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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Experience Hendrix

Had fate and negligence not interfered, Jimi Hendrix would have turned 65 in 2008 - only five years older than Bruce Springsteen, four older...

Dave Alvin – West of the West

Dave Alvin is one of America's best songwriters, and as such runs the risk of alienating casual fans when he does an album of...

Coal Men – Beauty of the Moment

With the addition of Chris Frame (Sun Volt) on guitar and Jen Gunderman (The Jayhawks) on keyboards, the Coal Men have gone from trio...

Sloan- Parallel Play

Every song on this latest album by the Canadian quartet Sloan has a great hook; the simple "woo-oows" in "Witch's Wand" are impossible to...

Lefty Williams – Snake Oil

31-year-old Jason Williams was born with a right arm that stopped a little below his elbow. Not many in that condition would pick guitar....

New Guitar Summit – Shivers

Merely putting three great guitar players together doesn't guarantee the results will qualify as music. All too often, ego, lack of chemistry, or merely...

Canned Heat – Instrumentals, 1967-1996

A brilliant concept: 15 instrumental selections from the ever-evolving Canned Heat's catalog, spanning - or more accurately, bookending - 29 years. The L.A.-based band was...

Elvin Bishop – The Blues Rolls On

Best known to classic radio listeners for '70s Southern rock hits like "Struttin' My Stuff" and "Fooled Around And Fell In Love," Elvin Bishop...

Big Bill Broonzy

Finding two never-released, hour-long concerts by Big Bill Broonzy from 1953 - Amsterdam Live Concerts 1953 - on Munich Records - is indeed like...

Heybale – The Last Country Album

The incomparable Redd Volkaert and "Mr. Honky-Tonk Piano" Earl Pole Ball (whose collective resume is a Who's Who of musical greats that includes Johnny...
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