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Gov't Mule: Bring On The Music - Live at the Capitol Theatre

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In the essay within the 2CD/2DVD package of Gov't Mule's Bring On The Music, Warren Haynes makes note of the the group's twenty-fifth anniversary. And while the co-founder and titular leader of an ensemble originally spun off from the Allman Brothers Band goes to great length in rightfully stipulating the band's music as the source of its longevity, he doesn't formally assign Live at the Capitol Theatre, the formal designation as recognition of the quarter-century milestone. Thus, only a tacit ...

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Robin Trower: Coming Closer to the Day

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Upon departing Procol Harum in the early Seventies, guitarist Robin Trower embarked upon a solo career in which he has proved himself both prolific and consistent (like the imagistic cover art of the albums). Completely absorbing by its finish, Coming Closer to the Day reaffirms those virtues and belies the intimations of mortality in its title. The blues-drenched, semi-psychedelic guitar tones on the opening “Diving Bell" certainly augur well for the twenty-third studio entry in the Trower discography. ...

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Doyle Bramhall II: Shades

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The title of Doyle Bramhall II's Shades intimates a fitting level of nuance comparable to that of his previous album, Rich Man (Concord, 2016), where he married the most profound spiritual themes of his original material to lush production and arrangement. Here, in contrast, he emphasizes his blues and R&B roots so that, as a direct reflection of the guitarist's swarthy visage, the continuity of the black and white cover graphics carries over into the music. The seamless nature of ...

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Sonny Landreth: Recorded Live in Lafayette

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Slide guitarist Sonny Landreth releases his third live recording after 2005's Grant Street (Sugar Hill Records) and 2007's Sonny Landreth -Live at 2007 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Munckmusic). Far from just another live release from a jam band, Recorded Live in Lafayette reveals some clever programming by Landreth. Disc one of this two-disc set is an acoustic collection featuring Landreth on his signature resophonic steel-body guitar. This is a departure from his previous live shows, which were typically ...

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Eric Johnson: EJ: Song Explorations on Acoustic Guitar and Piano

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The very announcement of a (largely) solo acoustic album from Eric Johnson is enough to startle fans of the Texas bluesman as well as those who know him only by name and a little of his tenure as a contemporary guitar hero. Hearing EJ: Song Explorations on Acoustic Guitar and Piano will no doubt dazzle those in both camps.That's because even in his use of a non-electrified fretboard instrument, with occasional utilization of acoustic piano, Johnson's able to ...

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Sonny Landreth: Bound By the Blues

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Fresh Cream (Atco) was released in 1966, at the height of the blues revival that began in the late 1950s with the publication of Samuel Charter's The Country Blues (Rinehart, 1950) and the subsequent release of the LP The Country Blues (Folkways, 1959). In the early blues revival, it was the rural, acoustic blues that were resurrected and celebrated. Then the ancient-by-any-standards folk songs made it to Great Britain, they were assimilated and recreated in a sonic image not previously ...

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Robben Ford: Bringing It Back Home

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Robben Ford's most focused, unembellished album in like, forever, may have also been the easiest album the virtuosic blues/jazz/rock/you-name-it guitarist has made in a long spell, too. In talking about Bringing It Back Home, the guitarist/vocalist says, “The results are really pure, and the most fun I've had making an album in years." In “bringing it back home" with a collection of older folk, blues and R&B tunes, some of which he didn't even know about prior to the recording ...


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