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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Just about every year, I head into New Jersey for Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Festival. It’s a festival that boasts delicious southern home cooking and music – mostly blues, zydeco, and funk. This year, the acts were good, but I’d have to say that one stood out more than the rest. It is here that I introduce you to Joanne Shaw Taylor, a blues guitarist from the UK.

Listening to her music, you’d think that she grew up down south or at least had a direct blood line to Stevie Ray Vaughan AND Jimi Hendrix. This girl can play. Flipping her hair around the stage, she drew me in with a cover of Manic Depression by Hendrix. Her solo was just about as good as Jimi’s easily.

She went into some of her own music and the audience she had gathered under the tent grew exceedingly by the time she was done with her set. But enough of me yabbering on about how good she was. See for yourself:

Taylor is currently undergoing an extensive international tour with performances in New York, Pennsylvania, Finland, and Sweden. It’s a lot of traveling, but the exposure will certainly help her sell her talent. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this girl go mainstream within a year.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

We all know that the recent flooding in Nashville, Tennessee has been devastating to its residents. People have been underwater for days, scrounging to collect any belongings they can save. But how did high-priced items, like world-famous rock instruments, weather the storm?

Not too well, according to the Los Angeles Times. An instrument storage facility, called Soundcheck Nashville, was home to the musical equipment of nearly 1,000 performers. Some of those include country stars Keith Urban and Vince Gill, along with other classic rock gurus like Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townshend. Brad Paisley apparently lost all his equipment for his upcoming tour.

The storage facility sat underwater for nearly six days before anyone could try to recover the instruments.

The owner of the facility, Ben Jumper, claimed that all musicians were responsible for having their own insurance for each instrument kept there. However, his own flood insurance on the building was minimal. Many of these classic instruments have since crumbled and are in no way recoverable.

This is sad news for rock and roll history. When we lose some of our great musical artifacts, like a guitar once played by Johnny Cash, it’s hard not to think that a little piece of the music dies along with it.

However, all the musicians housing instruments at Soundcheck Nashville are being supportive of each other. Not only are they reaching out to help, but they are also lending out some of the instruments they have that were not housed in the facility. The American Federation of Musicians Union has since set up a donation fund to help out those musicians who can’t afford to replace their equipment.

It’s good to know that when something like this happens, there are so many people who want to help.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Over the years, we have seen some amazing, groundbreaking musical performances. Some will go down in history. Others will hold a special place in our hearts.

Throughout quite a few of those performances, rock ‘n roll photographer Jim Marshall was there, taking pictures of some of the most famous faces in music entertainment. With his recent death at 74 years old, we remember his life and his images.

Marshall, who died in his sleep on Tuesday night, focused on the unique personalities of the human beings in his photos. His black and white images cut to the core of some of the well-known musicians from the 60s and 70s. Some of the photos were taken during musical performances, while others focused on musicians offstage.

According to the New York Times, his most famous pictures were of Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire. He captured a raw energy coming from Jimi as he doused the instrument in gasoline. Others include the famous image of Johnny Cash giving the middle finger and Janis Joplin backstage with a bottle of Southern Comfort.

View a slide show of his photographs here.

Because of his reputation he was able to get access to many of the most prestigious shows. In some cases, he was the only photographer allowed in certain venues.

That being said, we thank him for his historical journey into the lives of famous musicians. We now have great rock ‘n roll images that we will never forget.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Many musicians from the 60s have had recent reissues, like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. It seems to be the thing to do now that record companies are suffering from a decline in sales of new music. However, the latest reissue comes from an artist that we will most likely be seeing much more from.

Jimi Hendrix, who only released a few cds during the time he was alive, is due for a reissue called Valleys of Neptune, which will release on March 9. The cd contains several unheard songs, like the title track, new recordings of some of his old favorites, and also covers of other band’s songs, like Cream’s ‘Sunshine of Your Love.’

Apparently, Hendrix was hard at work and never had the chance to release all his music because of his death. Hendrix’s stepsister, in an article in Rolling Stone magazine, said, “In the past decade, we’ve discovered so much unheard audio and video that we’ll be able to put out two discs a year for at least the next decade.”

There has also been some said-to-be incredible footage of Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival in Miami (1968). Most likely, we will see that come to DVD sometime soon.

If this cd is a must have for you, you can preorder it on amazon.com. There is a full song listing from the cd on the site as well.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Guitar legends like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton have nothing on the subjects of my latest post. As a piece of art, the results also seem to stand on their own.

French artist Celeste Boursier-Mougenot has created a video of 40 wild finches playing a les paul guitar. The intense musical performance was created by placing guitars and various other instruments in the middle of an aviary, then recording the results.

The video will be premiering on February 27 in London’s Barbican art gallery and the exhibit will run until May 23. Take a peek:

Many people have compared Boursier-Mougenot’s work to that of the famous artist Marcel Duchamp, who introduced strange elements to each other to see how they would come together. His art pieces also had much to do with chance as a factor for their creation.

It might be interesting to check out some more work from this artist. Most things that I’ve seen from him seem to be more installations than anything else. Check out a display of his works here.

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