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Monthly Archives: November 2006

Adrian Belew

Musical Modernist
 

Bleeps, squawks, and other sounds emanate from the guitars of Adrian Belew, who has gigged with the likes of Frank Zappa and Talking Heads, not to mention his quarter-century association with King Crimson. Belew also has an offshoot band known as the Bears, and (more…)

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Michael Bloomfield – If You Love These Blues, Play ‘Em As You Please

 

I’ve had more than one conversation with a colleague when The Paul Butterfield Blues Band album came up, and we said in unison, “That album changed my life.” (more…)

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1985 Guild Nightbird Prototype

 

In early 1984, Mark Dronge, son of the Guild founder Alfred Dronge, was president of Guild. That year, Mark and I struck a deal to design six acoustic Guild guitars in two different body sizes. These were introduced at the 1984 summer National Association of Music Merchants (more…)

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C.C. Adcock

The Future of Swamp Rock
 

C.C. Adcock hunches over his Telecaster like a tiger ready to pounce. He stands on one foot, the other leg twisting like an unmanned fire hose – one leg wrapping and unwrapping around the other uncontrollably, while he (more…)

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Bob Brozman – Blues Reflex

 

Bob Brozman has made his name playing everything from the blues to Hawaiian music, old-timey Americana to Hot Club sounds. But above all, Brozman is a performer. His concerts are rowdy and alive – a musical pastiche highlighted by incredible musicianship. Much of Brozman’s musical (more…)

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Tiny Moore & Jethro Burns – Back To Back

 

The original 1979 Kaleidoscope edition of this album is labeled “country” on allmusic.com. Which should come as no surprise; musicians have been stereotyped by their resumes (or in this case part of their resumes) probably since cavemen were beating on (more…)

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Pete Anderson

 

Despite prevailing trends and “industry wisdom” – an oxymoron Pete Anderson has disproved several times over – the 20-year association of this guitarist/producer/label-head and country star Dwight Yoakam has been one of the most fruitful in country music history. Based in Los Angeles instead of (more…)

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Big Al Anderson – After Hours

 

This is the first solo album by the former lead guitarist for NRBQ in almost a decade, and he uses it to cover lots of ground. Anderson writes good ballads that fall between jazz and nightclub tunes. “Love Makes a Fool of Me” is one; (more…)

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Dave Biller & Jazz Pharaohs – LeRoy’s Swing & Old Man Time

 

The connection between these two albums is one Dave Biller, a multi-talented Austin guitar man who plays it all – Hot Club swing to straight-ahead jazz – with a fine dose of rockabilly added when the (more…)

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Fender Telecaster

 

Simplicity. You can sum up the success of Fender’s venerable Telecaster model with one word. A cross-cultural phenomenon right down to its name – in a bind, the company essentially named it after the television – its many intuitive features all revert to that one (more…)

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