Wednesday, October 16 2013 17:31
New York, New York – A new book on the early history of the American guitar, "Inventing the American Guitar: The Pre-Civil War Innovations of C.F. Martin and His Contemporaries," documents the Spanish influence on C. F. Martin and the evolution of the iconic American flat-top steel string acoustic guitar.
Thursday, October 10 2013 16:56
New York, New York – Ace Hotel New York hosts the fourth annual Notes from the Underground, a full three days and four nights of music events right smack in the middle of our lobby. The CMJoyful live music events anchor the series: artists selected by MyMusicRx, the innovative Children's Cancer Association program that delivers the healing power of music to seriously ill kids and teens, perform in the lobby from 11am to 5pm October 16 to 18. In-room video interviews from participating artists will add to the growing amount of exciting musical content available to kids served by the program. CMJoyful is sponsored by Martin Guitar, Uber and Walker, who know a thing or two about innovation themselves.
Friday, October 04 2013 12:53
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—Voting for Surfer Poll is live, meaning you now have the opportunity to decide the top surfers of 2013. Each year, SURFER Poll allows readers to cast a vote for their 10 favorite male and five favorite female surfers who will be honored during the exclusive awards ceremony. Kelly Slater has remained on top for nine consecutive years and 18 years in total—will he maintain his berth in 2013? Who will break into the Top 10? Will five-time World Champ Steph Gilmore once again steal the Women’s #1 spot? Your vote will decide. Voice your opinion for the men’s Top 10 and the women’s Top 5 now through Nov. 1, 2013. Log on to Surferpoll.com or use the voting widget on the Surfermag.com homepage.
New Book on Invention of the American Guitar Finds Early Spanish Influence
Wednesday, October 16 2013 17:31New York, New York – A new book on the early history of the American guitar, "Inventing the American Guitar: The Pre-Civil War Innovations of C.F. Martin and His Contemporaries," documents the Spanish influence on C. F. Martin and the evolution of the iconic American flat-top steel string acoustic guitar.
Ace Hotel New York Events - Notes From the Underground
Thursday, October 10 2013 16:56New York, New York – Ace Hotel New York hosts the fourth annual Notes from the Underground, a full three days and four nights of music events right smack in the middle of our lobby. The CMJoyful live music events anchor the series: artists selected by MyMusicRx, the innovative Children's Cancer Association program that delivers the healing power of music to seriously ill kids and teens, perform in the lobby from 11am to 5pm October 16 to 18. In-room video interviews from participating artists will add to the growing amount of exciting musical content available to kids served by the program. CMJoyful is sponsored by Martin Guitar, Uber and Walker, who know a thing or two about innovation themselves.
Voting for the 43rd Annual Sufer Poll is Now Open
Friday, October 04 2013 12:53SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—Voting for Surfer Poll is live, meaning you now have the opportunity to decide the top surfers of 2013. Each year, SURFER Poll allows readers to cast a vote for their 10 favorite male and five favorite female surfers who will be honored during the exclusive awards ceremony. Kelly Slater has remained on top for nine consecutive years and 18 years in total—will he maintain his berth in 2013? Who will break into the Top 10? Will five-time World Champ Steph Gilmore once again steal the Women’s #1 spot? Your vote will decide. Voice your opinion for the men’s Top 10 and the women’s Top 5 now through Nov. 1, 2013. Log on to Surferpoll.com or use the voting widget on the Surfermag.com homepage.
C.F. Martin & Co. Partners with Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
Monday, September 23 2013 16:03Nazareth, PA – World-renowned guitar maker, C.F. Martin & Co. has partnered with Ace Hotel London Shoreditch to provide guests with a premium acoustic guitar in select rooms to play during their stay. Martin's classic DXMAE guitars have custom interior label and engraving on the body that reads, "The left hand is what you know. The right hand is who you are." These special edition guitars are not for sale and were created solely for guests of Ace Hotel London. Martin has been partnering with Ace Hotel New York since 2012 on their 5@5 series, providing guitars for the intimate performances that feature five songs at 5 pm by up-and-coming artists.
Guitar Center Announces 3rd Annual Search for the Best Singer-Songwriter in America
Tuesday, September 03 2013 18:32Los Angeles, CA - Guitar Center offers emerging musicians the chance to win $25,000 and head into the studio to record with Grammy Award-winning producer Don Was.
Guitar Center and Converse Team Up to Discover the Next Buzzworthy Independent Artist with Launch of “Get Out of the Garage”
Thursday, August 01 2013 16:19Westlake Village, CA (August 1, 2013) – Guitar Center is proud to launch Get Out of the Garage, an artist discovery program offering emerging artists the chance to win a career-altering opportunity with acclaimed producer Dev Hynes. Get Out of the Garage brings together Guitar Center and Converse Rubber Tracks; both renowned for their long-standing passion in supporting musicians and for their unwavering commitment to helping unsigned musicians launch their careers. The new program will offer unsigned artists the chance to attain national recognition, professional mentoring, a state-of-the-art recording session and much more.
CEO & Chairman Chris Martin IV Joins NAMM Executive Committee
Saturday, July 13 2013 19:26Carlsbad, CA, (July 13, 2013) — The NAMM executive committee enjoys a smooth succession welcoming a new member, honoring its outgoing chairman, and announcing new appointments during Summer NAMM. The announcements were made Saturday, July 13 during the annual summer board meeting held in Nashville. Larry Morton, previously NAMM’s vice chairman, will move into a new role as chairman of NAMM’s board of directors. Morton, president of Hal Leonard Corporation, served on NAMM’s board from 1999 to 2002. He’s accomplished in diverse aspects of the music-industry, having worked in many aspects of the business over the last 28 years – sales, marketing, retail and manufacturing. In addition, Morton has performed, written and taught music. “I am honored and humbled to be elected chairman of the NAMM board and feel a special responsibility in doing all that I can to support NAMM's mission of creating music makers,” Morton said. Morton then warmly welcomed Martin to the executive committee, “Through the multi-generation legacy of Martin Guitars, Chris brings a unique perspective of running a family business, much like many of our retailer members, along with the point of view of a global instrument manufacturer and supplier. Chris also has a tremendous amount of experience as an active advocate and supporter of music through his other service activities.” Chris Martin is the executive committee’s incoming secretary. Martin, current chairman and CEO of C.F. Martin & Co. previously served on the NAMM board of directors from 2000 to 2003. “I am proud and honored to be selected to join the NAMM executive committee,” Martin said. “As the sixth-generation owner-operator of my family business, I look forward to helping our industry grow and prosper.”
LX1E Ed Sheeran Signature Edition wins NAMM's Best in Show Award
Saturday, July 13 2013 19:26Saturday, July 13, 2013 The last day of 2013 Summer NAMM wrapped up with "Best in Show," a roundup of the best products and services at the show. Music Inc. Publisher Frank Alkyer hosted the NAMM U Breakfast Session, and panelists included six music retail gear experts: Mike Guillot of Mississippi Music, Brad Boynton of Rhythm Traders, Myrna Sislen of Middle C Music, Tim Pratt of Dietze Music, Paul Decker of Music Villa and Donovan Bankhead of Springfield Music. Each panelist selected their picks in four categories, including Best Add-on or Accessory, Gotta Stock It, Companies to Watch and Best in Show. Here's a list of the winners. Make sure to check them out before leaving the show!
Martin Guitar Unveils Four Unique New Models At Nashville Summer NAMM Trade Show
Wednesday, April 10 2013 19:26Nazareth, PA (NAMM, Booth 1300) – July 10, 2013 - C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) is ushering in summer with four unique new models to be unveiled at Summer NAMM at the Music City Center in Nashville July 11-13. From a new addition to Martin's acclaimed Road Series to a highly-anticipated new artist custom signature model from Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran to the outstanding new CEO-7 paying homage to Martin's "Golden Era®" of guitars, Martin's new models showcase the company's continued exceptional craftsmanship and technical innovation. "The latest CEO-7 model is a tribute to a time when flat top steel string acoustic guitar design was evolving very quickly, says CEO and Chairman Chris Martin. “The market was very competitive as demand for fourteen fret neck instruments was rapidly growing. At that time the Dreadnought was not yet the dominant shape and the smaller tight-waisted models influenced by the parlor guitars of the prior century were still quite popular.”
C.F. Martin & Co. teams up with Award-winning Artist Ed Sheeran on Signature Edition
Monday, July 08 2013 19:26NAZARETH, PA – July 8, 2013 – C.F. Martin & Co. is gearing up for an exciting summer music season with the announcement of their newest Artist Signature Edition from the Custom Shop - the LX1E Ed Sheeran Signature Edition! Designed in collaboration with the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum singer-songwriter, and brand ambassador, the LX1E Ed Sheeran Signature Edition features Ed's personal artistic details on the headstock, including his signature fluorescent orange "+" plus sign and "est. 1991", which represents the name of his platinum-selling album and year Sheeran was born respectively . Additionally, the "+" plus sign logo is laser-etched on the solid sapele top, which signifies the title of his platinum-selling debut album. 100% of Ed's royalties will be donated to the East Anglia's Children's Hospices (www.each.org.uk ), a UK-based charity Sheeran supports and is passionate about. The organization, whose Royal Patron is The Duchess of Cambridge, supports families and cares for young children and young people with life-threatening conditions and provides services across several UK counties, including Suffolk, where Sheeran was raised.
The Life is good Festival Welcomes Jack Johnson, Daryl Hall & John Oates to Raise More Than $1 Million for Kids in Need
Sunday, June 16 2013 13:41The Life is good Festival Welcomes Jack Johnson, Daryl Hall & John Oates and YO GABBA GABBA! to Raise More Than $1 Million for Kids in Need The Roots, Amos Lee among artists performing at the fundraising music festival, Sept. 21-22 June 17, 2013 (Boston) – Life is good®, the lifestyle brand committed to spreading the power of optimism and helping kids in need, today announced Jack Johnson, Daryl Hall & John Oates and YO GABBA GABBA! will headline the 2013 Life is good Festival on Sept. 21-22 at Prowse Farm in Canton, Mass. More than 30,000 fundraisers are expected to come together over the weekend to raise more than $1 million for The Life is good Kids Foundation. Once again, Life is good has partnered with Superfly Presents, nationally-recognized producers of the iconic Bonnaroo and Outside Lands festivals, to assure a first-class festival experience for all ages.
Martin Guitar Teams Up with CountryStar and Brand Ambassador Hunter Hayes
Thursday, June 13 2013 19:35NAZARETH, PA – June 13, 2013 - C.F. Martin & Co. is teaming up with multiple Grammy nominated artist and brand ambassador, Hunter Hayes, on a new Facebook contest this summer called ENCORE. One lucky Grand Prize winner will receive a new Martin OM-42 guitar, the same model that Hunter plays, which values at $6,799, and six months of Martin SP Lifespan strings. The contest launches June 10th-September 3rd and fans can enter by 'liking' the Martin Facebook page, Hunter's Facebook and Martin Strings Facebook Once fans can enter, they can earn up to 19 more entries by inviting their friends to enter as well. The winner will be announced via Facebook in October. Hunter Hayes and his Martin OM-42 will be hitting the road this summer for the CMT On Tour: Hunter Hayes’ Let’s Be Crazy Tour, and his new digital deluxe album, Hunter Hayes (Encore), will be released June 18 on Atlantic Records. You can catch Hunter on the TODAY Show’s Summer Concert Series on June 21st . Hunter will also be featured in Martin Guitar’s 2013 print and online campaign. For more information on Hunter Hayes: www.HunterHayes.com Media Contact:Aliza Rabinoff of Dan Klores Communications 212-981-5157
C.F. Martin Presents 5 at 5 at the Ace Hotel in New York
Tuesday, May 21 2013 19:35NEW YORK, NY – May 23, 2013 – C.F. Martin & Co., the venerable 180-year-old manufacturer of the world’s finest acoustic guitars and guitar strings, is once again partnering with Ace Hotel New York and The Bowery Presents to bring music lovers an intimate performance experience not found anywhere else – 5 at 5Concert Series. Held five times throughout the year in the Ace Hotel’s always-buzzing lobby lounge, this unique concert series will feature some of the hottest, of-the-moment live music acts in the country, as curated by The Bowery Presents. Each act performs 5 songs at 5:00 pm using Martin Guitars and Martin Guitar Strings.
C.F. Martin partners with Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu to bring guitars to the surfset
Thursday, May 16 2013 13:41OAHU, HI – May 16, 2013 – For the first time, Martin Guitar, Martin Strings and branded products will be featured at a world-class resort, Turtle Bay, located on Oahu’s fabled North Shore. This unique collaboration is part of the overall renovation at Turtle Bay, which began in January 2013 and will continue throughout the year, encompassing changes to the entire 840-acre resort.
Turtle Bay Resort Opens Epic New Coastal Lifestyle Retail Experiences
Thursday, May 16 2013 13:23“More Story than Store” | Turtle Bay Resort Opens Epic New Coastal Lifestyle Retail Experiences NORTH SHORE, OAHU, HI (May 16, 2013) – Two new coastal lifestyle retail experiences have been unveiled at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's fabled North Shore as part of the multi-million dollar renovation to the existing hotel: The North Shore WaterShed and Oakley at Turtle Bay. Both stores will celebrate an official grand opening on May 21, 2013.
Martin Guitar to Unveil Three New Performing Artist Series Guitars at MusikMesse 2013 in Frankfurt
Wednesday, April 03 2013 19:26Nazareth, PA – April 8, 2013 – C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) will unveil three outstanding new models from their prestigious Performing Artist series at Musikmesse 2013, Hall 3.1 Stand F81, in Frankfurt April 10-13. Highlights for the new models include tops, backs and sides that are all Jett Black HPL Textured finish, fingerboards and bridges made of black Richlite, and Performing Artist Neck profiles in black Stratabond. These models, which are upgraded from the original black X series, will be equipped with Fishman F1 Analog electronics and will retail for $1099.
Jeff Campbell Wins EP Deal With Grammy-Winning Producer John Shanks Plus Appearance On Jimmy Kimmel Live! And More In Second Annual
Tuesday, March 05 2013 19:27Westlake, CA - Guitar Center - the world's largest retailer of music instruments and equipment - is thrilled to announce Jeff Campbell, from San Francisco, CA, as the winner of Guitar Center's Singer-Songwriter 2 artist discovery program. Guitar Center developed the Singer-Songwriter program to provide emerging independent musicians a platform to expose their music to the world. The second installment of Guitar Center's Singer-Songwriter began accepting submissions in October of 2012 coinciding with the successful first album launch and a slew of television appearances by last year's winner, Josh Doyle.
Guitar Center Presents The Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Collection
Tuesday, January 29 2013 05:00Westlake Village, CA - Guitar Center, the world's largest musical instrument retailer, in partnership with Eric Clapton, proudly announces the launch of the Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Collection. The limited-edition collection will feature five Eric Clapton tribute, replica and signature guitars to be sold in North America exclusively at Guitar Center locations and online at GuitarCenter.com beginning Mach 21, 2013.
Sneak Peek at New Models
Monday, January 14 2013 05:00January 24, 25, 28-31, 2013 - Sneak Peek at New Models NAZARETH, PA - We invite you to visit the Martin Guitar Museum and Visitors Center in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, for a special unveiling of the new instruments that we are introducing in January 2013. This rare opportunity coincides with Winter NAMM 2013 in Anaheim, California, and we welcome you to see and play the company's latest creations. Event begins at 1:00 PM Eastern Time on January 24th. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
John Mayer brings back the Cowboy Guitar with the new 00-42sc John Mayer Custom Signature Edition
Monday, January 14 2013 05:00NAZARETH, PA - John Mayer and C.F. Martin & Co. were happy to join forces once again to create a new version of the "cowboy guitar" - the 00-42SC John Mayer Custom Signature Edition. Conceived as a direct follow-up to the successful 00-45SC John Mayer Stagecoach Edition that was produced in extremely limited quantity in 2012, this new model was created to be a more affordable option to collectors and Mayer fans alike.
Martin Guitar pays homage to its rich tradition and history with exciting and innovative new instruments at Winter NAMM 2013
Monday, January 14 2013 05:00Nazareth, PA (NAMM, Booth 5454, Hall B) - C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) will celebrate its illustrious heritage with several outstanding new instrument series at the 2013 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California January 23-26. The iconic acoustic guitar-maker will unveil their new guitar series, the New Authentics. They also will be showcasing their recently introduced Retro series, both paying homage to the brand's long and storied history while showcasing its continued craftsmanship and technical innovation.
Seth Avett re-imagines the stage/studio Dreadnought with the New Martin D-35 Seth Avett Custom Signature Edition
Monday, January 14 2013 05:00NAZARETH, PA - C.F. Martin & Co. has tapped Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers to design his version of "the perfect guitar". The result - the Martin D-35 Seth Avett Custom Signature Edition - is an updated version of Avett's tried and true stage/studio Dreadnought guitar, a model he has been a fan and user of for nearly a decade.
Retro Look and Sound Meet New Technology at NAMM Show
Thursday, December 27 2012 05:00CARLSBAD, Calif. - A blast from the past will ring out at the 2013 NAMM Show as manufacturers responding to consumer demand introduce new products with a vintage look and sound. Retailers, having heard the growing demand for vintage-inspired musical instruments and equipment will be looking for new products that meet the demand of customers clamoring for unique pieces. The NAMM Show returns to Anaheim, CA from January 24-27, 2013.
Slater, Gilmore, and Dear Suburbia Earn Top Honors at 42nd Annual Surfer Poll
Thursday, December 06 2012 05:00TURTLE BAY, Oahu, Hawaii - Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, and Dear Suburbia took home top honors tonight at the 42nd annual SURFER Poll Awards. For the third year running, the best surfers, filmmakers, and who's who of the surf world converged on Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Oahu for the Biggest Night is Surfing, where awards were presented to the top surfers, as voted by fans, as well as the best movies and performances of the year.
Martin Guitar Travels Back in Time with Forward-Thinking New Retro Series
Thursday, July 12 2012 05:00Nazareth, PA – C. F. Martin & Co. is inviting musicians to take a trip back in time with the introduction today of a groundbreaking guitar technology available in the new four-piece RETRO SERIES: D-18E Retro, D-45E Retro, HD-28E Retro, and OM-28E Retro. Paying homage stylistically and sonically to the iconic classic Martin guitars of the 1930’s and 40’s, this new series features traditional non-cutaway Martin guitars incorporating significant advancements in plugged-in sound reproduction. The series exquisitely captures a sought-after sound, melding traditional models with state-of-the-art technology, and will appeal to musicians and guitar aficionados alike.
John Mayer: Laurel Canyon
Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood is a tranquil, woodsy neighborhood called Laurel Canyon. This small community, where the homes literally cling to steep canyon walls, occupies a special place in American music history.
From the mid-'60s to the mid-'70s, the bands and artists living and working here crafted a sound that still resonates today. It's best described as a blend of folk, rock and pop mixed with bright California sunshine. Laurel Canyon was where Crosby, Stills and Nash first harmonized. It was where Joni Mitchell fused poetry and music. It was where the Mamas & the Papas moved folk closer to pop. James Taylor and Carole King helped the singer-songwriter movement take root in Laurel Canyon. Jim Morrison called the place home. So did Gram Parsons and Brian Wilson.
The distinctive music created by the cross-pollination of talent in Laurel Canyon continues to inspire. John Mayer, an artist who usually cites the electric blues as an influence, felt a deep connection to this special sound. He picks up where the legends of Laurel Canyon left off with his new album, Born and Raised. You'll hear a mix of styles and genres that evoke the sunny, laid-back rock of late-'60s Los Angeles.
John plays his Martin John Mayer 00-45SC, which brings the warm, sun-drenched melodies reminiscent of Laurel Canyon to life.
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Dierks Bentley: Station Inn
If you think of bluegrass as country music’s cousin from the mountains, it would only make sense that an artist like Dierks Bentley would love Nashville’s Station Inn.
The place is practically a shrine to bluegrass and its deep Appalachian roots. When you walk in, you’ll see boarded-up windows and mismatched chairs. You can take in a show in seats from Lester Flatt’s old tour bus.
But the music is amazing. All the bluegrass greats have played at the Station Inn. Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury, The Sidemen, Alison Krauss and Union Station, plus countless other talented musicians, have played within the venue’s poster-filled walls. It’s a nightly celebration of country music’s bluegrass heritage.
So when 19-year-old Dierks Bentley walked into the Station Inn and first heard The Sidemen playing on the cramped stage, a love affair with bluegrass was ignited that continues today.
From his first recordings to his latest, Home, Dierks knits ancient and modern sounds that give the music a timeless quality. The songs he first heard at the Station Inn echo throughout his work.
Dierks’ guitar is a Martin Signature HD Dierks Bentley. It’s perfectly crafted for giving country music an earthy bluegrass flavor.