Monthly Archives: April 2010

Willie Nelson – Naked Willie


The forced, intrusive background vocals on the “definitive” versions of “Funny How Time Slips Away” or “Crazy” (from The Essential Willie Nelson) are argument enough in favor of this project. The songs on Naked Willie were recorded between 1966 and 1970, and though Nelson was a (more…)

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The Replacements – Tim, Pleased To Meet Me, Don’t Tell A Soul, All Shook Down


The final four Replacements LPs are back in deluxe style, thanks to Rhino. Accompanying the label’s re-release of the band’s first four albums and EPs earlier this year, the band has finally been done right. Not surprisingly, there’s many more extra tracks available from this time period, (more…)

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Carvin DN440T


1988 Carvin DN440T, serial number 25437. Instrument and photo courtesy of Kevin Wright. One of the few family-owned guitar/amplifier manufacturing enterprises remaining in (more…)

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Kenny Neal

Back in the Game

Photo courtesy Kenny Neal. Recent times have been tough for veteran bluesman Kenny Neal. After recently contracting Hepatitis C and undergoing treatment, for the first time in 30 years he was forced to stay off the road. Also, in an eleven-month span, Neal lost (more…)

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The Framptone Talkbox

Do You Feel (Like Frampton)?

The Framptone Talkbox When you hear the words “Do you feel,” what comes to mind? If you’re of a certain age demographic, you know how ubiquitous Peter Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive was in the 1970s. It made Frampton an international mega-star. Commercial success aside, Frampton’s (more…)

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Tommy Castro – Hard Believer

Top Contender

Tommy Castro makes the move to Chicago’s Alligator Records, and fittingly serves up one of the most focused and toughest records of his considerable career. Contributing no doubt to the great guitar sounds, the fine songwriting, and the overall feel of the record is the production of (more…)

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Joe Long’s “stack-knob” Fender Jazz Bass


Joe Long’s “stack-knob” Fender Jazz Bass, serial number 57392. Instrument and photo courtesy of Nadav Galimidi. If you’re a fan or aficionado of vintage instruments, odds are that any early-’60s Fender (more…)

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Mercury Magnetics Fender Champion 600 Conversion Kit

Now It's a Champ!

Fender’s tiny Champion 600 is aimed at the guitarist who requires rich power-tube distortion at low volume levels. With just one 6V6 power tube putting out five watts, getting the little Champ to scream is no problem. Introduced after Epiphone’s similarly-sized Valve Junior, the Champ (more…)

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BuckWheat Zydeco – Lay Your Burden Down


Singer/ accordionist/ keyboardist Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural became a popular solo act in the zydeco world years before the unchallenged King Of Zydeco, mentor (and former bandleader) Clifton Chenier, passed away in 1987. While helping to fill that void, he (like Zachary Richard and the late Beau (more…)

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Kalamazoo KG-1


1968 Gibson Kalamazoo U.S.A. KG-1. Collectible value in guitars can be defined any number of ways, and not just by having a popular brand name such as Fender or Gibson. That’s certainly the case with this little guitar! Ask (more…)

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