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Monthly Archives: January 2007

1967 Robert Bouchet

 

One singular work of the late French master Robert Bouchet, whose influence in the world of guitar making was enormous, is an exceptionally fine and well-preserved example from 1967 – the same year famed French classical guitarist Ida Presti passed away. Guitars by Bouchet are exceedingly rare; he made fewer than 155 instruments in his […]

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Bill Kirchen – King of Dieselbilly

 

Bill Kirchen – King of Dieselbilly You can smell the diesel as soon as the music starts pouring out of the speakers! Kirchen is a master guitarist who spent time with Commander Cody, a batch of friends called the Twangbangers, and several solo efforts for Hightone. This is a compilation of the Twangbangers and Hightone […]

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Stephen Stills – Man Alive!

 

Stephen Stills – Man Alive! Stephen Stills hasn’t released a solo record since the early ’90s. He says it took so long for this one because he kept giving songs to Graham Nash and David Crosby. A couple of years ago, he decided to keep a few for himself; we now have Man Alive! . […]

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Jamie Oldaker – Mad Dogs & Okies

 

Jamie Oldaker – Mad Dogs & Okies Although he’s played with a host a major acts, Jamie Oldaker is best known for his lengthy stint on drums with Eric Clapton. Usually sideman resumé records suffer from a lack of continuity, but, even though Oldaker neither sings nor writes any of the material here, and even […]

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Hot Tuna – Live In Japan, Sweetwater, and Sweetwater Two

 

Hot Tuna – Live In Japan, Sweetwater, and Sweetwater Two A feast of Hot Tuna! Extra helpings! Tuna leftovers! These guys are making our job too easy – reissuing three CDs (yes, remastered and with bonus tracks) simultaneously. Japan is a larger portion of the February ’97 date, while the Sweetwater discs are expanded versions […]

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Tab Benoit – Brother To The Blues

 

Tab Benoit – Brother To The Blues Benoit throws a bit of a curveball by adding country music to his always fun mix of blues, R&B, funk, rock, and Louisiana music. He even plays the pedal steel! But fans needn’t worry, as there’s also plenty of the stuff you’ve come to expect, starting with the […]

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Budda 10th Ann. Limited Edition Twinmaster

Purple, Proud, and Punchy
 

In 1995, Budda Amplification made its debut with the Twinmaster Ten, a stripped-down, no-frills 18-watt combo designed to keep up with full stacks in terms of tone and volume. The amp made a triumphant first appearance at a NAMM show, when 65 units were ordered despite the fact that company founders Jeff Bober and Scot […]

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Fender Jaguar Bass

Four Strings, Vintage-Six Style
 

Just when you think Fender has explored every conceivable combination and configuration of electric guitar, bass, and amplifier, the mighty crew from Arizona drums up something unexpected. At last January’s NAMM show, one of the funkier twists on an instrument was the “vintagey,” vibe-laden Jaguar Bass. Though some would argue it’s essentially a Fender Jazz […]

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Eric Gale

Crystal Vision
 

Eric Gales’ new release, Crystal Vision, is an autobiographical blues-rock tour de force with inspired twists and turns. Long labeled by myopic music critics as a Hendrix knock-off, Gales actually has a closer affinity to Little Jimmy King or the Tone Ranger himself, Eric Johnson. Crystal Vision is Gales’ turbulent continuing saga, told through impassioned […]

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Charlie Baty

 

Through the course of almost 20 years on Alligator Records, Charlie Baty of Little Charlie and the Nightcats has proven himself to be a one of his generation’s best blues and swing guitarists. That legacy continues on the latest Nightcats record, Nine Lives. So, what’s Charlie practicing these days? “I’m really into accordion music,” he […]

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