Wisconsin’s Justin Phillips Wins Doyle Dykes Giveaway

Congratulations to Justin Phillips of Platteville, Wisc., for winning last year’s giveaway that ran in support of Doyle Dykes’ nationwide series of Guild clinics.

Phillips is now the proud owner of a Guild F30RCE.

This is such a fortunate event,” Phillips said.  ”I am in great need of an acoustic for my high school band and I could only dream of owning such a guitar! Thanks so much again for this amazing gift… I will treasure it for life!”

Premier Guitar Runs Through Kim Thayil’s Rig

Premier Guitar‘s Chris Kies recently caught up with Soundgarden and the band’s guitar and bass techs to discuss the gear the grunge legends are using live on their King Animal tour.

In the clip below, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil discusses finding his go-to Guild guitar at age 19, and also demonstrates his go-to effect combinations.

Bonnie Raitt Plays ‘Not Cause I Wanted To’ on Late Late Show

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt was recently featured on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Raitt broke out her Guild guitar for a beautiful version of the ballad “Not Cause I Wanted To,” which was written by Al Anderson and Bonnie Bishop. The track appears on Raitt’s 2012 effort, Slipstream, which was recently awarded with a GRAMMY for Best Americana album.

Watch the clip after the jump and visit Raitt’s official website for more information. Continue reading

Night Beds Perform ‘Ramona’ on Fallon

With a new album called Country Sleep coming out earlier this month, Night Beds recently stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to play “Ramona.”

In the performance, frontman Winston Yellen’s voice is reminiscent of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, and the string accompaniment just adds to the ethereal tone of the song.

Watch Night Beds below.

For more information, visit Night Beds’ official website.

Soundgarden Begins Three-Night Stand in L.A.

With their originally-scheduled two-night stand at the Wiltern Theatre selling out quickly, Soundgarden decided to add a third date – tickets for which went just as fast.

And on Friday night, the Seattle icons roared back into Los Angeles with a stellar two-and-a-half hour set that not only highlighted their latest album King Animal, but also touched on many of their groundbreaking smashes from past works. Continue reading

Andertons Music Breaks Down Newark St. Collection

Andertons Music came over from the U.K. to attend the 2013 NAMM Show, and while there, they stopped by the Guild Showcase to check out Guild’s new line of electric guitars.

The Newark St. Collection features several electric models including the M-75 Aristocrat and S-100 Polara.  Learn more about them in the clip below.

Premier Guitar Tours Guild Showcase at 2013 NAMM Show

Premier Guitar caught up with Guild’s Mike Lewis in the Guild Showcase at the 2013 NAMM Show to talk about some of the brand’s new electric guitars.

Models discussed include the S-100 Polara, Starfire IV, X-175B Manhattan, & A-150B Savoy.  And, Lewis even plays each model to show viewers what they sound like.

Watch the video after the jump. Continue reading

Exist Elsewhere Wins Macworld Indie Innovation Competition


Exist Elsewhere was crowned winner of the Macworld Indie Innovation Competition presented by Sonicbids, which kicked off in November.

The competition pitted hundreds of bands that use Apple technology in their music against each other, with the top two artists going head-to-head in the final round at Macworld/iWorld.

In a technology presentation showdown at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Exist Elsewhere ousted Oakland-based band Mister Loveless for the right to open up for Little Feat at the Mezzanine.  With a unanimous decision, Exist Elsewhere were named the victors and went on to play to a packed crowd at the Macworld iBlast Party.

Exist Elsewhere is fronted by Noah Benardout, a British singer/songwriter who is a member of the Brotherhood of the Guitar.  The Brotherhood of the Guitar is a program started by legendary rock photographer Robert M. Knight that looks to cultivate the next generation of guitarists.  Learn more here.

Check out Exist Elsewhere’s official website for more information.

Watch Noah Gundersen Play ‘Dying Now’

When Seattle singer/songwriter Noah Gundersen stopped by the Guild Airstream, he played “Dying Now,” a darkly sweet song about life and death.

“Dying Now” was recorded as part of last year’s Protosong project, which is a charity event that let fans donate what they want for a playlist of 21 exclusive songs.  Seventy percent of the proceeds from the event went to acquire clean water to those who need it most, while the rest went to the artists.

As for Gundersen, he currently has several dates scheduled through April with the To Write Love on Her Arms Heavy and Light tour.  Heavy and Light is an evening of hope that looks to encourage people through great music and powerful words, to stay alive and to get the help they need.  Continue reading