstown when the ’90s pop-rock sound of Sugar Ray takes the Flood City Music Festival stage at 10:15 p.m. Aug. 5.  Sugar Ray and its lead singer, Mark McGrath, are most known for hit singles such as “Fly,” “Every Morning,” “Someday” and “When It’s Over.”  The […]

After Surviving A Nashville Flood, Raul Malo’s Gibson Guitar Gets A New Lease On Life

They might not recognize it on sight, but fans of Raul Malo and his group The Mavericks will know it when they hear it: the beautiful, unmistakable tone of Malo’s shiny white Gibson L-5 Studio, complete with gold Bigsby tremolo and a black-and-white speckled pick guard. That guitar has long been one of Malo’s favorite […]

Music Review: “Push On Thru” – Stylish, Classic Rock n’ Roll From Rich Lerner & The Groove

Rich Lerner & The Groove recently dropped their latest album. It’s called Push On Thru. The band hails from Greensboro, North Carolina, and comprises the following members: Rich Lerner on guitar and vocals; Sammy Smith on guitar and vocals; Craig Pannel on bass and vocals; Sam Seawell sits in the pocket; Bobby Sykes plays pedal […]

An Intro to Hot Western Swing – Acoustic Guitar

Bringing together elements of early popular and country music, swing jazz, blues, and rural dance hall traditions, Western swing is pure vintage American music. Pioneered in the 1930s—most notably by Milton Brown and Bob Wills—and developed throughout the ’40s in the Southwest, the sound featured an abundance of great rhythm and lead guitar styles. In […]

Couple builds custom flamenco, classic guitars together

A love for flamenco guitar brought John Shelton and Susan Farretta together during college in the mid-1960s. It was only the beginning for Shelton-Farretta Guitars. “John was always looking for a better guitar, so we started building a better guitar,” says Farretta, Shelton’s wife of 46 years. Shelton and Farretta of Alsea are master luthiers […]