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Author Archives: John Heidt

Jeff Golub

Unfinished Business
 
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The route taken by Jeff Golub in making Train Keeps A Rolling is unlike that followed by any other artist. Just as his previous record, Three Kings, was released, Golub suffered the collapse of one of his optic nerves, which caused loss of sight in that eye. (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, (more…)

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The Holmes Brothers

Brotherhood
 
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This album’s chock full of solid musicianship, including stylish guitar from co-producer Chris Bruce. Yet the story here, as it is on all Holmes Brothers records, is the vocals and the songs. Sherman and Wendell Holmes, plus Popsy Dixon, fill everything they do with (more…)

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Goin' Home
 
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The latest from Kenny Wayne Shepherd is an homage to players and songs that influenced him while he was coming up. For the most part, it’s a splendid collection with some of the blistering guitar work you expect. “Palace Of The King” is soul heaven. (more…)

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Pat Martino

Open Road: A Documentary and Live at Ethel's Place
 
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The re-release of these films on DVD gives jazz guitar fans a glimpse at one of the all-time greats. Pat Martino’s story is known well: surgery for a brain (more…)

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The Slambovian Circus of Dreams

A Box of Everything
 
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Here is a “best of” album by a band that’s not exactly a household name, nor does it have any hit songs. But don’t let that dissuade you. They’re a tight ensemble that plays an arresting mix of rock, folk, and psychedelic music (more…)

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Dave Mason

Future's Past
 
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Dave Mason isn’t exactly a spring chicken anymore, but the 68-year-old shows the same skill and fire on his latest that has been present ever since he manned the guitar for Traffic way back when. This new album finds Mason reworking some of his past (more…)

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Joe Louis Walker

Hornet's Nest
 
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Joe Louis Walker’s latest covers a lot of ground and proves once again that he can’t be pigeonholed like some of the straight blues players of his generation. The title cut kicks things off with a pure shot of rock and roll suffused with loud, (more…)

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NRBQ

Brass Tacks
 
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How many times and in how many ways can you call a band charming? Doesn’t matter who the players are, that word describes the ’Q to a T. This is the second record by this version of the band, which features founder and keyboardist Terry Adams, Scott (more…)

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Guy King

I Am Who I Am And It Is What It Is By Myself
 
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Two words describe these two records from Chicago guitarist Guy King: mature and eclectic. That holds especially true for the double record, I Am Who I Am And It Is What It Is. King has an affinity for old Ray Charles songs, and does an (more…)

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