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posted April 17, 2014 in Featured News

ST. LOUIS, MO: Dixon Drums and Hardware is proud to announce the addition of Los Angeles based, GRAMMY Award-winning recording and touring drummer Gregg Bissonette to its Artist Program. Bissonette’s choice of Dixon comes from their synergetic vision to advance the art of drumming through quality craftsmanship, innovation and education. He will be involved with Dixon on a broad spectrum of levels, serving as artist, clinician, ambassador, and product consultant beginning with the development of an Artisan Series Gregg Bissonette Signature drum set this fall.


Known as one of the world’s most versatile drummers, Gregg Bissonette comes from a musical family and holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from North Texas State University. Upon moving to Los Angeles after college, he quickly landed top gigs ranging from Maynard Ferguson to David Lee Roth, ELO, Toto, James Taylor and Santana to name a few.

This June, Bissonette returns as a member of Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band, a dream-come-true gig he has been honored to be a part of since 2008. Gregg was a member of Ringo and the Roundheads from 2003 to 2005. When he’s not touring with Ringo, Gregg is an in-demand recording session drummer, playing on albums, motion picture soundtracks and TV shows. He is also very involved in educating and inspiring drummers across the globe through his Gregg Bissonette Drum School at, his clinic tours and the annual Gregg Bissonette Grove Camp.

Gregg Bissonette’s background ranges from big band, blues and rock, to Latin, fusion and much more. He has played with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Ringo Starr, Santana, James Taylor, David Lee Roth, Toto, Linda Ronstadt, Andrea Bocelli, Brian Wilson, Smash Mouth, the Doobie Brothers, Ozzy Osbourne, the Brian Setzer Band, Enrique Iglesias and Britain’s loudest band, Spinal Tap. He has played on scores for TV (NBC’s hit show Friends) and film including Best in Show, The Devil Wears Prada, American Pie, The Bucket List, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Enchanted, Waiting for Guffman, The Mighty Wind and the Academy Award-Winning song Man or Muppet from the film The Muppets. Gregg recently released his third solo album, Warning Will Robinson, which features brother Matt Bissonette on bass and backing vocals and includes a CD with play-along tracks minus drums.RS1_0085.retouch

“Gregg Bissonette fits Dixon’s vision and values like a glove,” said Jim Uding, Dixon Brand Manager. “Gregg represents what drumming is all about and has something to offer anyone who picks up a pair of drumsticks. Gregg Bissonette is not only great for Dixon, he’s good for drumming in general.”

“I’ve always had a great passion for drum gear and a fascination with the history of drums and drumming,” says Bissonette. “I’m always eager to learn more about musical drumming and drum set vocabulary. I love the way drumming history and new vocabulary affects me as a player. With Dixon, I can contribute my experience as a whole to the growth and development of a brand committed to quality, sound and the art of drumming.”

Dixon is the drum and hardware brand of Reliance International, Taipei, Taiwan; exclusively distributed in the United States by St. Louis Music, St. Louis, MO.


Master Luthier, Kazuo Yairi Dies Aged 81

posted March 10, 2014 in Featured News

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – It is with great sadness that St. Louis Music announces the death of Master Luthier and dear friend, Kazuo Yairi.  Mr. Yairi passed away in his hometown of Kani, Japan on Wednesday March 5th, 2014.

As owner and president of the Yairi Guitar Company, Mr. Yairi helped change the landscape of acoustic guitar manufacturing and distribution.  His company was one of the first to export professional acoustic guitars to the United States, and became the main … read more

Alvarez ABT60 Goes Viral with Back to the Future Cover

posted January 18, 2014 in Featured News

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – In the summer of 2013, Alvarez Guitars revamped their Youtube channel, creating “product featurettes” that included professional videography and performances on top of spoken guitar specs.  But a second phase of the Youtube strategy involved Alvarez Endorsees, and including Alvarez copy in their covers of popular tunes.

“We wanted to make a change from traditional product reviews and demos by introducing performance elements as well as glamour shots,” says Gregory Johnson, Alvarez Endorsee and Content Curator.  … read more

P. Mauriat Presents: An Interview with Greg Osby

posted December 6, 2013 in Featured News

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – Coinciding with P. Mauriat’s launch of the Greg Osby Signature Series Saxophone, Adam MacBlane of St Louis Music sat down with the jazz great for a candid interview about his evolution as an artist.

“Any chance I have to spend with the man himself, Greg Osby, is an absolute privilege and honor, “ says Adam.    “My time with him in San Francisco for the interview and his show with Bill Frisell and Geri Allen was no exception.

The interview … read more

Sigma Guitars, Exclusive to iMSO Members

posted February 7, 2013 in Featured News,news

St. Louis Music announces that they are managing and distributing the Sigma Guitar line. These mid-level guitars will be offered exclusively to members of the Independent Music Store Owner’s (iMSO) group.

“St. Louis Music has always enjoyed a great relationship with independent music store owners and our friendship with the people of iMSO has continued to grow,” says CEO Mark Ragin. Ragin began his career behind the counter of an independent music instrument store, and he’s been dedicated to independent … read more

Terell Stafford Chooses P. Mauriat

posted October 9, 2012 in Featured News

Inspiring, amazing, renowned jazz trumpeter, composer, educator, and bandleader Terell Stafford has chosen the P. Mauriat PMT-700 unlacquered trumpet as his horn of choice. Terell joins artists Ralph Alessi and John McNeil as an early advocate of the new trumpet line. “The horn is warm and extremely centered with brilliance when needed,” he says. “It’s even in all registers making any musical situation a complete joy.”

Hailed as “one of the great players of our time” by pianist McCoy Tyner, … read more

Paul Zahn Joins Our Sales Team!

posted September 11, 2012 in Featured News

St. Louis Music announces that Paul Zahn has joined its inside sales team. “We’re excited to have Paul on the sales force,” says CEO Mark Ragin. “He’s got a lot of industry in experience, including having worked for some great local retailers here in St. Louis. He’s a great asset.”

Paul started his career in 1996 working for Fazio’s Frets & Friends where he oversaw rentals and collections, purchased print, and sold and serviced instruments. In 2000 he went to … read more

White Rabbits Choose Dixon

posted July 9, 2012 in Featured News,news

White Rabbits, the Brooklyn-based rock band featured everywhere lately including on Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O’Brian, has not one but two drummers, and both choose Dixon Drums.

“We like how they feel, how they respond, and how they fit with the energy of the band,” says Jamie Levinson, currently on a world-wide tour supporting their new hit album, Milk Famous

. “Dixon drums are great.”

Jamie Levinson is playing a Dixon Artisan TMS kit and Matthew Clark stands while accompanying … read more

Introducing Hamilton SuperPro Combo Stands

posted June 20, 2012 in Featured News,news

Hamilton Stands will debut their all-new combo line at the Summer NAMM show in Nashville by showing off newly designed guitar, mic, speaker, and keyboard stands at the St. Louis Music booth (#536). SLM is distributing these and other combo stands from Hamilton.

“We’re really excited to introduce StagePro to the market,” says Bill Carpenter, President of Hamilton Stands. “One of the new products will be our patent-pending KB5000G guitar stand which we think will be a new top seller.”… read more

Ralph Alessi Plays P. Mauriat

posted March 15, 2012 in Featured News,news

Renowned trumpeter and educator Ralph Alessi has joined the growing list of progressive artists endorsing P. Mauriat professional instruments. Alessi, who Jazz Times magazine declares as having “drop-dead trumpet chops” and calls his music “as clean and airy and sophisticated and disciplined as post-modern progressive jazz gets,” is playing the PMT-655CL.

“I love the core sound of this instrument which is consistent throughout the different ranges,” Alessi says. “In addition, the slotting is outstanding.” Alessi will be appearing in a … read more

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