Yeah, I know that The Guitar Center is a corporate entity, and there are plenty of other music shops around town that are actually locally owned. But there's no denying that The Guitar Center's naming of its new rehearsal spaces after the late Tucson blues guitarist Rainer is really, really cool.
From an email we received from William Clipman, who played drums in Rainer and Das Combo:
The Guitar Center in Tucson has created a suite of rehearsal studios in memory of the legendary blues guitarist Rainer, including individual studios named for Rainer's family members as well as the musicians who performed and recorded with Rainer in his classic power trio Rainer & Das Combo. I am deeply honored and profoundly humbled to have my name associated with Rainer's legacy as part of this beautiful new facility. Rainer's great music lives on; the man himself will be forever missed.
And don't forget that Fire Records, the fine label that released Giant Sand's back catalog, as well as the reissue of the Rainer tribute album The Inner Flame, is also planning to do the same with Rainer's back catalog.