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Ian Siegal

The Picnic Sessions

This is what happens when you throw a bunch of talented musicians in a studio with no planning. Ian Siegal, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Cody and Luther Dickinson, and Jimbo Mathus basically just sat down in front of some mics and started doing songs. The result (more…)

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Otis Taylor

Hey Joe Opus Red Meat

Anyone familiar with Otis Taylor’s work won’t be surprised by the hypnotic nature of his new record, featuring vocal numbers and instrumental interludes that all are seemingly connected. The classic title cut gets two different takes and they both are stunning. The first one, the record’s (more…)

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Sonny Landreth

Bound By The Blues

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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Mark Knopfler

The Mellow Master

You have to hand it Mark Knopfler. Not only has he launched a successful solo career, but it’s one that’s wholly apart from his Dire Straits superstardom. As opposed to that band’s snappy guitar rockers and big ’80s anthems, Mark’s solo material is introspective, traversing the (more…)

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Amy Black

The Muscle Shoals Sessions

If Will Kimbrough’s name does not come up the next time you’re discussing great guitar players, then you ain’t saying nothin’. Kimbrough is always on the money whether putting a delicately strong acoustic solo to Paul Mitchell’s soul ballad, “Starting All Over Again,” a hit (more…)

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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

Django and Jimmie

Whatever’s changed in the 32 years since their duet album Pancho & Lefty, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard continue to share vast musical common ground. The proof lies in this blend of new originals, covers, and classics. The title song honors their common musical heroes: (more…)

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Wes Montgomery

In The Beginning
Play It Hot

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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Arlen Roth

Slide Guitar Summit

Venerable slide guitar master-educator Arlen Roth collaborates with nine peers: Lee Roy Parnell, Jack Pearson, Sonny Landreth, Cindy Cashdollar, Jimmy Vivino, the Kentucky Headhunters’ Greg Martin, Rick Vito, David Lindley, and the late Johnny Winter (to whom the album’s dedicated). Most tunes, such as Pearson’s original (more…)

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Jeff Beck

Live +
Portait of the Guitarist As A(n Older) Man

After years of on and off seclusion, Jeff Beck miraculously morphed into a road warrior this past decade. His tour with ZZ Top last year provided the raw material for this new live album, one of Jeff’s precious few. The preponderance of song-oriented material is noteworthy (more…)

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Blues Traveler

Blow Up The Moon

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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