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Category Archives: Music

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 (more…)

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Norman Blake

Wood, Wire & Words
 
Norman-Blake

Long time gone. It’s been four years since Norman Blake’s last album – and 30 years since he last recorded his own original music. Now 77, he suffered a mini stroke several years back that required prolonged recovery. Now he’s returned, and this new album is (more…)

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Pops Staples

Don't Lose This
 
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Roebuck “Pops” Staples learned his chops at the elbows of Son House and Robert Johnson. When he passed away in 2000, American culture lost perhaps the last direct link to rock and roll’s prehistory. These 10 remarkable and previously unfinished songs that Pops recorded with daughters Mavis, (more…)

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Frank Meyers

History Of Japanese Electric Guitars
Impossibly Cool Guitars
 
Frank-Meyers

Frank Meyers’ first axe was a ’63 Fujigen EJ2 – a cheap-o, two-pickup solidbody like so many Japanese electrics used by beginner guitarists the world over. Though unremarkable, it spurred in him a love of the instrument that inspired this book. Meyers spent 15 years researching Fujigen (more…)

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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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Jorma Kaukonen

Ain’t In No Hurry
 
Jorma-Kaukonen

In a career that spans a large portion of modern rock and roll history, Jorma Kaukonen has always had the patience and taste that make this one of the most aptly titled records in recent years. Now that he focuses on folk music and the blues, (more…)

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George Van Eps and Marty Grosz Meets the Fat Babies

Once In Awhile and Diga Diga Doo
Great Acoustic Jazz
 
Marty-Grosz

Marty Grosz is surely one of the last of a breed – a jazz guitarist who plays strictly rhythm and chord-style solos and strictly acoustic. He’s also a fine singer and scholar of early jazz, not to mention a virtual stand-up comedian (and (more…)

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North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osborne

Freedom & Dreams
 
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Singer-songwriter Anders Osborne joins Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson, and Chris Chew of the North Mississippi Allstars to create a rich Southern tapestry of blues, folk, vintage country, and rock. New Orleans grooves and masterful slide work finds chemistry amidst Osborne’s tales (more…)

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Albert King, Little Milton, and more

The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 3: 1972-1975
 
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This 10-disc set covers the final three years of Stax singles, a period when the iconic Memphis-based label was under new management and trying to broaden and expand too many directions at once, a disastrous move that led to financial ruin. By December ’75, (more…)

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Gentle Giant

Live at the Bicentennial 1776-1976
 
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There were plenty of rock virtuosos in the ’70s, but Gentle Giant was a band apart, as you can hear in this radio broadcast from 1976. Each member was a multi-instrumentalist capable of melodic grace and terrifyingly complex passages. Gary Green was the main guitarist, but (more…)

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