Monthly Archives: September 2005

Scott Holt – Angels in Exile


Scott Holt isn’t exactly a newcomer to the music buzz. He served in Buddy Guy’s band for 10 years and, not surprisingly, calls it a “…trip to the university.” That schooling has definitely paid off with Angels in Exile. (more…)

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Guy Forsyth – Steak


This healthy serving of steak is pretty meaty. Bo Diddley’s rock and roll, dirge-like blues (and I mean that in a good way), acoustic country blues, jump blues, and blues-based rock mix to make an excellent album. Guy plays all the slide, and there’s some (more…)

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Graham Central Station – Anthology


It is extremely rare for a band to have one true innovator. Sly & The Family Stone had two. There was the vision of Sly Stone, and the thumb of Larry Graham. His revolutionary electric bass style – popping, pulling, thumping, plucking, and (more…)

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Merle Travis Bigsby Electric Guitar


Longtime vintage guitar enthusiasts are probably familiar with one of the icons of solidbody electric guitars – the late 1940s Bigsby instrument built for legendary picker Merle Travis. The guitar now sits on permanent display (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 is it that causes these artist to faithfully flock to these unique axes? (more…)

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Florence Dore – Perfect City


Like her stablemates, the Star Room Boys, Florence Dore creates songs with a visceral organic link to traditional American music. Perfect City, Dore’s first release, displays the sort of literary verve you might expect from a professor of American Literature. Teaching posts (more…)

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September 2005


FEATURES GRETSCH GUITARS The Artful Icon Gretsch guitars reached their prominence in a time when guitars were made for the average man to play his average tune. Yet, they have become an icon. Who do we thank? Plus, Brian Setzer! By Billy Murphy BASS SPACE 1960s Gibson Melody Maker A caught-in-the-middle ’60s rarity that was […]

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