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Monthly Archives: July 2007

Talos Basic


Music Technology’s Talos Basic is an all-tube guitar amp is designed to be simple, yet so versatile that it stands out in what has become a rather large crowd. The amp is based on a keep-it-simple philosophy that favors using a short signal path, like vintage amps, but with audiophile-grade components and an improved design […]

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Walter Jr. – Back On the Bayou Road


In music and pop culture today, subtlety and taste are in very short supply. But this has both, in spades. Walter’s a Louisiana guy, and it shows on the opener, “Hot Louisiana Rock,” with its soulful, gritty vocal, driving rhythm guitar, and a solo with a great bite. And Walter’s solos are something to behold. […]

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Firecracker – The Wailin’ Jennys


Firecracker – The Wailin’ Jennys The second release from the tri-girl musical aggregate from Canada proves that even with a new contributor (songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Annabelle Chvostek), the Jennys’ music is still very tasty. The Jennys perform mostly original material, and here each member has contributed four songs, and one traditional tune, “Long Time Traveler,” completes the […]

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Swamp Cabbage – Honk


Swamp Cabbage – Honk Swamp Cabbage is a trio led by guitarist/vocalist Walter Parks. Walter has been around, and is best known as the guitarist for Richie Havens. If that fact would have you expecting folk music on this album, forget it. This is swamp blues and rock that fits the title of the record […]

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Harry Taussig – Fate Is Only Once


In his liner notes to this extremely rare 1965 album, Harry Taussig lists Woody Guthrie, Jesse Fuller, Mance Lipscomb, Scrapper Blackwell, Libba Cotton, Mississippi John Hurt, John Fahey, Ravi Shankar, and koto master Kimio Eto as influences or inspirations. But, he writes, “The one who speaks with voice and music separately and in a magnificently […]

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The Sadies – Favourite Colours


I love this band. Their ’02 record Stories Often Told was one of my favorites that year. Their latest will probably make the list for ’04. It’s hard to describe the band. See if this works for you. Mix Sweethearts of the Rodeo-era Byrds, some Buffalo Springfield, psychedelic touchstones, and themes to imagined westerns, and […]

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Darrell Scott – The Invisible Man


On his latest solo release, Darrell Scott delivers 12 reasons why he’s one of the most outstanding and underrated songwriters/performers in the U.S. today. Compared with his past efforts, The Invisible Man has a more rock edge, with fuller orchestration and multiple layers of textured sound. Given the nature of the tunes, these more assertive […]

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Alvin Young-blood Hart

Highly Motivated

Alvin YoungBlood Hart brings the rock! His new album, Motivational Speaker, is a tough, guitar-driven blend of ’70s blues-rock, classic country, and sumptuous slide guitar. Moving beyond the core audience that praised him for channeling Charlie Patton, Ledbelly, and Skip James, Hart is a multifaceted guitarist who is true to himself and his artistic vision. […]

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Ian McLagan & The Bump Band – Spiritual Boy: An Appreciation Of Ronnie Lane


Ian McLagan & The Bump Band – Spiritual Boy: An Appreciation Of Ronnie Lane Bassist/vocalist/songwriter Ronnie Lane was one-fourth of the Small Faces, and stayed onboard as they morphed into the Faces, fronted by Rod Stewart. Ian McLagan, keyboardist for both bands (and the Stones, Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, David Lindley, etc.), has assembled a loving […]

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M. Taylor, M. Simpson, M. Carthy, J. Martin – The Valley & Martins 4


M. Taylor, M. Simpson, M. Carthy, J. Martin – The Valley & Martins 4 The London Times called Martin Taylor “the finest British guitarist of his generation” – which is, if anything, an understatement. If you’re talking strictly about jazz, he’s the finest Great Britain has ever produced. If you’re encompassing all genres, apples-and-oranges comparisons […]

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