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FIRST FRET
James Burton

"SAVE THE STACK"
An effort is underway in Kalamazoo,
Michigan, to preserve the smokestack
that was once part of the original Gibson factory at 225 Parsons Street.
As part of a modernization/redevelopment
of the three-story building spearheaded by
Heritage Guitar, the company has joined
with a local non-profit in an effort to raise
funds to preserve the 70-foot stack, which
was disassembled after a structural evaluation in 2014 determined it was leaning and
posed a hazard to the building's structure.
Heritage has used the factory since 1984.
Plans include space for telling the
building's history and displaying instruments made there. The campaign is
accepting cash as well as artifacts,
memorabilia, and historical accounts that
can be added to proposed galleries.
Orville Gibson began making guitars and
mandolins in Kalamazoo in 1894. Locally,
the smokestack is seen as symbolic of the
city's musical and industrial history, as
well as a reminder of its role in the evolution of stringed instruments. For more,
go to savethestackkalamazoo.com.

KENNY WAYNE
SHEPHERD
Laying Down the Blues

B

lues-rock suffered a blow in 1990 with
the death of Stevie Ray Vaughan. But
later in the decade, a crop of young guitarists emerged, versed in the style. One of
them was Kenny Wayne Shepherd, whose
1998 hit "Blue on Black" launched a career

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that has never slowed, as evidenced by the
recent release of his 10th album, Lay It
on Down. The singer/guitarist talked to
Vintage Guitar about the new album, his
setup, and playing in a band called the
Rides with a(nother) guitar legend.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd: Kristin Forbes.

EXHIBIT HONORS BURTON
An exhibition titled "The Art of the Guitar,"
featuring instruments belonging to James Burton, recently opened in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Made up of two galleries curated by Burton
and his wife, Louise, it includes instruments
Burton played with Ricky Nelson, Elvis
Presley, John Denver, Glen Campbell, Johnny
Cash, and others. Also displayed are awards,
photographs, personal notes, and other
memorabilia. The event includes performances
and talks by local and regional guitarists.
"It's humbling when your hometown shows
their appreciation of your achievements in an
exhibition such as [this]," Burton said. "Though
I have lived in other places and worked
all over the world, Shreveport has always
been and will always be my home town."


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