Monthly Archives: May 2008

Arlen Roth – Tooling Around Woodstock


Roth’s “Hot Licks” instructional series has helped many a player. But he’s criminally overlooked to the general public. Toolin’ Around puts him in the limelight with wonderful songs that exhibit his mastery. Most of the songs are familiar and his guests are as tasteful as his (more…)

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Dailey & Vincent


Dailey and Vincent’s powerful combination of effusive vocals and fiery instrumentals make this debut one of the most impressive bluegrass albums of ’07 – which was an exceptional year for the genre. Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent are pros; Dailey spent nine years as lead singer and (more…)

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Walking Wounded – Bayside


This Long Island quartet had already undergone several personnel changes since its formation in 2000 before a car wreck killed drummer John “Beatz” Holohan and severely injured bassist Nick Ghanbarian. Guitarist Jack O’Shea and lead singer Anthony Raneri (the only original member left at that point) (more…)

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Anger and Marshall – Woodshop


Mike Marshall and Darol Anger were in the early David Grisman bands that expanded the scope of acoustic music. Woodshop reunites these pioneers, who are among the most cerebral players in modern acoustic music. They don’t go for flash; their original compositions, such as the Marshall (more…)

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Dykes & Vaughan – On the Jimmy Reed Highway


Kent “Omar” Dykes is best known for fronting Omar and the Howlers, and though this disc was planned a solo effort paying homage to fellow Mississippi blues man Jimmy Reed, as word got out, friends started showing up at the session, including Kim Wilson (who brought (more…)

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May 2008


FEATURES DAVE AMATO Collect ’Em and Smile His first guitar was a Harmony, and now the Boston-born guitarist has served REO Speedwagon for 19 years – a gig that has taken him around the world and seen him acquire many classic instruments. By Willie G. Moseley AMP-O-RAMA The Maestro GA-45T Prior to the new millennium […]

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Various Artists – Stax anniversary


This two-disc set has 50 songs, many of which are classics of the soul genre that burst out of Memphis and the Stax label throughout the 1960s and ’70s. The guitar was an important part of the Stax sound; Steve Cropper not only supplied amazing parts, (more…)

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