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Monthly Archives: April 2006

Danny Marks – Big Town Boy


On his Off The Floor Live! album, from 1996, Amos Garrett talks about all the clubs and acts he heard as a kid along Toronto’s Yonge Street – the Shays, David Clayton Thomas’ pre-Blood Sweat & Tears, with Freddie Keeler on guitar – over a John Lee Hooker boogie. Stuff we never heard “south of […]

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Kramer Duke

Shorter Steinberger Syndrome

If you think the headless, downsized Kramer Duke series was conceived and designed as a copy of the groundbreaking Steinberger bass, think again, because that’s not half of the story. Kramer began producing its eye-catching aluminum-neck instruments in the mid 1970s, touting their resistance to neck warpage and other problems. The aluminum necks had a […]

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Tommy Castro – Soul Shaker


It’s time to give Tommy Castro his due. And with this new record, he might actually get it. For years, he has played the blues circuit, doing his thing – singing about as well as anybody, playing guitar forcefully and soulfully, and being the ultimate showman. He has released fine records in the process. This […]

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Fu Manchu – Go For It… Live!


Britain’s NME magazine nailed Fu Manchu’s oeuvre when it dubbed them “damn near the most conceptually perfect rock band since the Ramones.” Now comes a damn near perfect double live album. Fu’s concept: Southern Cali pinball playin’ surfer dude into classic American muscle cars, ’70s hard rock and skate punk, belting fuzzed-to-the-gills, yet economical and […]

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April 2006


FEATURES BRAD PAISLEY Even though his name is dropped on major-celebrity news shows and he has performed on Letterman, Conan, and Kimmel, Brad Paisley is still a hardcore guitar guy. We take a listen to his new record and a peek at his collection of guitars and amps. By Zac Childs JOHN MONTELEONE The Next […]

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