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The Peavey ValveKing II Micro-head 20-Watt Amplifier

Royal Rock
 
The Peavey ValveKing II Micro-head 20-Watt Amplifier

The Peavey ValveKing II Micro-head 20-Watt Amplifier Price: $429.99 Contact: www.peavey.com Famous for their sturdy build and quality overdriven sounds, Peavey’s original ValveKing amplifiers were marketed to musicians who required great plug-in-and-go tones that wouldn’t send them to the poor (more…)

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Vintage V52 Icon

Cost-Effective Twang
 
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Vintage V52 Icon Price: $459 Info: www.jhs.co.uk The U.K.-based distributor John Hornby Skewes offers guitars under the brand Vintage that cater to a market interested in traditional sounds and old-school looks. The V52 is the company’s take on the ’50s-style Tele. A striking guitar that (more…)

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Tyler Morris

And So It Begins
 
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It seems like everybody loves a guitar prodigy, and 16-year-old Tyler Morris has been thrust into the spotlight. Since the age of 12, Morris has been entertaining audiences with his fleet-fingered dexterity and boyish charm. Along the way he’s racked up a number of guest (more…)

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Dan and Leland

Mind of Mirrors
 
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Dan and Leland’s forth album is a soundtrack to their graphic novel of the same name. Book One is the first four of 12 chapters, and comes with a 12-song CD that follows the entire series. Sounding more like a killer roots-rock record than (more…)

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Joe Bonamassa

Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks
Achievement Blues
 
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On disc 2 of Joe Bonamassa’s latest, there’s an interview with Howlin’ Wolf: “I’m gonna tell you what the blues is,” the Wolf says. “A lot of people holler about, ‘I don’t like no blues,’ but when you ain’t got no money, and can’t pay (more…)

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Tremonti

Cauterize
 
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Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti is at it again, this time enlisting the help of guitarist Eric “Erock” Friedman, drummer Garrett Whitlock, and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. Following up his first solo album All I Was, this new outing explodes with jackhammer rhythms and (more…)

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Sly and the Family Stone

Live At The Fillmore East
Groovalicious Glory
 
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Long before short attention spans and the need to record an experience on your iPhone became more important than the experience itself, there was Sly and the Family Stone. It was a time of unrest and exploration. A time when music genres collided to form the (more…)

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Nashville Pussy

Ten Years of Pussy
 
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For heavy-rock fans complaining that nobody makes good music anymore, meet Nashville Pussy. This Atlanta-based band has been kicking ass since ’97. Creating a white-trash blend of AC/DC meets Lynyrd Skynyrd with a dash of ’70s Nugent, Nashville Pussy was formed by the husband-and-wife (more…)

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Sonny Landreth

Bound By The Blues
 
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Sonny Landreth is arguably the finest living slide-guitar player on the planet – and one of the few not ransacking Duane Allman’s lick library. On his latest, he paints upon a blues canvas with his own indelible fingerprint. Triple-thick slide tones masterfully permeate old favorites such (more…)

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Wes Montgomery

In The Beginning
Play It Hot
 
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The social climate transformed the music: being a jazz musician of color in the 1950s forced you to express music differently in those days. Life and music were tumultuously intertwined. A factory worker by day, Wes Montgomery played Indianapolis’ Turf Club at night and swung (more…)

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