Two years ago, when Emily Wolfe stepped into the studio with Alabama Shakes’ keyboardist Ben Tanner at the board, she had already mapped out just about every sound she envisioned for the record. “The good thing about Emily is that she knows the sound when it’s there. The songs were fully formed in her head by the time she got the studio,” said Ben.
Emily, a native of Austin, Texas, has spent the last several years making a name for herself as an electrifying, blues-driven live rock act, accompanied on the road by her trusty Epiphone Sheraton (picked up at Guitar Center Austin at the start of her career) and ever-evolving pedal board. With the release of her debut self-titled album, she effortlessly harnesses the raw power of her live performances in collaboration with Ben’s in-studio experimentation - creating an album that marries the roots of rock with the soaring choruses of modern pop.
We sat down with Emily and Ben to talk about inspiration for the album, the process and gear behind nailing the sound, and how they brought to life Emily’s genre-bending dream of mixing “Demi Lovato with Queens of the Stone Age.”Read More
The Walrus Audio Julia chorus/vibrato is a favorite for guitar players who need the ability to switch between chorus and vibrato or blend both together. The Julia can add a bit of depth to your tone with a low chorus setting or be pushed to the limits of that classic warble vibrato offers and everything in between.Read More
The new Fender effects pedals will add brilliant color to both your tone and your pedalboard. Concepted and designed in California, these pedals boast anodized aluminum chassis and offer unique twists on classic effects. Fender used the recognizable LED amp jewel for the “on-light” and used LED backlit knobs, making these pedals stage-ready for the gigging musician. Where these pedals really excel is in huge tone and versatility of control. Check out the videos below to hear these exciting new pedals from Fender.Read More
The 95000 Performance Loop Laboratory from Electro-Harmonix is a technological wonder that can expand the bounds of your creativity, open up the capabilities of your recording process and give you nearly limitless musical possibilities on stage. Whether you're a guitarist, bass player, DJ, vocalist, keyboard player or a one-person band, the 95000 delivers in so many ways that it'll quickly become the centerpiece of your rig.Read More