McCartney, Slash, Duke in the newsEpiphone artists have been making big announcements all week about new music and new tours.  Slash told fans that he and his Conspirators are ready to record a new album. “Started the demo process for the next S/M & the Conspirators record last night,” tweeted Slash. “Lots of material to work up. It's going 2 be good." 

Paul McCartney announced a world tour for 2013 called "Out There."  Producer Mick Ronson has been working with McCartney on new album tracks and told NME that to work with McCartney is like taking "a master class in production, like harmonies and layering sounds and arrangement. His ideas are just incredible."

The Rolling Stones, along with a fully revitalized Keith Richards, announced a dozen touring dates for the spring. And Rolling Stone magazine confirmed the long standing rumor that our own Duke Robillard will be joining Bob Dylan's band for his spring tour.  Also, check out the Guardian's coverage of Nashville-based Third Man Records' reissue of the Document Records archive starting with Blind Willie McTell, the Mississippi Sheiks, and Charley Patton.

Fans of Epiphone's Paul Weller should also check out the Bucks Free Press interview with former Jam bandmate Bruce Foxton. "Weller and I realised life was too short and are now good friends."  And lastly, Hot Tuna, featuring Jack Casady (on a Jack Casady bass, of course), are back on the road this summer with guest Jill Sobule. Check out the website for electric and acoustic dates.