| Hello Voyage-Air Guitar fans,
I recently sent a Voyage-Air Guitar on a cruise, and here’s what the VAD-2 acoustic guitar itself had to say about the trip:
“Recently, I went on the Bruise Cruise, courtesy of my Voyage-Air Guitar family. This cruise was host to bands such as The Black Lips, The Vivien Girls, and Turbo Fruits. I, obviously, had quite an adventure. There were mosh pits and body surfing involved. Yikes! Think… tatted up, 20 something, rockers on a boat, floating around the Caribbean with no where to go but the bar and listening to music LOUD. Visualize tattooed arms playing me loudly and throwing back shots.
“Luckily, I was under the constant care of Cheyenne. She made sure that I was well protected. I far more enjoyed the travel aspect of this trip, hanging out in the cabin on the ship being played by these young artists, going to the Bahamas, or just laying around on Miami Beach.
“I did get some down time too, as witnessed in the photographs of me lying by the pool or even cuddled in the arms of a cruiser, as he slept, (or shall I say, passed out?). That was ackward.
“Check out the photo album on Voyage-Air’s Facebook page. CLICK HERE! Don’t forget to “Like” Us.
“I’ve been on a music cruise before. Last year, I was lucky enough to go on the Delbert McClinton Blues Cruise. Blues is quite a bit different than Bruise! But it was music and drinking, all the same.
“Of course, the age group was quite drastically different… I don’t think that the Blues Cruisers went home with quite as many bruises! But headaches, for sure! Did I mention that Delbert is a Voyage-Air Guitar player and quite a fan of ours?
“Danny Flowers (Livin On Tulsa Time) was also on the cruise, sporting his own Voyage-Air guitar. Quite the perfect six stringed companion for such a trip, if I do say so myself!
“To see Cheyenne’s blog and read more about this trip, check out: http://www.bruisecruise.blogspot.com/. Don’t forget to “Follow” her there and sign up for a free guitar.
“See ya soon as the Adventures continue!”
A well-traveled Voyage-Air Guitar
This past year has been a testament to the long-held assertion that Susan Gibson is a road warrior in the truest sense in addition to being a dedicated singer, songwriter, and performing musician. The CMA award-winning songwriter (the Dixie Chicks took the Gibson-penned "Wide Open Spaces" to the top for four weeks) has been hitting the road consistently over the past 14 years, touring nationally in support of her own brand of Texas-Americana-folk music.
However, 2010 started off as the year where the road unexpectedly hit her back, and in February she suffered a severely broken arm, dislocated elbow, and shattered wrist in a car accident. Doctors estimated she wouldn't be playing guitar until early fall, and her record release plans were put on hold indefinitely. Road warriors don't sit around for too long when their livelihood involves playing music and traveling, however, and Gibson was playing full shows a mere two-and-a-half months after the accident with the help of some physical therapy, fan support, and a lot of determination. The latter half of 2010 made up for lost time with two tours to the northern Rocky Mountain region, a Southeast tour, and her well-worn paths across Texas.
Gibson's 2011 release, Tightrope, is both right at home with and a departure from her previous albums. While the album was recorded before her accident, the mood and tone are fitting of a year spent in reflection. Gibson and producer Gabe Rhodes are the sole musicians on Tightrope, which manages to be beautiful in its sparseness, easily accessible yet full of sophisticated notes for those who take a careful listen. A pencil eraser on a cigar box for percussion, a plucked grand piano string, or a dobro with a neck so warped it isn't a dobro anymore; these elements create an intimate album that only two creative minds sitting in a studio together for days at a time can create.
The songs themselves are tried and true Susan Gibson, whose craftsmanship in songwriting has made her one of the most respected artists in the Texas scene and beyond. Tightrope features co-writers that run the gamut from established songwriters like Michael Hearne, Monica Smart ("Evergreen" and "Never Enough"), and Jana Pochop ("Lovely When You Cry") to first time writers but longtime friends Amy Patton, Michelle Moss, and Marian Brackney ("Hope Diamond"), proving that Gibson draws inspiration from many creative stimuli. From a powerful narrative about a guitar and the lives it touched ("The Wood Wouldn't Burn") to the assertive and fiercely independent title track, Gibson continues to affirm her place on the list of troubadour songwriters who have an innate need to affect the lives of their fellow humans through song.
While the road literally stopped Gibson in her tire tracks last year, it also gave the motivation to heal and is now the means to bring Tightrope to an audience. Gibson plans to debut it in Texas and beyond with a series of Spring album release dates as well as with an official showcase at the 2011 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis.
Susan Gibson plays her Voyage-Air guitar singing “Wide Open Spaces,” the tune she penned for the Dixie Chicks which jump-started her career.
Bassist for The Del McCoury Band, Mike began a 13 year association with what was to become, and still is, the most awarded band in Bluegrass Music. He's racked up an unprecedented 9 Entertainer of the Year awards, 5 Bass Player of the Year awards as well as various Album, Instrumental and Song of the Year awards and a Grammy. He's been granted membership to the Grand Ole Opry, as well as a Grammy award for Best Bluegrass Album of 2005. He's now a part of the Nashville 'Super Group' 18 South.
“Jimmy” James Hunter is a 16 year old guitar prodigy that the guitar magazines started writing about when he was 9. His songwriting abilities coupled with amazing guitar licks and killer vocals put him in a class of his own. Having been spotted by music industry veterans, Hunter frequently travels to Nashville from his hometown in Sacramento, California. In Nashville, he performs and co-writes with some of the music industry greats that reside there. One Eyed Rhyno, a band that he shares with sister, Elaine, is quickly gaining in popularity in the Northern California Indie Rock scene. Check out the “about” tab on their website for more incredible information.
The theme to the Oscar-winning 2009 drama “Crazy Heart” was awarded the top song written for motion picture, television, or other visual media at the 53rd Grammy last week.
Bingham’s Grammy win, shared with co-writer T Bone Burnett, is yet another trophy the pair collected for the track: The two were previously awarded a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for the song performed by Colin Farrell and Jeff Bridges in the movie.
He's won the praise of music critics everywhere and, much more importantly than that, he won an Oscar for the Best Original Song for the song he co-wrote for the movie "Crazy Heart."
Bingham has also gotten rather involved in different initiatives like Farm Aid - he played the big Farm Aid festival last year with the likes of Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp. In fact, we got to know Ryan through Willie Nelson’s band, whom he frequently tours with.
Click here to watch a clip of Ryan when he had the opportunity to play the Voyage-Air Guitar off stage for us.
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