Monthly Archives: May 2007

Pat Metheny Group – The Way Up


Early press about this made a big deal about it being one big composition. But there’s so much variation that it works to the ear as separate pieces, too. And they all sound great. The band plays great, as does Metheny, and (more…)

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Chris Whitley and the Bastard Club – Reiter In


Chris Whitley was a brilliant player who made a near-perfect major-label record like Living With the Law, and could also do the off-the-wall independent stuff he did for the last 15 years of his life. So it’s fitting that this posthumous release combines the (more…)

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Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Zuzu Bollin – Boogie Uproar: Texas Blues and R&B 1947-1954


The history of early Texas jump blues is often summed up in one name – T-Bone Walker. While Walker’s pioneering guitarwork, great original songs, and landmark recordings are justly famous, his star quality eclipsed (more…)

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1904 José Ramírez I


Possibly no name is more associated with the classical guitar than that of José Ramírez (1858-1923), the founder of a long dynasty of Madrid makers dating from the late 19th century through the current era. Important not only for the large and varied production of instruments that (more…)

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Parker Guitars P8E and P8E

Fresh designs from radical axe maker

A Parker acoustic? And a cyber-age single-cutaway? Yes, folks, it’s the 21st century, and the Parker guitar company is responding with new designs for a new era. Of the two, the P8E steel-string acoustic will elicit the (more…)

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Richard Bennett


For the past decade, Nashville’s own Richard Bennett has been a touring guitarist for Mark Knopfler. The gig is just the latest installment in a long and varied career that has seen Bennett wear the hats of session veteran, record producer, and touring side man. (more…)

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May 2007


FEATURES BUCK OWENS AND HIS BUCKAROOS A Bunch of Twangy Guitars Buck Owens’ track to stardom had an unorthodox start – one that didn’t depend on his unique voice. Rather, it was launched when another singer needed a lead guitarist on short notice. By Rich Kienzle THE MURPH 12-STRING Tugging at Your Heart Strings Whether […]

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