Monthly Archives: October 2012

Matt Panayides

Tapestries of Song
Pacific Coast Jazz

With his new album, Matt Panayides makes a case for being mentioned among the best jazz traditionalists playing guitar these days. Boppers like “Seoul Soul” show how he easily navigates complex changes while soloing. His accomplice is saxophonist Rich Perry, and Panayides lays down (more…)

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Hill Country Revue

Zebra Ranch
Razor & Tie

Rock and roll doesn’t get much grittier than Hill Country Revue, the band started by North Mississippi Allstars member Cody Dickinson. The group is Dickinson and Kirk Smithhart on guitars, Daniel Robert Coburn on vocals, and Doc Samba on bass. And with Zebra Ranch, they’ve (more…)

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Bruce Brown

Off the Edge

Bruce Brown, whose day job is filling the guitar chair for Charlie Daniels, offers up an eclectic mix of music on his new solo disc, Off the Edge. Immediately impressive is the taste and patience with which Brown plays. He’s not in your face with (more…)

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Eastwood Guitars Intros Airline Espanada


Eastwood Guitars’ Airline Espanada is based on the Harmony H63 from the late ’50s. A full-hollowbody, it has a 25.5” scale, maple top and back with mahogany sides, set maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, block markers, binding, 1 11/16” width at the (more…)

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Hot Club of Cowtown

What Makes Bob Holler
Proper Records

Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys and Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli’s Hot Club both blended early 20th century blues and jazz with the folk music of their culture. Both featured hot-shot fiddlers and guitarists, and both operated in their classic form from 1934 (more…)

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Todd Wolfe Band

American Home Entertainment

Wolfe is best known as a sideman for Sheryl Crow, but he has also recorded with Leslie West and Faith Hill, among others. Now, with his own group – a trio – Wolfe delivers a set of nine originals and a live cover (more…)

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Levy’s Launches Steampunk Straps


Levy’s Leathers’ Steampunk guitar straps have a 2″ polyester webbing sublimation-printed with a design inspired by steampunk subculture and finished with leather ends and a tri-glide adjustment. It is available in six original designs. Check them out at LevysLeathers.com. (more…)

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Reverend Offers Flatroc in Limited-Edition Colors


Reverend Guitars is offering its 15th Anniversary Flatroc model in five limited-edition metalflake colors. Each guitar is numbered and the company will produce 24 in silver, 12 gold, 12 red, 12 blue, and eight in (more…)

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Barry Cleveland

Moonjune Records
barry cleveland THUMB

Barry Cleveland takes his music to another dimension with Hologramatron. It’s like a cross between the Velvet Underground and Portishead, but completely unique – and uniquely eccentric. Cleveland’s compositions, arrangements, and guitar work here are a fusion of fusions, as he masterfully treads into ambient, (more…)

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X Announces Holiday Tour


X will embark on a tour November 30 through December 7. The Holiday run will hit the East Coast for the first annual Guitar Slingers Ball, where the band will be sharing the bill with the Reverend Horton Heat, and (more…)

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