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Monthly Archives: December 2001

Sharon Shannon & Friends – The Diamond Mountain Sessions

 

In my neck of the woods, accordions are almost as popular as banjos; if someone shows up at an acoustic jam, as soon as it’s cracked open, all the players in the room take a cigarette break – including those (more…)

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Tim O’Brien

Trailblazing Triple-Threat
 

If Tim O’Brien was a ballplayer, he’d be at least a “triple threat.” He’s a superb songwriter, a stellar mandolin player, a unique singer, and a powerful live performer. Born in Wheeling, West Virginia, Tim emigrated to Boulder, Colorado, in the early (more…)

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Bill Kirchen – Tied to the Wheel

 

Bill’s no stranger to country music, having anchored the lead guitar slot in Commander Cody’s Lost Planet Airmen way back when. Since the break-up of that band, he’s been around plenty too, and the skill and experience show (more…)

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Barry Levenson – Heart to Hand

 

Barry Levenson has most all the tools; the heart, the hands, the chops, and experience. What places this release a step ahead is the production, which in this is also the work of Barry Levenson. So we’ve got a multifaceted guitarist who’s (more…)

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National Westwood and Glennwood

'60s Alt-materials Make Short run
 

Westwood 75 While the mantra for 21st century “alternative material” guitars focuses on carbon fiber (i.e. Rainsong acoustics) and wood/glass/carbon fiber/epoxy composites (i.e. Ken Parker’s Fly line), electric guitars made of things other than wood go way back. (more…)

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Stephane Grappelli & Bucky Pizzarelli – Duet: The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions

 

At the end of the ’60s, two French enthusiasts sought out the last living classic jazz musicians and urged them out of retirement to come to France to record. These sessions, along with (more…)

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Audiovox #736

The World's First Electric Bass Guitar!
 

While there have been lively debates raging in the rare instrument community for many years about any number of puzzling early guitars – not to mention the perennial issue of just who exactly was responsible for (more…)

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Audiovox #736

The World's First Electric Bass Guitar!
 

While there have been lively debates raging in the rare instrument community for many years about any number of puzzling early guitars – not to mention the perennial issue of just who exactly was responsible for (more…)

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Bixonic Expandora

 

The Bixonic Expandora is a distortion box par excellence. The name just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? I think Rocky Jones and his Space Rangers had one. I’m sure of it! Anyway, getting back to business, the Expandora is a delightful (more…)

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Peter Blake and Commentary Derek Taylor – 24 Nights

 

Perhaps you were let down by the high prices for the Eric Clapton guitars at the recent Christies auction. But don’t despair! You can still get a limited edition book, music, and memorabilia set, (more…)

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