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Nazareth, PA -- NAMM, Booth 902 -- C. F. Martin & Co. continues to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Martin D-35 model with two commemorative limited-edition D-35 models at the 2015 Summer NAMM show in Nashville July 9th through July 11th. The limited edition D12-35 50th Anniversary model and the HD-35 FM IV 60th will be among six other models showcased.
The HD-35 CFM IV 60th is Martin's unique 14-fret Dreadnought model celebrating Chairman & CEO Chris Martin IV's 60th birthday. The exclusive guitar is being made in a small batch of 60, and features a European spruce top with Martin's Vintage Tone System (VTS) and herringbone pearl inlay. The 3-piece back consists of siris wings with an East Indian rosewood wedge, while the fingerboard and bridge are ornamented with infinity hexagon outlines. Chris Martin has personally signed each guitar label as an added touch. MSRP: $9,999.00
The D12-35 50th Anniversary limited edition model is also being introduced at Summer NAMM. The commemorative guitar is a 12-string, solid headstock Dreadnought limited to a quantity of 183, the amount of the first 1965 production run. This special edition is a modern version of the original model and includes a European spruce top with Martin's Vintage Tone System (VTS) and 3-piece East Indian rosewood back and sides. MSRP: $5,999.00
C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) has been creating the finest instruments in the world for 182 years. It continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards, including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the "Dreadnought" size. One of the world's leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques, along with those introduced by the company founder.
More details on the innovative models featured at the Summer NAMM Trade show can be found at http://www.martinguitar.com/new.
Listeners will be taken on an emotional journey, with songs that hit the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, combined with special guests, deliver tunes that will have fans singing along for days. Those included in this special collection are the #1 Billboard hits "Ready For The Times to Get Better," "Common Man," "Dixie Road," "Diggin' Up Bones," "I Got Mexico," "Do You Want To Go To Heaven," "Don't Close Your Eyes," and "Rose Garden." In addition to recording individual tracks with Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, another highlight on the album is "Boogie Grass Band," which was originally released by Conway Twitty in 1978, but was re-arranged by Lorraine Jordan and Bluegrass singer/songwriter Ronnie Reno, who is the host of Reno's Old Time Music, airing on RFD-TV. Listen closely, because this track is full of country music legends, all lend their vocals on this upbeat anthem.
"Working on the Country Grass project was a great experience for me, and I was so thankful to have been given the opportunity to record with so many great country legends," said a humble Lorraine Jordan. "Most of these artists helped shape my traditional roots early in my career. Combining bluegrass with the country classic artists on vocals invites a whole new fan base into my world of music. I am proud to be a part of a new transition, which we call Country Grass."
Cybergrass asked Lorraine some questions regarding this project and in this short "Question and Answer" video, Lorraine describes Country Grass in her own words.
Country Grass is fueled by the first single, "Runnin' Water," which features Grammy-award winning band, The Kentucky Headhunters. The single has been met with high critical acclaim. The Boot says "while Jordan's band and their distinct sound already turn heads, combining with the Kentucky Headhunters brings a rich new feel to the catchy tune."
Lorraine explains, "It was such an honor getting to work with each of these classic Country artists." She adds, "Each legend brings something different, and I think it mixed well with our traditional Bluegrass style to create tunes that music listeners are going to love."
Dear Friends -
On July 4, those of us in the United States celebrate Independence Day. As the editor of a blog dedicated to independent creators, this time of year always has a certain resonance for me…well, that and I really love fireworks!
In honor of this annual celebration, I’d like to take a moment to thank you, our dear readers, for your support of the ASMP Strictly Business blog and express my heartfelt gratitude to our contributors who so selflessly share their insights with us all.
Our SB Blog team will take a well-earned vacation next week, returning to our daily post schedule on July 13th.
I’ll use part of that time to put a lot of thought into our upcoming editorial calendars. I am never so proud as when one of our readers emails to say that we published exactly what they needed to read, exactly when they needed to read it. So please, help me out! What topics would you like us to cover? What guest experts do you want to hear from?
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Wishing you joy in your own independence – I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts!
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