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Author Archives: Eric C. Shoaf

Jeff Barone – Open Up

 

What happens when a classical guitar player goes jazz? If it’s Jeff Barone, the answer is he brings a classical sensibility to the jazz and creates one of the most listenable and accessible CDs of this decade. There’s no real secret here. Barone surrounds himself with a cream-of-the-crop list of studio vets who have played […]

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D.A.D. – No Fuel Left for the Pilgrims

 

On their first major label release, the band formerly known as Disneyland After Dark (changed after a threatened lawsuit by the Disney Co.) was poised for a breakthrough in the U.S. with backing from Warner Brothers, and video in heavy rotation on MTV, and a melodic approach to metal that featured big guitars and no […]

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Duke Robillard – A Swing Lesson with Duke Robillard

 

Duke continues his impressive output with a nod to his swing roots. Among guitarists, Robillard is known as a do-all, as he can be at home in almost any musical style, not only mimicking lines and copping phrases from the best of the genre, but adding deft touches to the finished product. His knowledge of […]

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Beasts of Bourbon – Little Animals

 

The Beasts of Bourbon have always been a vehicle for vocalist Tex Perkins, but have also been as much a side project as a major recording and touring force. Well-regarded and influential in their home Australia, they have never had much reason to venture forth. But the new work may break them big in spite […]

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Rory Block – The Guitar of Robert Johnson

 

Rory Block has been involved with the music of Robert Johnson most of her life. At a young age, she apprenticed directly with Son House, Skip James, Reverend Gary Davis and other seminal blues greats. She knows the blues, and has won a number of WC Handy awards for her efforts over the years. On […]

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Neil Young – Chrome Dreams II

 

Neil Young has been prolific in recent years, releasing material from his vaults in the form of early concert performances and new material. Chrome Dreams II is a mix of newly recorded versions of songs written in the ’70s, and recently-written songs. Stylistically, it stays close to Young’s vision – which is to say he’s […]

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Dykes & Vaughan – On the Jimmy Reed Highway

 

Kent “Omar” Dykes is best known for fronting Omar and the Howlers, and though this disc was planned a solo effort paying homage to fellow Mississippi blues man Jimmy Reed, as word got out, friends started showing up at the session, including Kim Wilson (who brought his harmonica), Lou Ann Barton, Delbert McClinton, and James […]

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Rick Vito – Complete Guide to Slide Guitar

 

The guy who played the slide part in Bob Seger’s “Like a Rock” and played in Fleetwood Mac lends insight on improving your slide playing. He covers a range of topics including setting up a guitar to achieve great slide tone, simple phrasing that produces dramatic results, changing your sound using different types of slides […]

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Rick Vito – Complete Guide to Slide Guitar

 

The guy who played the slide part in Bob Seger’s “Like a Rock” and played in Fleetwood Mac lends insight on improving your slide playing. He covers a range of topics including setting up a guitar to achieve great slide tone, simple phrasing that produces dramatic results, changing your sound using different types of slides […]

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Ralph Heibutzki – Unfinished Business: The Life and Times of Danny G

 

If it’s true that an artist suffers for his music, then some guitar players suffer more than others. We can never know exactly what demons torment some of our favorite players, or why some choose to leave before their time, but Danny Gatton was a truly talented guitar player who never understood the level of […]

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