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Author Archives: Dan Forte

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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Charles Lloyd

Manhattan Stories
 
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In 1965, when these previously unreleased tracks were recorded at two New York venues, saxophonist/flautist Charles Lloyd and guitarist Gabor Szabo had recently left drummer Chico Hamilton’s group – an incubator for numerous jazz greats. Within a year, Lloyd got as close to being a (more…)

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Laurence Juber, Tommy Emmanuel, and various artists

Burt Bacharach: This Guitar’s In Love With You
 
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With a catalog that boasts such top-drawer acoustic pickers as Laurence Juber, Tommy Emmanuel, Ed Gerhard, and Pat Donahue, Solid Air hit on a format of having a dozen or so guitarists contributing tracks to a central theme. These have included the music of Leiber (more…)

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Johnny Winter

Step Back
 
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Roots, from 2011, ended an almost 10-year drought for Winter, and in fine style, featuring excellent playing from Derek Trucks, Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill, and especially Winter himself. Step Back was to be the second CD in a trilogy, with more guests playing what Winter (more…)

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Robbie Robertson

The Many Sides of
 
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It’s difficult to say which is more ironic: the fact that Robbie Robertson, one of rock guitar’s true stylists, is more famous for his songwriting, or that beneath the minimal, compositional style that marked his work with The Band hid one of the most animalistic maniacs in rock guitar history. • The son of a […]

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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 (more…)

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B.B. King

The Life Of Riley
Blues’ Grand Master
 
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If you’re going to take on the life story of B.B. King, you’d better do it right. Not only is it one of the most remarkable rags-to-riches stories in show business (or any walk of life), but King’s stature truly transcends music. He’s not just (more…)

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Fernando Perez

Six Strings Around The World
 
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How many guitarists can masterfully play flamenco and then bottleneck Delta blues just as convincingly? There are eclectic, versatile guitarists, and then there is Fernando Perez. Usually if someone can play bebop with a plectrum and bossa nova fingerstyle, that’s considered versatile – or in (more…)

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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 (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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