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Monthly Archives: September 2002

Wayne Kramer

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I hadn’t seen Wayne Kramer, lead guitar for Detroit’s legendary MC5, in 25 years, yet there we were shaking hands and hugging each other, trying to get in as much reminiscences of the old days in the Motor City before he went onstage. His band was the headliner at a massive labor march in Detroit […]

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The Del McCoury Band – Del and the Boys


Anyone who thinks bluegrass music is just about doing songs performed by dead guys – but doing ‘em faster, hasn’t heard the Del McCoury band. Their latest album on Ricky Skaggs’ Celli Music leads off with a rollicking rendition of the Richard Thompson song “’52 Vincent.” This is not a tune that lends itself to […]

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Johnny Winter – Deluxe Edition


When you think about it, Johnny Winter has had quite a career. And here, from Alligator Records, just to let you know it continues strong, is a set of cuts from his stint with Alligator. There’s raucous blues, blistering rock and roll, and even some nice acoustic blues with Johnny shining on dobro. There are […]

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Little Charlie and the Nightcats – Deluxe Edition


Alligator has started a “best of” line that features cuts from various artists. Here’s one of the first, and if future releases are this nice, it’ll be a definite plus for the great blues label. Plain and simple, Charlie Baty is one helluva guitar player. I’ve loved him ever since I heard the first Little […]

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Steve Lukather

A full Plate For Mor Than 20 Years

Native Californian guitarslinger Steve Lukather has been a mainstay on the Left Coast studio and concert scene for longer than you think. He’s best noted for his longtime association with platinum-selling Toto, which has sold 30 million albums worldwide since its first single, “Hold the Line,” hit the top 10 in 1978. Even Lukather’s high […]

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Tony Green – Gypsy Jazz


New Orleans artist/guitarist Tony Green has crafted a masterpiece of swinging gypsy jazz with this CD. He covers three Django Reinhardt tunes, as well as songs by Sidney Bechet, a variety of traditional waltzes and lullabies, and one original piece. The songs come to life through Green’s beautiful guitar style, emphasizing melody and emotion over […]

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Merle Haggard – Roots, Vol. 1


Norm Stephens isn’t a household name, even to country music fans who have no doubt heard his guitar playing. But to Merle Haggard, Stephens – the original guitarist behind Hag’s biggest influence, Lefty Frizzell – is a hero. When Stephens decided to come out of retirement, he placed a classified ad in the local newspaper. […]

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Carvin VL212 Legacy Combo

Hotrodded Marshall, glimpse of gussied-up Fender

Carvin’s Legacy series amplifiers were designed exclusively for fretboard wizard Steve Vai – un-questionably one of the best players around is Vai well-known for his keen ear, incredible technique, and formidable tone. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with his work, Vai was introduced to the guitar community as a fiery young player […]

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Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, and Tony Rice – The Pizza Tapes


This material came from the first Tone Poems sessions at David Grisman’s studios, and its title came from the fact the master was allegedly stolen from Jerry Garcia’s kitchen table by a pizza delivery guy. In the liner notes David Grisman writes, “After several years of being pissed off (about their illegal release), I decided […]

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Tim Scheerhorn

Dobro "New School"

The list of folks who use Tim Scheerhorn’s guitars reads like a who’s who of resonator and slide guitarists. Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge, Sally VanMeter, Rob Ickes, Ben Harper, Phil Leadbetter, and Jimmy Stewart all rely on their Scheerhorns. What is it that causes these artist to faithfully flock to these unique axes? VG talked […]

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