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Brad Allen Williams


Brad Allen Williams is a fine guitarist who has served the last few years as a sideman to numerous artists, most notably José James. Fans of his work with other folks might be surprised at this straightahead organ trio record that was (more…)

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Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen

Love & Life

Parts of Ted Drozdowski’s coal-mining family background are almost as hardscrabble and tragic as that of the people who created the blues music he champions so fiercely. That background is a factor in what made him a guitar player and songwriter of authority (more…)

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Royal Southern Brotherhood

Don’t Look Back: the Muscle Shoals Sessions

Royal Southern Brotherhood has a different guitar lineup, but the sound of the band – which incorporates pretty much anything you can think of on the American music scene – still remains pretty much perfect. Devon Allman and Rick Zito were charter members, (more…)

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Jeff Healey

The Best Of The Stony Plain Years

Famous as a driving, fiery blues guitar virtuoso in the ’90s, the late Jeff Healey’s passion for that music was equaled (at least) by his passion for older blues, vintage swing, and jazz going back to (more…)

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Alfred Wertheimer

Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll
The Man W ho Would Be King

In early 1956, soon after RCA Victor purchased the contract for a fledgling singer named Elvis Presley, a publicist hired photographer Alfred Wertheimer to follow the Mississippi boy on the road for (more…)

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Bruce Forman

Formanism, Vol. II

Following up 2012’s Formanism, West Coast jazzer Bruce Forman delivers another set of dazzling guitar-trio bop, harkening back to the postwar era of Barney Kessel, Howard Roberts, Herb Ellis, and Jimmy Wyble. If you want to hear Forman barnburning, cue up “The Song Is For (more…)

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Mark Doyle

Mark Doyle’s Guitar Noir: One November Night Live in Concert

Mark Doyle put together a 10-piece touring band, complete with string quartet, last year after releasing several instrumental albums over a 15-year period. With that touring group he played mostly cuts from those records and has now released the result on this two-disc (more…)

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Alan Jackson

Angels And Alcohol

Following his 2013 bluegrass album, Alan Jackson returns to his usual format, in this case, 10 songs of varying topics and moods. Seven are Jackson originals (no collaborators) covering matters of the heart, drinking, spirituality, and philosophy. Vocally, he remains as consistent as (more…)

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The Bellfuries

Workingman’s Bellfuries
Blue-Collar Cool

Just as rockabilly back in the ’50s was largely a regional phenomenon, many of the best bands today remain local heroes. Witness Austin’s Bellfuries, with guitar man Mike Molnar. The band’s debut was the stellar ’01 album Just Plain Lonesome, featuring “Your Love (All That (more…)

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The Pretty Things

The Sweet Pretty Things (Are In Bed Now, Of Course)

England’s Snapper Records recently released the ultimate retrospective of the Pretty Things, purveyors of “thrash R&B” (to quote lead singer Phil May) and psychedelia. Featured in July ’15’s “Check This Action,” it weighs six and a half pounds and includes remastered CDs (more…)

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