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Author Archives: John Heidt

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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Scott Henderson

Vibe Station
 
Scott-Henderson

The latest from Scott Henderson brings more of what we’ve come to expect from the Stratmaster – his usual liquid tone, great chops, and masterful writing are all on full display. Henderson showcases his unique sound starting with the opener, “Church Of Xotic (more…)

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Jinx Jones

Twang-Tastic!
 
Jinx-Jones

Whether navigating rockabilly, swing, or hardcore country, Jinx Jones puts on a fiery guitar display that leaves you breathless. The reverb-drenched twang of “Metalflake Sky” is a surf-music delight featuring blistering chromatic runs. The boogie of “Nothing Left To Burn” gives Jones a chance (more…)

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Ian Siegal

The Picnic Sessions
 
Ian-Siegal

This is what happens when you throw a bunch of talented musicians in a studio with no planning. Ian Siegal, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Cody and Luther Dickinson, and Jimbo Mathus basically just sat down in front of some mics and started doing songs. The result (more…)

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Otis Taylor

Hey Joe Opus Red Meat
 
Otis-Taylor

Anyone familiar with Otis Taylor’s work won’t be surprised by the hypnotic nature of his new record, featuring vocal numbers and instrumental interludes that all are seemingly connected. The classic title cut gets two different takes and they both are stunning. The first one, the record’s (more…)

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James Burton, Albert Lee,Amos Garrett, David Wilcox

Guitar Heroes
 
Guitar-Heroes

Recorded live in 2013, this album is exactly what you’d think given the players: an onslaught of guitar playing that would make even the most cynical music fan smile. All four players are featured in a set of songs that have been around forever. The opener, (more…)

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Jorma Kaukonen

Ain’t In No Hurry
 
Jorma-Kaukonen

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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Dave Stryker and Steve Johns

Messin' With Mister T and Family
Rippin' The Blues
 
Dave-Stryker

Dave Stryker is becoming the go-to guy for bluesy bop guitar. And he keeps finding clever ways to do it without sacrificing soul or integrity. His last record, Eight Track, was a collection of ’70s pop classics redone as swinging jazz tunes. This latest record pays (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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Ann McCue

Blue Sky Thinkin'
 
Anne-McCue

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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