Adam Barnard

The Three Disputed Sources of the Electric Guitar

We know who can play it, but who was the first person to add electricity to the garden-variety guitar?   Hendrix, Clapton, and Page. No, it’s not a law firm, but some of the usual lineup when the words “electric guitar” pop up in conversation. World famous exponents of the instrument, no doubt, but who actually invented this thing, this iconic ... Read the full article
Adam Barnard

Adam Barnard has been a drummer/percussionist working with many bands around the Sydney scene for the last thirty-four years playing jazz, blues, rock’n’roll, country, and whatever else appeals to his imagination. He also repairs and restores drums, and he writes, sketches, and makes films. He makes a pretty passable lasagna too.

Tomayto/Tomahto: The Artistic Synergy of the Gershwins

Never has the term “include your brother” been used to greater effect than the Gershwins. George and Ira were titans together, minnows alone. Sadly, it was not to last.

The Big Smoke’s Ultimate Feels Playlist: Heartbreak, Heartache, Breakups, and Sass

Have a broken heart? Been betrayed? The Big Smoke counts down the 21 best songs to help heal a broken heart whatever stage you are at. (No Taylor Swift or Adele here.)