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Category Archives: Music

Trevor McShane

Asphalt & Sand
 
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By day, Neville Johnson is an attorney who was voted by Hollywood Reporter as one of the Top 100 Power Lawyers, seven years running. By night he assumes the alter ego of singer-songwriter Trevor McShane to pursue his passion for music. While building an entertainment-law empire, (more…)

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Jamie Kime

Alleys
 
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When Jamie Kime isn’t intimidating guitarists at his Monday-night gig co-hosting the jam at the Baked Potato in Studio City, California, he’s a sideman for Jewel, Michelle Branch, Zappa Plays Zappa, and Banned from Utopia. Kime is a consummate guitarist with a grounded sense of integrity (more…)

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Robert Earl Keen

Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions
Happy Listeners
 
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Robert Earl Keen is all about roots. He has mined his Texas upbringing to create a celebrated career playing Americana that’s ranged widely from folk to country and beyond. His latest foray steps back to his lifelong love of bluegrass. And yet this album is less (more…)

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Sergio Diab

Stratoman
 
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Brazil and the guitar have a long, prolific relationship with each other, from the classical compositions of Villa-Lobos to Laurindo Almeida’s mix of classical and jazz to the bossa nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto. Two standouts carrying the torch today are Joao Erbetta (more…)

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Markus James

Head For the Hills
 
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James is Virginia-born but has spent time in Northern California and West Africa. His work with three Malian musicians resulted in the documentary film Timbuktoubab. He points out the too-similar-to-be-coincidence similarity between the black fife and drum bands in Northern Mississippi’s hill country and West Africa. The (more…)

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Tom Feldmann

Delta Blues & Spirituals
Old Blues with New Soul
 
Tom-Feldmann

Everyday you hear someone who claims to have the blues. But if you’re going to revive the old songs once again for the umpteenth time, you better have something new to add. Tom Feldmann is based in a small Minnesota town of white picket fences, Lutheran (more…)

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Various Artists

Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute
 
Randy-Rhoads

You can thank Randy Rhoads for rescuing Ozzy Osborne from obscurity to become a wealthy reality television star and household name. Recruiting the indispensible songwriting skills of bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake, the musically inept Osborne surrounded himself with a crack team of professionals (more…)

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Reeves Gabrels

Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends
 
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Guitarist, producer, and composer Reeves Gabrels is best known for his work with David Bowie and Robert Smith of The Cure. He’s taken a break from his role as a collaborator to release his fifth solo album. Enlisting a group of real friends that include (more…)

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Jellyfish

Bellybutton and Spilt Milk
 
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Jellyfish was only around for these two records, but these reissues reinforce the belief that they were as good a band as you could find in the ’90s. The songs are brilliantly written with hooks big enough to drive a truck through. The vocals (more…)

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Richie Kotzen

Cannibals
 
Richie-Kotzen

Recapping the fabulous career of Richie Kotzen, the Winery Dogs were hailed as an overwhelming success. Fender finally issued the Richie Kotzen Signature Telecaster in America, and The Essential Richie Kotzen was released for those who arrived late to the soirée. On Cannibals, Kotzen escalates his songwriting (more…)

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