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Monthly Archives: November 2002

Brent Mason – Hot Wired

 

Some of you know Brent Mason because he’s one of the most-heard guitarists in the world. A mainstay on the Nashville scene, he has played on hundreds of recent country hits. That said, it should be noted his solo instrumental effort here is not a country album. Yes, there are some cuts that feature nasty […]

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Donnie Iris – The Best of : The Millennium Collection

 

Remember a couple of year back, when MCA starting re-releasing the Chess Masters in a nice packaged set? Well, that was a great project, and so is their pop side of the deal. They call these 20th Century Masters, and the series features tons of artists who have been on labels now owned by Universal. […]

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Kendrick Sirius

"Star" guitar from the Lone Star State
 

In devising its limited line of gui-tars, Kendrick, the Texas-based custom amp and guitar builder, has stuck to traditional guns, offering a Strat-inspired axe in its Continental, and Les Paul lines/configuration in the Townhouse. But Kendrick’s newest model, the Sirius, covers ground less copied; it’s a LP Junior/Special sort of affair with P-90-style pickups. It […]

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Mike Bloomfield – I’m Cuttin’ Out

 

When the late Mike Bloomfield burst onto the guitar scene in 1965 – on the Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s self-titled debut and Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan – it was like nothing anyone had ever heard before. He had a hipness that set him apart from the blues players, a grittiness that the rockers […]

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Jack Knife and the Sharps – Ace Cafe

 

Jack Knife and the Sharps are a staple on the bar scene in Minneapolis-St. Paul. They have a reputation of serving up good old-fashioned rock and roll spiced by rockabilly, country, and ’50s-style rock. This CD certainly backs up that reputation. Guitarist and lead singer Rick Hollister serves up everything he does with an extra […]

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Del Casher

Talks About the Ecco-Fonic
 

Although he claims to play guitar more like the late George Barnes than Les Paul, comparisons between Del Casher and his “adopted uncle” Leo reveal two outgoing youngsters who have played music all their lives, learned the ins and outs of technology while taking it a step or two further and show no signs of […]

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Abby and Norm Group – Volume 1: The Book of Norman

 

This band is led by Norman Zocher and Abby Aronson, both professors at the Berklee College of Music. The style is jazz, and it’s a fine mix of different modern styles. Abby is a fine bassist, driving the tunes, and playing some very nice solos when called on (“Cytyc Thinprep 2000″). Norm plays guitar in […]

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A Nod to Bob – An Artists Tribute to Bob Dylan on his 60th Bday

 

We are all getting older, except of course, for those of us who’ve already died. Bob Dylan is still among the living, although judging from the most recent Academy Awards broadcast, he’s threatening to morph into Vincent Price. Dylan is originally from Duluth, Minnesota, so it makes sense that a Minnesota-based record label, Red House, […]

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O’Hagan Guitars

Jaws Invades the Upper Mississippi
 

By the shores of Gitche Gumee, Minnehaha gives a little yelp of surprise. There, just behind Mary Tyler Moore, cutting the murky waters of Old Muddy with its triangular fin and tell-tale bubbly wake, she spies a swimming Shark. Has Jaws returned for #4? No, it’s just another O’Hagan guitar, making its way home to […]

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O’Hagan Guitars

Jaws Invades the Upper Mississippi
 

By the shores of Gitche Gumee, Minnehaha gives a little yelp of surprise. There, just behind Mary Tyler Moore, cutting the murky waters of Old Muddy with its triangular fin and tell-tale bubbly wake, she spies a swimming Shark. Has Jaws returned for #4? No, it’s just another O’Hagan guitar, making its way home to […]

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