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The Raconteurs and Strymon

Posted by Ethan

Brendan Benson from The Raconteurs recently sent us a few photos from their recent 2011 tour. He relies on the transparent compression and vintage squash of his OB.1 Optical Compressor & Clean Boost for his touring rig. Very cool! :)

Couple shots of his pedal board during soundcheck before the show:
brendan benson's pedalboard (the raconteurs)

The raconteurs




White Lies love their Strymons

Posted by Ethan

Rob Lee and Harry McVeigh from the English rock band White Lies have been extensively using TimeLine and blueSky on their recent tour. Rob just sent us this photo taken just before soundcheck at Wembley Arena in London. They’ll be out on tour again this summer, be sure to check them out when they come to your town!

White Lies - Rob Lee and Harry McVeigh with their Strymon TimeLine and blueSky

Below is a video of them performing “Bigger Than Us” on Letterman.

Here is the official music video for “Bigger Than Us”:




Ethan’s new State Shirt album

Posted by Terry

Hey there everyone. Just wanted to take a moment to share our very own Ethan Tufts’ new album release today. He’s a passionate musician who pours a lot of love and energy into music, which is why we’re grateful to have him as part of the Strymon team. The album is titled “Let’s get bloody” … check it out! http://www.stateshirt.com/

image of woman bleeding from the lip

 




Interview with pedal steel guru Jon Graboff

Posted by Ethan

Jon GraboffJon Graboff has been very busy over the years, recording with artists across genres and across the planet. Possibly best known for his work with Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, he has also recorded and/or toured with the likes of: Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, David Byrne, Carrie Underwood, Joan Osborn, Yo La Tengo, Ben E. King, Harper Simon, Phil Lesh and others. Recently we had a chance to chat with Jon and talk pedal steel, effects pedals, his musical experiences, and all sorts of other fun.

Can you tell us a bit about your formative musical experiences?

Well… when you’re from New York City, and there’s everything around you from jazz to hardcore, from afro-Cuban to Bollywood… it all gets inside you one way or another and informs your musical outlook. My mother was a very talented classical violinist and my dad was an artist and illustrator who played a pretty wicked clarinet. There was music of all kinds going on around me pretty much all my life.

What drew you to pedal steel guitar?

Jon Graboff pedal steel - with remote Strymon switchI’m not sure what attracted me to the pedal steel guitar but I remember the first time I heard one… even though I had no idea what it was at the time. I heard the first few notes on the Byrd’s album “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” and I clearly recall being captivated by the sound of it. A few months later, I was in a roadside diner with my family. We were going somewhere and someone played “If Teardrops Were Pennies and Heartaches Were Gold” by Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner on the jukebox. There is a pedal steel intro on that too and I thought, hey, that’s the same instrument! Interestingly, they were both played by steel guitar great Lloyd Green.


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Yosuke Onuma – one of Japan’s top jazz guitarists

Posted by Ethan

 
We recently heard from Yosuke Onuma, one of Japan’s foremost jazz guitarists. He’s been using blueSky Reverberator and Ola Chorus & Vibrato, and they’ve found a permanent home on his pedal board.

In the past he’s used rack reverbs running through the engineer’s soundboard. He jumped at the chance to switch to blueSky.

“blueSky sounds so good! And it’s so easy to use.”

Yosuke is quickly becoming known around the world as one of the leaders of the next generation of jazz guitarists. He’s released several highly-acclaimed albums and will certainly continue to amaze audiences with his abilities and unique finger-picking style.

» Official Website

Yosuke




Strymon all over Lyle Workman’s soundtrack work

Posted by Ethan

Lyle WorkmanWe just heard from Lyle Workman, who has been using El Capistan and blueSky all over his latest film soundtrack, Win Win, featuring Paul Giamatti. He sent a photo of his studio pedal rig. We’re super excited that Lyle is recording killer scores with our gear!

“I really love these pedals!!”

You may know him from his work with Todd Rundgren, Jellyfish, Frank Black, Beck, and Sting. Recently, Lyle has composed the scores and wrote songs for several Hollywood smash hits, including The 40 Year Old Virgin, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek.

Check out Lyle’s work here:

» www.lyleworkman.com

Lyle Workman's Strymon pedals




Alex Somers and Jónsi – El Capistan on tour

Posted by Ethan

Alex Somers, guitarist with Jónsi, just sent us a couple photos of himself and his El Capistan, which he used on their most recent tour. He told us that the pedal made it onto his touring rig as soon as he received it. “It sounds so good! Thanks so much for making such a cool pedal.”

We’re glad that his El Capistan is contributing to such wonderful music!

Alex with his El Capistan:

Alex Somers / Jonsi / El Capistan

El Capistan on his pedal board:

Alex Somers / Jonsi / El Capistan

Here’s a video from Jónsi’s most recent album.




Friendly Fires loves their blueSky Reverberator

Posted by Ethan

Ed Macfarlane of the English dancerock band Friendly Fires just sent us a photo of his blueSky Reverberator in the studio! They’ve been using blueSky all over their new record. We’re looking forward to hearing what they’ve crafted!

Friendly Fires - blueSky Reverberator

I love the video for their song “Skeleton Boy”… check it out:






 
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