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My Guitar

Read "My Guitar" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

This Christmas marked a very important anniversary in the history of Your Own Personal Genius. Thirty years ago, I received a gift that would change the course of my life forever: a Korean-made Starforce Strat-copy guitar, along with a small Fender practice amp. I got with it a small book of basic blues scales, plus 12-bar ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sparky Parker: In the Dark

Read "In the Dark" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Crafting the perfect riff has been the goal of every blues and rock guitarist since Jimi Hendrix first began channeling Albert King. Welding a memorable theme to jaw-dropping technique is the surest way for a budding guitarist to elevate his or her reputation.

Houston, Texas' Sparky Parker's debut opens with one of those defining ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Miller Band: Welcome To The Vault

Read "Welcome To The Vault" reviewed by Doug Collette

Ostentatious it may seem at a glance, the superficially lavish packaging of Welcome to the Vault may to a great extent allay the skepticism in a knowledgeable music lover all too aware of the multiplicity of previously-issued collections/anthologies of the Steve Miller Band. Above and below a large 3D-rendering of the 'Pegasus" logo, the silver embossed ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The Road Goes on Forever: Fifty Years of The Allman Brothers Band Music (1969-2019)

Read "The Road Goes on Forever: Fifty Years of The Allman Brothers Band Music (1969-2019)" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Road Goes on Forever: Fifty Years of The Allman Brothers Band Music (1969-2019)
Michael Buffalo Smith
352 Pages
ISBN: # 978-0881467123
Mercer University Press
2019

In approaching Michael Buffalo Smith's book The Road Goes On Forever, it is absolutely essential to take the subtitle literally. In Fifty ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Robbie Robertson: Sinematic

Read "Sinematic" reviewed by Doug Collette

Robbie Robertson's ongoing fascination with the dark(er) side of human nature, combined with his longstanding fascination with film, begs the question of why it took so long for him to fuse the two interests in a solo album. There are more than a few memorable moments scattered throughout approximately sixty minutes of music on Sinematic and ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Bob James, David Sanborn, and Marcus Miller: The Lost Tour

Read "Bob James, David Sanborn, and Marcus Miller: The Lost Tour" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Backing a new record with a live tour is, of course, standard practice. So, a tour in support of Double Vision (Warner Brothers, 1986) would be nothing out of the ordinary. The Bob James and David Sanborn classic, that also features Marcus Miller and Steve Gadd, proved to be visionary in its scope and profound in ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

King Crimson at Paramount Theatre

Read "King Crimson at Paramount Theatre" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

King Crimson
Paramount Theatre
Denver, CO
September 8, 2019

Every band should have three drummers. No, wait, every band needs three drummers. King Crimson proved that Sunday night with, not just three drummers, but three drummers right up front. Well, maybe two and half drummers; drummer Jeremy Stacey spent ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Woodstock—Back to the Garden: 50th Anniversary Experience

Read "Woodstock—Back to the Garden: 50th Anniversary Experience" reviewed by John Kelman

First things first. For all but the most committed of fans, knowledge of what transpired, how it transpired and when it transpired at the now-legendary 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Fair has, despite a variety of initial, 25th and 40th Anniversary audio and video releases, been severely limited. As engaging, entertaining and well-constructed as these various ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Shambhu: Soothing Guitar for Stressful Times

Read "Shambhu: Soothing Guitar for Stressful Times" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The times we live in call for reflection and one of the ways of providing it is through music. Music can slow our lives down and make us live in the moment, but it can also connect people. Since he discovered music, guitarist and composer Shambhu Neil Vineberg has been on a journey that has seen ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mats Eilertsen: Reveries and Revelations

Read "Reveries and Revelations" reviewed by John Eyles

In rock music, the heyday of “and friends" albums (Leon Russell or Eric Clapton releases for examples) seems long past; on such records, the headliner was joined by a famous star names on different tracks, their presence helping to attract publicity and boost sales. The last hooray of the genre probably came with charity recordings such ...