Fishman artist Wolf Marshall is a unique hybrid. He is internationally acclaimed as both a guitarist and educator. Through his many products and publications, Wolf has gained an enormous worldwide following and status usually accorded only to “famed players” in “name bands,” and has been listened to on his recordings by more aspiring fretboard enthusiasts than most so-called guitar heroes.
Multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Mattingly has toured with some of the biggest names in country music. He is currently on tour with Reba McEntire and was kind enough to answer our Backstage Pass questions.
Jason Fitz is the band leader for Grammy award winning group The Band Perry. Jason handles violin, resophonic guitar, and keyboard duties for the group and took time for us during his busy summer touring schedule to answer some questions about how he’s using Fishman Gear in TBP.
Fishman artists The Farm made their Grand Ole Opry debut on February 10th with their unique blend of heartland country roots, snarling fiddle, and intense harmonies created by three distinct solo voices.
"Fishman gear makes our instruments sound like a million bucks. We used to use instrument mics to capture that natural sound, but there was always feedback to contend with and we couldn't dance around! Now our instruments sound warm and natural everywhere we go."
Capitol Records Nashville’s platinum-selling country star Darius Rucker passed through New England and Fishman's Artist Relations caught up with the tour to deliver a few Matrix Infinity pickups for Darius' Gibson J-45 acoustics. We also sat in at soundcheck as another Aura was added to the mix. Dobro and pedal steel player Sasha Ostrovsky has been using the Jerry Douglas Aura Imaging Pedal for over a year, while fiddle, mandolin player, and rhythm guitar player Patrick Clark began using the Aura Spectrum DI to improve his live sound. The band performs over 150 shows a year!
Jimmy Buffett opened the summer leg of his “Welcome to Fin Land’’ tour Saturday in the Boston area. Fishman caught up with guitar tech Doug Breidenbach after sound check and took a peek at the many acoustics used in the show, including a Martin signature series Jimmy Buffett HD-18JB equipped with a Matrix Infinity.
This year’s MerleFest offered a terrific mix of bluegrass legends, well-established artists and some amazing up-and-coming Americana acts. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in Memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate traditional plus music.
In a recent interview with UK publication Guitar Buyer Magazine, Black Crowes guitar tech Doug Redler tips his hat to Fishman for the huge transformation in the band's live acoustic sound. “Rich is also using in-ear monitors on the acoustic set, so he hears everything a lot better. It’s a pretty interesting and deep process and it’s making my life a lot easier out here, so thank you everybody at Fishman!”
Fishman Artist Stephen Mougin finds a new rehearsal companion...