Monthly Archives: August 2013

Drew Zingg

Drew Zingg
The Infrangible Syndicate

Drew Zingg isn’t exactly a household name, but he should become one to all guitarists. Best known for stints with Steely Dan, Donald Fagen’s New York Rock and Soul Revue, and Boz Scaggs, he’s a complete guitarist. And he’s gone a unique route with this (more…)

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Christian Scott

Christian aTunde Adjuah
Concord Jazz

If you’ve been waiting for the future of jazz to arrive, this may well be it. The young trumpeter is creating a beguiling blend of post-bop, dark rock, and hip-hop – try to picture Miles Davis in Radiohead and you’ll be getting warmer. Better still, (more…)

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The Victoria VIC 105

Raw And Responsive
Victoria Vic 105

Victoria VIC 105 Price: $1,495 Contact: Victoria Amp Co.; phone (630) 820-6400; victoriaamp.com. In the 1990s, Mark Baier put himself on the map making quality reproductions of choice ’50s tweed-amp circuits. For the last decade, Baier has broadened his amp (more…)

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Sweet, Hoffs Prep “Under the Covers Vol. 3”


Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs will release Under The Covers Vol. 3 on November 12. The continuation of their album series featuring songs by some of their favorite artists, this one is focused on tracks from the ’80s by Tom Petty, the Pretenders, Echo & (more…)

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Cort Intros 20th Anniversary Earth Acoustics


Cort Guitars’ 20th Anniversary Earth-LE2 MD has a dreadnought body made of solid Madagascar rosewood back and sides and a solid Sitka spruce top. Its three-piece neck is mahogany and rosewood with flamed maple binding and an Indian rosewood fingerboard. Hardware includes gold Gotoh tuners and Graphtech TUSQ nut and saddle. The guitar is finished […]

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The Vox AC30C2X and AC15C1

Brit-Rock Mojo in a Box

Fully appointed in classic Vox dress, the famed British amp maker’s new AC30C2X and AC15C1 both sport enough of that beloved AC30 look to make most any player yearn for Beatles boots and Fab Four suits. The AC30C2X is a 30-watt, 2×12 combo loaded with Celestion Alnico Blue speakers (there’s another version of this amp […]

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Rick Holmstrom

Cruel Sunrise
M.C. Records

The late Cub Koda wrote that Rick Holmstrom’s “inventive ideas are topnotch,” comparing him to the great Earl Hooker. That was in reference to Holmstrom’s solo debut, released in ’96, when he was 31. Sixteen years and five solo albums later, Holmstrom has matured by (more…)

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Darren Jay and the Delta Souls

Drink My Wine

Darren Jay may not be in Gregg Allman’s class as a singer, but he’s still effective. As a guitar player and arranger, though, he can stand with many, and he leads this big eight-piece delta soul band like an expert muleskinner. It doesn’t hurt to have (more…)

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ValveTrain 205

Five Watts, Just So

Rick Gessner is a tweed amp enthusiast who has more than made a splash since entering the fray in 2005. His versions of tweed-era Fender classics (with subtle refinements), along with his Spring Thing reverb unit, have been making waves with players from Pat Travers to Brad Paisley. The ValveTrain 205 is Gessner’s interpretation of […]

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Chris O’Connell

Be Right Back!
Song Records

Finally! At last! Considering that she made her recording debut in 1973 with Asleep at the Wheel’s maiden voyage, it’s amazing that it’s taken nearly 40 years for Chris O’Connell to release her first solo album. During the Wheel’s zenith, she dueted with leader Ray Benson (more…)

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