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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Strolling Scones – Instrospective

 

The Strolling Scones recreate a ’60s vibe while writing songs that are fresh and new. For instance, if the 12-string on “Any Time She Passes By” doesn’t bring to mind the Byrds, you’ve never heard the Byrds. “Lifeguard at Bikini Beach” has a great lyric and tremoloed intro with vocals that sound straight out of […]

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Cadillac Sky – Gravity’s Our Enemy

 

Though they call their music “outlaw acoustic” and they include Radiohead and Gnarles Barkley along with Earl Scruggs and Alison Krauss as inspirations, Cadillac Sky’s music is far closer to roots bluegrass than pop poop. This five-piece band is fronted by 33-year-old mandolinist/vocalist Bryan Simpson, who wrote 11 of the 14 songs here. He’s joined […]

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Vince Seneri – The Prince’s Groove

 

Few sounds match that of a B-3 combined with a six-string, and the latest from organist Vince Seneri gives Paul Bollenback, one of today’s best jazz guitarists, a chance to shine. Musically, there are few surprises here, but the execution of originals and chestnuts by the likes of Johnny Mercer and Jerome Kern bring goosebumps […]

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Ralph Stanley, II – This One is II

 

The expression “born into the business” applies to Ralph Stanley II. The son of Ralph Stanley and a nephew of Carter Stanley, “Two” as he’s often called when in his father’s presence, is the direct inheritor of a monumental body of American musical tradition. Having spent nearly 15 years as the lead singer in his […]

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Leon Ware – Moon Ride

 

This album has an instant familiarity, and Leon Ware’s background makes it easy to see why – he has written and produced music for the likes of Quincy Jones, Maxwell, the Average White Band, and many more. He also wrote and produced Marvin Gaye’s I Want You. And his latest work harkens back to the […]

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Laurie Lewis – Live

 

Bill Monroe never paid much attention to studio recording. He believed bluegrass music was created to be played live. On her latest release, entitled simply Live, Laurie Lewis treats us to a complete performance including between-song banter. If you’ve never had a chance to hear Lewis play live, now you can! Lewis has been touring […]

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November 2009

 

FEATURES Remembering Les Paul As news of his recent passing spread, reaction was swift and heartfelt. His name is synonymous with Gibson’s early solidbodies, and for a time he was one of America’s most popular, accomplished electric guitarists. We recount his history and gather thoughts from notable players. The Epiphone Pacemaker Before you label this […]

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