Monthly Archives: July 2011

Marty Stuart

Ghost Train
Sugar Hill Records
Marty Stuart Ghost Train

Marty Stuart is a musician, cultural historian, collector, photographer, and prodigal son-in-law. All these facets come together on his new album, Ghost Train, a pretty darned brilliant piece of work. For those unfamiliar, Stuart’s curriculum vitae reads like the history of Americana (more…)

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Fender Intros New American Vintage Series Teles


Fender’s new American Vintage ’69 Telecaster Thinline has a semi-hollow mahogany body with f hole and gloss lacquer finish, a C-shaped maple neck with gloss lacquer finish, maple fingerboard, American Vintage Telecaster single-coil neck and bridge pickups with three-position switching, vintage-style three-saddle strings-through-body Telecaster bridge, tophat pickup switch tip, and vintage-style F-logo tuners.   The American Vintage ’72 […]

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Eric Clapton

Reprise Records
Clapton THUMB copy

If you read Eric Clapton’s recent autobiography, you know he is very content with his life and were he stands musically. This album conveys that same feeling – laid-back and intimate – though there are some musical surprises. Among the players on the record are the rhythm section of Jim Keltner on drums, Willie Weeks […]

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The Rolling Stones

1969-1974: The Mick Taylor Years
Chrome Dreams/MVD
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Despite the title, the focus of this “unauthorized” Stones documentary is not directly on Mick Taylor nor his guitar playing, but a general analysis of the band’s heyday. That said, there’s a lot to learn from The Mick Taylor Years, especially about the (more…)

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Satriani, Vai Benefit Raises $100,000


Guitarists Joe Satriani and Steve Vai hosted a benefit concert July 10 in support of music-industry veteran Cliff Cultreri. “A Benefit for Cliff II” took place at The House of Blues Hollywood and featured performances by Satriani and Vai, as well as special opening act featuring Brandon Small and friends.  Other special guests and friends of the duo, including Dweezil Zappa, Orianthi, Brendon Small and Tony […]

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George Harrison Documentary Set for Broadcast


HBO is set to air Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living In the Material World,  a film was produced by Scorsese, Olivia Harrison, and Nigel Sinclair. The film traces Harrison’s life from his musical beginnings in Liverpool through his life as a musician, philanthropist, and a filmmaker, weaving together interviews with Harrison and his closest friends, performances, […]

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Travis Bean Passes


Guitar maker and machinist Travis Bean passed awayJuly 10 in Burbank, California, after a long battle with cancer. He was 63. Born Clifford Travis Bean in San Fernando, California, he was famous for his enhancements to the electric guitar. He co-founded the Travis Bean guitar company with Marc McElwee, and from 1974 to ’79 it […]

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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

Couldn’t Stand the Weather – Legacy Edition
Stevie Ray Vaughan

It’s hard to understate how important Stevie Ray Vaughan was to the guitar. He emerged when the guitar had all but ceased to exist on pop/rock radio. Even hitmakers who played guitar, i.e. Bruce Springsteen, didn’t feature it. So “SRV” was (more…)

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Atlas Stands


Atlas Stands’ hardwood amplifier stands are made of ash, cherry, and walnut, and place an amp at an angle that makes it not only easier to hear on stage, but easier to mic. The amp rests (more…)

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Steve Smith, George Brooks, Prasanna

Raga Bop Trio
Abstract Logix
Raga Bop Trio2

Before joining Journey in 1978, Steve Smith drummed on jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty’s Enigmatic Ocean, and before he left the band in ’83, he had already formed the fusion group Vital Information. The playing of saxophonist George Brooks ranges from (more…)

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