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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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