2012 was a knockout year for North Country bluegrass band the Gibson Brothers, culminating in September by winning top honor as Entertainers of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Associations awards show at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.
The Taylor Guitar Road Show was held upstairs at Lillian’s Restaurant in Saratoga Springs on Thursday as a warm-up to the 15th annual Capital Region Guitar Show, which is being held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Saratoga Springs tonight and Saturday. In the intimate space provided by Ray Morris and his staff, several rows of chairs faced the make-shift stage surrounded by Taylor guitars on three sides. Other models were standing in groups on tabletops around the room.
The Capital Region Guitar Show is back again, taking over the Knights of Columbus Hall in Saratoga Springs from 5-9pm on Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturday. The two-day smorgasbord of all things with strings is co-sponsored by Saratoga Guitar and Cambridge Music.
Dealers from all across the Northeast will be on hand to buy, sell, trade and appraise your musical equipment. No matter what your level of interest or playing skill – from beginner to professional – you’re likely to be doing some serious drooling among all of the instruments, gear and accessories at your perusal.
If you bring along a guitar, amplifier or other string instrument with you to the Guitar Show, you’ll get a $2 discount off the regular admission charge of $7. Kids 10 and under are admitted free.
NOTE: Nippertown.com is giving away tickets to the Capital Region Guitar Show, too. Just go here for details…
And as a warm-up to the Guitar Show, you won’t want to miss the free Taylor Guitars Road Show at Lillian’s in Saratoga Springs at 7pm on Thursday. At the Road Show, you’ll be able to hang out with Taylor Guitar factory experts for an evening of guitar talk and test-driving.
What else goes on at a Road Show? Well, here are some of the items on the agenda:
Check out the new T3 semi-hollowbody electric
Hear demos of how acoustic shapes and woods affect tone
Learn how to modify a solidbody with new loaded pickguards
Get the latest on Taylor’s Build-to-Order program
Sample custon and one-of-a-kind guitars – all for sale
Register to win a Taylor guitar of your choice
Pick up free TaylorWare gear and Elixir Strings while supplies last
Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys are on a roll. The band’s excellent sophomore album, “So Far So Good” was released last June, and now less than a year later, they’ve already got a big enough stockpile of great songs to record another one.
At a recent performance at Tess’ Lark Tavern in Albany, Gaudet and his band – fiddler Tim Wechgelaer, bassist Bob Ristau and guitarist-mandolinist Sten Isachsen – offered several marvelous new tunes, including the hilarious, Dylan-esque talking blues “Handle the Truth” and country honky-tonker “Our Last Goodbye.”
On Wednesday night, the Railroad Boys chug into the Diamond Jim Brady Room upstairs at Lillian’s in Saratoga Springs. Veteran singer-songwriter John Kribs opens the show at 7pm.
Dedicated to the memory of beloved banjo and mandolin player Chan Goodnow, the Southern Adirondack Musicians Fund was formed following Chan’s sudden death in 2001. The not-for-profit organization raises funds to help local musicians and their families who may fall on hard times due to health issues or accidents.
Tickets are $10 and are available at Saratoga Guitar and at the door.
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