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Category Archives: Music

The Pretty Things

The Sweet Pretty Things (Are In Bed Now, Of Course)
 
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England’s Snapper Records recently released the ultimate retrospective of the Pretty Things, purveyors of “thrash R&B” (to quote lead singer Phil May) and psychedelia. Featured in July ’15’s “Check This Action,” it weighs six and a half pounds and includes remastered CDs (more…)

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Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Area Code 615, and more

Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City
Music City Rocks
 
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Nashville became a magnet for rockers when Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and Gene Vincent recorded there in the ’50s, but the ’60s British Invasion and folk-rock boom also connected to the Nashville recording scene. Peter & Gordon paved the way, recording a country (more…)

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Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
 
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Multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell is the consummate hired gun. He picked his licks as part of Bob Dylan’s eight-year-long Never Ending Tour, led the Levon Helm Band’s Midnight Rambles, and served as a sideman with Sheryl Crow, Paul Simon, and many (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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The Cash Box Kings

Holding Court
Blues Mission
 
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The Cash Box Kings are on a mission. This hard-working ensemble is committed to keeping the spirit of 1940s and ’50s Chicago blues alive and well. Their style and sound is gloriously retro, with an inspiring eloquence and grace to their (more…)

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Joe Satriani

Shockwave Supernova
 
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Joe Satriani’s 15th studio record is a concept album that continues to advance the idea that virtuoso instrumental guitar music can be accessible to non-guitarists. Utilizing strategically placed grit and throaty attention to detail, Satch preaches to the choir with phrasing that sighs, (more…)

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Furry Lewis, Sleepy John Estes, Mud Boy and the Neutrons, and more

Beale Street Saturday Night
 
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These days, Memphis’ Beale Street is a blues-lover’s Disneyland in all the worst ways. It’s been sanitized and sanctified, then thoroughly commercialized. Once upon a time, however, it was the “home of the blues,” as Memphis was officially – if somewhat dubiously – (more…)

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Scott Henderson

Vibe Station
 
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The latest from Scott Henderson brings more of what we’ve come to expect from the Stratmaster – his usual liquid tone, great chops, and masterful writing are all on full display. Henderson showcases his unique sound starting with the opener, “Church Of Xotic (more…)

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Jim Campilongo

Last Night, This Morning
Hillbilly Twang
 
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Jim Campilongo plays the kind of grownup guitar that makes the rest of us want to put aside our childish noodlings and play something with substance. Drawing from the good stuff, Campilongo is known for crafting a pastiche of western swing, blues, country, (more…)

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Richard Bennett

Contrary Cocktail
 
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Richard Bennett works with a jazzman’s precision and taste, a swing player’s cool, and a rockabilly’s sense of urgency and fun. As a songwriter of guitar-centric instrumentals, his songs are visually as well as emotionally evocative, flowing out of your speakers in Technicolor. The (more…)

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