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Monthly Archives: April 2002

The Gourds – Shinebox


I have a new favorite band. They’re called the Gourds. Imagine a countrified fire-breathing mandolin-driven version of Los Lobos and you have a vague inkling of what The Gourds are like. Shinebox has a somewhat convoluted origins. It was formerly a seven-song EP of live material called Gogitershinebox and produced for an Amsterdam radio show. […]

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The Byrds – Live at the Fillmore February 1969, (untitled)


It’s unfortunate that Roger McGuin insisted on retaining The Byrds name even after the other founding members had left the group. The “new” Byrds never gained the recognition they deserved, primarily because it appeared they were merely masquerading as poor substitutes for the original band. But they deserved better, being one of the first great […]

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Fred McDowell – The First Recordings, Steakbone Slide Guitar, Leve


These three CDs of Mississippi Fred McDowell all show different sides of the great Delta bluesman. Rounder’s The First Recordings were recorded by famed musicologist Alan Lomax in 1959, yet among the 14 cuts, this CD version includes four recordings that were never released. The original field recordings have been remastered to 20-bit digital, and […]

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