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How the Yardbirds Revolutionized Rock Live on the BBC

July 25th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

If you wish to launch a humdinger of an argument – and one you might win – sidle up to just about any 1960s rock fan and offer the opinion that it was not the Beatles, the Stones, Pink Floyd, Hendrix, the Velvet Underground or the Byrds who were the key sonic inventors of the [...]

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Country Music Hall of Famer Jim Ed Brown Dead at 81

June 12th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Jim Ed Brown, whose easygoing vocal style led to a seven-decades-long career that included Grand Ole Opry membership and 2015 election into the Country Music Hall of Fame with his sisters Maxine and Bonnie Brown, died Thursday at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tennessee, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 81. Sidebar In [...]

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Ronnie Milsap Applauds Preservation of Nashville’s Historic RCA Studios

January 17th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Ronnie Milsap, who turns 71 years old today (January 16th), will celebrate with a private party at the recording studio he founded on Nashville’s famed Music Row. The legendary entertainer, who recorded for RCA throughout the Seventies and Eighties, was a mainstay for those two decades at RCA recording studios, including Studio B, which is [...]

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Legendary Songwriter Paul Craft Dead at 76

October 21st, 2014 · No Comments · Guitar

By Andrew Leahey | October 20, 2014 Thirteen days after his induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Paul Craft — the man behind offbeat, wisecracking country hits like “Dropkick Me, Jesus (Through the Goalposts of Life)” and “It’s Me Again, Margaret” — has died. He was 76 years old.  Related A former law [...]

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‘Ray Stevens’ Nashville’ Details Comic Performer’s Versatile Career

June 22nd, 2014 · No Comments · Guitar

<!– –> <!– –> Funnyman Ray Stevens is perhaps best known for bouncing between novelty hits (“The Streak”) and “straight” tunes (“Everything Is Beautiful”), both of which topped the pop survey in the Seventies. He also recorded a series of comic country tunes (including “Would Jesus Wear a Rolex” and “Mississippi Squirrel Revival”) throughout the [...]

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The Alternating Bass in Blues, and ‘Travis’ Picking

April 7th, 2014 · No Comments · Guitar

The alternating bass has an entirely different feel and stylistic bent compared with the constant bass in the last lesson, yet they are totally related to each other, and can even be interchangeable. This relationship between the two styles will be shown and demonstrated in this lesson. The alternating bass lick also evokes a style [...]

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Chet Flippo: An Appreciation

June 20th, 2013 · No Comments · Guitar

<!– –> <!– –> Chet Flippo loved to tell the story of his first glimpse of Rolling Stone. He was in the Navy, and he and his buddies were sitting on the fantail of a destroyer, smoking pot and marveling that finally there was a magazine covering everything they were interested in. About a year [...]

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Tom Yoder – Twisted Circles and the Theory of Everything

September 29th, 2012 · No Comments · Guitar

CD Review by David Hodge Twisted Circles and the Theory of Everything is the latest CD from Tom Yoder. The idea behind it is simple and intriguing enough – take a dozen classical pieces and play them on guitar. Not classical guitar pieces, mind you, but full orchestral pieces. And we’re not talking about a [...]

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Q&A: Billy Joe Shaver on His Epic Career, Suicide Attempt and 2007 Waco Shooting Trial

July 23rd, 2012 · No Comments · Guitar

<!– –> <!– –> On his 2009 track “I Feel a Change Coming On,” Bob Dylan sang, “I’m listening to Billy Joe Shaver and I’m reading James Joyce.” Dylan is one of Shaver’s many famous fans; Willie Nelson calls him “the greatest songwriter alive today” and Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley have all [...]

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Tom Yoder – Twisted Circles and the Theory of Everything

June 1st, 2012 · No Comments · Guitar

CD Review by David Hodge Twisted Circles and the Theory of Everything is the latest CD from Tom Yoder. The idea behind it is simple and intriguing enough – take a dozen classical pieces and play them on guitar. Not classical guitar pieces, mind you, but full orchestral pieces. And we’re not talking about a [...]

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