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The National Association of Music Merchants is best-known for their annual January trade show, one that most people simply refer to as "NAMM." Over the years, the annual gathering of musical instrument and gearmakers to meet with retailers has become a music industry reunion of sorts. The show has expanded into a place where your favorite artists will likely be signing, legendary after parties and concerts will rock the Anaheim area, all while promoting the latest in gear for the year to come. For 2017, perhaps the best video I've seen to come out of the NAMM show comes from one of my favorite cover artists on YouTube - Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios. He's a fellow "Rock Father" (check out his version of "Let it Go" from FROZEN, or Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off"), and for NAMM 2017 he made the trek to California from his home in Norway for a collaboration with some of the best guitarists on YouTube. Check out their version of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Californication."

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You've probably seen it - maybe even several times (as I have). Back on August 24th, Hammered Dulcimer National Champion Ted Yoder went into his backyard orchard in Goshen, Indiana to hammer out (feeling punny today) a cover of Tears For Fears'  "Everybody Wants To Rule The World." Broadcast on Facebook Live for his Songs From The Orchard web series, the song went viral - garnering over 80 million plays, almost double the count for the original Tears For Fears video. Now comes word that Ted is prepping for his next album, Songs From the Orchard: Volume 1.

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I've seen Detroit's Wilson live a few times over the past couple of years (even took some photos once), and all I keep thinking is that we need to figure out a way to get them partnered up with my boys from Product of Hate for a tour. Different styles of rock and roll mayhem for sure, but I think there's some similar interests there that would make for some serious shenanigans. That said, today we've got audio streams for a pair of covers that Wilson has released - their take on Rage Against the Machine's "Sleep Now in the Fire," and the Nazareth classic, "Hair of the Dog." Check 'em out below, and if you dig 'em, buy 'em! Available on iTunes and the like...

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On November 29, Korean Fire Drill will release their second full-length LP, More Bad Ass Than Half Ass, a follow-up to 2014's Half Ass is Bad Ass. With the new album boasting eight original songs, four covers, twelve skits and one secret track, the comedy metallers are serving-up a taste with their full video for "California Love" - a reimagining of the 1995 single by 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman. Check it out...

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Finnish country rockers STEVE 'N' SEAGULLS has been serving-up some pretty fantastic covers over the past few years, and today comes a new video for their take on Guns N' Roses' classic epic, "November Rain." The track comes from their latest album, Brothers In Farms - available now. It's a seasonally-appropriate song, right?

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"The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby and the Range was a staple of my youth - a song that lit up the pop charts back in '86 (I was just 10 at the time) and became part of regular rotation on MTV and the like. Over the decades, it's taken on new life, Tupac's "Changes" being a prime example, and now, on its 30th anniversary, the song is reborn once more - still exceptionally timely, but this time performed by UK songstress Molly Warburton and her band. Check it out below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine...

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