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Wednesday, September 19 2018 12:44

Hear STRIKING MATCHES' Guitar-Only Cover of KANYE WEST's "Gold Digger"

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You love the old Kanye? Yeah, a lot of us do, but today a question was posited that I never thought to ask, and it was the work of Mr. West that gave us the answer. Can you "rap" with a guitar? Not just rap-rock, but actually vocalize the raps using only strings? The answer is yes, and Striking Matches just did it. This week, the duo of Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis released an all-guitar version of Kanye's 2005 hit, "Gold Digger". Watch the video (directed by Josh Kranich) below!

Who are Striking Matches?

"We met in guitar class" is not a thing many people can say... but Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis performed together for the first time on the very same day they met... in guitar class.

Fast forward, following the international success of the Striking Matches' album Nothing But The Silence, produced by T-Bone Burnett, and 9 songs on TV's "Nashville", Davis and Zimmermann have teamed up with Kennedy Karate (BØRNS, Silver Sun Pickups) for a new LP yet to be released. The forthcoming album is what the band calls "blues-pop"-- an amalgamation of their blues and roots based guitar riffs, combined with pop melodies. Check out the check out the EPs Shameless and Retrograde and stay tuned for new music being released this Fall. 

Striking Matches just wrapped a UK Tour with TV's "Nashville" star Clare Bowen and are starting the second leg of their headlining US Tour tonight at the Satellite in Los Angeles. Check out remaining tour dates below.

Striking Matches Tour dates:

  • 9/20/18 - San Diego, CA - Voodoo Room at House of Blues
  • 9/22/18 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
  • 9/29/18 - Chattanooga, TN - Songbirds North 
  • 10/04/18 - Decatur, GA - Eddie's Attic
  • 10/05/18 - Nashville, TN - The High Watt
  • 10/11/18 - Chicago, IL - Martyrs'
  • 10/12/18 - St. Paul, MN - Amsterdam Bar & Hall
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James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade as Publisher of The Rock Father Magazine, he joined Adventure Publishing Group as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider—a destination for all things pop culture. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 25 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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