Beach Boys Legend Brian Wilson honored at 2012 NAMM Show
By Ricky Richardson
Anaheim-The 110th Annual NAMM Show in Anaheim is a huge trade that isn't open to the public.The show officially opened on Thursday, January 19-22. 2012. Journalist were given a preview of the show on Wednesday, January 18th,which presented the Instruments of the Future,Gaming & APP Technologies and "First Time Reveal" of Music Products for Professional and Recreational Music Makers.
Several of the music industries greatest musicians,showmen and supporters appeared at The NAMM Show Media Preview Day.Each year NAMM (The National Association of Music Merchants)produces The NAMM Show,which is the largest music instruments and products trade-only show in North America with 90,000 attendees and more than 1,400 exhibitors from over 90 countries.
The exhibitors companies participating in the Media Preview Day were Andy Graham Productions,C.F.Martin & Co.,INC. D & H Guitars,Dube,Farmer Musical Instruments,IK Multimedia,Magma Music Molecules Drum Company,Nektor,Numark/Alesis,Ovistrings Music Company,Peavey Electronics Corp,Pocketstrings,Porter & Davis,Rockstar Pyro Taylor Guitars,TC Group Americas,Wi Digital Systems,Yamaha and Z-Stik.
Guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd showcased his fiery guitar style on the new Guitar World Lick of the Day APP.This exciting new product was debuted by Jack Ivers of Agile Partners.The New Ampkit Link H.D. is based on USB digital audio technology,providing high fidelity while eliminating cross talk and feedback.This product is perfect for Ampkit's authentic high gain amp models.The ultimate amps effects and recording app.
Mike Huckabee,bassist and former Governor of Arkansas spoke about the importance of music education and his support of the Wanna Play Fund.This fund will help to purchase instruments for people who can't purchase instruments on their own.Mr. Huckabee mentioned that "he was interested in music at an early age after he was presented with his first guitar." We were in for a special treat, as Kenny Wayne Shepherd on guitar and Mike Huckabee on bass jammed together on stage.Also, a little side note,Mike Huckabee is the second Governor of Arkansas who plays an instrument.Can you guess the other one...yes, you are correct,former President Bill Clinton is a talented saxophonist.
Joe Lamond,President & CEO of NAMM presented singer,songwriter and producer Brian Wilson with the Music for Life Award.This award was presented to Mr.Wilson for his musical impact and contributions over the course of more than 50 years.The two also engage in a brief Q&A before posing for photographs for the media.
Michelle Phillips,the last surviving member of the Mommas & Papas received a special tribute and spoke about the D-28M Mammas & Papas Custom Artist Edition,only 100 will be available.These guitars were made by C.F.Martin & Co.,Inc.
Dick Boak of C.F.Martin & Co.,Inc. has partnered with seven time Grammy Award winning singer,songwriter and guitarist John Mayer to produce the OM28 Limited Edition line of guitars.There is only twenty five made.John Mayer performed a delightful tune on the new 00-45SC John Mayer Edition.Each 0045SC-John Mayer Edition will be personally signed by John Mayer and numbered in the sequence of the 25 total edition guitars.These special models will subsequently be available from participating Martin dealerships.
If you are a musician this is the ultimate trade show to attend.This is a trade show only.This show is not open to the public.