Orange Amplification take great delight in welcoming Jimmy Bowskill as a new Ambassador. The Canadians driving, lyrical guitar playing is the core of The Sheepdogs good time rock ‘n’ roll.
 
The multi-award winning Bowskill is considered one of the most talented players in the Roots and Blues scene today. Musically intense, his playing is full of sweet licks and chops whilst his voice is strong, soulful and expressive. The Sheepdogs, famously the only unsigned band to appear on the front of Rolling Stone, are skilled purveyors of vintage boogie rock.
 
When asked about his Orange gear, Bowskill said: “I have used my Orange AD30 as my main touring amplifier with the Sheepdogs for 5 years all over the world and have only had to change tubes. I love the clarity in the breakup of the AD30 circuit with the EL84’s and the smooth clean headroom as well. They are very reliable and excellent sounding and performing amplifiers. Best in the biz.”
 
The AD30 valve amp is the one stop shop for all shades of pure British chine and crunch with two different, independent channels voiced to complement and interact beautifully with each other.

Frank Sidoris by David Phillips

Orange Amplification is delighted to welcome new Ambassador Frank Sidoris, rhythm guitarist with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.
 
Sidoris, who has been with Slash since 2012, has also played with Alice Cooper, the late great Lemmy Kilmister and Rush’s Alex Lifeson. More recently he has joined Wolf Van Halen’s, Eddie Van Halen’s son, new band Mammoth WVH.
 
He uses the Custom Shop 50 amp, known for its exquisite blues / rock tones providing an inspiring canvas for his rhythm work combining it with the cabinet main stay for touring artists, the classic PPC412.
 
Talking about being an Orange Ambassador Sidoris said: “It’s an honor to be associated with Orange, a company that has remained at the pinnacle of iconic tone and style for decades and continues to catch eyes and ears on stage and in the studio.”

Photo by Emily Butler.

Marcus King Signed Terror Stamp Auction Launched

Orange Amplification recently asked its customers to nominate a charitable cause for the company to support. After thousands of entries the company is proud to announce they will be raising funds for ‘Habitat for Humanity‘ whose objectives are to “…build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Housing poverty around the world is so widespread, that we need to engage in many ways to solve housing problems. Together with our partners and volunteers, we provide new housing solutions and opportunities for people in need of decent shelter.”

To help raise funds for the charity, Orange ambassador Marcus King kindly signed one of the company’s ‘amp in a pedal’, a Terror Stamp, which is now up on eBay for auction. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Habitat for Humanity. Marcus was recently nominated for a Grammy and is widely regarded as one of the most exciting young blues guitarists to break through in decades described by Rolling Stone Magazine as an ‘electrifying performer’.

Follow the auction, which ends on the 16th January 2020, and bid on Ebay at https://www.ebay.com/itm/402634870386. To help choose another cause for Orange Amplification to support, register your Orange gear here. Further information on the auction and story will be covered on the Orange Blog page here

Once again we will be granting wishes for 2020, a sure sign that Christmas is not too far away. Our annual #WishGranted giveaway has become a huge event worldwide since its inception in December 2013.

#WishGranted giveaway is out company’s way of saying thank you to all those that have supported us company through these challenging times. Each day there will be four prize packages, one large prize, including an amp, and three smaller ones such as Orange headphones, pedals and merchandise. The competition is open to everyone worldwide, with Orange covering all delivery and custom charges. 

To enter, visit any of our product pages on our website and click the prize draw button at the top of the page. Alternatively enter by liking, commenting or sharing any #WishGranted post on the our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages. Wishes must be posted between 12.00pm on the 1st and 20:00pm (GMT) on the 23rd December 2020. Winners will be announced daily from 12th through to the 23rd December on orangeamps.com as well as across our socials. The more times you enter the higher the chance of winning!

Cliff Cooper, CEO and founder of Orange Amplification commented ‘Christmas is going to be different this year, so I hope #WishGranted will make people’s wishes for products they have always wanted come true and lift spirits at this time of giving’.

To be in with a chance to win this Christmas, enter the #WishGranted prize draw and make a wish. Good luck to all who enter!

Photo by Emily Butler.

From all of us at Orange Amplification, we would like to wish all our Grammy nominated Ambassadors good luck for the up and coming awards in January 2021.

Guitar phenom, Marcus King, has been nominated in the Best Americana Album category. The critically acclaimed ‘El Dorado’ establishes King as an innovative songwriter with a soulful voice and blistering solos. Fellow blues innovator, Fantastic Negrito, has been nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album. His timely fourth album, ‘Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?’ is far reaching with hints of many musical genres and plenty of sonic colour. Plus, one of the fastest rising guitar pickers, Billy Strings has been nominated for Best Bluegrass Album with ‘Home’, a fresh exploration of this traditional music genre.

Other Orange Ambassador nominations include producer and guitarist Andrew Watt in the Producer of the Year (Non Classical), Album of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album categories. He produced, played guitar on and helped write Ozzy Osbourne’s album, ‘Ordinary Man’. Last, but not least, Code Orange, known for their exhilarating, unpredictable live shows have been nominated for Best Metal Performance.

Canadian guitarist and songwriter, Nick Johnston, has become Orange Amplification’s latest Ambassador. The critically acclaimed musician, known for his fantastic tone, is delighted to be continuing his exploration of new levels of melody, harmony and composition with an Orange Rockerverb 100 MKIII.

Johnston is one of the hottest virtuoso guitar players around. He is much admired for his compelling ability to blend progressive metal seamlessly with thematic instrumental playing. Johnston’s distinctive approach is widely acknowledged as unique, drawing heavily on an extensive range of music genres from blues to classic sci-fi scores. The dramatic and mature combination of his musicality and natural storytelling skills allow him to paint vivid, luscious landscapes with his music.

He released his finely crafted, fifth studio album, Wide Eyes in the Dark, in April 2019. It is a timeless narrative which covers the whole gamut of the human experience. Johnston’s understated playing is full of complex, refined progressive rock ideas delivered with delicate sensitivity and finesse.Johnston’s newly acquired Rockerverb MKIII is a powerful and versatile amplifier full of the immediately recognisable British tone synonymous with Orange.  The amp is a mainstay for many touring artists and session aces, both on the road and in the studio. Talking about it Johnston said: “Not only is Rockerverb 100 MKIII the coolest looking amp on the planet, but it changes my playing in a way that makes me sound more natural, more organic and more like myself. It sounds massive, but it still manages to let my fingerprint shine through.”  Fans everywhere can’t wait to hear how Johnston’s tone will evolve with this new rig.

Top photo by Grant Cooper.

Grammy award winning, versatile blues rocker Fantastic Negrito, one of our newest Ambassadors will be taking part in a 3 song live stream on 13th August, at 1 PM Pacific/4 PM EST/9 PM UK. The live stream will be hosted on our YouTube channel and will be available via our homepage orangeamps.com or HERE. 

Fantastic Negrito cheated death to become one of today’s biggest blues innovators. His music is dynamic, reflects the many twists of his life and is not afraid to tackle difficult subjects. It has won him the Grammy award for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2016 and 2019. His much anticipated new album, Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?, released on Cooking Vinyl/Blackball Universe on the 14th August 2020, is his most far-reaching work yet. It is an evocative work, inspired by the socio-political albums of the late 60’s, early 70’s.

He first became aware of Orange Amplification whilst playing with the afro punk band Blood Sugar X and then rediscovered them when he plugged into a Tremlord 30 at the 2019 Black Deer Festival. ‘I was taken back, I realised why I loved them,’ explained Fantastic Negrito, ‘Orange amps are so original, they cut through noise, their sound is old but new. That was when I knew I had to get back to playing them.’

Listen to Fantastic Negrito talking about finding Orange Amps on a recent visit to London HERE, and also see him discussing his TremLord 30 Combo HERE (available from 13th August).

The latest Orange YouTube session, on 13th August, 1 PM Pacific/4 PM EST/9 PM UK will be recorded in Oakland, California and features Fantastic Negrito accompanied by Tomas Salcedo on guitar and Giulio Xavier on bass. Be prepared to experience a compelling, energetic, highly perceptive performance full of spirit and warmth.

Orange Amplification’s #OrangeHangs programme of live Instagram sessions is delighted to welcome Ambassadors Tyler Bryant , Andy Powell, Charlie Robbins and David Hurrell. Plus, YouTuber and musician, Ryan ‘Fluff’ Bruce joins as a co-host.

Highly successful YouTuber and musician, Ryan ‘Fluff’ Bruce of Riff, Beards & Gear and Dragged Under will co-host with Orange’s Global Artist Relations Manager, Alex Auxier, in Artists Relations Corner every Tuesday at 8:00pm BST. He has been demoing equipment for the last decade drawing on his knowledge of all things guitar, playing live, recording and much more.

On Saturday 2nd May at 8.00pm BST, Tyler Bryant, leader of Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, the fast rising rock ‘n’ roll quartet from Nashville, will be joining the hang using his Rockerverb 100 MKIII guitar amp to jam and then hold a Q&A. He and the band have toured with rock giants AC/DC, Aerosmith and Guns ‘n’ Roses and released three albums, including the most recent Truth And Lies in 2019.

Andy Powell, of Wishbone Ash, is joining Ella Stormark, Artist Relations, on her regular Ramble On, Sunday afternoon  at 4.20pm BST. They will be chatting about the band’s latest album Coat of Arms, their iconic album Argus turning forty eight years old this week and everything music and Orange. 

Also on Sunday, Charlie Robbins will be talking on the hang at 8.00pm BST. Charlie, guitarist with the prog-metal band Artificial Language, is fan of the Pedal Baby and PPC212V and is known for combining techniques like slides, slaps and rasgueado with heavy hitting rhythms. The band’s second album, Now We Sleep, was released last year.

Then on Tuesday 5th May at 8.30pm BST David Hurrell bass player with ONOFF and the rest of the band, a rock ‘n’ roll trio from Ireland will be talking all things bass, guitar and musical influences. They recently released a new single Closer in collaboration with Hip Hop artist Da Bay Bully Dupree.

The weekly #OrangeHangs programme timetable is below: –

DayTimeSession TitleHost(s)Role
Mon to Fri4:00pm BST Plug in Baby Danny Gomez Marketing & Artist Relations Consultant
Monday9.00pm BSTQuarantine Hero (Jr)Ken RoseGuitarist with the band Hero Jr
Tuesday7:00pm BSTArtists Relations Corner Alex Auxier Ryan ‘Fluff’ BruceGlobal Artist Relations Manager
YouTuber and musician 
Wednesday7:30pm BSTDrinks at the Genius Pub Alex Auxier Jon Bailey Global Artist Relations Manager
USA Senior Amp Technician 
Friday7:00pm BST Artists Relations Corner – Plus Gear Q & A Alex Auxier
Global Artist Relations Manager 
Sunday4:20pm BST Ramble On Ella Stormark Orange Artist Relations 

Plus coming soon, the Wizard of Denmark Street with Technical Director, Adrian Emsley and The World of Music with Cliff Cooper.
#OrangeHangs is about keeping musicians connected with something different every day. Visit https://orangeamps.com/blog-article/ to check the full weekly timetable of sessions.

Meet the Team on Instagram

Orange Amps Launch Instagram Programme #OrangeHangs 

Meet The Orange Team With A Series Of Instagram Live Sessions.
Orange Amplification hopes that you and your family are staying safe and healthy during this difficult time.
 
Orange is offering a ray of sunshine with the #OrangeHangs programme of live Instagram sessions. Simply visit the Orange Amps ‘Watch Live’ Instagram for regular bright spells of positivity, help, advice and general rambles from a wide range of the company’s dedicated experts and ambassadors.
 
Every Tuesday and Friday at 2:00pm EST (6:00pm GMT) join Orange’s Global Artist Relations Manager, Alex Auxier, in Artists Relations Corner. He will be providing insights into endorsements, general Orange information and remote interviewing artists and industry guests. The hangs will also include live Q & A sessions.
 
Artist Relations and Technical Genius collide as Alex host’s a live stream with Jon Bailey, Orange’s USA Senior Amp Technician on Wednesdays at 2:30pm EST (6:30pm GMT). Drinks at the Genius Pub sees Jon’s unmatched breadth of knowledge ideally placed to take questions about anything related to musical gear, old and new.
 
Ella Stormark, from Orange Artist Relations, will Ramble On every Sunday at 12:20pm EST (4:20pm GMT). She will be talking records, music, working for Orange, endorsements and loads of other interesting odds ’n’ ends.
 
Plug in Baby, hosted by Danny Gomez, Orange Marketing & Artist Relations Consultant and OMEC Designer, will be broadcast across the week, Monday to Friday at 12:00pm EST (4:00pm GMT). He will be discussing contemporary guitar rigs, Orange new products and the groundbreaking OMEC Teleport technology, as well chatting about his life on the road as a session musician.
 
Other sessions in the pipeline, days and times to be announced soon, are the Wizard of Denmark Street where viewers can meet Orange’s Technical Director, the legendary Adrian Emsley. He will be talking about gear, product design and the world of R & D.

Cliff Cooper, founder and CEO of Orange Amplification, will feature in The World of Music. Send in questions to our website and he will be delighted to answer them. Plus Ken Rose, Orange Ambassador and guitarist with the band Hero Jr., will be playing in Quarantine Hero (Jr) where he will jam in both solo and band settings, take questions and talk about his love of all things Orange.
 
Stay connected and have something different to look forward to each day with Orange. No matter how far apart you are, with Orange, no one is alone. Visit https://orangeamps.com/blog-article/ to check the full weekly timetable of sessions.

Orange Amplification is delighted to announce their online foundation Rock Guitar Course is now FREE with any purchase of an Orange amp, combo, cab or pedal. Plus, all existing owners of Orange products can now register their products and gain FREE access to the same course.

The Orange Foundation Rock Guitar Course is a fun, easy and fast way to really learn how to play rock guitar. It offers new and returning guitarists enjoyable lessons, a wealth of downloadable material, access to online tutors and video guides.

Whatever their music tastes, students can learn to play the music they like, in a way that suits them best, anywhere and at any time. The Orange online Rock Guitar Course incorporates many different methods for learning whether going it alone, with a teacher in real life or online, via the website, using the guided videos or any combination of these tools.

All participants completing the Orange foundation Rock Guitar Course will acquire all the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to achieve a recognised guitar exam provided by the OnlineMusicExam platform, the world’s first accredited online guitar exams.

For more than half a century, Orange has supported and encouraged people to take up the guitar and play music. The Orange Rock Guitar Course truly teaches students how to play and offers the opportunity for guitarists to achieve a qualification on the instrument they love.

To find out more please go to orangeamps.com/learn and register your gear at https://orangeamps.com/support/#register-my-gear to claim your free course!