Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Derek Trucks Band

Sony Masterworks
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Live recordings really are the way to show what the Derek Trucks Band does best. Onstage, its members play off each other as well as any band today, and few jam bands know how to carry it off as well as Trucks and his group. Part of the beauty of this band is its versatility. […]

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Les Copeland

Don’t Let The Devil In
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A new wrinkle on the proverbial “overnight sensation after 20 years on the road,” Les Copeland’s “debut” comes after eight albums released on his own and sold-out bandstands over the course of 16 years. But even the clout of an indie blues label will help introduce this British Columbian to an international audience. And bravo […]

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Radial Engineering Intros TankDriver


Radial Engineering’s TankDriver 500-series module enables the user to input the spring reverb in a guitar amplifier to an API rackmount recording system. Features include a Wet/Dry mix to balance signal, Shimmer and Boom controls, and a Drive switch to increase output to compensate for or older/less sensitive reverbs. See more at radialeng.com.

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The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Don’t Mess With a Big Band
Surfdog Records
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      Brian Setzer has, more than once, found a musical niche that allows him to play great guitar, use his vocal talents to their fullest, and lets him make a good living. None of that is easy in today’s music industry. This new live record is the perfect way for Setzer to show […]

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Gibson Goldtops

Molten Mojo, Head-To-Head Vintage Versus Reissue

Gibson goldtops from 1956, ’53, ’98, and ’03, along with a 1955 Fender Deluxe, a ’56 Pro, and a ’50s Bassman. All photos: Kerry Beyer. In the good ol’ days of 1952, jazzmeister Les Paul strutted to the center of the world’s stage and proudly (more…)

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Martin Announces Trademark of Headstock


C.F. Martin & Co. has announced the trademark of the distinctive headstock configuration it has been using on its guitars for more than 161 years.  This is part of its ongoing commitment to protect its intellectual property, including the many innovations in design, manufacture, and production of its instruments. “The clean, simple, iconic shape of […]

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Thin Lizzy Sets Fall Tour Dates


Thin Lizzy will tour North America as the opening act for Judas Priest on its farewell tour. Comprised of a lineup featuring guitarist Scott Gorham, drummer Brian Downey, and keyboardist Darren Wharton, as well as guitarist Richard Fortus, singer/guitarist Ricky Warwick, and bassist Marco Mendoza, Lizzy is looking forward to teaming with Priest and Black Label […]

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Black Sabbath

Classic Albums: Paranoid
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Released in the fall of 1970, Black Sabbath’s Paranoid was the shot heard ’round the world. As Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler ref lects, it’s been 40 years since the LP’s release, and metal is still an enormously popular rock genre, partially thanks to (more…)

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Jackson Browne

Going Home
Eagle Rock
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Part documentary, part performance (then-current and archival), this reissue of the 1999 portrait of the singer/songwriter reveals his sense of humor, commitment to social causes, and, most of all, talent. There is no narrator, and no interviewer is ever shown or heard – just (more…)

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Eric Johnson Slates Summer Tour


Eric Johnson will soon launch a summer tour in support of his latest album, Up Close. Johnson will tour the U.S, from July 7 through August 20, highlighted by stops with Steve Miller for shows in Clark County, Washington (July 17) and Clarkston, Michigan (August 7). He’ll (more…)

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