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Monthly Archives: May 2004

Gibson Electric Uke

Ted McCarty, Gibson's president from 1948 to '66, was responsible for some of Gibson's greatest designs. While McCarty cites the Les Paul Model...

Stephen Bruton

You've likely heard Stephen Bruton without knowing who he is. He has backed up luminaries like Kris Kristofferson and Bonnie Raitt, and appeared...

Montrose – The Very Best of Montrose

Ronnie Montrose is known less for his guitar capabilities than for fronting a mid-'70s hard rock band that featured an unknown lead singer named...

Tim O’Brien – Two Journeys

In his recent VG interview, Tim O'Brien mentioned that his next release would be more of a "songwriter" CD. Instead, his latest,...

The Yardbirds – Ultimate

Two fallacies that invariably arise in discussions of the Yardbirds: 1) declaring them the fathers of psychedelic music and/or heavy metal; 2) focusing on...

Kim Wilson – Smokin’ Joint

This CD, recorded over a two-year period, spotlights the world class work of the legendary T-Birds frontman, but of interest to the readers of...

Muddy Waters – The Blues: Rolling Stone 1941-1950

This new collection chronicles the rise of Muddy Waters from tractor driver to the king of the blues. It presents 36 of his...

The Spencer Davis Group – I’m A Man & Gimme Some Lovin’

In its original incarnation, the Spencer Davis Group was one of the best R&B or pop bands of the British Invasion. Unfortunately, that...

Brian Setzer ’68 Comeback Special – Ignition

Okay, I confess. Somehow this one slid in under the radar. Released in late summer, it features Setzer back in a trio...

Janiva Magness – Blues Ain’t Pretty

Well, I do agree, the blues ain't pretty. But svelte torch singer Janiva Magness sure is a sight for sore eyes. In addition to...
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