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Monthly Archives: August 2008

Surfin’ Djangos – Go Man Go!

 

It’s doubtful Django Reinhardt ever caught a wave to sit on top of the world. But as these two new CDs prove, Django’s music proves ideal for a surfing safari. Both collections of Gypsy jazz-inspired surf music take Django in different directions. And both are way cool. Neil Andersson is one of the founders of […]

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David Grissom – Loud Music

 

When you’ve made your living and reputation as a hired gun, and finally decide to cut a solo album, what do you do? In the case of David Grissom, the question is particularly interesting because his sideman and session work has covered such a wide gamut. In (more…)

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Bo Ramsey – Fragile

 

New records from Bo Ramsey are always a treat. Best known as the guitarist for folk singer Greg Brown and his work with Lucinda Williams, his solo stuff shows a strong independent streak and a unique guitar/vocal style and sense of taste. Ramsey’s playing, while quiet and (more…)

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Lee Rocker – Black Cat Bone

 

On his second record for Alligator, former Stray Cats bassist Lee Rocker continues to show just how vital he was to that band’s sound, and that he can write and interpret songs as well as anyone in the genre. Cuts like “Gone,” the title track, and “Rebel” (more…)

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Peter Case – Leet Us Now Praise Sleepy John

 

Peter Case has typically been thought of as a folksinger, and this record showcases that side of his talents. Except for a few songs, it’s Case and a guitar. But some of these songs work well in a rock context, too. The emphasis here is on Case’s (more…)

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Eric Bibb – An Evening with Eric Bibb

 

Eric Bibb plays blues and folk with his own touch, and is one of t he most underrated acoustic artists making the rounds. On this disc, an appreciative audience hears 14 songs delivered by Bibb, his guitar, and bassist Dave Bronze. The format allows Eric to (more…)

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Steep Canyon Rangers – Lovin’ Pretty Women

 

The Steep Canyon Rangers are part of a new wave of young bluegrass bands that turn the energy past hot to fricassee. In 2006, they won the International Bluegrass Musician’s Association’s “Emerging Artist” award based primarily on their incendiary stage show. Even though Lovin’ Pretty Women (more…)

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Sam Baker – Pretty World

 

It’s hard to classify Austin’s Sam Baker as a singer/songwriter. Not because his songs are well-written – they’re often brilliant, invariably memorable. But Baker’s raspy, barking delivery barely qualifies as singing. It may be unconventional, but, like the songs themselves, it makes an impression. In 1986, Baker (more…)

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Rick McRae- Guitarland

 

The retitled version of Johnny Gimble’s “Fiddlin’ Around” (“Pickin’ Around”) is a clue, but just going by the repertoire here – encompassing Jobim, Bonfa, Villa Lobos, Cole Porter, and Charlie Parker – one would never suspect that the guitarist/leader’s main gig has been backing country star (more…)

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Boss Tweed – EP

 

Boss Tweed has taken rockabilly to the big city. The New York power trio was formed in 2004 with all the requisites: minimalistic drum kit, thumping bass, and a fire-engine-red Gretsch archtop. But this ain’t your grandpappy’s rockabilly. As the band states, their influences are as diverse (more…)

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