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Sturgill Simpson returns with a new tour and album under his new alias, Johnny Blue Skies.

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Rig Rundown: Brent Mason [2021]

He's played on more than a thousand albums. Now, here's a close-up look at this Nashville session legend's live rig.

It's impossible to overstate Brent Mason's impact on country and, arguably, even rock guitar. Over the course of his more-than-35-year career, Mason has perfected a tone that's inspired an untold number of players, and there's even a Tele mod that bears his name. He's also a highly respected and successful producer and solo artist, a member of the Musicians Hall of Fame, has won the Academy of Country Music's Guitarist of the Year award 12 times, and there's a Grammy on his mantle.

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John Bohlinger with his club rig in downtown Nashville on a Monday afternoon.

I've been gigging in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, for over two decades. Here's an inside look at Music City's club scene.

Within Nashville's club scene, there are roughly 100 stages crammed into 40-plus clubs stacked side by side along and around lower Broadway. Every day, these bars run four consecutive, four-hour sets of live music starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 2:30 a.m. One band stumbles off and the next group is up and playing in as little as 15 minutes. The music and chaos never stops.

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