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Foo Fighters Back-to-Basics Approach Wins Five Grammys

It’s been a great year for rock band Foo Fighters. Wasting Light, the band’s seventh studio album (and their first in four years), has sent several singles to the top of the Billboard rock charts. And at last month’s Grammy Awards, the band won in five of the six categories in which they were nominated, including Best Rock Album and Best Rock Performance. They only lost Album of the Year, which went to Adele.

The remarkable thing about Wasting Light is its back-to-basics approach, having been recorded entirely on analog equipment in the garage of frontman David Grohl. Even more remarkable is the fact that after years of playing stages all over the world and winning numerous awards, Foo Fighters quite literally returned to being a “garage band” for this recording, and still managed to pull five Grammys out of it. Wasting Light has a raw, unpolished sound that really allows the band’s collective musicianship to shine. It’s like the band stripped off the veneer to show what they really are underneath: a really great rock band, pure and simple.

David Grohl’s acceptance speech for Best Rock Performance, in my opinion, really captures the heart behind their record, and the musical passion which motivates them as a band. I’ve included the video below because I couldn’t have said it any better.

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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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