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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Tony Savarino

Guitaring
Naked Ear Records
 
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Tony Savarino proves himself in many styles and shows a fine sense of humor on an album guitarists will certainly appreciate. His “Barrelhaus Gutbucket Chicken Pickin” starts things off, with chromatic licks, killer bends, and percussive guitar sounds that glide over a loping country beat. Phil Baugh’s “Take One” feels like a long lost Hank […]

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Jackson County Line

South
Self-distributed
 
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Led by acoustic guitarist/singer/ songwriter Kevin Jackson, Jackson County Line has a California countrysoul with elements of War and Santana and plenty of Buffalo Springfield with an emphasis on Neil Young. “Easy To See” has a particularly strong Young flavor brought out by a lightly fuzzed solo from lead guitarist Jonny Daly, who sometimes plays […]

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Asleep At The Wheel and Leon Rausch

It's A Good Day!
Bismeaux
 
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As the Wheel celebrates its 40th anniversary, it’s taking care of business – releasing Willie And The Wheel (with Willie Nelson) in 2009 and now teaming with one of the great voices of Western swing, former Texas Playboy Leon Rausch. Both albums, it seems, should have happened years (if not decades) ago. Still, both are […]

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Rock Legends Cruise Helps Native American Heritage Association

 

The first Rock Legends Cruise, held December 1-5 aboard the Liberty of the Seas, played host to 3,000 passengers who were treated to 58 performances by 20 bands. Headliners ZZ Top and George Thoroughgood were joined by John Kay and Steppenwolf, The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Foghat, Molly Hatchet, Johnny Winter, Edgar […]

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Dunlop Intros Joe Bonamassa Signature Cry Baby

 

The Dunlop Joe Bonamassa Signature Cry Baby was engineered to fit Bonamassa’s system in terms of both sound and looks. Outside, it has a copper-colored top and smooth-finish black body. Inside, it uses vintage-style through-hole components, a Halo inductor, output buffer (to prevent impedance imbalance with vintage fuzz pedals), and a switch for true-bypass or […]

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Ronnie Wood

I Feel Like Playing
Eagle Records
 
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This is Wood’s first solo album since 2001, which isn’t surprising, seeing as it’s only his seventh studio album in 36 years – his solo output usually dictated by his schedule with his long-running stints with the Faces and, for most of that three-and-a-half decades, the Rolling Stones. Eleven of the dozen songs are new […]

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3rd Power Set to Unveil Dream Solo Series

 

3rd Power Amplification’s new Dream Solo Series consists of four hand-wired/made in the U.S.A. single-channel tube heads and 1×12 combos based on its American Dream and British Dream amps. Dream Solo 1 is based on the Brownface channel of the American Dream, with its mid-bump voicing. Controls include Volume, Tone, Presence, and a Bright switch. […]

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The Boxcars

The Boxcars
Mountain Home Music Company
 
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Fresh from his double win at the 2010 International Bluegrass Musicians Association (IBMA) awards for “Mandolin Player of the Year” and “Instrumental of the Year,” Adam Steffey teams with The Boxcars on arrangements tight as Doyle Lawson’s Quicksilver, but with a broader musical palette. Between vocal parts, The Boxcars lay down more than a smattering […]

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Burriss Updates Royal Bluesman Amp

 

Burriss Amps has launched a new version of its Royal Bluesman amp head – the Royal Bluesman v2. Introduced in 2008, the Royal Bluesman is the company’s most popular amp, and the new version retains the key build characteristics, tone, and power of the original. Hand-wired, all-tube, and with 18 watts of output, the company says the […]

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Bill Kirchen

Telemaster Offers A Word To The Wise
 
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Trying to top 2006′s Hammer Of The Honky-Tonk Gods, Bill Kirchen’s eighth solo album, would seem a mighty tall order. Then again, he set what would have been a surprisingly high bar for anyone else with his ’94 solo debut, Tombstone Every Mile. Word To The Wise (Proper American) manages to push the Tele-toting “King […]

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