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Dave Mason

Future's Past
 
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Dave Mason isn’t exactly a spring chicken anymore, but the 68-year-old shows the same skill and fire on his latest that has been present ever since he manned the guitar for Traffic way back when. This new album finds Mason reworking some of his past triumphs and features a couple new songs along with a […]

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Dex Romweber Duo

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Dex Romweber and his trusty Silvertone have been kicking over the gnarly dustbins of American music since he was a teenager. (The uninitiated are advised to seek out a mini-documentary that aired on MTV’s “Cutting Edge” in 1987.) Many guitar nuts will no doubt recall Jack White gushing about the inspiration he derived from Romweber’s […]

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Joe Louis Walker

Hornet's Nest
 
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Joe Louis Walker’s latest covers a lot of ground and proves once again that he can’t be pigeonholed like some of the straight blues players of his generation. The title cut kicks things off with a pure shot of rock and roll suffused with loud, roaring guitars and gritty vocals. Before he’s done, Walker touches […]

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Hank Williams

The Garden Spot Programs, 1950
 
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In 1950, Hank Williams and fellow Grand Ole Opry stars George Morgan and Milton Estes recorded programs in Nashville for Garden Spot, a Texas-based plant-nursery company. Most recently released Williams radio and stage performances were known to historians and collectors, but these four programs, in pristine sound, were only discovered last year. The repertoire blends […]

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NRBQ

Brass Tacks
 
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How many times and in how many ways can you call a band charming? Doesn’t matter who the players are, that word describes the ’Q to a T. This is the second record by this version of the band, which features founder and keyboardist Terry Adams, Scott Ligon on guitar and banjo, bassist Casey McDonough, […]

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Jim and Jesse and the Virginia Boys

Radio Shows
 
Jim-and-Jesse

Jim and Jesse’s music, with signature tunes like “The Flame Of Love” and Paradise,” never crossed over to pop success. But from their first broadcast on a Virginia radio station in 1947 through their many years with the Grand Ole Opry starting in 1964 until guitarist Jim McReynolds passed away in 2002, they were a […]

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Guy King

I Am Who I Am And It Is What It Is By Myself
 
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Two words describe these two records from Chicago guitarist Guy King: mature and eclectic. That holds especially true for the double record, I Am Who I Am And It Is What It Is. King has an affinity for old Ray Charles songs, and does an amazing job on “Hard Times” and “Crying Time.” The trio, […]

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

9 Dead Alive
 
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This is Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero’s first album of new material in five years. It comes two years after the duo’s big collaborative effort, Area 52, and marks a return to the intimacy that brought them to national attention with their accessible fusion of flamenco and acoustic metal. Recorded at their own studio, 9 […]

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The Misunderstood, Fat Mattress, and others

Love, Poetry And Revolution: A Journey Through The British Psychedelic And Underground Scenes, 1966 to 1972
 
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The 1972 Lenny Kaye-compiled Elektra double-LP Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968 spawned the Pebbles series, Rhino’s various regional Nuggets volumes, and eventually 2001’s Nuggets, Vol. 2: Original Artyfacts From the British Empire & Beyond. While Vol. 2 featured such established Brits as the Pretty Things, the Creation, Small Faces, and Love […]

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Ray Bonneville

Easy Gone
 
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The latest from Ray Bonneville features 10 songs that seem to work together as one large body of music. The tunes here revel in a minimalist yet swampy vibe. Bonneville’s guitar and harp playing perfectly match the moods of his lyrics. He travels from melancholy to bitterness, and back. The opener, “Who Do Call The […]

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