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BOOK REVIEWS

Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of An American Guitar Hero

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Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of An American Guitar Hero Ed Ward 224 Pages ISBN: # 1613733283 Chicago Review Press 2016 Whether he meant to or not, in writing Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of an American Guitar Hero, Ed Ward mirrors his subject's style of guitar-playing. Flurries of facts precede extended statements of clarification, elongated for the purpose of emphasis, further reaffirmed (and suspense thus created) by the finality of ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Davy Knowles at Higher Ground

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Davy Knowles Showcase Lounge, Higher Ground South Burlington, Vermont August 19, 2016 Davy Knowles took more than a few chances during his two-hour set at Higher Ground August 19th, but to his great credit, he made them all pay. Granted the audience was on his side, but their lust to cheer him on (right from the opening notes) was no greater than the precocious guitarist's determination to meet their expectations. In fact, it's ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Shrieve: Michael Shrieve's Spellbinder

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Despite a varied series of projects, prolific master drummer Michael Shrieve has maintained a comparatively low profile since his days as a member of the original Santana band. But with the reunion of that ensemble, the time's certainly right for him to step directly into the limelight with Spellbinder, which, even it doesn't exhibit the same deep-rooted fire and ingenuity of Shrieve's higher-profile ensemble, is almost as challenging as it is accessible. As great a name as is ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Charlie Hunter: Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth

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Adorned with the kind of facetiously sardonic title he's applied to a few recent records, Charlie Hunter's latest album nevertheless documents further changes in his ever-restless musical persona. Not only is this, his seventeenth-plus album as a leader, on a new label, but he enlists a new accompanist and, perhaps most significant of all, returns to playing the eight-string guitar. Recorded live in a studio in Hudson, New York, on Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Grateful Dead: Dave's Pick's Vol. 19: Honolulu, Hawaii, 1/23/70

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Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux has done yeoman's work to distinguish his archival series of recordings from that of his esteemed predecessor Dick Latvala and Vol. 19 is no exception . But this edition of Dave's Picks, from Honolulu, Hawaii in January of 1970, has much in common with a release from Dick's Picks, while simultaneously setting itself apart from those which preceded it (except for the fact it too sold through its limited run). The most significant ...

LIVE REVIEWS

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood at The Rusty Nail

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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood The Rusty Nail Stowe, Vermont August 5, 2016 In its third visit to Vermont in as many years, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood betrayed scant evidence of the transition apparent on their recently-released record Any Way You Love, We Know How You Feel (Silver Arrow, 2016). On the contrary, in two lengthy sets, the quintet demonstrated a growing self-assurance as they continue incorporating a new rhythm section and simultaneously reconfiguring the fundamental ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Kickback City: Deluxe Edition

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Kickback City Ian Rankin/Tim Truman/Rory Gallagher 40 Pages ISBN: B019GLERXO Eagle Rock 2016 Notwithstanding titles such as “Deluxe Edition" of Irish Tour '74 (Legacy Recordings, 2014)or the almost equally splendid archiving that is Notes From San Francisco (Eagle Rock, 2011), Kickback City Deluxe Edition is the most distinctive entry in Rory Gallagher's discography. Two collections of studio and concert tracks highlight the detective mystery theme running through Gallagher's later original material, all of ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders: Garcia Live Volume Six: Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders July 5 1973, Lion's Share

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A cursory review of Garcia Live Volume Six reveals much that's familiar about such titles including personnel (keyboardist/vocalist Merl Saunders, bassist John Kahn and drummer Bill Vitt) and material ("I Second That Emotion," “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"). But a closer perusal uncovers elements that make July 5, 1973 Lion's Share a distinctive entry in the solo discography of guitarist/songwriter/vocalist Jerry Garcia. Rare choices of song, such as “She's Got Charisma," suggest an expansive approach to ...


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