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Monthly Archives: January 2007

Eric Johnson

Solving The Tonal "Rubik's Cube"
 

Eric Johnson has a reputation for being not only an amazing guitarist, but someone who cares deeply about every aspect of his music. Johnson constantly strives to strengthen his skills to grow as both a player and songwriter, and is dedicated to his tone. He recently spoke with VG about crafting his latest disc, Bloom […]

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Jake Shimabukuro – Dragon

 

Jake Shimabukuro – Dragon The ukulele is where many a guitarist got his or her start, but for Jake Shimabukuro, it was the destination. The lowly four-string has always been capable of more than “Tiptoe Through The Tulips,” but few could have envisioned the level to which this virtuoso takes it. Shimabukuro views the instrument […]

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John Cowan – New Tattoo

 

John Cowan – New Tattoo John Cowan is one of modern bluegrass’ most influential innovators. On his latest release, he explores the more “popgrass” side of his musical personality. The opening/title track uses a simple descending melody line coupled with lyrics that describe several acquaintances’ inky attributes. Except for prominent banjo, this song could easily […]

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Various artists – The Royal Dan: A Tribute

 

Various artists – The Royal Dan: A Tribute It’s a great idea, and for the most part, it works. The Royal Dan is the latest in a string of tribute albums put together by guitarist Jeff Richman (see this month’s “First Fret” section). And as you’d expect, he has gathered a slew of wonderful players […]

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Jeff Golub – Temptation

 

Lots of folks think Golub’s playing has grown a little too slick and “smooth” for its own good. You might agree, but to me, his playing has such a groove it’s impossible to not like it. You might know Golub as a rocker, given his stints with Billy Squier and Rod Stewart, or his Avenue […]

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Dr. Z Mini Z

We Don't Got To Show You No Stinking Headroom!
 

The Mini Z is amp builder Dr. Z’s (a.k.a. Mike Zaite) entry into the low-watt/single-power-tube practice/recording category of amps. Extremely compact at under one cubic foot in size, and weighing just 22 pounds, the Mini Z uses a single 12AX7 preamp tube, EL84 power tube, and a solidstate rectifier. The Mini Z gets the distortion […]

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Mimi Fox

 

Mimi Fox has been recording for many years, but moved notably further into the spotlight with her last two releases, 2004′s She’s the Woman, and the wonderful new double disc, Perpetually Hip. On the album, disc one features Fox playing with a band, while disc two is solo guitar. “I feel like it’s two sides […]

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Shawn Camp – Fireball

 

Shawn Camp’s latest record features his songwriting skills presented in a live acoustic and bluegrass context, framed with electric honkytonk flare. Even though the milieu may be different, the overall impression remains the same – Camp is a masterful songwriter and powerful singer. From its opening electric twang, Fireball burns with rockabilly passion. But along […]

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Little Milton – Think of Me

 

Little Milton is a stone-cold legend of black music. He’s called a blues singer and guitarist, but has always seemed to be more. Here, a bit older and longer of tooth, we get a good picture of his talent and versatility. Cuts like “I’ll Be” feature the mix of Southern soul and blues that have […]

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Flatt & Scruggs and Earl Scruggs – Foggy Mountain Jamboree, Gospel and I Saw The Light

 

Flatt & Scruggs and Earl Scruggs – Foggy Mountain Jamboree, Gospel and I Saw The Ligh It’s surprising that Legacy didn’t issue this bluegrass treasure trove closer to the heels of O Brother, Where Art Thou, the movie that introduced Ralph Stanley to a new generation and made Dan Tyminski a recognizable voice, if not […]

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