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Author Archives: John Heidt

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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Colin Linden

Bringing it Back Around
 
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Colin Linden’s Still Live is a step back to his first recording – a live album made three decades ago. In the years that separate the two, Linden has become a first-call guitarist for roots artists including Robert Plant, Gregg Allman, the Band, Alison Krauss, Mavis (more…)

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Jellyfish

Bellybutton and Spilt Milk
 
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Jellyfish was only around for these two records, but these reissues reinforce the belief that they were as good a band as you could find in the ’90s. The songs are brilliantly written with hooks big enough to drive a truck through. The vocals (more…)

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Jorma Kaukonen

Ain’t In No Hurry
 
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In a career that spans a large portion of modern rock and roll history, Jorma Kaukonen has always had the patience and taste that make this one of the most aptly titled records in recent years. Now that he focuses on folk music and the blues, (more…)

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Labor of Love
 
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Kenny Wayne Shepherd called his latest record, Goin’ Home because, he says, “It was another opportunity for me to share with music fans my love and appreciation for the genre of music that inspired me to pick up the guitar in the first place.” That music is the blues, and the disc features tunes associated […]

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Gov’t Mule featuring John Scofield

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Surprises
 
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Fans have begged for this music to be released for a long time. For the most part, it’s two concerts recorded in September 1999 featuring the original Gov’t Mule lineup along with John Scofield on guitar and the Aquarium Rescue Unit’s Dan Matrazzo on keyboards. Given the (more…)

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Ann McCue

Blue Sky Thinkin'
 
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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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Damon Fowler

Steamrolled
 
Damon Fowler

Damon Fowler’s records have traditionally been eclectic conjugations of American music – rock, country, a little sacred steel, and lots of R&B. On his latest, Sounds of Home, Fowler covers all that ground and more. “I lived with my grandparents, and everyone in the house liked country music,” he said. “So, I was around that […]

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Cody Canada and the Departed

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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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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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