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Author Archives: Dan Forte

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 (more…)

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Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna, Part 1
 
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Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady have been playing music together for 53 years – 40 of them as Hot Tuna. What started as an acoustic splinter group from their gig with Jefferson Airplane morphed into both acoustic and electric variations and myriad combinations.Released on the heels of Tuna’s successful “blues tour” with Charlie […]

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Billy Mure

Supersonic Guitarist Remembered
 
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Guitar great Billy Mure (born November 4, 1915) passed away September 25, at the age of 97. He last performed on August 2, playing Dixieland banjo at Squid Lips, where he lived in Sebastian, Florida. Mure played on innumerable sessions from the ’50s to the ’70s, but is (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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Bobby “Blue” Bland

The Guitarists of Blues’ Crown Prince
 
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On June 23 of last year, the blues lost one of its greatest singers with the death of Bobby “Blue” Bland at age 83. Best known for a 20-year run with Duke Records that yielded such classics as “I Pity The Fool,” “I’ll Take Care Of You,” (more…)

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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 (more…)

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