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Station Summit 2017 – SAM JAM and NewsReady Guitars!

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The annual Promax Station Summit is upon us, and Stephen Arnold Music (SAM) will be there with the best music in the local broadcast television industry!

If you are attending the conference, then save this date! Thursday night, June 22nd, it’s our 7th annual “After Hours SAM JAM,” featuring the sensational Byron Bordeaux. We’ll be jammin’ again at Elton John’s FIZZ Bar at Caesar’s Palace along with our many station friends from across the country from 9 p.m. until midnight!

While at Station Summit, stop by and check out our guitar display. This year it’s a NewsReady Giveaway and we’re giving away 5 guitars: for Weather – it’s a Rain Song guitar;  for Morning News – a Sunburst guitar; for Politics – a Bruce Springsteen “THE BOSS” signed American Flag guitar; for Sports – a Football Helmet guitar; and for Investigative Reporting – a Shovel guitar!

So make plans to stop by, have a chat, drop your card in the box and maybe walk away with one of these NewsReady guitars. The drawing is Thursday, June 22nd around 4:00pm, during the “Networking Break”. Remember, you must be present to win.

Good luck and hope to see you kickin’ it with us in Vegas… baby!

Click here for more info about Station Summit »

 

I’m Weather Ready – Image Campaign and Guitar Giveaway

UPDATE:  And The Winner Is …

Watch, then enter to win a Weather Ready RainSong guitar.

Did you say “Weather Proof Guitar?”

Don’t fret about the weather with this cool, “Weather Ready” RainSong guitar! Strike a chord with you? You could win it!

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To enter, just listen to our new multi-platform weather image audio/video package, I’m Weather Ready, and leave your comment below. It’s that easy.

We’ll print out all entries, fish one out of our famous mystery bowl, and send the winner this amazing “Weather Ready” instrument. You’re looking at the RainSong Smokey SMH guitar, which uses the latest in carbon fiber and glass fiber technology to produce a beautiful mellow and resonant tone. Plus – it’s waterproof! So if it rains on your campfire, you’ll be ready with your new RainSong guitar.

View more samples of I’m Weather Ready here »

Drawing to be held on Wednesday, March 22 at 3pm CT. Click here for full contest rules and regulations.

*Note: all comments are moderated and may take up to 24 hours to appear.

Good luck!

The Six Strings of Christmas – Behind the Scenes

It’s been a few years since the successful launch of our 1st Christmas album, The Six Strings of Christmas. And with 100% of the proceeds of the sales benefiting Little Kids Rock, thousands of school-age disadvantaged kids across the nation received musical instruments and lessons at no cost. We’re pretty proud of that. So, this year, we are VERY excited to release our newest holiday collection, The Six Strings of Christmas, Volume 2. We’ve been hard at work on this project since last summer (it was sort of strange recording these holiday classics in 90 degree Texas heat). We brought together many of the finest studio musicians who work on our various sonic branding projects to perform 14 tracks on stringed instruments. It’s REALLY beautiful stuff. And again, all proceeds will benefit Little Kids Rock so that more kids can pursue their musical dreams.

All of these cuts were recorded, mixed and carefully mastered at Stephen Arnold Music’s T-Bone studios in Fairview, TX (just north of Dallas). We used a tremendous range of stringed instruments on this project, like dulcimer, nylon, steel and 12 string acoustic guitar, mandolin, double bass, harp guitar, fiddle, dobro, piano and, of course, sleigh bells! (we know, NOT stringed – but they are strung together!) Each of these musicians created their own arrangements of these Christmas classics and performed them either solo or with other musicians. We particularly enjoyed recording We Three Kings with three “kings” of guitar, all playing together in the studio in a single live performance – with no overdubs!

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ALL the musicians on this album are truly “kings” of their instruments. For example, one of our artists, Milo Deering, has toured extensively with LeAnn Rimes, and has played on most of her albums. Most recently, he has also toured with Don Henley. Chris Carrington, classical guitarist extraordinaire, grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and has served on university music department faculties nationwide. He is also a renowned luthier (that’s a guitar maker). You can check out his amazing creations here.

Hmmm…does a guitar maker who builds Martin guitars call himself a “Martin Luthier”? But I digress…

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Stephen Arnold even played a Greek instrument on one of the tracks! One week into the recording sessions, Stephen was off traveling in Greece. While strolling through a flea market, he spotted and snagged a 50 year-old, hand-made “bouzouki” (an instrument that was introduced in Greece in the 1900’s by immigrants from Asia Minor – similar to a mandolin with a long neck). Well, it might have been Greek to Stephen, but since it only has 3 strings (each doubled), he was able to somehow make it work! You can check out this unique sound on the track Joy to the World.

So do yourself – and your loved ones – a favor, and pick up our new Six Strings of Christmas, Volume 2. You can order or download it here.

And while you’re on that same page, purchase a copy of the Six Strings of Christmas Volume 1! We’re very proud of these collections that will bring lots of joy and good cheer into your holidays. Plus, they make a great gift! And remember, 100% of the proceeds goes to Little Kids Rock. Who knows, maybe one of the kids who benefits from instruments and lessons from this project will one day perform on a FUTURE volume of The Six Strings of Christmas! As we say in the stringed instrument business … stay tuned.

Everywhere I Go – Giveaway Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of our “Everywhere I Go” Guitar (and Uke) Giveaway.

The Oscar Schmidt Koa Wood Ukulele goes to Brad Klukow of KAAL-TV.  Next is Katharyn Devile of KLTV-TV, winner of the Martin Koa Wood Acoustic Guitar.  And finally, taking home the Gretsch 5420 Hollow Body Electric is Michael Nurse of WKBW-TV!

Thanks so much for entering, everyone, and congrats to our winners!

Everywhere I Go – Mega Guitar (and Uke) Giveaway!

UPDATE:  We have our winners!

Watch, Then Enter to Win One of Three Stunning Guitars!

We’ve NEVER done anything like this before! Here’s THREE chances to win a cool instrument, just by listening and commenting on our our brand-new multiplatform/social image package: “Everywhere I Go.”

1) First prize: Get your inner rockabilly on with this spectacular orange Gretsch 5420 Electromatic guitar.
2) Next up: A stunning Martin Koa Wood Acoustic/Electric guitar. Amaze your friends with your James Taylor covers!
3) Lastly: It seems EVERYONE is strumming a uke these days, so third place is an Oscar Schmidt Koa Wood Baritone Ukulele. You’ll be the hit of the campfire!

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To enter, just listen to the demo of our brand-new multiplatform/social image package: “Everywhere I Go,” and leave a comment below. We’ll print out all the comments, and draw three of them at random from our famous mystery fishbowl. Those three lucky winners will each take home one of these spectacular stringed instruments!

View more samples of “Everywhere I Go” here »

Drawing to be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016.  Click here for full contest rules and regulations.

*Note: all comments are moderated and may take up to 24 hours to appear.

Good luck!