Friday, January 15, 2016

NAMM preview: Michael Ubaldini, Graham Nash, Taylor Guitars performances, Dr. John, the Young Dubliners, more!

Posted by Robert Kinsler

This post will be of specific interest to musicians, music industry insiders and others who have badges and are confirmed to be attending the upcoming NAMM Show in Anaheim, Jan. 21-24, 2016. If you don't have credentials, you will not be able to get inside the NAMM Show.

Michael Ubaldini will perform a free performance
at the NAMM Show on Saturday, Jan. 23.
Before I get into some of the more high-profile events unfolding at the NAMM Show, I didn't want to forget to highlight a special acoustic appearance by Orange County-based singer-songwriter-guitarist Michael Ubaldini. The acclaimed alternative-Americana hero will be performing a special free concert on the Sheraton Acoustic Stage inside the Sheraton from 11 - 11:45 p.m. on Saturday night, Jan. 23. Recovering from a serious illness, this anticipated live set will mark Ubaldini's first performance since September 2015. You can see my review of his most recent album Songster here. I am looking forward to seeing him back in action at NAMM next week!

Here are some highlights of other artists set to arrive inside and around the Anaheim Convention Center during the world's largest music industry trade show:

Graham Nash (seen here performing in November
2013) will perform at the NAMM Show
on Thursday evening, Jan. 21, 2016.
Photo credit: Kelly A. Swift
Each night from 6-7:30 p.m. on the NAMM Nissan Grand Plaza Stage,check out iconic artists noted for shaping their musical eras and genres. Immediately following the Industry Tribute on opening night, legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash will take the stage for an Evening with Graham Nash. Friday night The NAMM Foundation and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus present The Imagine Party featuring Dr. John & the Nite Trippers. Celebrate music education with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and six-time GRAMMYTM winner Dr. John, for a live performance  co-hosted by OWC, Neutrik USA, Genelec, Securematics and Juniper Networks.
On Saturday night (Jan. 23), the Grand Plaza Stage will host a "Legends" concert from 6-7:30 p.m. feature Bill Champlin (Chicago), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Dennis Tufano (The Buckinghams), Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), Jimy Sohns (Shadows of the Knight), Spencer Davis (Spencer Davis Group) and other guest artists joining forces to perform.

Taylor Guitars is pleased to announce its artist lineup for the 2016 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. This year brings bluegrass and fingerstyle sensations, international singer-songwriters, and accomplished country music artists to the company's showcase.
Kicking off the show on Thursday, January 21, is instrumentalist, Matteo Palmer. Palmer's passion for guitar began after seeing fingerstyle virtuoso Alex De Grassi perform live, and he soon reached out to Grammy-winning guitarist and producer Will Ackerman to pursue his music further. At age 17, Palmer recorded his debut album Out of Nothing at Ackerman's Imaginary Road Studios, and he's currently at work on his follow-up with Ackerman again at the production helm. Palmer will be followed by Grace and Chelsea Constable.The sisters started playing guitar when they were 9 and 10, respectively, and quickly grew into a powerfully dynamic sibling duo. Grace, now 13, has just completed writing, arranging and producing her debut CD, while Chelsea has been featured in many major guitar publications, and at 13 closed the show at Muriel Anderson's All-Star Guitar Night and Steve Morse. Chelsea is also finishing her debut EP and plans to release it later this year.  

Closing out Thursday night will be Grammy-nominated guitar player, singer and songwriter Trey Hensley. Hensley has made a name for himself in bluegrass and country circles, performing at the Grand Ole Opry at age 11, and sharing the stage with the likes of Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Charlie Daniels, Steve Wariner, The Oak Ridge Boys, and many others. In the summer of 2013, Hensley relocated to Nashville and started playing regularly with the International Bluegrass Music Association's 15-time Dobro Player of the Year, Rob Ickes. The duo is currently nominated for a Grammy in the category of "Bluegrass Album of the Year" for their 2015 release Before the Sun Goes Down.
Gabriella Quevedo will perform at the
Taylor Room on Friday, Jan. 22.
On Friday, Swedish fingerstyle guitarist Gabriella Quevedo will take the stage. The daughter of an Argentinean guitarist, Quevedo began her career after being inspired by the fingerstyle players she saw on YouTube. Eventually she started uploading her own videos, which have garnered nearly 40 million views. She was also featured on Guitar World's website for her arrangement of the Eagles' "Hotel California," during which she played the vocal melody, guitar, bass line, and some percussion. Quevedo will be followed by singer-songwriter sensation James TW. The British-born 18-year-old also gained notoriety through YouTube on the strength of his unique sound and deft guitar playing. He was recently signed to Island Records and counts pop sensation Shawn Mendes as a fan of his playing.
Saturday evening will welcome three members of the Zac Brown Band; John Driskell Hopkins, Clay Cook, and Daniel de los Reyes. Hopkins is a founding member of the Zac Brown Band and co-writer of such hits as "Toes," "Goodbye in Her Eyes," and the band's first mainstream rock hit, "Heavy Is The Head," which featured former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. Cook boasts an equally impressive musical background. As a student at the Berklee College of Music, Cook co-founded the Lo Fi Masters with Berklee classmate and future star John Mayer. Cook has also played with the likes of Sugarland and the Marshall Tucker Band. He joined Zac Brown in 2011, while continuing to periodically release new material under his own name. Daniel de los Reyes joined the group in 2012. Prior to, he toured with acts among the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Sheryl Crow, Gloria Estefan, Peter Frampton, the Killers and Sting.
John and Jacob will perform at the Taylor Room
on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 23.
Following the country jammers will be John and Jacob, a pop/rock band comprised of John Davidson, Jacob Bryant, Trevor Davis, Jake Thrasher and Austin Taylor Smith. In 2015, they toured with country artist Kacey Musgraves and hit the festival circuit, performing at SXSW, Shaky Boots, Stagecoach, and the CMA Music Festival. Evidence of John and Jacob's success appears across the music scene: They co-wrote the hit single, "Done." with The Band Perry, which has sold over 1 million copies; their songs "Be My Girl" and "Breaking the Law" were featured on the hit TV show Nashville; and their self-titled debut album premiered on the Top 10 Billboard Heatseeker Charts.
Fans attending the NAMM Show are welcome to view the performances live by visiting the Taylor Room located at 213 ABC.

Taylor Guitars NAMM Performance Schedule*
Thursday, January 21
3:00 - 4:30 Matteo Palmer (
3:45 - 4:15 Chelsea and Grace Constable (
4:30 - 5:00 Trey Hensley (
Friday, January 22
4:00 - 4:45 Gabriella Quevedo (
5:00 - 5:45 James TW (
Saturday, January 23
4:00 - 4:45 John Hopkins, Clay Cook and Daniel de los Reyes (
5:00 - 5:45 John and Jacob (
*Acts are subject to change

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About Taylor Guitars
Founded in 1974, Taylor Guitars is one of the world's leading manufacturers of premium acoustic and electric guitars. Renowned for blending an innovative use of modern technology with a master craftsman's attention to detail, Taylor guitars are widely considered the best sounding and easiest to play in the world. Many of today's leading musicians make Taylor their guitar of choice, including Jason Mraz, Steven Curtis Chapman, Zac Brown and Taylor Swift, among many others. For additional information, please visit us at

The Young Dubliners will perform at NAMM.
Photo credit: David Safian
Among the other artists now confirmed to be performing as part of the NAMM Show are Irish music rockers The Young Dubliners (performing at 11:59 p.m.on Thursday night on the Anaheim Marriott Stage), genre-defying multi-instrumentalist Trevor Green (on the Grand Plaza Stage at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22), and acclaimed singer-songwriter James Grey (performing solo on the Anaheim Hilton Stage from 2 - 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23).

And it is always great to catch legendary fingerstyle guitarist Laurence Juber (a one-time member of Paul McCartney's Wings) performing in the intimate setting of NAMM. He is scheduled to perform a trio of sets at the show on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 21. Click here to see where you can catch him at NAMM.

Click here for an impressive schedule of all the forthcoming special events and performances coming to NAMM next week!

About NAMM
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $16.6 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,300 member companies located in 102 countries and territories. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

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