Monthly Archives: December 2009

Paul Reed Smith #11

The eleventh instrument made by Paul Reed Smith, from 1977. Photo by Whitney Lane. Rick Kennell, bassist for '70s prog-rockers Happy the Man, was one...

Schecter Yngwie Malmsteen

1986 Schecter Yngwie Malmsteen For most of the 1970s I didn't listen to or play electric guitar music of any kind, only acoustic music. I...

Jerry Douglas – Glide

Fans may argue whether Jerry Douglas is the greatest dobro player of all time, but few will dispute that he's the finest player of...

Doitsch Hawaiian Guitar

1939 Doitsch Hawaiian Guitar. Photo: Michael Wright. If there's a foundation for the enthusiasm for vintage guitars, it's based on a somewhat arbitrary hierarchy of...

Rusty Truck

Jakob Dylan, Gillian Welch, Lenny Kravitz, T-Bone Burnett, Willie Nelson, and even Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas all have a hand in producing, singing, and...

Gibson Style U

Gibson Style U. Courtesy Gruhn Guitars. This Gibson Style U harp guitar, made in 1906 or '07, represents the top level of the Gibson lineup...

Bill Monroe – Father of Bluegrass

First released on VHS in the mid '90s, this documentary deifies Bill Monroe as the founder of bluegrass music and as an all-around swell guy. Whether...

Trikuti – Trikuti

Trikuti is a unique band that goes from jazz to metal and back, not in a song-to-song pattern, but in the space of a...

Matt Rae – High Strung

Matt Rae's new record stretches beyond the Telecaster playing for which he is so well-known to include old-fashioned music a la Jimmy Bryant and...

Van Morrison – Under Review

A documentary on Van Morrison's most fruitful years including live concert footage would be welcomed by fans everywhere. Yet the academic subtitle here says...
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