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Monthly Archives: January 2007

The Morells – Think About It

 

The Morells – Think About It The Morells have been making music in many forms for awhile, including as their alter egos, the Skeletons, who are responsible for “Rainy Day Parade,” one of my favorite tunes of the past 20 years. These fellas are all fine players, and readers of VG will be especially fond […]

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Marah – If You Didn’t Laugh… You’d Cry

 

Marah – If You Didn’t Laugh… You’d Cry The kids from Philly – Marah brothers Dave and Serge Bielanko – have left home for the big town, New York. And their new city reverberates through their new album, If You Didn’t Laugh… You’d Cry. Philadelphia inspired Marah’s three landmark CDs: 1998′s debut Let’s Cut the […]

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Roine Stolt – Wall Street Voodoo

 

Roine Stolt – Wall Street Voodoo Roine Stolt is best known for fronting the acclaimed progressive band The Flower Kings. But in the back of his mind, the Swedish guitarist has long wanted to pay tribute to the axe heroes of his youth – Hendrix, Clapton, Trower, Allman, Zappa, and so on. That electric dream […]

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Fender’s American Deluxe Stratocaster V Neck

Still Killer After All These Years
 

One look Fender’s latest Frontline catalog and you’ll see a huge array of models – Custom Shop N.O.S., Closet Classic, and Relics, artist signature models, American Strats, Mexican-made Strats, vintage reissues, Deluxe, Squires… the list goes on. To some this may seem unnecessary or even a bit over the top, but as a self-proclaimed Stratocaster […]

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Robert Cray

Looking Forward (in a Loose Sort of Way)
 

Vintage Guitar first interviewed guitarist Robert Cray in 1997, and since then he has maintained a consistent pace in recording and performing. His albums in the interim include Take Your Shoes Off (1999), Shoulda Been Home (2001), and Time Will Tell (2003). An archival live collaboration by Cray and Albert Collins, In Concert, was also […]

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James McMurtry – Childish Things

 

James McMurtry – Childish Things McMurtry’s Too Long In the Wasteland, from 1989, was an auspicious debut in more ways than one. Among its 11 original tracks were a few that instantly sounded like standards from a new, original voice. The album was produced by John Mellencamp and utilized his band, which at the time […]

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Nickel Creek – Why Should the Fire Die?

 

Nickel Creek – Why Should the Fire Die? Nickel Creek is the hottest acoustic trio in the U.S., and judging by Why Should the Fire Die?, its popularity won’t soon wane. I’m glad, not only for them, but for the future of pop music. Nickel Creek proves that smart, complicated music can also be popular. […]

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The Ian Siegal Band – Meat and Potatoes

 

The Ian Siegal Band – Meat and Potatoes Ian is a big deal with blues fans in Europe, including Jeff Beck and Ronnie Wood. One listen to Meat and Potatoes makes it easy to see why. Siegel sings in a choked vocal style that calls to mind a mix of Howlin’ Wolf and Tom Waits. […]

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Greg Koch – 4 Days in the South

 

Greg Koch is one of those players with chops to spare. But he’s also got a wonderful sense of humor and despite his talent, doesn’t take himself too seriously. Examples of his attitude abound on this album, on tracks like the slow blues “The Love Contractor.” Brilliant, soulful playing highlight the cut. Any fan of […]

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Little Charlie and the Nightcats – Nine Lives

 

Little Charlie and the Nightcats – Nine Lives What can you say about Charlie Baty and the boys? This is their ninth record for Alligator since the late ’80s, and the mix of blues, swing, and everything in-between continues to be about as much fun as you can have listening to music. Fun is a […]

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