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Monthly Archives: September 2008

Duke Robillard – World Full of Blues

 

A master of jump-blues and T-Bone-Walker-style guitar, here Duke Robillard pulls out “Treat Me So Lowdown,” a T-Bone gem from the ’60s that originally featured studio players and arrangements that didn’t feel right. But with his version, Robillard proves it’s a classic tune that moves from swingy blues to a funk groove – the perfect […]

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Henry Gross – One-Hit Wanderer

 

Henry Gross’ 2001 release, I’m Hearing Things, was one of the most pleasant musical surprises of the past 10 years. Now he’s back with a set of songs from a one-man show that highlights his career in music. There are 17 tunes, two of which are ringers. You’ll find the original versions of “Shannon” and […]

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Rory Block – The Guitar of Robert Johnson

 

Rory Block has been involved with the music of Robert Johnson most of her life. At a young age, she apprenticed directly with Son House, Skip James, Reverend Gary Davis and other seminal blues greats. She knows the blues, and has won a number of WC Handy awards for her efforts over the years. On […]

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Thunderchiefs – Dig

 

From its very first gig, this surf quartet sounded like they’d been playing together for years – which isn’t surprising, considering the pedigree of its members. Mike Guerrero was lead guitarist of Austin’s Sir Finks, while Joe Emery led the spaghetti-surf Death Valley, and drummer Bobby Trimble is best known for his work with Big […]

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American Folk Blues Festival – Various Artists

 

This is the British TV counterpart to the German broadcasts that were unearthed on three stunning volumes of The American Folk Blues Festival, in 2003. If you saw those, you’ve probably already stopped reading and are halfway to the DVD store. The presentation is more straightforward here – onstage performances, as opposed to the uncannily […]

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The Gourds – Noble Creatures

 

Austin’s Gourds are on a new label, but serving up the same quirky mix of country and folk. The band has always been oddly appealing as it uses guitars to drive its songs. Kevin Russell, Jimmy Smith, and Max Johnston lay down the glue for songs like “Kicks in the Sun” with layered guitars playing […]

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California Transit Authority – Full Circle

 

CTA is California Transit Authority, a band led by Danny Seraphine, the original drummer for Chicago. Early Chicago records stood out thanks in large part to Seraphine’s drumming and Terry Kath’s incendiary guitar and soulful vocals. Kath died from an accidental gunshot wound in 1977, and Seraphine had left the band in 1990. With CTA, […]

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Eric Lindell – Low On Cash, Rich In Love

 

Eric Lindell’s second album is full of great songs and inspired playing while his hipster feel and look match his guitar grooves. You get an idea with the opener, “Lay Back Down” – basic, horn-driven soul with vocal from Lindell and guitars by Lindell and Chris Mule, delivered with such deceptive ease and soul it’s […]

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JJ Grey & Mofro – Country Ghetto

 

JJ Grey is not your classic bluesman, but he’s a genuine southern soul and roots talent who supplies guitars, keyboards, and amazing vocals to a set of songs that celebrate southern people and southern living. References here include Stax Records from the ’60s and ’70s, but Grey and his band have their own sound. Rock […]

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September 2008

 

FEATURES STEVE LUKATHER Solid-Gold Guitar Slinger A chops monster who epitomizes taste and understatement, he’s also an international pop star and a hard-rocking muso. And his ’59 Gibson Les Paul Standard is one of the most-heard guitars on Earth!. By Wolf Marshall AMP-O-RAMA The Vox AC4 Practice amps, student amps, beginner amps… little fellas like […]

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