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Author Archives: Dan Forte

Faces

1970-1973: You Can Make Me Dance, Sing, Or Anything
Sloppy Rock, The Way God Intended
 
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When singer/guitarist Steve Marriott left England’s Small Faces at the end of ’68, to form Humble Pie with Peter Frampton, the band replaced him with two émigrés from the Jeff Beck Group – singer Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, switching from bass back to (more…)

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Webb Wilder, Marshall Crenshaw, Mike Flanigin

Mississippi Moderne, #392: The EP Collection, The Drifter
Alt-Roots-Pop- Power-Rock
 
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Terms like “alt,” “Americana,” and “roots-rock” – coined by critics to departmentalize rock and roll into unnecessary boxes – have become so overused as to be meaningless. Can you imagine those same critics trying to bundle the Beatles’ stylistic range into a single hyphenated (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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Richard Thompson

Still
 
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When you realize that Thompson’s  I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight (with then-wife Linda and classics like “Calvary Cross”) was 40 years ago, you have to wonder if he’ll ever slump. Ironically best known as a songwriter, his guitar-playing fans know (more…)

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The Stray Cats

Live At Rockpalast
Unearthed Stray Cats
 
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Formed in ’79, the Tomcats – singer/guitarist Brian Setzer, drummer Slim Jim Phantom, and bassist Lee Rocker – had only marginal success playing rockabilly at punk clubs like Manhattan’s CBGB. Reasoning that they’d find a bigger audience in England, they sold their instruments to get enough cash for one-way tickets to London. The gamble paid […]

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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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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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Jack Petruzzelli

Fab Sideman For Osborne, Wainwright, Smith
 
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“The first time the Beatles were on Ed Sullivan, I was in my mother’s womb,” says Jack Petruzzelli. “That was February ’64, but then when they appeared the second time I was out of the womb.” What could be more appropriate for the guitarist/keyboardist of the (more…)

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The Pretty Things

The Sweet Pretty Things (Are In Bed Now, Of Course)
 
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England’s Snapper Records recently released the ultimate retrospective of the Pretty Things, purveyors of “thrash R&B” (to quote lead singer Phil May) and psychedelia. Featured in July ’15’s “Check This Action,” it weighs six and a half pounds and includes remastered CDs (more…)

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Laura Orshaw

Songs Of Lost Yesterdays
What’s Old Is Still Alive and Lively
 
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It’s refreshing to hear a young female playing fiddle and singing bluegrass and old-time music who is not yet another Alison Krauss wannabe. Not to take anything away from Krauss – her iconic position is well-deserved. But we already have one Alison Krauss; (more…)

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