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Monthly Archives: June 2009

Tommy Emmanuel – Center Stage

 

A Tommy Emmanuel concert is such an enthralling experience, any studio effort is almost doomed to suffer by comparison. He’s such a commanding performer – bursting with energy but completely at ease; throwing in Victor Borge/Chico Marx tricks; projecting to and connecting with every member of the audience – the fact that he’s one of […]

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Robben Ford – In Concert Revisited

 

The premise of the Autour Du Blues DVD was to stage a transatlantic blues summit for the 25th anniversary of Paris’ New Morning club in December ’06, teaming the group of France’s studio players with American guitar legends Larry Carlton and Robben Ford. If the cover photograph, showing seven guitarists onstage at once, sets off […]

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Hacienda Bros. – Arizona Motel

 

Arizona Motel is the last album we will ever get from the Hacienda Brothers. The death of lead singer Chris Gaffney in April has ended the five-year run of the best country band of the decade, and sealed their legacy. The Hacienda Brothers’ great achievement was the melding of country, soul, blues, rockabilly and swing […]

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Nels Andrews – Off-Track Betting

 

Nels Andrews’ second release straddles the gap between singer/songwriter folk and roots rock. Andrews paints tableaus with broad strokes so listeners can fill in the details. Some recall this poetry. Whatever, Andrews’ music hits its target. All nine original songs on Off Track Betting have a near-hypnotic quality. But unlike many esoteric singer/songwriters whose work […]

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The Clash – Live At Shea Stadium

 

If the Rolling Stones were the “World’s greatest rock and roll band” from 1968 to ’72, then 10 years later, that appellation could safely be conferred on the Clash. In that late ’70s/early ’80s era, no group better defined the spirit, energy and danger of rock music better than this British punk quartet. This live […]

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The Beach Boys – Singles Collection

 

At this point, there are far more retrospectives of the Beach Boys than original albums. Their catalog has been recycled in every way imaginable. Or so one would have thought. Any new wrinkle comes down to packaging. So Capitol pressed up 16 CD singles (with three to eight, in the case of their 1964 Four […]

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Backyard Tire Fire – The Places We Lived

 

Backyard Tire Fire can be called “tasteful,” “workmanlike” (in the best sense of the word), and “tough.” Many of the songs are about uneasy situations. “Everybody’s Down” and “Welcome to the Factory” are about living and working in what may not be the best place; the latter is a loud, crunchy rocker with nasty guitar […]

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Delbert McClinton – Rocking the Boat: A Musical Conversation & Journey

 

Depicting several of the acts on Delbert McClinton’s Sandy Beaches Cruise from ’06, this film was recognized at a host of film festivals. Both the conversation and music throughout are thoroughly engaging; McClinton talks about a band-bus break down that forced the band to take a city bus. Al Anderson (former lead guitarist for NRBQ) […]

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The Infamous Stringdusters

 

A band’s sophomore release usually has a snappier title than the name of the band. But in some ways this second album is a first album. Guitarist Chris Eldridge left to join the Punch Brothers. Another guitar virtuoso, Andy Falco, now fills his shoes. After two years of touring, the band’s rough edges have been […]

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Donna The Buffalo – Silverlined

 

Some still think Jethro Tull is the name of that band’s lead singer. So was it wise for a band, especially one with a female lead singer, to name itself Donna The Buffalo? The hippy pretentiousness of it begs for the administering of a Moe Howard-style group slap. But Silverlined, their sixth album, is full […]

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