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Rod Stewart

Live, 1976-1998: Tonight's The Night
 
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During the span covered by these four CDs, Stewart charted 41 singles – 14 of them in the Top 10 – and he had earlier hits like “Maggie May” and “You Wear It Well” to weave into his high-wattage concerts. He always employed first-rate sidemen and paid them well, but for all their talent, with […]

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Jim Suhler

Panther Burn
 
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Dallas native Jim Suhler has been splitting his time between leading his own group, Monkey Beat, and, since 1999, playing lead and rhythm guitar with George Thorogood and the Destroyers. His latest release, Panther Burn, finds Monkey Beat’s keyboardist Shawn Phares, bassist Carlton Powell, and drummer Beau Chadwell augmented by harpist Kim Wilson, keyboardist Tim […]

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The Terry Hanck Band

Gotta Bring It On Home To You
 
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Many know saxophonist Terry Hanck from his years with Elvin Bishop. But those fortunate to live in the San Francisco area in the ’70s and ’80s also know Hanck as a great singer and front man, specifically with Grayson Street and the house band at Larry Blake’s (better known as the Rat Band). Inevitably, this […]

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Scott H. Biram

Nothin' But Blood
 
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If you condensed Southern Culture on the Skids down to a one-man band, it would sound something like Scott Biram. Comparisons to C.C. Adcock, Rev. Freakchild, and Cub Koda’s rootsy solo albums also come to mind. Biram was born in Lockhart, Texas (barbecue capital of the world), and calls nearby Austin home. On Nothin’ But […]

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Buddy Guy

Keeping the Blues Alive and Definitely Kicking
 
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It was February 21, 2012. As part of the White House’s music series, “Red, White & Blues” featured a cavalcade of blues and blues-influenced greats including B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Keb’ Mo’, and guitar legend Buddy Guy. President Obama thanked the performers as they wrapped up the evening with […]

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Brotherhood

The Complete Recordings
 
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When guitarist Drake Levin, bassist Phil Volk, and drummer Mike Smith split from Paul Revere and the Raiders in spring of ’67, the Raiders had just scored five Top 20 singles in less than 12 months. They felt the need to create music that was more complex, more mature, and more reflective of musical personalities, […]

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The Misunderstood, Fat Mattress, and others

Love, Poetry And Revolution: A Journey Through The British Psychedelic And Underground Scenes, 1966 to 1972
 
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The 1972 Lenny Kaye-compiled Elektra double-LP Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968 spawned the Pebbles series, Rhino’s various regional Nuggets volumes, and eventually 2001’s Nuggets, Vol. 2: Original Artyfacts From the British Empire & Beyond. While Vol. 2 featured such established Brits as the Pretty Things, the Creation, Small Faces, and Love […]

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Aaron Moreland

Where Zeppelin Meets Son House
 
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Growing up in a small Kansas town, 38-year-old Aaron Moreland took up guitar at 15, and his first garage band played classic-rock throwbacks like “Tush” and “China Grove,” occasionally getting more contemporary with R.E.M. and the Black Crowes. By 2001, when he met singer/harpist Dustin Arbuckle at an open mic, he’d immersed himself in acoustic […]

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Devo

The Complete Truth About De-Evolution
 
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Devo is far from the only band that was years ahead of its time. The difference is that 40 years after its formation, the group’s music and videos are still ahead of their time, and any attempts to pigeonhole the band (mainly by association) fall short. Devo is a genre unto itself. This 70-minute DVD […]

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Brad Hoyt

Far Away From Everyday
 
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The name of producer Gregg Miner’s label says it all: Harp Guitar Music. He is a leading practitioner and promoter of the multi-stringed beast and a big reason it’s currently enjoying such a renaissance. That renewed popularity is on full display here, beginning with Brad Hoyt – although it’s just one of the dozen or […]

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