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Monthly Archives: April 2005

Steve Earle – Jerusalem

Jerusalem
 

Here are a couple of records from one of America’s best songwriters. One is a batch of cuts made for movie soundtracks, or for some other reason didn’t fit on his albums. The other is brand spanking new, and causing controversy for no reason. The controversial one is Jerusalem, and the controversy is over a […]

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Sean Costello – Moanin’ For Molasses

Moanin' For Molasses
 

I really enjoyed Sean’s last album, Cuttin’ In, and this one is just as likeable. He’s young, but man, he knows the blues. Both his singing and his guitar playing reek of soul. His playing shows hints of influences, but he’s always his own guy. The sound is authentic, but never dated. It’s fresh and […]

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Emmylou Harris – Rhino Reissues

Rhino Reissues
 

As huge a star as Emmylou Harris is, and as long and varied as her career has been, her achievements still don’t get their due, in my mind. Because virtually every article or review about Harris, for 30 years now, casts her as a protégé of Gram Parsons (indeed, she often speaks of herself in […]

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R.L. Burnside – Well… Well… Well

Well... Well... Well
 

If you’ve ever heard R.L. Burnside play, you’ll know the significance of this album’s title; “Well… well… well” is one of his pet phrases, a constant punctuation to his conversation. Burnside is a modern-day Delta bluesman who plays deep blues boogies in a trance jam that transcends even John Lee Hooker. He has recorded sporadically […]

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April 2005

 

FEATURES DOUBLENECKS, TRIPLENECKS And the “California Weird” Factor Just where the first multi-neck instrument was built isn’t known. But one thing is certain; guitar players are always willing to be different. Ever seen a doubleneck violin, or a double-throat trumpet? By Deke Dickerson BASS SPACE Ampeg Dan Armstrong In a true paradox, one of the […]

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John Pizzarelli

From Good Places
 

Last year, John Pizzarelli and his trio celebrated their 10th anniversary with a double-CD, Live At Birdland. Ten years is certainly an achievement in the music industry, but John and his brother, Martin, who plays bass in his trio, have good bloodlines. Their father, Bucky, is a legend who, as a soloist and an accompanist, […]

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