Monthly Archives: July 2013

Lee Ritenour

Rhythm Sections
Concord Records

Ritenour’s previous album, 6 String Theory, featured collaborations with guitar peers John Scofield, B.B. King, Slash, and George Benson, among others. Here, he’s working with virtuoso rhythm section players – and a few newcomers. Bassists on these 12 numbers include Stanley Clarke, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, (more…)

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G&L Adds Fallout to Tribute Series


G&L’s Tribute Series Fallout has a mahogany body with Paul-Gagon-designed P-90 neck pickups and a splittable bridge humbucker. It uses a Saddle Lock bridge, a medium-C neck shape with 12” radius, and is available in several finish options. Learn more at www.glguitars.com. (more…)

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Lehle Offers Basswitch IQ DI


The Lehle Basswitch IQ A/B switcher/DI uses high-grade components and has a parametric EQ, effects footswitch, and clean-boost capabilities. For more, go to www.rmi.lu. (more…)

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Buffalo FX Offers Germanium Fuzz V2


The Buffalo FX Germanium Fuzz V2 is built using NOS Texas Instrument 2N404 transistors, Neutrik jacks, Vishay caps, screened cabling, and low-current ultrabrite LED indicators. It has controls for Fuzz, Level, Pre-Gain, and Bias, and has top-mounted jacks. It is powder coated and (more…)

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E-H Intros 8 Step Program


The Electro-Harmonix 8 Step Program connects to an expression pedal or control-voltage input on another device to give sequencer control over parameters that respond to expression pedals or CV generators such as oscillators, filters, delay parameters, etc. Sequences can be modified with the pedal’s multi-function (more…)

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Frank Zappa

Hot Rats

In the coming years, Universal will reissue 66 of Frank Zappa’s albums, kicking off a with a 10-CD flight covering the years 1966 through ’72. Take your pick of great Zappa releases, but a top choice has to be the ’69 classic, Hot Rats. This was (more…)

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Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist J.J. Cale Passes


Renowned songwriter/singer/guitarist J.J. Cale passed away July 26 at a hospital in La Jolla, California, after suffering a heart attack. He was 74. Born John Weldon Cale in Oklahoma City, after playing local honky tonks he moved to Los Angeles in the early ’60s and found (more…)

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Jerrod Niemann

Free the Music
Arista Nashville

Jerrod Niemann is a successful songwriter whose tunes have been recorded by Garth Brooks, Jamey Johnson, and Blake Shelton. His 2010 Arista debut Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury yielded a #1 single with “Lover, Lover” that earned Platinum status. The album’s understated, irreverent, and (more…)

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Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi


Black Sabbath and Deep Purple had a de facto merger in 1983 on the Sab album, Born Again, a disc featuring Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward with Purp frontman Ian Gillan. Over the decades it’s become a cult fave, and this new charity (more…)

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Easton Corbin

All Over The Road
Mercury Nashville

Florida native Easton Corbin earned justified acclaim for his 2009 debut album Roll With It, revealing his twangy traditional voice and obvious debts to George Jones, Merle Haggard, and the late Keith Whitley. Carson Chamberlain’s spare, economical production accentuated those assets. All Over the Road (more…)

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