Tag Archive | guitar

Review: Chris Smither, Hundred Dollar Valentine

Chris Smither Hundred Dollar Valentine [Signature Sounds (2012)] Before rock music found a way to make listeners sad in novel ways, there was country and the blues. Chris Smither has been making quietly successful, powerful songs to make you wistful since 1970. Morrissey and countless Emo bands could learn a thing or two by listening to Smither’s entire […]

Travelogue: Festival In the Desert 2012

Festival In the Desert 2012 Photos and Essay by Ezra Gale In January of 2012 I travelled with a friend to Timbuktu, Mali, for the legendary Festival in the Desert. The trip was a long-planned for pilgrimage to the breeding ground of some of my favorite music on the planet—the crossroads of West African rhythms, […]

Reviews: Kami Thompson, Love Lies; Richard Thompson, Live at Celtic Connections

I’m a sucker for all things Thompson.

Review: Lindsey Buckingham, Seeds We Sow

Lindsey Buckingham Seeds We Sow [Mind Kit Records/Eagle Rock (2011)] Seeds We Sow is Lindsey Buckingham‘s sixth solo album since leaving Fleetwood Mac, and his first self-release effort. As a guitar player, Buckingham ranks as one of the best, and this album serves as a reminder of just how good he is. Many of the tracks […]

Feature Reviews: Spencer Bohren, Blackwater Music, The Blues According to Hank Williams, and Born in a Biscayne

Spencer Bohren Blackwater Music (Threadhead Records [2011]) Spencer Bohren The Blues According to Hank Williams [Valve Records (2011)] Spencer Bohren Born in a Biscayne [Valve Records (2011)] Call it the final chapter of Spencer Bohren‘s previously uncompleted works. The New Orleans bluesman had scraps and pieces of unfinished songs that had been stacking up for […]

Review: David Bromberg, Use Me

David Bromberg Use Me [Appleseed (2011)] A feeling of authenticity lies at the heart of everything that David Bromberg has ever recorded. Whether it’s blues, R&B, country, bluegrass, rock, or Celtic music, the Philadelphia-born former student of Reverend Gary Davis has made everything sound real. With his latest outing, Use Me, Bromberg returns to his first love as an ex-session player, […]

Review: Robert Johnson, The Complete Recordings: The Centennial Edition

Robert Johnson The Complete Recordings: The Centennial Edition [Columbia/Legacy (2011)] The 100th birthday of Mississippi delta bluesman Robert Johnson was celebrated on May 8, 2011, and Sony/Legacy has decided to honor one of the greatest American blues legends and musicians of all time by issuing a newly-remastered two-CD set of 42 master and alternative takes […]