Monthly Archives: May 2009

Shawn Mullins – Honeydew


Shawn Mullins hit the big time in the ’90s with the sleepy folk tune “Lullaby.” Since then he has jumped around a bit and now finds himself recording for Vanguard, which has a long history in folk and blues. Mullins hasn’t changed up his recipe for (more…)

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Duke Robillard – A Swing Lesson with Duke Robillard


Duke continues his impressive output with a nod to his swing roots. Among guitarists, Robillard is known as a do-all, as he can be at home in almost any musical style, not only mimicking lines and copping phrases from the best of the genre, but adding (more…)

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Tom Principato – Raising the Roof!


Principato has long been known as a fine guitar player, but here production and vocals take him to a new level. There’s plenty of the stuff you expect from Principato, including funky New Orleans-style rock like “Lock and Key,” with horns, organ and precise chording; Fender (more…)

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Greg Howe – Sound Proof


Greg Howe’s incredible chops often override the musical aspect of songs. At least that’s the common wisdom. But that doesn’t happen on this collection of songs that show off his rock, jazz, and funk sides without the playing overpowering the songs. Tracks like “Emergency Exit” combine (more…)

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Kilborn Alley – Tear Chicago Down


There may not have been a blues bandleader since at least the mid ’60s who has not turned to his rhythm section and asked, accusingly; “Do you guys even know how to play a shuffle?” It’s a safe bet that question has never been asked of (more…)

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May 2009


FEATURES GIBSON ES-175 SPECIAL WURLITZER Through the 1960s, Gibson made many custom instruments that mixed and matched specifications from various models. Few have been as intriguing as this custom thinline from 1955, made for musician Andy Nelson. By George Gruhn and Walter Carter SINGING COWBOYS, FANCY ACOUSTICS Autry Museum Highlights Early Guitar Heroes The fruition […]

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