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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Carrie Elkin

Call It My Garden
Red House Records
 
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How many versions of the song “If That Mocking Bird Don’t Sing” have you heard? I’ve listened to more than I can count on all my digits. So when I heard Carrie Elkin veer into “Mocking Bird” during the chorus of “Jessie Likes Birds” I wondered where she was going with it. What followed was […]

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X Celebrates 35 Years, Slates Shows

 

For the first time since 1980, X will play Los Angeles in its entirety, at The Roxy during the Sunset Strip Music Festival on August 17. Just prior to this historic show, the band reunites at the Indie West Fest in Ventura, CA on July 29th. The band will also play one East Coast show joined by Pearl […]

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Greg Allman

Low Country Blues
Rounder Records
 
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Allman’s solo albums have been good to excellent and generally more satisfying than most of the Allman Brothers post-Duane releases; they’re bluesier, darker, more down-home. With a band built around Mac “Dr. John” Rebenack on piano and Doyle Bramhall II on guitar, with Low Country Blues, Allman has made an album of the type many […]

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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Year One
Shout Factory
 
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Jon Spencer formed his Blues Explosion ensemble in New York City in 1991. The band was instantly hated and beloved; purists saw them as treading on age-old blues traditions with no respect. Others were fascinated by the band’s deconstruction and reinvention of the music. At heart, the Blues Explosion was pure power trio. Spencer, then […]

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Jon Lord Passes

 

Jon Lord, keyboardist with Deep Purple, Whitesnake, and other bands, died Monday after suffering a pulmonary embolism. He had been battling pancreatic cancer. As a member of Deep Purple’s original incarnation, Lord co-wrote many of the group’s most popular songs, including “Smoke On The Water.”

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Bob Babbitt Passes

 

Renowned bassist Bob Babbitt died Monday after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 74. Born Robert Kreinar, Babbitt is a legend in the music industry for having been one of the Funk Brothers collective that backed dozens of musicians on the Motown Records label in the 1960s and ’70s. His playing can be […]

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AlumiSonic Offers 1100-Deluxe

 

The AlumiSonic 1100-Deluxe has an aluminum semi-hollow body with removable mahogany chamber plugs formed to carved-top proportions, with a sound hole. Its pickups are backed internally with Honduran mahogany. Removing the guitar’s mahogany chamber plugs allows it to resonate more freely. The bolt-on neck is available with a variety of contour, fret, and fingerboard choices. […]

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Summer NAMM 2012

 
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Swississippi Chris Harp

Four Aces and a Harp
Swississippi Records
 
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It’s not often the man who starts a record label is featured on one of its first releases, but that’s the case with Chris Harper. And when you’re backed by players like Jimmy Burns, John Primer, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and Bob Stroger, things will likely turn out alright, musically. The guitars of Primer and […]

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Electric Willie

A Tribute to Willie Dixon
Yellowbird
 
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Avant-garde guitarists Elliott Sharp, Henry Kaiser, and Glenn Phillips share a love for the blues, so when a threeway collaboration was suggested, it morphed into a tribute to Willie Dixon. To differentiate it from a mere blues collection, the trio modeled it loosely after Chess Records’ much maligned but oddly attractive late-’60s albums Electric Mud […]

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