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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Los Angeles World Guitar Show


7/30/2011 – 7/31/2011

at the LA County Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue

Pomona, CA. 91768. For more info, contact California World Guitar Shows, Texas Amigos Productions, (918) 288-2222, fax (918) 288-2888,, Co-…

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Richard Thompson

Dream Attic
Shout Factory
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Richard Thompson is one of the most prolific songwriters pop music has ever seen. Of course, being prolific is meaningless if one just churns out pap. But the quality of Thompson’s output is as impressive as its quantity – which goes far beyond his steady stream of standard releases to include soundtracks, DVDs, and website-only […]

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Jackie Greene

'Til the Light Comes
429 Records
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Jackie Greene’s music is hypnotic in the way of all good pop-rock. Its strongpoint is finely crafted interplay between guitars and keyboards. His new album is replete with gorgeous layered vocals, and while the lyrics are pretty plain, one is drawn in by the sounds; the Beatles’ influence is obvious, as is a lot of […]

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Michael Landau, Robben Ford, Jimmy Haslip, and Gary Novak

Renegade Creation
Shrapnel Records
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When four musicians the caliber of these get together, you always hope for the best, but sometimes it doesn’t happen. Here, however, it does. Michael Landau and Robben Ford supply most of the music, vocals, and the guitar, while Jimmy Haslip and Gary Novak form an amazing rhythm section. No one dominates, and each player […]

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Kenny Vaughan Set to Release Solo Debut


Sugar Hill Records is set to release V, the solo debut from Nashville guitarist Kenny Vaughan, on September 13. Vaughan has been a member of Marty Stuart’s Fabulous Superlatives since 2001, and in 2006 he was recognized as Instrumentalist of the Year by the Americana Music Association. An early pupil of fellow Coloradoan Bill Frisell, Vaughan […]

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IBMA Fan Fest Celebrates Bill Monroe


  This year’s IBMA Bluegrass Fan Fest will celebrate the 100th birthday of the late Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass Music. Scheduled for September 30 through October 2 in Nashville, the event will include more than 30 acts, including Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, The Grascals, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. In addition to the […]

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Last Train Home
Foghat Records
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Foghat guitarists “Lonesome” Dave Peverett and Rod Price have both passed on, but the band’s blues-boogie legacy is being carried forward by drummer (and co-founder) Roger Earl and singer/ guitarist Charlie Huhn, who worked with Ted Nugent for many years. Joined by slideman Bryan Bassett, the new Foghat is bluesier than ever, cranking out roadhouse […]

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Robert Cray

Authorized Bootleg: Live Outdoor Concert, Austin, Texas 05/25/87
Universal Music
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 Made on the heels of Strong Persuader and the single “Smoking Gun,” Robert Cray and his band are superb during this live show, and Cray plays a lot of interesting, soulful guitar. Early parts emphasize older material, like a killer version of “Don’t Touch Me” and the funky pop-soul of “Bad Influence,” while later songs […]

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Various artists

This Is The Blues, Vols. 1 and 2
Eagle Records
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These two CDs almost couldn’t help but be hodgepodges, since they’re compilations culled from compilations – the tribute albums Rattlesnake Guitar (from 1995, dedicated to Peter Green) and 2002’s From Clarksdale To Heaven (remembering John Lee Hooker) and a ’97 roundup of then-newly recorded British blues, Knights Of The Blues Table. But they’re intriguing hodgepodges, […]

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Gretsch Intros Harrison Signature Duo-Jet

Gretsch G6128T-GH Harrison Duo Jet

The Gretsch George Harrison Signature Duo-JetGretsch’s George Harrison G6128T-GH signature Duo Jet is modeled on the instrument the guitarist referred to as his “first real decent guitar.” It employs appointments and mods found on and inspired by Harrison’s ’57 Duo Jet, including a chambered body, arched maple top, mahogany back and sides, one-piece mahogany neck, […]

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