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Author Archives: Michael Dregni

Tom Wheeler

The Fender Archives
 
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No, this is not quite an entrée into the Vatican’s secret library, the hush-hush files of the KGB, or the locked vaults of the Pentagon. But for vintage guitar and amp fans, it’s about as good. This licensed giftbook is part history, part scrapbook, all treasure (more…)

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Jerry Douglas

Slide Ruler - Jerry Douglas’ Love Affair with the Dobro
 
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You know, it’s the coolest-looking instrument that ever was made!” It should come as no surprise that Jerry Douglas is speaking about the Dobro and the various other resonator-equipped guitars in orbit around the Dopyera brothers’ creation. As probably the world’s most famous dobroist – and certainly the most recorded – he knows a thing […]

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Jean-Luc Katchoura with Michele Hyk-Farlow

Tal Farlow: A Life in Jazz Guitar
A Bebop Guitar Masterpiece
 
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Maybe it’s sour grapes, but it sometimes seems jazz guitarists – in comparison with pianists and horn players – never get the recognition they’re due among the music’s diehard cognoscenti. On the other hand, few guitarists of any stripe receive the kind of tribute accorded to (more…)

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Ernie Ball Volume Pedal

 

In the early years of Dire Straits, Knopfler utilized a Morley volume pedal before switching to what became his mainstay, the venerable Ernie Ball unit. In crafting his subtle guitar sound, Mark Knopfler relied on one of the most basic musical elements – volume. And the lack of it. From his early days with Dire […]

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Eric Clapton and Friends

The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale
After Midnight
 
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Eric Clapton has worn many a hat during his career. English bluesman, psychedelic guitar god, downhome roots rocker, even ’80s big-suited popmeister. In recent decades, he’s added another chapeau to the curious collection: tribute artist. We all owe a debt to those who came before (more…)

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Big Star

#1 Record, Radio city, Live In Memphis
Shining Even Brighter
 
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Big Star’s star shone only briefly. The band formed in Memphis in 1971 around guitarists-songwriters Chris Bell and Alex Chilton, and then blazed out by ’74 despite rave critical reviews and two stellar albums. But the band’s renown has only ascended from (more…)

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Steve Lowenthal and James Cullingham

Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist and
John Fahey’s Blues
 
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John Fahey is to the solo acoustic guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric. Endlessly inventive, pioneering, and genre-defining, he was the player whom all subsequent guitarists had to listen to. Many of the 40 albums Fahey cut between 1959 and his death in 2001 are available in one form or another. But his […]

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Tom Feldmann

The Guitar of Robert Johnson
 
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“And the Oscar goes to…” If they gave out Academy Awards for the best guitar instructional film, Tom Feldmann’s latest on Robert Johnson would be a shoe-in. We rarely review instructional videos, but this one is something special. And it’s more than just a how-to guide: it’s an in-depth, note-for-note documentary look at the playing […]

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Lucinda Williams

Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone
Exile On A Gravel Road
 
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There’s that old saw about a good double album being a better single album if it wasn’t for an artist’s hubris. But Lucinda Williams’ first doubleheader doesn’t fit that bill. If anything, it’s too much of a good thing. Williams has never been in a hurry (more…)

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Ecco-Fonic

 
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John Adomono was an American guitar hero of the Cold War years. JFK named him his favorite guitarist, and Adomono played a command performance at the White House. He performed on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” jammed with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, and Martin Denny. And at the dawn of the Space Race, […]

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