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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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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