Monday, April 26, 2010
Peter Frampton has played guitar since the age of 11. Back in those days, he would practice in his school cafeteria alongside a classmate who also shared an interest in music, David Bowie. While both of these men would go their separate ways at early ages, they would come back together and tour in the mid 80's. Decades before this twist of irony, Frampton was creating his own unique style while playing with the band Humble Pie. He called it a blend of jazzy lyrics over a rockin' blues based band, everyone else just said they liked it. This was quite a change for the teenybopper Frampton who was named "Face of 1968" by the UK press. Frampton would put out five albums with Humble Pie before striking out on his own. It was then that Frampton enjoyed monstrous success with his double live album Frampton Comes Alive, which featured songs such as "Show Me the Way," and "Baby I Love Your Way." It also earned Rolling Stones "Artist of the Year," in '79. His popularity continues to grow today with more live and studio albums, along with sold out concert tours that included everything from huge venues to small, intimate locations. These days, not only does he have his own signature Peter Frampton Les Paul Guitar series, he's released an anthology album, as well as a brand new project Thank You Mr. Churchillwhich he worked on with his son Julian Frampton. Read the story about Frampton and a long-lost Gibson guitar. Frampton on Facebook
Johnny A. Has Arrived Again
Johnny A. is widely regarded as one of America's finest contemporary guitarists; so much so that he’s one of the few people that Gibson has designed a Signature Edition guitar for. Not too bad for a guy that started off playing a $49 Lafayette Electronics guitar. Over the course of his life, Johnny has been influenced by a number of artists and musical styles, which is why he’s so well versed in playing just about anything. He’s played with many of the big names in rock, with his most notably stint being with Pete Wolf of the legendary J. Geils Band. Once he felt like he had done all he could working with others, he knew it was time to go solo, where he could finally play the tunes that were floating around in his head. His two most recent solo projects, One November Night and Get Inside were not only critically acclaimed, they were also huge hits. But that should be no surprise when your work is a culmination of a lifetime of learning, sharing and bonding in a long parade of bands and players.
Costaki Economopoulos is a comedian, true, but he's also a football fan. Those two factors alone make him the perfect candidate to give us a comedic look back at the NFL each week with his new feature that's also been picked up by The Huffington Post and Bleacher Report. With his Greek heritage, it's not surprising that he's been described as a “joke philosopher,” and we're sure he's not the only one saying that. Costaki is also a talented joke writer who's punchlines have been heard on "The Tonight Show," Showtime, BET, and MTV. Follow Costaki on facebook and twitter.
Andrew Zimmern is a writer, TV personality, chef, and teacher. A New York City native, he began his formal culinary training at the age of 14, apprenticing with some of the greatest chefs in the world. As the co-creator, host and contributing producer of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Andrew travels the world, tasting the most unique, traditional fare he can find. From restaurants to jungle markets, it's all about discovering the authentic, immersive experience. So whether he's chasing down large water rodents in the Louisiana bayou, fishing for piranha on the Amazon or flushing out cave bats in Malaysia, you can be sure the guy with the iron stomach will dish up the unimaginable. Andrew on twitter.