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ToneConcepts’ The Distillery

100-Proof Tone
 
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ToneConcepts’ The Distillery Price: $175 Info: www.toneconcepts.com While many pedal makers tinker away on effects that exhibit their personal tonal philosophies, the fact is that most don’t play gigs or compose music. Seraphim Marcopoulous of ToneConcepts was keen enough to take advantage of his (more…)

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Alex Machacek

Stripped Down
 
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When you get the thumbs-up from icons like John McLaughlin and Chick Corea, it’s got to feel good. But, fusion guitarist Alex Machacek isn’t one to rest on his laurels, and he recently recorded Now, a lush piano-and-guitar duo with drummer/pianist Gary Husband. The album explores a (more…)

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Ty Tabor

On a Roll
 
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King’s X guitarist Ty Tabor is on a roll. Despite the band being on hiatus due to bassist Dug Pinnick’s health issues, Tabor stays busy with side projects like Jelly Jam, with Rod Morgenstein and John Myung. He operates a commercial audio mastering facility, and his new (more…)

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Richie Kotzen

Goin’ Supergroup
 
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Veteran guitar monster Richie Kotzen has done it all from opening for The Rolling Stones, recording with Stanley Clarke, to coming to the rescue for Poison and Mr. Big. Having recorded a stack of solo albums, he now joins former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and (more…)

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Kirk Fletcher

Live at the Baked Potato
 
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Blues gets a bad rap because of a preponderance of mediocre imposters who lack the magic. The great stuff will stir you and mesmerize. Two-time WC Handy Award nominee Kirk Fletcher has the magic, and this album is Exhibit A. Recorded on separate nights at (more…)

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Vandenberg’s Moonkings

Vandenberg’s MoonKings
 
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He’s had a decade away from the spotlight, but former Whitesnake guitarist Adrian Vandenberg has returned with Vandenberg’s MoonKings. After a false start with the ill-fated Manic Eden starring Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge in 1994, the Flying Dutchman is back. Known for his blend of (more…)

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L.A. Amp and Custom Guitar Show

 

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Richie Kotzen

The Essential Richie Kotzen
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Richie Kotzen may not be a household name, but with nearly 20 albums and countless group projects on his resumé, he’s on the verge. Coming to prominence in ’89 after being signed to Shrapnel Records, Kotzen’s career has been an epic trip through the shark-infested (more…)

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Joe Bonamassa

Different Shades Of Blue
 
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Joe Bonamassa has taken blues music out of the ebullient African American clubs that crisscrossed the country, and re-fashioned it into an epic theatrical presentation for the world’s most illustrious stages. With his predilection for classic British blues-rock, Different Shades Of Blue scratches that itch (more…)

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Joe Bonamassa

Driving
 
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Joe Bonamassa’s latest record, Driving Towards The Daylight, is a return to the blues. After two successful studio albums with the heavy-rock band Black Country Communion, Bonamassa’s latest solo effort explores some of his early influences. While covering Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, and Willie Dixon, he got help from heavyweight guitarists including Brad Whitford, Pat […]

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