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SOME KEYBOARDISTS JUST PLAY THE PARTS. Others pull up their music by the roots. For Jimmie “Bones” Trombly, who’s backed Kid Rock on piano, organ, harmonica, and vocals for the past 15 years, roots music is more than an influence—it’s a force of gravity that anchors his entire musical identity.
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 18:17

LEOGUN - substance & swagger

SOMETIMES OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS—but sometimes it pays to do the knocking yourself. That’s the door-opening approach taken by Tommy Smith, guitarist and singer for rising London-based rock trio Leogun. The trio, which also includes bassist Matt Johnson and drummer Mike Lloyd, radiates crackling rock energy in the vein of Queens of the Stone Age and White Stripes. With the video for their first single, “Let’s Be Friends,” racking up views on YouTube, Leogun is now looking forward to the release of their debut LP in early 2013 on the Yamaha Entertainment Group label.
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 18:06

JOSH KELLEY - three and half minute movies

JOSH KELLEY HAS COVERED A LOT OF GROUND, both musically and geographically. The Georgia-born singer/songwriter landed his first record deal while attending Ole Miss on a golf scholarship. He scored his first hit with 2003’s “Amazing,” and relocated to Los Angeles, where he crafted a string of catchy pop-rock albums. But by decade’s end he’d moved to Nashville, where he scored another hit with the pure country sound of his Georgia Clay album. Now he resides outside Park City, Utah, with his wife, film and TV star Katherine Heigl, and their kids.
GORDEN CAMPBELL LITERALLY CANNOT REMEMBER A TIME when he didn’t want to be a drummer. By age five he was accompanying the services in the Newburgh, New York, gospel church, where his grandfather served as pastor. “He had 13 kids, so all my aunts and uncles had something to do, like directing the choir or playing organ,” he says. “And they’re all still playing.”
EVEN IF YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF TIM PIERCE, you’ve heard him. A prolific Los Angeles session guitarist since the ’80s, Pierce has played on thousands of recordings by the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Dave Matthews, Santana, Faith Hill, Josh Groban, Chris Isaak, Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, Joe Cocker, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Mraz, and many, many other artists. Tim took a break from his hectic studio schedule to field questions about his career and his craft.
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 17:12

KENDAL MARCY -Paisley's Key Player

SOME PEOPLE DO COUNTRY JUST A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY—like keyboardist and banjo player Kendal Marcy, who has performed and recorded with Brad Paisley and his band, the Drama Kings, for the past 13 years. With multiple instruments at his command and a musical background that includes both a concert pianist mother and a boogie-woogie piano-playing dad, Marcy and his diverse musical talents offer Paisley plenty of bandwidth to convey his distinctive musical personality.
WHEN SINGER-SONGWRITER LUKE BRYAN FIRST ARRIVED IN NASHVILLE in late 2001, he wasted no time showcasing his considerable talents. He immediately got to work networking, songwriting, demoing, and weaving himself inextricably into the fabric of Music Row. After only a few months, his efforts paid off with a songwriting deal. And just a few years later, Bryan was recording and performing his own hits—including six #1 singles—and winning every country music award in sight. In 2012 alone, he won 11 major awards including a record nine wins at the American Country Awards as well as his first American Music Award.
Friday, 14 March 2014 22:27

Letter from Chris Gero - Winter 2014

chris gero headshotElton John. Josh Groban. Alicia Keys. Paul McCartney. These are just a few famed names that have made their way with a Yamaha at their side. Yamaha continues to be known for quality, and we strive to make the entire musical process a truly rewarding experience for every artist and audience. During the last 125 years, we’ve been lucky enough to make lifelong impressions with many of our musicians. I want to bring your attention to one particular Yamaha artist, bassist Nathan East.

Nathan has been a member of our Yamaha family for 33 years. He has worked alongside some of the greats including Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, George Harrison, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Whitney Houston, Wayne Shorter, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, Joe Satriani, Kenny Loggins, Daft Punk and literally hundreds more. His numerous award-winning accolades include a U.S. Congressional Record for his contributions to American music and the Ivor Novello Award for songwriting, Great Britain's most celebrated music award. Throughout Nathan’s successful career, I’ve gotten to know him as one of our artists, but more than that, he has become a friend.

After decades of legendary work, Nathan has finally decided to release his first solo album, and it is definitely worth the wait. I was lucky enough to help lead this effort, producing and collaborating with Nathan for the making of his self-titled album in our state-of the-art recording studio in Franklin, TN. The album will feature various original tracks and covers, scanning the R&B, pop, rock and jazz genres. Songs include Pat Metheny's “Letter From Home” and “101 Eastbound” by Fourplay, a band East is a founding member of. To give you a taste of what is to come, we released his cover of “Sir Duke” on our Yamaha Entertainment Group Facebook page, so be sure to check it out. It’s an amazing tribute to one of Nathan’s well-known friends Stevie Wonder. 

Throughout the recording process, Nathan has made sure to make this album a celebration not only of his musical life but his musical friends as well. The album features appearances by Eric Clapton, Sara Bareilles, Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald, and more. Through and through, we are proud to stand by Nathan in making his solo debut as outstanding as his renowned career.

It is truly gratifying to help artists and musicians express themselves. Being able to work with Nathan has been nothing but rewarding and exciting. To see more on Nathan, his new album, and recording with Yamaha turn to page 30. 

We couldn’t have had all of this success without your support. We love hearing from you so please engage with us on Facebook andTwitter or visit us at At Yamaha Entertainment Group, we are artists; we are music; we are Yamaha. Here’s to 2014, and may it be as wonderful as the past 125 years.

Kindest Regards,
Chris Gero

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Some of rock and roll’s most beloved piano parts have flowed from the fingers of Chuck Leavell.

After cutting his teeth as a teen in the legendary Muscle Shoals, Alabama, studio scene, Leavell helped revive the Allman Brothers band after the death of guitarist Duane Allman, and he contributed to some of the band’s most enduring tracks. He displayed his chops and stylistic range as leader of the rock-fusion band Sea Level. He’s worked with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Aretha Franklin, John Mayer, and other artists, and has recorded several fine solo albums (including the recent Back to the Woods, a tribute to the pioneers of blues piano).

And for 30, years he’s been the keyboardist for the Rolling Stones.
Friday, 14 March 2014 21:54


Jason “Slim” Gambill never thought he’d play in a country band, let alone an incredibly successful one like Lady Antebellum. “Never in a million years did I imagine this,” says the Omaha-born, Nashville-based picker. “I never saw myself being a sideman, especially in country. But this isn’t a traditional sideman gig, because all the people in the band are really close friends. A couple of members have been friends since junior high school. Our drummer is [vocalist] Hillary Scott’s husband. It’s not like one of those situations where some guys pass an audition and then get locked into a tour bus together for a couple of years. The members of Lady Antebellum have been in each others’ weddings!”

Before moving to Nashville in 2007, Slim lived in L.A. for years. (“Everyone calls me that,” he says. “Even people who insist they’re going to call me Jason are calling me Slim after 20 minutes.”)

“My forte has always been classic rock, soul, and R&B,” he explains. “I was always in rock-and-roll bands, and since I wasn’t around country artists, this direction never occurred to me.”