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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 who’ve just quit smoking! If, however, the accordion player were Sharon Shannon, they would have […]

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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 ’70s where he quickly became part of the music scene. In 1978, […]

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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 on this great album. If you’re in a country band, you could pretty much learn cuts one […]

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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 as adept behind the boards as he is in front the amp. What’s […]

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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. And one of the first companies to venture away from wood construction was Valco, which in 1962 […]

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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 similar blues sessions, were released on the Black & Blue label. Now, 30 years later, these recordings are being brought out of […]

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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 “inventing” the electric guitar – it seems little energetic dialog has surrounded the bass. Until now it has been […]

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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 “inventing” the electric guitar – it seems little energetic dialog has surrounded the bass. Until now it has been […]

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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 device. Round in nature, finished in an elegant brushed aluminum, and sporting the […]

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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, autographed by Clapton himself, for less than half the price of a Fender Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster. 24 Nights is a […]

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