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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Deke Dickerson – King of the Whole Wide World

 

Roots-rocker Dickerson has cranked out solo albums (along with his Dave & Deke Combo output prior to that, not to mention his recordings with Untamed Youth in his teen years) with such frequency and consistently high quality it’s almost annoying. He sings great, plays killer guitar, often supplies bass (and sometimes even drums and sax), […]

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Steve Miller Band – Live From Chicago

 

Producer/director Daniel E. Catullo has helmed DVD presentations from Godsmack, Rush, and the Dave Matthews Band. On this set (CD and two high-def DVDs in 5.1 surround) he utilizes that experience and state-of-the-art technology to present the five-man Steve Miller Band in footage from a 2007 show at Chicago’s Ravina festival. With 17 cameras catching […]

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Amy Lennard – I Need To Love

 

Amy Lennard writes with the declarative clarity and unvarnished eloquence of a musical Stephen Crane. But don’t let the literary comparison mislead, she’s no smarty-pants poseur, no distaff Beck. Lennard, a native New Yorker, is a straight shooter. Her country-flavored “singer/songwriter rock” has crackling energy and a city girl’s savvy; not unmarked by the real […]

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Dave Alvin – West of the West

The Great American Music Galaxy
 

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 covers. But then again, maybe not… The idea with his newest disc, West of the West, is to pay tribute to songwriters from the West Coast, where Alvin grew up. That […]

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Michael Burks – Iron Man

 

Michael “Iron Man” Burks isn’t the first or last talented musician to have to work a straight gig for most of his adult life, delaying the doing of what he was obviously born to do. Burk’s nickname is appropriate for someone who stuck to his guns for so long. It would also fit his father, […]

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October 2009

 

FEATURES In Detail The Gretsch 1955-’61 White Walcon When it came to fancy electric guitars in the ’50s, Gibson and its Super 400 were ensconced as the undisputed King of the Hill. Through the years, though, others did pose the occasional challenge. This hotrod designed by Gretsch and Jimmie Webster is one example. By Ward […]

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Jeff Barone – Open Up

 

What happens when a classical guitar player goes jazz? If it’s Jeff Barone, the answer is he brings a classical sensibility to the jazz and creates one of the most listenable and accessible CDs of this decade. There’s no real secret here. Barone surrounds himself with a cream-of-the-crop list of studio vets who have played […]

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