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Monthly Archives: February 2002

Howard Alden – Take Your Pick

 

Here’s a good-old-fashioned jazz guitar album from one of Concord’s young lions. Alden’s work always sounds great, whether he’s swinging with single-note runs (“The Gig”), playing chord solos (“I Concentrate on You”), or bringing new life to old warhorses on acoustic (“My Funny Valentine”). Alden is one of several jazzers playing seven-string and he shines […]

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A.R.T. Tube Channel

A.R.T. Tube Channel
 

Picking through signal processors was worse than looking at distortion boxes – wide variation in features, but all aimed at (more or less) warming up the signal (especially vocals), offering some compression, and finally, if you’re lucky, some eq to throw a little chime on the high end or define the mids and lows. After […]

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Blind Pig Records – 20th Anniversary Collection

 

It’s been 20 years since Blind Pig Records got its start in the humble Blind Pig Café in a basement in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Over the years, the label has released records by a virtual who’s who of modern blues greats, now collected on Blind Pig’s 20th Anniversary Collection. This two-CD set sells for the […]

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Bernard Allison – Times Are Changing

 

The times certainly are a-changing. Luther Allison’s son, Bernard, is back, unleashing a tough brand of modern blues that will blow the dust out of your speaker cones. This is new blues by a new generation. Bernard Allison is at the forefront of the modern blues movement. His sound shows a clear lineage of rocking […]

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Rocky Athas

The Perfect Beast is a Matter of Tone
 

Ask what defines Rocky Athas’ sonic universe and the Texas-born guitarist will readily answer, “Tone,” which he best exploits in his weapon of choice, a 1962 Surf Green Stratocaster. The marriage hardly happened overnight, as Athas readily explains. “From 1973 to 1983, I used nothing but Les Pauls – I didn’t even own a Stratocaster,” […]

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Johnny Adams – There Is Always One More Time

 

From the “there really can’t be a better singer around” catagory comes this set from the latter part of Adams career. It encompasses his work with Rounder from 1982 until his death in 1998. Pretty much unknown to the pop world, except for the incredible “Reconsider Me,” which was a hit in 1969, Adams is […]

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Audiovox and Serenader Amps

An Interview with Bud Tutmarc
 

Introduction With this month’s feature story on the Audiovox bass (page 80), plus a comparison between Audiovox pickup (page 81) and early Dobro pickups, it seems appropriate to also dedicate this month’s column to the “legendary” Seattle line. Having never had the opportunity to play through one or take one apart, we’ll have to let […]

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Sandblasters and The Boss Martians – Space Bar-B-Q and 13 Evil Tales

 

Yes, it’s surf month here at VG. There have certainly been some great releases in this genre in the past year or two. Myself and other writers at the magazine have featured the likes of Los Straitjackets, Laika and the Cosmonauts, Hillbilly Soul Surfers, and of course, the wonderful Cowabunga box set from Rhino. All […]

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Dave Alvin – Public Domain

 

Dave Alvin is one of those guys you have to love. He continuously makes great albums that encompass most of the genres that make up “American” music, and he does it without much fanfare. Here, the former guitarist for the Blasters and X covers songs he and his brother, Phil, discovered when they were kids […]

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Martin Barre

Three Decades with Jethro Tull
 

Since the late 1960s, guitarist Martin Barre has been an important fixture in the legendary British band Jethro Tull. The only Tull album on which he didn’t play was the band’s first, This Was, but he’s been on every one since Stand Up. His unique tone and riffs are as integral to the band’s sound […]

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