Monthly Archives: September 2011

Fat Metals Strings


Fat Metals strings are made with hand-operated winders, with a Tuned Core Process (TCP) where operators listen to every string as it is made. They are shipped in wood boxes with moisture-sealed packaging to prevent tarnish. Each has a label to identify gauge and (more…)

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Akai Analog Custom Shop Issues 10 Pedals


Akai’s Analog Custom Shop line includes 10 guitar pedals: Phase Shifter, Analog Delay, Blues Overdrive, Chorus, Compressor, Drive3 Overdrive, Deluxe Distortion, Flanger, Drive3Fuzz, and Drive3Distortion. See them at analogcustomshop. (more…)

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20th Annual Seattle Tacoma Guitar Show



at the Kent Commons, 525 4th Ave. North, Kent, WA. For more info, contact Bruce Adolph at (253) 445-1973. seatacguitarshow.com or bruceadolph@mac.com.

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Bill Frisell

Beautiful Dreamer
Savoy Jazz
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Few jazz guitarists combine versatility, originality, and eclecticism like 59-yearold Bill Frisell. He’s such a unique guitar voice, “jazz” seems too confining a category. And thanks to his open-mindedness, he’s as likely to crop up backing Americana artists Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez as he is to collaborate with jazz guitar stalwart Jim Hall – […]

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Robert Cray Band

Cookin' In Mobile
Nozzle Records
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On the heels of the live release from a 1987 concert, this is a fascinating study that shows how Robert Cray has grown as an artist, working up soul/pop tunes the likes of which simply weren’t in his repertoire 20 years ago. “Our Last (more…)

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Team Josie Raises Funds for Cancer society


Team Josie, an American Cancer Society Relay for Life team sponsored by Vintage Guitar, this year raised $6,500, bringing its four-year total to $32,000. Team Josie was named in memory of Josie Alise Greenwood, who died in April, 2007, after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic (more…)

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Atkins Family Makes Paul Yandell Last “C.G.P.”


Chet Atkins coined the term “Certified Guitar Player” to describe an artist who personified the ultimate in performance skill and musical quality. Atkins personally bestowed the C.G.P. title on only four guitarists:  Tommy Emmanuel, John Knowles, the late Jerry Reed, and Steve Wariner. In an August 13 program to mark the opening of the “Chet […]

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Darrell Webb Band

Rural Rhythm
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Darrell Webb’s career began with a stint with the Lonesome River Band, followed by time in J.D. Crowe’s group. He also played on two of Dolly Parton’s bluegrass albums. In the last several years, he played guitar and sang lead for Michael Cleveland’s (more…)

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Tom Jones

Praise and Blame
Lost Highway/Island
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A Tom Jones gospel album? The image that first comes to mind is probably something like Elvis’ How Great Thou Art – big production, choirs – and Jones certainly has the lungs to deliver that in spades. But his son/manager, Mark Woodward, obviously had (more…)

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Eric Clapton & Electric Light Orchestra

Eric Clapton: The 1960s Review ELO: Live: The Early Years
Eagle Rock
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It’s become fashionable, especially among younger players, to diss Eric Clapton and write him off as a minor player who stood in Jimi Hendrix’s shadow. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth, and Eric Clapton: The 1960s Review does a solid job (more…)

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