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Author Archives: John Heidt

Warner E. Hodges

Gunslinger
 
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Fans of no-frills rock and roll and guitar playing will be thrilled with this new outing from Warner Hodges, the lead guitarist in Jason and the Scorchers. With the help of his bandmates in another project, the Bluefields, Dan Baird, Brad Pemberton, and Joe Blanton, Hodges (more…)

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Ann McCue

Blue Sky Thinkin'
 
Anne-McCue

Fans of Anne McCue’s past records may be a little surprised at what they hear on her latest. While she’s always been an accomplished guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist, the emphasis has mostly been on blues-tinged rock. Here, jazz rules the day and her guitar playing is (more…)

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Cody Canada and the Departed

Hippielovepunk
 
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Cody Canada and company have delivered a record that adds to his work with his former band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, mixing country and rock with lyrics that deal with real life. Seth James, former singer and guitarist in the Departed, is no longer with the band and (more…)

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Sean Costello

In the Magic Shop
Gold Standard
 
Sean-Costello

Before he died from an accidental overdose in 2008, Sean Costello and his trademark Gibson Les Paul goldtop made some fine records that showed a young bluesman growing in leaps and bounds. This new release, recorded in 2005 and never released, displays a young musician looking (more…)

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Keb’ Mo’

Writing by Subtraction
 
Keb Mo

Keb’ Mo’s latest album, Blues Americana, nearly wrote itself. “Going in, I had planned to make a solo acoustic record,” he said. “I got the songs together, but felt it didn’t really hold up. So, I made the record like I wanted – started simple, with guitar and vocal and a click track, because I […]

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Eric Clapton

Planes, Trains, and Eric
Not Done Yet
 
Eric-Clapton

  This new DVD featuring the highlights of Clapton’s tour through the Mid and Far East in ’14 offers some great music. But more importantly, it gives a glimpse into facets of the legendary guitarist’s life. His talk of retirement is the headliner, with his love of Japan (more…)

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Buffalo Stack

Buffalo Stack
 
Buffalo-Stack

Buffalo Stack is an easy band to like. The ensemble’s debut record is a mix of various styles, including rock, soul, country, and blues. Saying that, though, gives the music short shrift because in some ways it almost seems indefinable. While the band is a cohesive unit (more…)

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Marty Stuart

Current Traditions
 
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The latest record from Marty Stuart, Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions, is a tour de force of country music styles that celebrates the past while pushing firmly into the future. And that’s what renaissance man Stuart was aiming for… “Well, traditional country music is what (more…)

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Bill Frisell

Guitar In The Space Age!
Out of Sight
 
Bill-Frisell

It’s almost impossible to pigeonhole Bill Frisell, and his latest album will make it even harder. The guitarist and his band reinterpret some of the pop and rock songs here that made Frisell and the other string-bender in his band, Greg Leisz, take up their instruments in (more…)

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Dave Haskell

Wings and Strings
 

Plenty of improbable stories involve guitarists making first records amid peculiar circumstances. But few match Dave Haskell’s journey to Pivot Point. A retired airline pilot who dallied in music professionally in the 1970s and ’80s before turning his attention to flying, Haskell’s trip started with his dad’s (more…)

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