Monthly Archives: June 2005

Hamer Monaco III

Not Like The Others

After 30 years in the business, Hamer has gained a reputation for being one of the best guitar builders in the world, and for good reason. Hamer’s attention to detail, use of the best woods, pickups and materials, as well as (more…)

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Jimmy Thackery

Heavens to Mergatroid!

Few guitarists working the blues circuit today can boast a signature sound as unique as Jimmy Thackery’s. As far from an SRV clone as one can be while still playing a Stratocaster, Thackery combines elements of Nashville twang, swing, surf, hard (more…)

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Drive By Truckers – The Dirty South

The Dirty South

I confess, these good ol’ boys have become one of my favorite rock and roll bands. There double-disc opus, Southern Rock Opera, was one of my favorite records from the past couple of years. It’s a tribute, in effect, to Lynyrd Skynyrd, (more…)

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The Ford Brothers – Center Stage

Center Stage

The Ford Brothers are Robben on guitar and vocals, Patrick on drums, and Mark on harp and vocals. Robben, of course, has a solo career, but on occasion gets together with his brothers for special projects. This is a concert that shows in parts (more…)

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Pete Anderson – Daredevil


Pete is best known as Dwight Yoakam’s guitarist and producer of many talents. He enlivened many a Dwight tune with solos that didn’t fit convention. He also released a couple of fine solo records on Little Dog, his own label, that were among the best of (more…)

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Walter Trout and the Radicals – Relentless


I’ve always put Walter Trout in with a batch of players who exist out there who just go out and play blazing blues-rock with great intensity, and have a small following that adores them, for good reason. They play great, sing great, and spend lots (more…)

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Glenn Phillips – Angel Sparks

Angel Sparks

Glenn?! What’s up, you ol’ squirrelly Atlanta devil? You haven’t released an album since 1996; it’s good to hear from you again. I never figured you’d given up music, it’s much too important to you for that – heck, you’ve been (more…)

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J.J. Cale

Clapton Mentor

Ordinarily, in a mentor-disciple relationship in which one of the players is Eric Clapton, the guitar icon would be the mentor. But one of the most significant moments at Clapton’s Crossroads Festival in Dallas last June came when Clapton the disciple happily took the (more…)

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Ernie Hawkins – Mean Little Poodle

Mean Little Poodle

Man, I love Ernie Hawkins. This is the third disc I’ve heard by him, and each one impresses more and more. There are very few individuals who play this stuff and make it real. This “stuff,” by the way, (more…)

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Joe Louis Walker – Pasa Tiempo

Pasa Tiempo

Joe Louis Walker has long been one of the best-kept secrets of the blues. That might be a fine thing for blues fans, but for a musician, being a secret is not where it’s at. Walker cut numerous albums before his big launch with (more…)

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