Donna Grantis Feature with PRS Private Stock Custom Guitar

By Gabriella Steffenberg 

From donnagrantis.com

From donnagrantis.com

Donna Grantis, guitarist for Prince, is featured in a new Guitar World YouTube video where she talks about her Paul Reed Smith (PRS) private stock custom guitar.

Grantis had the opportunity to visit the PRS guitars factory in Stevensville, Md. and was able to see the process that goes on behind the scenes. She was able to collaborate with them to build her dream guitar, based off of the Mira Semi-Hollow, which she finds are perfect for playing rock and funk.

Watch the full feature with Grantis below, view her beautiful guitar, and learn more about what goes into the creation of a PRS private stock custom guitar:

Lake Street Dive to Release New Album

By Gabriella Steffenberg

lakestreetdive-slide3Lake Street Dive announced the release of their new album, Side Pony, for Feb. 19, 2016. Fronted by the tremendously gifted Rachael Price, the group recently released their first single off the new record, “Call Off Your Dogs.”

The new single features a groovy aesthetic, and may hint at a new feel for their future works. Lake Street Dive is notorious for their old-school feel to their music, and the single does not disappoint.

Listen to “Call Off Your Dogs” below:

Adrian Conner of AC/DC Tribute Band Hell’s Belles Launches Pledge Fund to Help Release New Solo Acoustic Album

By Gabriella Steffenberg

Adrian Conner, the lead guitarist for the all-female AC/DC tribute band Hell’s Belles, is gearing up to release her eighth studio album next month titled Hush!. Hush! is a fully acoustic album, which is a first for electric shredder Conner.

Cover art for 'Hush!'

Cover art for ‘Hush!’

The Austin rocker is a seasoned pro, having traveled and toured all over (including opening for Brody Dalle last year in San Francisco), playing music and letting her guitar skills flex. Now it is time to move into a realm in which she feels more exposed – the acoustic world.

As Conner recently told Austin.com, “there are no effects on an acoustic guitar… I’m totally naked and have to be more technically proficient. But on the flip side, I can hear my voice more than ever.”

Conner is excited to release Hush! to the public because she wanted to create an album that her and her band could perform at any and every venue. The album has no fixed genre, with musical stylings of blues, rock, indie, folk, and alternative. Her newest effort covers acoustic versions of her own previous works and new material, as well as acoustic takes on rock classics such as Led Zeplin’s “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp.”

Although she’s surpassed her goal, her fundraising page on Pledge Music is still open for another 29 days until the release. The extra money will go toward the promotion of Hush! and different donations allot to various exclusive items for fans. Stay “in the know” with Conner at www.adrianconner.com and keep an ear out for Hush!, her rad new album due this September.