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Monthly Archives: December 2006

Marty Robbins – The Essential Mary Robbins

 

With a repertoire so extensive and wide-ranging, it would be impossible to track down, let alone list, all the session players backing this country icon on this two-disc retrospective. The Mottola/Caiola crew played several New York sessions, but that’s Grady Martin on “El Paso” – one of the most famous solos of all time. This […]

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Epiphone Riviera

 

The Epiphone Riviera helped reinvent Epiphone in the 1960s as a modern guitar company whose instruments sported such contemporary features as thinline, semi-hollow, double-cutaway bodies and humbucking pickups. In the minds of older guitarists, Epiphone was a traditional New York-based company, with roots in 19th-century Greece, that came into prominence with tenor banjos in the […]

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Nik Huber Orca

Good Wood, Good Sounds
 

German guitar builder Nik Huber is the latest in his family to continue a 100-year tradition of woodworking. Huber started in the guitar business as a Paul Reed Smith authorized repair shop in 1995, and he maintains a strong relationship with that company and its founder. Today, his line consists of seven models, most using […]

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Greg V

Tailgate Troubadour
 

Greg V.’s Tailgate Troubadour is an outstanding album that crawls under your skin and sticks with you. But it wasn’t really meant to be. “It was basically a deluxe business card. It wasn’t really to establish me as a solo artist,” says the Virginia native, now in L.A. And it may do just that, even […]

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Popa Chubby – Stealing the Devil’s Guitar

 

Good ol’ Popa Chubby – a.k.a. Ted Horowitz – keeps chuggin’ along and making solid records, especially when it comes to guitarslinging. A couple of tunes here seem like mere excuses to jam (including the instrumentals “Kinda Dicey” and “The Devil’s Guitar”) but the more rock-and-roll cuts like “Slide Devil Man, Slide” showcase the best […]

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Marty Robbins – The Essential Mary Robbins

 

With a repertoire so extensive and wide-ranging, it would be impossible to track down, let alone list, all the session players backing this country icon on this two-disc retrospective. The Mottola/Caiola crew played several New York sessions, but that’s Grady Martin on “El Paso” – one of the most famous solos of all time. This […]

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December 2006

 

FEATURES PETER FRAMPTON Fingerprints on the Fretboard(s) The guitarist/vocalist and world-record holder for the most popular live album ever recorded sits down to discuss his new guest-heavy instrumental album and his laudable collection of guitars. By Willie G. Moseley GIBSON TRINI LOPEZ In the ’60s, Gibson’s artist roster included heavyweight names like Smith, Farlow, and […]

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