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62nd GRAMMY AWARDS JANUARY 26, 2020

The 62nd Grammy Awards will forever be engrained in our memories, as this is the day we lost our Laker legend and face of Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant. It was a very rough start to what is usually a jubilant day. It is an all-day event starting with the Premiere Ceremony at the Microsoft Theatre at 12:30 PM which is also streamed live so you can watch it. This is where all of the awards are given that are not televised on network television. Imogen Heap was the host who is so innovative and cool. Would love to meet her. Liked all but one performance and Angelique Kidjo stole the entire ceremony in her typical Angelique fashion owning the stage, the floor, and any airspace! Tres bien, Angelique!

After the Premiere Ceremony we walked the Red Carpet where you can see various artists and nominees, and headed over to Staples Center for the telecast. Alicia Keyes was again an excellent host and the Boys to Men performance honoring our Black Mamba left tears on faces as eyes were directed toward the illuminated "8 & 24" retired jerseys. Tanya Tucker was so authentically wonderful. So glad to see her emerge after so many years. I don't know what it was like watching from home but the energy in the house that Kobe Bryant built was somber, heavy and fighting through the shock and sadness. It was a bittersweet evening yet still a joy to see people's victories. This is a Grammys that will never be forgotten.

 

Remember, the Mamba mentality is alive and well. Continue to fight for your dreams. If you don't, who will? 

 

 

 

NEW ALBUM VOL. 4 UPDATE

Looks like we have a release date for "Red, White & Blue" Vol. 4 on May 15th but guess what??? We are releasing the title track as a single on April 10th. This album has an American summer, patriotic feel to it which reminds you of that 4th of July hot summer day BBQ with all of your friends and family honoring our great country. Of course, the European flare is there featuring the Gypsy Jazz guitar. Also, as in our 2018 album "Let's Hit the Road" Vol. 3, we have 2 electro tracks we now refer to as "Electrobilly". One of them entitled, "New Direction" has a brand new element added, a premiere for us. We hope you like it! It sure was fun for us :) We are also going to be shooting a music video and run a promo/radio campaign so we will keep you updated.

NAMM Show 2020
January is always a busy month right after the holidays and the NAMM Show (National Associate of Music Merchants) hit the Anaheim Convention Center a bit earlier this year. It seems to get bigger every year. This year we only walked an average of 6.5 miles per day which is far less than the last couple of years. The most was 11 miles in one day. Damn, love that Fit Bit!
Of course, we visited our amazing endorsement companies Savarez Strings, Legere Reeds Ltd., and Theo Wanne Instruments and Mouthpieces. All of these companies continue to innovate and surprise us every year. BTW, Savarez received an award for, get ready......250 years of being in business. Incroyable!!!!!
Our target this year was to look for smaller, high-quality companies with whom we want to work and explore their products. We found a cable company from Montana called Rattlesnake. Absolutely mind-blowing branding with that old west cowboy kind of vibe, and the quality is A-List! Can't wait to get some new cables. We do have to say that Gibson had some killer photo opp places upstairs. Check our photos to see :)
If you haven't been to NAMM, try to go at least once. Anything relating to music is there from software, instruments, amps, accessories, lighting, jewelry, etc. It is well worth it. It is extremely organized and the staff is always super friendly as well as attendees. It's a great atmosphere and lots of great performances. I mean, Tower of Power on Saturday night for free? Doesn't get much better than that!

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