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Keith Ferguson: Texas Blues Bass
Girls Go Wild
 
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Some among the cognoscenti argue that there are two bassists in the blues world that define the genre – Chess mastermind Willie Dixon on the upright and Keith Ferguson on electric. This illustrated book, complete with a gallery of Ferguson’s basses and musical notations of his (more…)

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James Carothers

Honky Tonk Land
 
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It’s no surprise that Tennessee native James Carothers kicks off his debut album with an original titled “New Country Singers,” a witty jab at today’s current crop of drink/party/pickup truck chart-topping lightweights. Suffice it to say he approaches drinking songs with a more authentic perspective. Younger (more…)

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Pink Floyd and Australian Pink Floyd Show

The Endless River and Live at Hammersmith
 
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It’s not easy being a Floyd fan in 2015. The band’s best work lies 40 years in the past, yet there are still choices to be made. First up is their latest – and likely final – studio album, The Endless River, a mostly instrumental affair (more…)

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Sean Costello

In the Magic Shop
Gold Standard
 
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Before he died from an accidental overdose in 2008, Sean Costello and his trademark Gibson Les Paul goldtop made some fine records that showed a young bluesman growing in leaps and bounds. This new release, recorded in 2005 and never released, displays a young musician looking (more…)

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Eric Clapton

Planes, Trains, and Eric
Not Done Yet
 
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  This new DVD featuring the highlights of Clapton’s tour through the Mid and Far East in ’14 offers some great music. But more importantly, it gives a glimpse into facets of the legendary guitarist’s life. His talk of retirement is the headliner, with his love of Japan (more…)

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Buffalo Stack

Buffalo Stack
 
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Buffalo Stack is an easy band to like. The ensemble’s debut record is a mix of various styles, including rock, soul, country, and blues. Saying that, though, gives the music short shrift because in some ways it almost seems indefinable. While the band is a cohesive unit (more…)

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Yes

Songs From Tsongas: 35th Anniversary Concert
 
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While Yes is still a working band, it’s mostly in name only. This three-CD set, taken from a 2004 Massachusetts concert, shows the classic mid-’70s lineup featuring guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, singer Jon Anderson, keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman, and drummer Alan White. Compared to today’s meek-sounding (more…)

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Jean-Luc Katchoura with Michele Hyk-Farlow

Tal Farlow: A Life in Jazz Guitar
A Bebop Guitar Masterpiece
 
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Maybe it’s sour grapes, but it sometimes seems jazz guitarists – in comparison with pianists and horn players – never get the recognition they’re due among the music’s diehard cognoscenti. On the other hand, few guitarists of any stripe receive the kind of tribute accorded to (more…)

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Red Allen, Frank Wakefield, and the Kentuckians

The WDON Recordings 1963
 
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Washington, D.C. and vicinity, known for forward-thinking bluegrass bands like the Country Gentlemen and the Seldom Scene, also had staunch traditionalists, among them the team of mandolin virtuoso Frank Wakefield (a one-time Stanley Brothers and Jimmy Martin sideman) and former Osborne Brothers singer-guitarist Red Allen. In 1963, (more…)

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Nili Brosh

A Matter Of Perception
 
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Nili Brosh takes the phrase “playing like a girl” and turns it on its ear. This new album weaves the kind of muscular soloing, graceful melodies, and strenuous time signatures that would send most men running to the woodshed. The genre is instrumental prog-metal, and performing (more…)

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