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Monthly Archives: August 2007

Bruce Molsky – Soon Be Time

 

Bruce Molsky proves that you can be scholarly about American roots music without being boring. On Soon Be Time he entertains his listeners on fiddle, banjo, and finger-picked guitar. All solo, no overdubbing, just him, an instrument, and you. This is Molsky’s sixth solo album, and much of the material was developed from live performances. […]

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The Roches – Moonswept

 

Sibling harmonies are invariably sited for the unmatched quality that results from the close similarity of the voices – from the Everly Brothers to the Pointer Sisters. But the Roche sisters’ one-of-a-kind blend comes from three very dissimilar voices. Terre climbs the upper register, Maggie can hit low notes that would make Junior Brown jealous, […]

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Vox Cooltron Pedals

Look, Ma! No AC Cords!
 

We’ve harped on the fact before that there are so many great-sounding overdrive/distortion pedals on the market today. And regardless of whether they employ silicon or germanium transistors, guitarists generally feel distortion from a pedal should be produced exactly like distortion from a great amp, meaning it has to start with a vacuum tube. Tube-driven […]

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The Stryker/Slagle Band – Latest Outlook

 

On his latest release, Dave Stryker collaborates once again with saxophonist Steve Slagle, and the two are joined by bassist Jay Anderson and Billy Hart on drums, and Joe Lovano joins on tenor sax for a couple cuts. Stryker’s bop on the opener, “Knew Hold,” swings mightily, especially when he’s soloing. After the guitar and […]

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Eric Gales – The Psychedelic Underground

 

The Psychedelic Underground Eric Gales’ new disc picks up where last year’s Crystal Vision left off. It’s a double-barreled dose of muscular blues-rock riffs, real-deal life stories, and refreshing solos. Classic blues-rock riffage is offset with angular melodies, Beatle-esque harmonies and deep pocket funk. Songs such as “Wake Up Call,” “Someday” and “Someone Else’s Problem” […]

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Paul Gilbert

"How Pat Travers saved my soul!"
 

Any guitarist who can play Emerson Lake & Palmer’s “Karn Evil 9″ and nail the keyboard solo is a bad motor scooter. Paul Gilbert is one such guy. From his early days with the neo-classical metal band Racer X to the Grammy nominated Mr. Big, Gilbert has always played scarifying guitar. With 11 solo albums […]

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65Amps London

18 Watts of Bliss
 

For nearly 20 years, Dan Boul and Peter Stroud have been close friends. In a bond secured by music, particularly guitars and amps, the two have gone through the phases of life in very similar fashion, working as professional guitarists and being hardcore gearheads with a penchant for tinkering. A couple years ago, they decided […]

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Dick Dale – Surfer’s Choice

 

If you can get past the erroneous claim on the shrinkwrap’s sticker, not to mention Dick Dale’s enormous ego (in evidence in various ways), you’ll be glad you did. Because if you’re not familiar with the self-proclaimed (and unchallenged) King Of Surf Guitar’s early work, wax up your board; you’re in for a hell of […]

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James Blood Ulmer – Bad Blood in the City: The Piety Street Sessions

 

A collection of songs inspired by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, this is one of the best albums of the year. Vernon Reid returns to produce (and supply guitar in spots), and the band is truly wonderful, especially Charlie Burnham on fiddle, who supplies sublime, pleasing solos. The funky rock of “Survivors of the Hurricane” […]

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Various Artists – Anchored in Love: A Tribute to June Carter Cash

 

Tribute records are a mixed bag by nature, but Anchored in Love is a wonderful collection of songs dedicated to June Carter Cash, several of them written by the country icon as well. Featuring country, bluegrass, and pop heavyweights like Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Ralph Stanley, and Patty Loveless, this set was produced by John […]

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