Monthly Archives: August 2011

Lace Intros Stonewashed Alumitone Humbucker


The Lace Stonewashed Alumitone humbucker has a worn satin-black finisih with well worn edges. See it lacemusic.com.   (more…)

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David “Honeyboy” Edwards Passes


David “Honeyboy”Edwards passed away at his home in Chicago on August 29. He was 96. Often cited as the “last link” between post-war blues and the current generation of players, Edwards was born in Mississippi and learned to play guitar as a child; his mother played the guitar, while his father, a fiddler and guitarist, performed […]

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Merle Haggard

I Am What I Am
Vanguard Records
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Haggard’s first album for Vanguard recalls the folk music featured on that label in the 1950s and ’60s. Marked by minimal percussion, resonator guitar, acoustic (or subdued electric) leads, Haggard’s unmatched sense of melody and warm, clear, atmospheric production shows that (more…)

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Gretsch Sponsors Chet Atkins Exhibit


On August 12, the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum unveiled an exhibit titled Chet Atkin: Certified Guitar Player, which pays tribute to the legendary guitar artist. The Gretsch Company is the title sponsor for the exhibit; Atkins helped design and popularize several Gretsch models that are still best-sellers today. Prior to the opening, the Hall […]

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Lava Cable Offers Color-Coded Caps


Lava Cable’s solder-free plugs are now being offered with caps available in four colors – black, white, red, and green, intended to help set up pedalboards using color-coded cables. The Lava Cap is made in the (more…)

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A Comfortable Crossroads?

Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010

Robert Johnson’s “Cross Roads Blues” is more than just a song and artist that inspired and haunted Eric Clapton; it symbolized the conflicts in his own life and career. As he told me in 1988, “I don’t think I’ll ever get across the crossroads. It’s (more…)

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Guitar Convention


August 27 & 28, at the Meadowlands Expo Center at Harmon Meadow, 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, NJ. For more info, contact tanya@guitarconvention.com, guitarconvention.com. (more…)

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Chely Wright

Lifted Off the Ground
Vanguard Records
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Singer/songwriter Chely Wright’s seventh album is different in tone – less solicitous and more emotionally purgative. To enhance her already well-crafted material, Wright has an empathetic producer and collaborator in Rodney Crowell and the aid of first-rate players including Nashville go-to (more…)

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John Prine

In Person & On Stage
Oh Boy
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John Prine almost single-handedly defined the term “Americana,” but he’s really a country-music artist – a bastard son of Merle Haggard in a genre so often wrongfully and automatically dismissed as simplistic that another phrase had to be appropriated to describe (more…)

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Harvey Dalton Arnold Blues Band

Harvey Dalton Arnold Blues Band
Music Mania Studios
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Named for its founder, this band is steeped in the blues and modern interpretations of classics. An album of covers? Not inasmuch as the arrangements are completely different which provides an unexpected character to familiar lyrics. So (more…)

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