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Author Archives: John Heidt

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 (more…)

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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, (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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Laurence Juber

Under An Indigo Sky
 
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The latest from Lawrence Juber will befuddle guitarists who struggle simply to work up solo versions of songs in standard tuning. Here, Juber has compiled 14 songs for solo guitar – some standards, some more current, and several originals – and plays them all in (more…)

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Shawn Starski

His Own Blues
 
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After spending nearly a decade with harp ace Jason Ricci, guitarist Shawn Starski has stepped out with a self-titled album that establishes him as a triple threat, not simply a guitar ace. It’s a position he’s not altogether comfortable with, mostly because, prior to composing its songs, (more…)

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Jonny Lang

Fight For My Soul
 
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Jonny Lang’s career has taken a turn that should befuddle the folks who saw him as a pretender to the Blues King throne. He started young, playing biting lead guitar and spitting gravelly vocals that sounded like they should be coming from someone much older.

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