Monthly Archives: March 2002

Mick Ronson – Play Don’t Worry


I confess! When I was 15 years old, David Bowie and the Spiders From Mars seemed a little odd to me. When I got a little older, I realized what great rock and roll it was. So it was (more…)

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Arbiter Fuzz Face Reissue

Psychedelic tones of the past

If you’re a fan of vintage ’60s fat-bottomed fuzz, nothing sounds better than a vintage Arbiter/England Fuzz Face… when it’s operating right. The pedal is highly regarded among players and collectors alike, especially when it’s equipped with (more…)

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Various Artists – The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute


The likes of Dylan, Mellencamp, Van Morrison, Dwight Yoakam, and many more cover the songs of one of country music’s pioneers. The covers mostly work. There are a few clinkers, but cuts (more…)

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Janis Ian – Hunger


An album just short of brilliant from a name I had’t heard in awhile. Killer songs, great delivery, and amazing use of an acoustic guitar. Highly recommended. This review originally appeared in VG‘s Feb. ’98 issue. (more…)

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Mississippi John Hurt – Memorial Anthology


John Hurt played a different breed of blues from Delta stalwarts like Son House and Robert Johnson. Hurt was an all-around songster, and his simple guitar and downhome voice were infectious. This two-CD set is a fine collection of Hurt’s best work, (more…)

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Vox AC-30 Amp

Trademark sound of the British Invasion

Electric guitarists often speak of the “Fender sound” or the “Marshall sound” when referring to amplifiers. And these amps certainly provide distinct coloration to the amplified signal, with different, but equally musical tones. But (more…)

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Roy Roberts – Deeper Shade of Blue


North Carolina bluesman Roy Roberts is an original, and there’s no other blues singer or guitarist who can equal his blend of minor-key, soul-laced shuffles. Like the great Otis Rush, much of Roberts’ best blues and ballads are driven by his (more…)

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Jimi Hendrix Experience – The Jimi Hendrix Experience


This four-CD box set illustrates again how the seed planted by Hendrix’s created a whole tree of rock guitar that still fourishes, although not at the level of creativity it did with Jimi. The music here is all alternate (more…)

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Hipshot B-Bender

B-Bender, Stealth, and Mania

This month’s guest reviewer is so good I asked him to stick around for two sessions so we could savor his down home humor and nasty guitar playing for twice as long. Will Ray is a Hellecaster, a record (more…)

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Big Jack Johnson and the Oilers – We Got to Stop This Killin’


Big Jack “Oilman” Johnson lays down modern-day Mississippi Delta blues at their best. Hailing from Clarksdale, some of his songs come straight from his front porch, such as “Lonesome Road;” others are hot from a (more…)

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