Monthly Archives: June 2016

Kenny Davin Fine and the Tennessee Texans to release Brand New Road

KDF BNR cover final

Thanks to the wonderful Rosie Chavez for submitting this article

Kenny Davin Fine is on a mission to enlighten and be a driving force for goodness in this world. He’s blending musical genres with his bluesy, southern rock inspired new album “Brand New Road” out on July 29. We’re not sure where he found the time to write and record a new album because he’s also a practicing medical doctor who also gives seminars to educate people on how to live healthier and he owns an organic blueberry farm in Texas.

On the new album Kenny Davin Fine & The Tennessee Texans team up with veteran producer Michael Lloyd who has worked with The Monkees, Barry Manilow, The Supremes and the soundtrack to the hit movie Dirty Dancing to name a few.

Brand New Road” keeps things upbeat and positive with the “The Ballad of The Tennessee Texan,” a guitar-driven, rock n’ roll story of a musicians love affair with the road. Songs such as “If I Ever Loved You (I’ll Always Love You)” will tear and your heartstrings but in a long live romance kind of way, whereas “I Wanna Fly With You” gives you a gritty roadhouse vibe, and “Brand New Road” is straight up country and inspires one to live their truth because there is always a brand new road to travel.

Lyrically Fine tell stories in his songs that most can relate to but for us “Gotta Be Good” is the most honest and simple lesson this world needs to be reminded of as it’s told from the perspective of a wise father to his child.

Brand New Road’s 12 songs travel from blues, to rock-a-billy, to southern rock, to old school country and offer a little something for everyone.

Carl Jah talks about the Mojo Hand FX Extra Special

Thanks to the very talented Carl Jah for showing us a few sounds with the Mojo Hand FX Extra Special pedal. Featuring a Vox Amplification AV30 amplifier. Audio recorded with one Lewitt Audio MTP 440 DM Microphone with a Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter on Carl’s vocals and another MTP 440 DM on the amp.

RUST Magazine uses Lewitt Audio microphones.

Carl Jah X Vox AV 30 British Blues Mashup Challenge

Thanks to the very talented (and patient and understanding) Carl Jah for showing us a few sounds with the Vox Amplification AV30 amplifier. Audio recorded with one Lewitt Audio MTP 440 DM Microphone with a Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter on Carl’s vocals and another MTP 440 DM going into a Zoom H4n for the audio.

RUST Magazine uses Lewitt Audio microphones.

Local Honey performs Curve

Thanks to Ken and Rhonda from Local Honey for braving a sudden thunderstorm and performing for us in Gainesville, Georgia on June 6, 2016 at the 100 year old Georgia Chair Company. Audio recorded with two Lewitt Audio MTP 440 DM Microphones with a Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter 2 into a Zoom H4n for the audio.

RUST Magazine uses Lewitt Audio microphones.

Carl Jah talks about the Mojo Hand FX Dewdrop

Thanks to Carl Jah for showing us a few sounds on the Mojo Hand FX Dewdrop Pedal from his home base at Tagder Studios outside of Atlanta recently. The Dewdrop sounded great and it was a lot of fun finding unique sounds on it. Thanks also to Orange Amplification and the Atlanta Backline Company for providing the amp. The audio was recorded with a Lewitt MTP 440 DM mic on the amp and an LCT 550 mic on the room.

New Meghann Wright music video RIVER

Hey RUST fans we have a very cool new video to show you from an artist we got nothin’ but love for. We met Meghann Wright last year when she was on the Van’s Warped Tour and she’s just wrapping up her Nothin’ Left To Lose Tour which covered the Northeast, Midwest, Southwest and Southeast. This artist has talent, soul and smarts and she’s someone to know about if you thirst for music with emotion and depth. Meghann Wright is the real deal. She’s a powerhouse vocalist and creative force to be reckoned with. There’s a classic element to her presence – in person and in her music – that captivates you and there’s no denying that she has what it takes to own the stage. Check her out!


Vox AV30 Review by Brian Cameron

RUST Magazine wants to thank our Senior Product Writer Brian Cameron for taking the time to get to know the new Vox AV30. He put it through the paces and here’s what he has to say about it:

With 8 unique analog preamps, a pair of 12AX7 tubes, and a ton of useful features, the Vox AV30 has everything you need for an at home practice or a gig. It’s got two foot switchable channels with independent EQ, built in chorus, delay, and reverb, and a master Power Level knob to give you consistent tone at any volume. What more could a guitarist ask for?

I liked this amp right away, and I only spent 5 minutes with it before a gig and I had it ready to go. The Vox AV30 is all you need for a club gig.

Right away I found a setting that was good-to-go. Channel One was set to Clean 1 on the edge of breakup. Channel Two was set to OD-2 for leads. I also had delay and reverb on. Within just a few minutes of getting to know this amp at home, I decided to leave my trusty rig with the big pedalboard at home. I took it to a gig, threw a mic in front of it, and got compliments on my sound. The AV-30 is that simple to use.

Can it really be this easy? Yes it can. As long as you know what sound you’re looking for and where to find it. So I took a moment to get it all together for you.

Clean 1 – This gives you a very familiar American clean sound with a slightly scooped midrange and high headroom.

Clean 2 – This is the familiar Vox sound. Plenty of headroom with more midrange than Clean 1. Engage the Bright switch and here comes that signature Vox chime.

Crunch 1 – If you’re looking for vintage British crunch, this is where you start. Less headroom but very clear.

Crunch 2 – Less headroom than Crunch 1 and slightly brighter. If Crunch 1 is too vintage sounding for you but you still want that AC/DC rhythm sound, you’ll find it here.

I would like to note here that the Bright and Fat switches have a lot of influence on these first four channels. They are higher headroom so the preamp adjustments are very influential. That being said, the power amp adjustment sliders (Bias and Reactor) have more effect on the next two channels while the Bright and Fat switches don’t affect them as much.

This is very useful if you have one channel from the first 4 preamps and the other from the last 4 preamps. So if you want Vox chime on Channel 1, use Clean 2 and turn on the Bright switch without it affecting your lead sound from one of the next 2 channels that much.

OD 1 – For a mid gain lead sound with a lot of sweep in gain, this is the go-to channel. I left it here for solos at my gig.

OD 2 – This is basically OD 1 with more compression, which gives more sustain and makes this channel slightly less bright.

The next 2 channels respond well to the Bias and Reactor controls. Switching both of them to the right allowed me to crank up the gain and the volume without squealing.

Hi Gain 1 – This picks up where OD 1 leaves off. It has a similar character, just more gain, pushing into metal territory.

Hi Gain 2 – Higher compression and more sustain than Hi Gain 1. If you like OD 2 and need more gain, this is the channel to use.


Once you have your channels selected, effects are a breeze. Press the delay button until it blinks and dial in the level of delay. It’s a nice medium length delay that sounds great if you leave it on all the time. Press the Reverb button and it blinks while Delay stays lit solid. Chorus the same way. The one that’s blinking is the one you’ll be adjusting with the single effects dial. Press and hold any effects button to turn it on and off and it remembers its setting. I set my Delay and Reverb and left them on.

The AV-30 has a plethora of useful options for guitarists. And even with all this to sort through, it was easy to choose two options, set my effects, and rip through a gig with confidence. Vox delivers 8 amps in one, stacking myriad tones in a convenient, lightweight, and reliable package, and makes it all easy to navigate. So if you’re looking for a modeling amp that isn’t overwhelming, this is the amp for you.