Monthly Archives: September 2002

Wayne Kramer

You Don't turn in your card

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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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, (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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