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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Luke Doucet and The White Falcons – Blood’s Too Rich


Canadian singer/songwriter Luke Doucet is so dedicated to his Gretsch White Falcon that he named his band in its honor. Though that iconic instrument doesn’t take center stage until well into the album’s opening song (“Long Haul Driver”), when he gets it going he’s definitely got a handle on it. At times recalling Link Wray, […]

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Rich Robinson

Back on the Wing

Rich Robinson. All photos by Neil Zlozower. Emerging as grunge began casting a metaphorical pall over the pop music landscape of the early 1990s, the Georgia-based Black Crowes offered something decidedly different in its reverential mix of rock and roll that delivered an update on the promises made by the likes of the Rolling Stones, […]

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Peavey T-20

The Next Step

1983 Peavey T-20. All photos: Bill Ingalls Jr. and Willie G. Moseley. Introduced in 1982, Peavey’s T-20 was different from other basses in the Peavey lineup, the two-pickup T-40, and the single-pickup T-45. The T-40 (“Bass Space” October ’06) and its six-string sibling, the T-60, debuted as the first instruments to be made with parts […]

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George Fullerton

Guitar Icon (1923-2009)

George Fullerton Photo courtesy of Fender Musical Instruments Corp. George Fullerton, whose decades-long association with Leo Fender earned the two early electric-guitar innovators a place in history, died July 4 at the age of 86. He succumbed to heart failure at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, California, the Orange County town where he and […]

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Samuel James – Songs Famed for Sorrow and Joy


The hoodoo factor in Samuel James’ music is strong. He is very connected to the eerie, mythical nature of early 20th-century country blues, his music conjures up images of Ol’ Scratch in his city-slicker high-button shoes, box-back coat, checkered pants, and Stetson, sipping iced tea and picking his guitar on the porch. Just who would […]

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Ana Egge

"Lazy" Covers By A True Original

Photo: Dan Forte The myspace page of singer/ songwriter/ guitarist Ana Egge has the usual stuff most musicians put on their pages. Under “Influences,” there’s a long, eclectic list that ranges from Randy Newman to Redd Volkaert to David Byrne. But the most revealing, and accurate, bit of information is under the heading “Sounds Like.” […]

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’53 Gibson Les Paul Junior


1953 Gibson Les Paul Junior photo courtesy George Gruhn. Gibson’s records tell us the Les Paul Junior was introduced in 1954. But here we have what appears to be a 1953 example. This instrument has no serial number on the back of the peghead, though the tone and volume pot codes indicate they were made […]

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Greg Howe

Solving the Mystery

Photo: Neil Zlozower. Rock-Jazz guitar virtuoso Greg Howe thought he had it all figured out by his mid teens. “It seemed relatively easy. The first solo I ever learned was from the Commodores song ‘Easy.’ After that, I quickly learned all the Jimmy Page solos and a bunch of others. I was learning solos by […]

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Gerry Beaudoin

The Swing of Things

Beaudoin with his late-’60s Gibson L-5 in 1999. One gets the feeling the three members of the New Guitar Summit have a lot of fun. Consisting of veteran guitarists Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, and Gerry Beaudoin, the NGS is in its second decade of purveying primarily-instrumental swing music that pays exuberant homage to original saints […]

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Holly Golightly – DIrt Don’t Hurt


A lo-fi delight that features as much stringed-instrument work as you can handle, this record features Holly on vocals, guitar, and banjo, and Lawyer Dave on vocals, guitar, and as it says in the liner notes “things with strings.” The music is a treat, covering roots music from country blues to R&B to bluegrass and […]

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