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Author Archives: John Heidt

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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Diana Krall

Glad Rag Doll
Verve
 
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Fans familiar with Krall’s records featuring swinging tunes and gentle ballads might be more than a little surprised when they hear Glad Rag Doll. It wouldn’t be fair to say she’s left the jazz world, because many of these 13 song are old jazz tunes (more…)

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Slightly Stoopid & Friends

Live at Roberto’s Tri Studios 9-13-11
 
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Slightly Stoopid is a group of friends who have been making music since their teenage days, mixing reggae, funk, R&B, and punk. They also play acoustic rock that lets two front men, Miles Mason Doughty and Kyle J. McDonald, show off some chops while they (more…)

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The Amazing Rhythm Aces

Stacked Deck Too Stuffed to Jump
 
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These two wonderful albums have been released on CD in the past, but this new combo package trumps all those editions. The sound is brilliantly clean, there are liner notes to supply some background history, and for the first time, the Aces’ 1975 version (more…)

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Robert Randolph & the Family Band

Lickety Split
 
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The latest album by sacred steel giant Randolph and his band is a non-stop, foot-stomping mix of R&B, soul, rock and roll, and gospel that is as invigorating as it is smart. Randolph’s playing is all over the record, darting in and out of vocals (more…)

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