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Behind the scenes with Yamaha: All Access

Yamaha caught up with Brett at Fleetwood Mac’s concert in Phoenix for his Yamaha All Access interview and photo shoot. See the backstage hijinks as Brett shares his journey as an artist, his big break (or two), and advice to young artists trying to make their dreams come true:

You can also read the full interview here, and while you’re at it, check out more interviews with amazing artists from the Winter 2013 issue (including one of Brett’s influences, Dr. John) here.

Twenty Thirteen…

Crazy how time flies. With 2013 well underway I look forward to what lies ahead as I also look back on 2012 and reflect on some of the more memorable moments and musical adventures…

First, it was great to reconnect with Stevie Nicks and her band on the “In Your Dreams” tour. I haven’t enjoyed being on the road so much in a long time. Stevie and Rod Stewart joined forces again for a handful of shows in the U.S., which made for an incredible evening of memorable songs that everyone knew and loved. It’s been several years since I played in Stevie’s solo band so it felt great to be back in the fold making music with some of my favorite people. Thank you Stevie, Waddy, Carlos, Al, Jimmy, Darrell and of course Sharon and Lori for a great ride. I love you all…

Speaking of Stevie we recently filmed a 90-minute live show called “Crossroads” for CMT featuring Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum. The show’s format features a pairing of a popular country act with a well-known artist from a different genre. I have not yet heard when it will air but I will put it up on the events page once it’s announced. The vocals were particularly outstanding the night of the taping and I think people are going to love hearing how well Stevie and Lady A blend together. Lady Antebellum were incredibly gracious and couldn’t have been more thrilled to be singing with Stevie. That being said, it wasn’t hard to see why Stevie has been a fan of Lady A’s for so long. They clicked from the moment they came together.

2012 was also a year that brought some new talent my way. I recently played keyboards on a project with a band from Portland Oregon called Painted Grey that reignited my faith that good songwriting and good musicianship are alive and well in the Northwest. I’d like to give a shout out to the singer, Caleb Roloff, and guitarist Nathan Trueb whose talents yet undiscovered will soon be heard when they release their first CD produced by Peter Bunch later this year.

Which brings us to the here and now. In January I went down to Anaheim to check out the NAMM show as I usually do and continue to be blown away at how the instruments and tools of my profession keep evolving to make my gig as a musician and artist easier and more productive with each passing year. Now if I could just get a new espresso machine to help me keep pace with it all I might finally be able to sit down and figure out how to use all the cool new stuff out there (and if not, I still have my trusty piano, Hammond B3 organ and my beautiful guitars which never let me down.)

For those who are interested I am working on a new “gear” section for the website to talk about some of the instruments and other gear I use live and in the studio along with thoughts and reviews of various other instruments, recording equipment, software and products old & new as I use them or gather info to share.

And last but certainly not least I don’t want to forget to mention that it’s a Fleetwood Mac tour year! How could I not be excited about that? Rehearsals begin in just a couple weeks and the tour kicks off on April 4th in Columbus, Ohio. I’m really looking forward to working and touring with the Mac again. Everyone is in great spirits and is ready to take on the world so I hope to see you all out there on this one.

That’s it for now. So remember to love the wine you’re with, keep rockin’ and I’ll see you out on tour…


Rock of Ages

I came into the DLR band in 1986 shortly after Dave left Van Halen and released the album Eat Em And Smile…

Ringo 2012

I went to see my friend Gregg Bissonette play with Ringo Starr yesterday at The Troubadour here in Los Angeles. Gregg is legendary as a studio drummer and has been a mainstay in Ringo’s “All Starr Band” since 2003. This week Ringo was in town to do a live “Town Hall” special for SiriusXM, hosted by the hilarious Russell Brand and renown producer Don Was.

Highlights From NAMM 2012

I want to share some of the cool musical instruments, software and pro audio products that I saw at the most recent NAMM show. NAMM is always a busy and somewhat crazy 4 days. It is a chance for music manufacturers, musicians, and fans to all come together at the Anaheim Convention Center in what seems like the “largest music store on earth.” I’m going to break down what I saw at NAMM in 6 main categories: Keyboards, Guitars, Pro Audio, Microphones, Software and FX pedals…

See You At NAMM!

Join Brett at the 2012 NAMM show.