Author Archives: John Heidt

Royal Southern Brotherhood

Don’t Look Back: the Muscle Shoals Sessions

Royal Southern Brotherhood has a different guitar lineup, but the sound of the band – which incorporates pretty much anything you can think of on the American music scene – still remains pretty much perfect. Devon Allman and Rick Zito were charter members, (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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The Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson

Meet Me In Bluesland

It’s hard to believe these recordings have been around since 2003 and are only now seeing the light of day. What started as Johnnie Johnson showing up to play on some Kentucky Headhunter (more…)

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Joshua Breakstone

2nd Avenue

Joshua Breakstone’s latest is another chance for the guitarist to use his cello quartet. Yes, it’s Breakstone on guitar, bassist Lisle Atkinson, drummer Andy Watson, and Mike Richmond on cello for four of the cuts. No matter the make-up of the band, though, (more…)

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Ray Bonneville

Easy Groove
Ray Bonneville

Ray Bonneville’s latest album, Easy Gone, glides on a steady groove. “I really like the way it sounds with these guys,” he said of drummer Geoff Arsenault and bassist Gurf Morlix. “Their groove is in the same family as my groove.” It took Bonneville years to feel where that groove should come from, but, he […]

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Dale Watson

Call Me Insane

What is there not to love about Dale Watson? He flies the flag for real country music in a day and age when real country isn’t accepted by country radio. His latest is the same hot-and spicy mix of honky-tonk, western swing, rockabilly and (more…)

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Brad Allen Williams


Brad Allen Williams is a fine guitarist who has served the last few years as a sideman to numerous artists, most notably José James. Fans of his work with other folks might be surprised at this straightahead organ trio record that was (more…)

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Dave Edmunds

On Guitar... Dave Edmunds: Rags & Classics

Dave Edmunds isn’t always thought of as a guitarist first and foremost, yet his latest record is a tour de force of playing not just the six-string, but plenty of other instruments. Edmunds takes 10 varied songs, plays every instrument, and fills in (more…)

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Marty Stuart

Current Traditions

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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Dave Specter

Chicago Style
Dave Specter

Dave Specter’s Message In Blue is chock full of imaginative instrumentals, great guest vocals, and blistering guitar work from Specter. But that’s not what he likes most about it. As with all his records, Message covers a lot of ground. Still, Specter sees himself as a (more…)

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