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Monthly Archives: May 2006

Ibanez Model 2020


Like most things, the closer you look at certain phenomena, the more you find often subtle, unexpected surprises. A good example is this Ibanez Model 2020, which dates from around 1970, at the very beginning of the so-called “copy era.” While Japanese guitar companies were beginning to emulate American designs to provide budget alternatives at […]

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KJL Dirty 30 amp

It's "Fat," It's Purple...

What’s Fat, purple, and loud? Well, Barney the Dinosaur is one answer, but not the one we’re looking for here. The correct answer is the KJL Dirty 30 amplifier head. Gearheads know “fat” is a reference to tone (and it’s a good thing… more later), and the purple is for the Dirty 30′s cool tolex […]

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Warren Haynes

Back on the Mule

Given his work ethic, it makes sense that Warren Haynes plays in a band called Gov’t Mule. A strong contender for Workaholic Guitarist of the Year, Haynes is active in three high-profile bands, and in his spare time he picks up a few solo gigs. In the two years since we last spoke with him, […]

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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – Live At Montreux 1982 & 1985


By now, every guitar fan worth his salt knows the story behind these two concerts by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival. Appearing in 1982, the boys were actually booed, but ended up winning over more important folks in the process. In 1985, they returned triumphantly as conquering heroes. […]

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Brian Wilson – Smile


It was 1967, and through those hash-hazy days of the Summer of Love, Beach Boys auteur Brian Wilson had a vision. Inspired by the Beatles’ Rubber Soul, he had created his epochal Pet Sounds, which was even then being hailed as one of the best rock albums of all time. Heady praise – perhaps too […]

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David Ball – Freewheeler


David Ball has the talent to be a huge star, yet he seems content to fly underneath Nashville’s radar. His first song, “Don’t You Think I Feel It, Too,” was originally recorded by Jessie Colter, then later by Shawn Colvin and Lyle Lovett. His first group, Uncle Walt’s Band, teamed Ball with high-school chums Walter […]

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Michael Powers – Onyx Root


Even for the most hardcore blues fan, things can get a bit “samey” after a point, with so many artists dipping into the same 12-bar well. So as nice as it is to have some of the elder statesmen still vital and kicking, it’s even more exciting when a new face comes along and injects […]

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John Pizzarelli – Knowing You


Pizzarelli is on a roll. His past few albums have been stone-cold killers, and his most recent, Knowing You, is a collection of songs by writers he loves, with guest musicians augmenting his normal trio. It differs a bit from his recent efforts in that there’s not as much guitar as you might expect. Oh, […]

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Various artists – Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens


The music of New Orleans has, by now, been over-anthologized, but, with four discs and an 80-page book, Shout! Factory’s deluxe treatment is perhaps the most ambitious to date, and quite possibly the most fun. Since this is not a “jazz” or “rhythm and blues” anthology, producer/compiler Chuck Taggart’s task was to distill the city’s […]

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The Duhks – The Duhks


I despise most “multi-cultural” bands because they end up being musical jacks-of-all-trades and masters of none. The Duhks (pronounced like duck) manage to avoid this musical pitfall due to their enormous talents and obvious reverence for their musical roots. Comprised of 20-somethings hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Duhks have been together for two years. The […]

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