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Author Archives: John Heidt

Hadden Sayers

All the Way Back
 
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If Hadden Sayers’ 2011 release, Hard Dollar, was a way to get his feet wet again, his latest, Rolling Soul, represents a full return to the music world. The guitarist had been at it hard and heavy for more than a decade before personal events took him a bit out of the music realm. “I […]

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Tommy Castro and the Painkillers

The Devil You Know
 
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R&B stalwart Castro comes out with guns blazing on his latest, adding some raucous rock and roll to his usual helping of soul and blues. There’s an added edge to songs like the riff-driven title cut with its rowdy lead guitar and leather-throated vocals. “Two Steps Forward” is an arena-ready rocker that transforms into a […]

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The Rolling Stones

Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live
 
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It’s become hip lately to make fun of the Rolling Stones. You’ve heard all the jokes about how bad they look, how grandpa should stay home – everything that goes with their advanced age. While it may elicit a quick laugh, this film of their return to Hyde Park in London in 2013 dispels any […]

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Anders Osborne

Peace
 
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On his third full-length recording for Alligator, Osborne has hit the jackpot. While his songwriting has always been precise, soulful, and detailed, he nails every song here with a straightforwardness. Lyrically, the themes can be dark, but also seem hopeful. Musically, his mix of rock, soul, grunge, and blues recalls days when rock’s best singer/songwriters […]

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Fareed Haque

Out of Nowhere
 
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For the most part, Fareed Haque’s new recording harkens back to the days when Blue Note Records ruled the jazz world. The songs are soulful, moody, and feature great playing by Haque and others, including jazz vets Billy Hart and George Mraz. The opener, the Haque original “Waiting For Red,” lets you in on what’s […]

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Dave Hunter

The Fender Stratocaster: The Life and Times of the World's Greatest Guitar and Its Players
 
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The title of this new book is not hyperbole. The book truly covers not only the origin and history of the iconic guitar, but also includes short features on guitar players who make their living with, or are associated with, the Fender Stratocaster. In between there’s plenty of text to let you know what made […]

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Joe Pass

For Joe
 
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As Concord Music continues its Original Jazz Classics Remasters, we get three records recorded for Pablo Records from the ’70s that feature Joe Pass on guitar. He’s normally remembered for the solo work he did on his Virtuoso series. But as these albums show, he was also a fine sideman who could back soloists with […]

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Pete Anderson

Birds Above Guitarland
 
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Most listeners became fans of Pete Anderson during his stint as Dwight Yoakam’s guitarist and producer. During his tenure, he put on record some of the finest and most original country licks that had been heard in decades. His solo career has moved him in the direction of other styles of roots music — and […]

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Greg Koch Band

Plays Well With Others
 
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Due to his longtime residency in Milwaukee, Greg Koch may have not been discovered by the world at large. But that’s certainly not true among his fellow guitarists. On his latest, Koch is joined by various musicians, including guitarists Robben Ford, Paul Barrère, and Joe Bonamassa, among others. The nice thing about the gathering is […]

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Trampled Under Foot

Badlands
 
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Every now and then a band comes along that after one listen you realize they really get it. This is the case with Trampled Under Foot, made up of the Schnebelen siblings: Danielle on vocals and bass, Nick on guitar and vocals, and drummer Kris. Danielle’s vocals are among the most soulful and electric you’ll […]

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