Monthly Archives: November 2013

Tom Walsh and John King

The Martin Ukulele: The Little Instrument That Helped Create a Guitar Giant

C.F. Martin’s ukuleles have long been the standard by which all others were judged. Though bookcases brim with books about Martin guitars, the merest mention of the company’s extraordinary ukes has been largely absent – or at best treated as comic relief. The recent surge in (more…)

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Perri Ink Offers Capistrano, Mojave Guitar Models


Perri Ink Custom Guitars has introduced two new guitar models. The Capistrano has a black-stained and contoured alder body, Bare Knuckle Nantucket P90 pickup, Rutter’s half bridge with brass saddles, single Volume and Tone knobs, and a one-piece maple neck with black block inlays. (more…)

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Dashboards Offers Aluminum Pedalboards


Dashboards Pedalboards have custom side-mount options including flush-mounted power, dual side-locking TRS connectors for input and amp outputs, as well input/output for MIDI. They are made of aluminum, with powder-coated finish and chrome handles, and are available with an optional backlit logo. Learn more at

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Vince Gill and Paul Franklin


Vince Gill emerged in the mid ’80s as part of country’s New Traditionalist movement. The style was partly built on Bakersfield’s twang-heavy honkytonk, especially the music of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Coincidentally, 2013 marks anniversaries for both. Owens, who died in (more…)

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Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott

Memories and Moments

Playing seemingly anything with strings (including piano strings), the cumulative session credits of O’Brien and Scott include Suzy Boggus, Steve Earle, Trisha Yearwood, Mark Knopfler, Joan Baez, the Chieftains, and countless others. The fifty-somethings’ songs have been recorded by the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Tim (more…)

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The Aristocrats

Culture Clash

The rock-fusion trio known as the Aristocrats are back with a second album fortified with artistic maturity from gigging around the world. With a stronger, more-cohesive musical vision, bassist Bryan Beller, drummer Marco Minnemann, and guitarist Guthrie Govan create a dizzying record full of brisk (more…)

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Guitarist extraordinaire John Ziegler has been laying down the law every Monday night at California’s San Fernando Valley Baked Potato jazz club for what seems like forever. Hosting a weekly jam playing everything from Mahavishnu to ZZ Top, Volto! emerged from the smoldering carcasses of lesser (more…)

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Babiuk Set to Release Rolling Stones Gear


Andy Babiuk, author of Beatles Gear, recently finished a book that similarly documents the gear used by the Rolling Stones. Slated for release in January, Rolling Stones Gear covers the group’s personal background as well as every tour and studio session from their inception in (more…)

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Ric Lee’s Natural Born Swingers

Put A Record On

This band doesn’t just hearken back to the late ’60s British blues movement; it includes two seminal figures from that period, in Ten Years After drummer Ric Lee and pianist Bob Hall, an original member of Savoy Brown and the Groundhogs. In fact, the CD (more…)

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Black Joe Lewis

Electric Slave

Fuzzy guitars, Stax horn arrangements, and a raw garage sound permeate Black Joe Lewis’ third studio album, serving up a provocative juxtaposition of garage-punk, along with the ’60s R&B and blues that brought the band to prominence. Singing like James Brown with a sore throat (more…)

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