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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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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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Mark Knopfler

Tracker
The Mellow Master
 
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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
 
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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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Wes Montgomery

In The Beginning
Play It Hot
 
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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
 
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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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Steve Earle

Terraplane
 
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The title, inspired by Robert Johnson’s immortal “Terraplane Blues,” says it all. Here’s Earle’s homage to the blues: 11 original, personal songs bathed in honest, authentic arrangements inspired by various vintage styles. “Baby Baby Baby (Baby)” has the loping feel of a Jimmy Reed shuffle. The (more…)

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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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Andy Brown

Soloist
 
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Chicago-based Andy Brown is 40 years old – meaning that some of the songs here were popular decades before he was born, as well as illustrating his maturity, along with the fact that he’s done his homework. Some of Brown’s studies were with Cal Collins, Ted (more…)

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