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 1 November, 2004


  • Your Site Host Interviewed at!
  • New ARTICLE: How to Become A Professional Transcriber!
  • Selected INTERPRETATIONS Review Snippets!
  • December 2004 Issue of GUITAR ONE on Newsstands!
  • AUDIO UPLOAD Temporarily on Hold
  • Buck & Mildred Hicks Disband :(
  • HOT LINK Alert!

Greetings, music gurus! I hope Halloween went off without a hitch, you remembered to roll your clocks back, and that you're finding some warmth this Fall! It's been months since this site's been updated, at least in a noticeable fashion, but I assure you things aren't dying 'round here! (Thanks to those who e-mailed me, checking to see if I'm alive!) There's kind of a lot of stuff to catch up on, so I guess I'll get straight to it...

But first, to the folks in the U.S.:
DON'T FORGET TO VOTE on Tuesday!!!!!

 Your Site Host Interviewed at!

Kind of weird, but after having interviewed hundreds of rockers, boppers, blues freaks, mother pluckers, and chicken pickers myself, I—of all possible goofballs—actually just got interviewed by the famed, ultra-hip, no-holds-barred guitar megasite, GUITARHOO! It's a bit of a long read, but if you're up for it, you might learn some interesting stuff about ways to make a living as an educated guitar player, glean some soloing advice, creativity tips, more transcribing advice, the benefits of studying music theory, realities of tendinitis/CTS, pick up some useful self-accompaniment approaches, as well as learn tons of (hopefully not so) boring stuff about little ol' me!

You can follow THIS LINK to the interview :)

 New ARTICLE: How to Become A Professional Transcriber!

Transcribing fiends might be interested to learn that I recently revised a "Making a Living as a Professional Transcriber/Arranger" article (from something I'd published in 1994) and placed it on my site! In there you'll find tons of tricks, tips, and all the behind-the-scenes details of being a professional transcriber (which I essentially was from 1992-99). Enjoy! And even if you don't care about "transcribing" per se, I reckon you still might find it interesting :) Definitely a unique job!

You can follow THIS LINK to the article :)

 Selected INTERPRETATIONS Review Snippets!

Over the last few months, the following publications have (mostly) praised Intimate Audio's debut CD release, INTERPRETATIONS. (By the way, selected tracks from this disc have just started getting airplay on the East Coast, Germany, Australia, and various online streaming radio sites!):

"Turner's acoustic guitar playing on this collection of classic covers from the Sixties and Seventies (including Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' the Beach Boys' 'God Only Knows,' and the Beatles' 'Blackbird') is first rate."

"Dale's melodic vocals transform the rock past of these songs [to] an easy listening present—with no electricity at all. A different view for classic rock, a view that travels through the folk rock streets of Joan Baez and Bob Dylan."

"Dale is one of those people who really shouldn't be left to his own devices for too long... He's gone and attempted the impossible by arranging 'Bohemian Rhapsody' for acoustic guitar and voice. Try to imagine Brian May's guitar solo and the multi-layering of the operatic style vocals with—yep—just Dale and his guitar... Dale's unique interpretation of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is so bad, it's good. It deflates all the pomposity of the original... An instant classic... I can't wait for Dale's next CD." (Our Rating: 10 Stars)

"Dale Turner's INTERPRETATIONS was, at first, a little hard to get into. In fact, the first track alone left me wondering if this was a comedy CD. (By the way, it's not.) Once I got past the initial shock of an acoustic version of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' the rest of it was pretty good: 'Blackbird,' 'Hallelujah,' a slightly off-putting rendition of 'Coconut'... Even though I prefer the original versions of all these songs, I did find this album to be cool in its own right. I mean, it *is* called INTERPRETATIONS; I think that gives you creative license to do what you want."

"Dale Turner deserves to be brought to a much wider audience. His excellent and imaginative guitar arrangements are immaculately picked and well sung."

"Dale Turner is one of a kind. He's got his own wall to climb and parapet to peer from—outstanding in his own field. I'm a musician too and appreciate people who go their own way as does Dale."
—STEVE SEDBERRY, host ("Appalachian Trail")
WUWG Radio 90.7 FM

 December 2004 Issue of Guitar One on Newsstands!

(New Guitar One Features/Departments/Columns written by Dale Turner)

  • Guitar School: Interview/Lesson with George Lynch!
  • Guitar School:Interview/Lesson with Nuno Bettencourt!
  • Rhythm Methods: Latin Guitar Lesson!
  • Return of Shred: Reb Beach Mini Lesson!
 AUDIO UPLOAD Temporarily on Hold

I feel lame announcing this, but I've been a little too swampified as of late to be able to post any of the numerous AUDIO UPLOAD additions that have come my way. Believe me though, there is a TON of great stuff on the cusp of being presented here... Things just got a little crazy lately! I hope you can forgive me—especially if you've tried to add something to your existing page, and I've yet to follow through on that:( I'll get 'er all straightened out soon, I swear!

Until then, you can, of course, still relish in the sounds of the other 100-plus creative artists who've bestowed to us some MP3s of their stunning original music! Just follow this AUDIO UPLOAD link to start listening.

 Buck & Mildred Hicks Disband :(

After three years of collaborating on some of the most creative, ground-breaking interpretations of secular and gospel/religious music this world has ever witnessed (among other forms of artistic expression), the dynamic duo of Buck & Mildred Hicks has opted to call it quits.

According to numerous online reports, the pair insist their split was amicable. Of course this reality won't go far in helping repair the shattered hearts and minds of Buck & Mildred's massive fan base, all of whom are deeply saddened by the news of the group's demise.

But, despite all the trials and tribulations this outfit endured, there is much to rejoice—which is precisely what Buck & Mildred urge us all to do! After all, over the past thousand days, in addition to (according to Buck Hicks) experiencing "enough fun, love, and every other conceivable emotion to last several lifetimes," the duo has left in its wake a wealth of wicked takes on Christmas cuts for us all to enjoy (an annual tradition the pair have partaken in since 2002), as well an indelible imprint on the psyche of all who celebrate the holy daze!

What will Christmas be like without Buck & Mildred Hicks??? The world awaits on pins and needles... Until then, hoist a glass to the numerous audio offerings these oddballs have left behind:

Floggin' the Yule Log (Volumes I & II)

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Well, that's it for now... Thanks for taking the time to surf back into these here parts! Rest assured, we got more stuff coming 'round the corner soon, so please stay tuned!!

Take care,
Dale Turner


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October 5, 2004 Edition

* Nationwide Search For Musical Performers Who Are Owed Royalties
* Psychedelic Pop Phenomenon Releases New CD
* House Approves Copyright Legislation
* George Thorogood And The Destroyers - 30th Anniversary Tour
* Warner/Chappell Music Names John Reston VP, Global Administration
* Susan Barth Performance At The Gig - Takes Us On A Tour Of "Wonderland"
* Larry Mattera Promoted To Snr. VP, New Media, Island Def Jam Music Group
* U.S. Announces Major New Initiative To Fight Global Trade In Fakes
* IFPI Releases World Recorded Music Sales Figures
* Michigan Attorney General Begins CD Distribution
* Ward Leaves VEG Post, Remains As NARM Chair
* TMBG LLaunch First Artist Operated Download Site
* Ohio Musician Offers Florida Relief With Funds From New Live CD

SoundExchange: Digital Rights Organization Announces Nationwide Search For Musical Performers Who Are Owed Royalties

SoundExchange, the first performance rights organization designated by the U.S. government to collect royalties on behalf of recording artists and record labels, is conducting a nationwide search for featured recording artists in order to disburse royalties owed. For the first time, performers stand to gain from non-interactive digital airplay‹satellite radio, Internet radio and cable/direct TV radio‹in the United States. If artists or their heirs do not come forward and register with SoundExchange by December 31, 2004, they will lose their share of the first royalties collected during the newly established organizations first distribution cycle- between 1996 and 2000.

Unlike ASCAP, BMI or SESAC, SoundExchange is the first institution to pay the actual featured performers for the public performance of sound recordings on which they appear, rather than songwriters, including many recording artists who have previously not been compensated. SoundExchange has already paid out almost $16 million covering over 200 million digital plays for approximately 6,000 members since its establishment in 2000. Based in Washington, D.C., SoundExchange is a nonprofit organization governed by a board of artist and label representatives.

Among the 38,000 artists who have not yet claimed their funds are such diverse acts as The Shangri-Las (1960's girl group who sang the hit "Leader of the Pack"), Black Sheep (1990's rap duo best know for "The Choice is Yours") and The Count Five (garage rock band who influenced many with "Psychotic Reaction").


Psychedelic Pop Phenomenon Releases New CD

Ella Blame, a Psychedelic Pop, Psychedelic Dance and Ethereal/Ambient duo has released its debut CD "Ella Blame - Ineffable Desire" on September 22. Described as 'the best of Bjork and Kate Bush mixed with Cleo Laine', singer Ella Blame has a continuous vocal range of four (!) octaves as well as an advanced and complex singing style. "Ella Blame is a strangely hypnotic listen. Vocals are soothing, and the composition is enticing. A kind of Fiona Apple type sound, but better, check it out!", writes.

Ella Blame comes from a family of musicians - classic and jazz. Each and every day during her childhood and youth, Ella heard music almost around the clock: symphonic, operatic, chamber and twelve-tone music, jazz of all styles, R&B, soul, funk, rock and pop. With a sonic childhood as eclectic as that, Ella has found several talented composers and musicians with whom she has produced around 60 songs of genres Progressive Dance, Psychedelic Dance, Ethereal/Ambient and Extraterrestrial. In late 2002, Ella has formed the "Ella Blame" duo with highly gifted composer and multi-instrumentalist, Michael D. Temple from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area.

With her vocal cords, Ella can produce sounds that most music experts consider having been generated by a synthesizer or by post-processing equipment. However, Ella can produce these "strange" sounds without using a microphone. "Ella Blame is ahead of her time. She's also ahead in the production dept. ... Blame's vocals are what you notice most. She's a mezzo-soprano who leaps the bounds of baritone, tenor, alto and soprano," MusicDish. com writes.


House Approves Copyright Legislation

The House today by voice vote approved legislation bolstering intellectual property protection. H.R. 3632, renamed the "Intellectual Property Protection and Courts Improvements Act of 2004," incorporates the originally introduced H.R. 3632, H.R. 3754, H.R. 112, and H.R. 4646.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.), stated, "Efforts to ensure that consumers are able to know whether they are buying legitimate software, music, movies, and other forms of intellectual property are being subverted by those who counterfeit authentication labels and steal legitimate ones. These counterfeited and illicit labels are then attached to counterfeit products defrauding consumers into thinking that they have purchased a legitimate copy of the product, when they have not. The middleman who traffics in illicit and counterfeit labels can walk away from his crime with no penalties. H.R. 3632 would close this loophole and ensure that everyone who undertakes a scheme to defraud consumers faces criminal penalties."

"In addition, this legislation provides for additional penalties for those who use false domain name contact information to commit crimes. As Internet-based crimes continue to increase in number, updated laws are needed to stop this growth," continued Chairman Sensenbrenner.


George Thorogood And The Destroyers - 30th Anniversary Tour - Live In Europe

Eagle Rock Entertainment is pleased to celebrate 30 years of high octane, hard rocking blues with the release of George Thorogood And The Destroyers- 30th Anniversary Tour; Live In Europe on DVD October 19, 2004. The performance will also be available separately in the CD format on the same date.

Recorded during the British leg of their European Tour in 2003, 30th Anniversary Tour; Live In Europe shows blues-rock guitarist Thorogood showcasing tracks from his recent 'Ride 'Till I Die' (Eagle Records 2003) album together with favorites such as 'One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,' 'I Drink Alone,' 'Bad To The Bone,' 'Who Do You Love' and many more. Concert footage is interspersed with behind the scenes footage and interviews and bonus features include the promo film American Made as well as acoustic versions of 'Ride 'Till I Die' and 'Merry Christmas Baby.'

Drawing inspiration from the likes of Elmore James, Hound Dog Taylor and Chuck Berry, George Thorogood never earned much respect from blues purists, but his popularity couldn't be denied in the early 80's. Thorogood's simple and direct approach to the blues allowed him to open for his idols like Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters early in his career. Taking riffs straight from 50's Chicago blues and adding volume and intensity, George's approach eventually led to larger audiences and repeated Gold records.


Warner/Chappell Music Names John Reston VP, Global Administration

Warner/Chappell Music, Warner Music Group's award winning music publishing company, today announced the appointment of John Reston as Vice President, Global Administration. Reston, who will be based in London and will report to Nick Thomas, Senior Vice President & CFO, had previously worked for Universal Music Publishing and its predecessor company, MCA Music Publishing in a variety of senior administrative roles in Latin America, Asia Pacific and Europe.

Commenting on the appointment, Thomas said, "We have recently finished upgrades in technology as well as the deployment of our industry-leading rights management software and are now structured better than ever to protect and exploit our copyrights on a worldwide basis. John has invaluable global experience and will, I believe, maximize the benefits of these state-of-the-art tools as well as aggressively manage our continuing mission to be the best global administrators of music publishing rights."


Susan Barth Performance At The Gig - Takes Us On A Tour Of "Wonderland"

Singer/Songwriter Susan Barth kicks off the evening of Saturday, November 6th, with a set at The Gig, 8 PM. Featuring songs from her recently released CD "Wonderland", Susan will be backed by her regular players including Jinsoo Lim (lead guitar); Bill Cody (bass); Dan Carlson (guitar); Matt Starr (drums); Emma Barton (harmonies).... and she happily welcomes Guest Artists, Barrie Berg (percussion), Adrienne Woods (cello), Beth Thornley (accordian) and Terry Spears (keyboards).

Susan will take the chill off the night with her colorful voice and cleverly crafted songs; songs comprised of an intelligent blend of modern sounds and sixties sensibilities. Her material has appeared on the WB's SMALLVILLE and TARZAN; she's had spins on KLOS, NPR's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED as well as on College Radio;and she has won 4 ASCAP Songwriting Merit Awards. She was recently named "Artist of the Week" and "Best of the Batch on" and was the "Track of the Day" on

The Gig is located at 7302 Melrose Avenue; 323 936-4440. 


Larry Mattera Promoted To Snr. VP, New Media, Island Def Jam Music Group

Larry Mattera has been promoted to Senior Vice President, New Media, Island Def Jam Music Group, it was announced today by Steve Bartels, president, Island Records.

In his new post, Mr. Mattera will be responsible for all aspects of IDJ's new media strategy including: content development, online marketing, digital commerce, wireless initiatives, and the use of new technologies to maximize sales and break new artists. Mr. Mattera, who is based in New York, will report directly to Mr. Bartels.

Mr. Mattera has served as Vice President, New Media, Island Def Jam Music Group, since January 1999, when he created and established the department. Since then, he has been involved in every facet of its business, including development of online marketing strategies, consumer database and reporting systems, direct to consumer marketing campaigns, and management of artist and label web sites. Under his direction, the department also pioneered pre-release strategies for digital commercial singles, developed an online demo submission site for unsigned artists, and negotiated various cost-saving and incremental income agreements.


U.S. Announces Major New Initiative To Fight Global Trade In Fakes

U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick joined colleagues from the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and Homeland Security today to announce a major new government-wide initiative, the Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP!), to fight billions dollars in global trade in pirated and counterfeit goods that cheat American innovators and manufacturers, hurt the U.S. economy and endanger consumers worldwide.

"Trade in fake goods is growing, cheating American innovators and producers out of billions of dollars and threatening consumers all over the world with low quality and often unsafe products. This problem crosses many different jurisdictions, laws and countries, and the STOP initiative provides a coordinated and effective answer," said Zoellick. "The message to the IPR pirates and counterfeiters is simple - we will do everything we can to make their life miserable. We will stop their products at our border; we will name and shame your company; we will ratchet up the penalties; and we will coordinate with our trading partners to prevent third-country trafficking."

From familiar products such as CDs and DVDs to clothing, brake pads and even automobiles, trade in fakes has been growing not only with the United States but also between other countries, thereby escaping the reach of U.S. law enforcement efforts. STOP! is broad in scope and brings a new approach, new tools and new pressure to bear through a coordinated effort from the federal government, the private sector and America's international trading partners. The STOP! initiative is the culmination of efforts over the last year to build on the Administration's successful efforts to combat piracy and counterfeiting around the world.


IFPI Releases World Recorded Music Sales Figures For First Half Of 2004

Global sales of recorded music - audio and music video - grew by 1.7% in units and fell 1.3% in value in the first half of 2004, compared to the same period in 2003.

Audio sales fell by 2.7% in value, while the music video sector grew by 20.2% driven by DVD music video, which increased by 26.6%.

Interim sales of all audio and music video formats totalled $US13.9 billion, compared to $US14.1 billion in 2003.

The figures reflect a slowing of the rate of decline in music sales of the past four years. This is the best first-half year result achieved since 2000.

Sales in regional and individual territories varied widely, with the effects of unauthorised file-sharing on the internet and commercial piracy, among other factors, still affecting many of the world's markets.

The US music market is leading the recovery, while markets such as Canada, Germany and Japan are showing a substantial reduction in their rate of decline. But other markets including Spain, Italy and the Netherlands are still weak, and more recent reversals have hit sales in France and Australia.

Two bright spots are DVD music video, which continues to show strong growth and has helped offset the decline in audio formats. Meanwhile, the growth of legitimate digital music downloads which suggests a strong future for the online music market. These are not currently included in official industry figures.


Michigan Attorney General Begins CD Distribution

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox announced today the distribution of more than 180,000 music CDs to statewide public schools, libraries, domestic violence shelters, and a local early childhood development charity, Partnership for Learning. The CDs were awarded to Michigan as part of a national antitrust settlement involving several music distributors and retailers. The CDs are valued at more than $2 million. Michigan was one of 45 states that were awarded CDs to distribute to state residents via governmental and charitable organizations.

"I am glad that my office can bring the gift of music directly to so many consumers across this state," Cox said. "All segments of Michigan's population, from infants to the elderly, will benefit from this distribution."

In 2003, Cox and 45 other state Attorneys General settled a national antitrust lawsuit brought against several music distributors and retailers for conspiring to fix CD prices. The $143 million settlement included refunds for consumers as well as actual CDs for states to give to those affected by the alleged price fixing. Cox requested that Michigan's portion of the settlement be distributed to non-profit groups, public schools, libraries, and the US military. The US military received their 11,000 music CDs earlier this summer. This distribution will be of 181,009 CDs to a total of 87 recipient groups. The value of the distribution is $2,455,778.16.


Ward Leaves VEG Post, Remains As NARM Chair

2004-2005 NARM Board Chairman Glen Ward left his position as President and CEO of Virgin Entertainment Group, effective Friday, September 17.

"During a conference call today, the NARM Board affirmed its strong support for Ward to remain as the Association's Chairman," said Acting President Jim Donio. "Glen has already contributed so much to the organization, and we are looking forward to continuing our work with him and focusing on the goals we've established."

"Obviously I am disappointed to be leaving such a great company as Virgin and the incredible team that I have been so privileged to work with," Ward stated. "That said, I leave with the comforting thought that during my six years in North America‹the last four as President and CEO of the company‹we implemented some revolutionary initiatives. These have benefited not only the company but also the retail and entertainment community as a whole. It is my intention to seek out a new challenge in this industry that I am so passionate about, and in the meantime to focus my attention on continuing to fulfill my duties as this year's Chairman of NARM."


TMBG LLaunch First Artist Operated Download Site

In a move currently uncharted in the electronic downloading game, Brooklyn alt. rock legends They Might Be Giants have created their own artist owned and operated downloading site. offers 99 cent downloads, and exclusive bundles of TMBG albums prorated for $10, along with exclusive songs only available online. TMBG enjoy a unique spot as one of the most downloaded bands online, often popping into top ten download lists on Soundscan thanks to heavy traffic through iTunes and other corporate download sites.

In another move breaking away from industry practice, TMBG's MP3s are free of encoding gimmicks and electronic watermarks. They can be transferred from computer to computer effortlessly. The MP3s on the TMBG download site are mastered in extraordinary fidelity (far superior to even last year's technology).


Ohio Musician Returns To Florida And Teams With The Red Cross To Offer Relief With Funds From New Live CD

A veteran solo acoustic entertainer from northern Ohio is returning to Florida for his second winter season this October, bringing relief from the recent hurricane disasters there by contributing music to generate funds for hurricane disaster relief. Paul Rader, who performs at Bear Bottom Beach Club in Key West every year, is donating five hundred ($500) dollars cash and fifty percent (50%) of the profits of his latest CD, Land of the Cover Band Live - Vol. I, to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. For the remainder of 2004 Rader will make weekly contributions to the fund that a RedCross source says is already "strapped for cash."

The Red Cross estimates damages in excess of $63 million dollars but that does not include potential costs of Hurricane Ivan making landfall. So far, they have only been able to raise $35 million dollars to help families effected by the storms. When you look at the staggering numbers, it would take to return everybody's life back to normal, it seems completely overwhelming. "What I'm offering seems insignificant by comparison but I'm hoping that it will inspire other independent performers to do the same," says Rader.


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