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Author Archives: John Heidt

Trigger Hippy

Trigger Hippy
 
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While the debut of Trigger Hippy features some musicians with familiar names, it’s not a “super group” in any sense of the word. That’s meant as a compliment, because the 11 songs here feature a band that is all on the same page. Black Crowes co-founder (more…)

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Tommy Castro

Amped Up
 
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Fans of Tommy Castro might be shocked with some of the guitar tones on his latest record, The Devil You Know. His straightforward R&B sounds are still there, but, he says, “I had fun trying new stuff.” On his dozen or so career albums, Castro has made significant effort to mix it up. “I’ve done […]

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Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters

Good News
 
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Ronnie Earl’s playing hasn’t changed a lot over the years, but listening to a new record by him is always a pleasant surprise. It’s rare to hear a guitarist who can take his time playing the blues and still play with such (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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Medeski, Scofield, Martin, & Wood

Juice
 
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John Scofield long ago proved he can handle pretty much any musical situation he’s put in. The times he’s been thrown together with this funky trio have shown to be wonderful sessions brimming with imaginative music, and this, their third effort, is no different. You want funky? (more…)

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David Michael Miller

Poisons Sipped
 
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The latest record from David Michael Miller is a mixture of soul, gospel, blues, pop, funk, and everything in between. Sometimes multiple styles of music come together in the same song, as in the transcendent “Hope Finds A Way.” The song starts as though (more…)

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Laurence Juber with Marshall Terrill

Guitar With Wings: A Photographic Memoir
 
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This coffeetable book mixes Juber’s personal story with his time as Paul McCartney’s guitarist in the last version of Wings from 1978 to 1981. As he puts it in his foreword, Juber basically had photos in a box for three decades and had forgotten about (more…)

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John Scofield

Variety is the Spice
 
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Veteran jazz guitarist John Scofield has released a second album with Uberjam, which includes drummer Adam Detich, guitarist Avi Bortnick, and guest keyboardist John Medeski. It’s full of funk and soul, and we talked with Scofield shortly after the group started its current tour. Why the second record? We played a lot at the beginning […]

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Tommy Emmanuel

The Song’s the Thing
 
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Tommy Emmanuel cautions against using “the V word” – virtuoso – when describing his work. “I want to make musical statements that stand the test of time,” he said. “I want what I’m doing [to be] more accessible, so I’m mostly interested in singers and (more…)

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Mike Mattison

You Can't Fight Love
 
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Mike Mattison is a veteran of the music wars, having for the past decade or so been the lead singer with the Derek Trucks Band and then moving to backup vocals when Trucks formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band with his wife. Here, on his first (more…)

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