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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Eric Brace & Peter Cooper

Master Sessions
Red Beet Records
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Eric Brace and Peter Cooper’s label, Red Beet Records, has been busy lately with not one, but two newly released CDs. The first is a duo project uniting Peter Cooper with the legendary pedal steel player, Lloyd Green. The second is called Master Sessions. It features Brace and Cooper with Lloyd Green, pioneering dobro player […]

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The Rolling Stones

Stones In Exile
Eagle Rock
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Some people think Exile On Main Street is the best album the Rolling Stones ever recorded. Those people are wrong. And it’s certainly not “the rock and roll Bible,” as Sheryl Crow proclaims in this documentary on its making and lasting mystique. Crow (one of several personalities interviewed for the DVD, including Don Was,, […]

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1st Annual Dead Gear Expo


August 20 & 21, at Mexicali Live, 1409 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666. For more info, contact, or

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Los Lobos

Tin Can Trust
Shout! Factory
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It’s been a few years since Los Lobos released original material, but Tin Can Trust is worth the wait. Its music is a mix of rock, R&B, soul, folk, and various Latin styles – and the band excels at all of it. While its song lyrics reflect tough times, every song serves up musical treats […]

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Epiphone Intros 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino


Epiphone’s 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino is, like the original, a true hollowbody made of five-ply maple/birch with a solid mahogany SlimTaper neck, attached using traditional mortise-and-tenon neck joint. Hardware includes a Tune-O-Matic bridge and the choice a trapeze tailpiece or Epiphone’s new reissue of the original Tremotone vibrato. Learn more at

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Mark Chesnutt

Saguaro Road
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In the ’90s, Mark Chesnutt had a string of 21 Top 10 singles, eight of them topping Billboard’s country chart. He played George Jones (hailing from the Possum’s hometown of Beaumont, Texas) on the heels of Dwight Yoakam’s Buck Owens. Despite its crossover success, the neo-traditionalist veered off course with his cover of Aerosmith’s ballad […]

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Steve Howe Trio

HoweSound Records
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The idea of a straight jazz album from Steve Howe might bring out the skeptic in proggers and beboppers alike, but Travelling is a pleasant surprise. Certainly, Howe’s jazzflavored leads were prominent in the early Yes years and his penchant for big Gibson archtops like the ES-175D and Switchmaster provided another clue – but with […]

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Grant Gordy

Grant Gordy
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Grant Gordy’s thing is acoustic jazz. But unlike most jazz guitarists, his axe of choice isn’t a big ol’ carved archtop, but a dreadnaught-sized flat-top. Gordy still plays with the David Grisman Quartet and tours with his new group made up of the folks who played on the album. In many ways, the music on […]

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Gretsch Intros G6120 Cochran Sig Model


Gretsch has announced the release of its G6120 Eddie Cochran Signature Hollow Body guitar. A single-cutaway instrument with western motif, its features are based on Cochran’s Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins hollowbody. Cochran (1938-1960) played the Atkins hollowbody he bought new in 1955, at age 16, on hits such as “Summertime Blues,” “Twenty Flight Rock,” “C’mon […]

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John Jackson

Rappahanncock Blues
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
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Piedmont (or East Coast) blues guitarists like Brownie McGhee, Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Blake, and Mississippi John Hurt had a tremendous influence on the likes of Jorma Kaukonen, Mark Knopfler, Leo Kottke and more recently, Samuel James, and Jack White. Sometimes dismissed as not being true blues, Piedmont was a lively, danceable, very popular pre-electric […]

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