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Author Archives: Oscar Jordan

Judas Priest

Defenders Of The Faith: 30th Anniversary Remastered Deluxe Edition
Heavy Metal Validation
 
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In the early ’80s, heavy metal was mainstream fare and competition was fierce. Thanks to MTV, the genre received tremendous exposure. The New Wave of British Heavy Metal was in full swing, but Judas Priest held the young upstarts at bay. They also battled Metallica, (more…)

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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
 
Joe-Bonamassa

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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Popa Chubby

Head, Heart, and Hands
 
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Popa Chubby is back on the road again, preaching the gospel to blues fans around the world. His new album, Universal Breakdown Blues, is a rollercoaster through the many facets of blues and rock. His stamp on tradition brings new life to the genre with a combination of tongue-in-cheek humor and mean guitar. Chubby plays […]

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Blues Traveler

Blow Up The Moon
 
Blues-Traveler

With this new outing, Blues Traveler breaks from the familiarity of the band’s past work by collaborating with outside songwriters. JC Chasez, 3OH!3, Secondhand Serenade, Hanson, Plain White T’s, Jewel, Thompson Square, Bowling for Soup, New Hollow, and Thomas Ian Nicholas assist in broadening (more…)

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Jake E. Lee

The Legend Returns
 
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Jake E. Lee found fame replacing Randy Rhoads to co-write two of Ozzy Osborne’s most popular albums – Bark At The Moon and Ultimate Sin. It cemented his place in metal history as he brought a refreshing blues-based edginess and dynamic stage presence. Lee went on to (more…)

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Curtis Knight and the Squires (featuring Jimi Hendrix)

You Can’t Use My Name: The RSVP/PPX Sessions
Sideman Blues
 
Curtis-Knight

The music industry is full of tales of naive musicians and nightmarish record deals. Jimi Hendrix had more than his share. In 1965, Hendrix was an underemployed musician who didn’t have two nickels to rub together. Curtis Knight was a music veteran of second-tier R&B groups managed by Ed Chalpin. Chalpin’s PPX Industries was a […]

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