Unplugged

The Allman Brothers - Idlewild South (1970)

In February of 1970, the Allman Brothers went into the studio to record their 2nd album. The sessions were squeezed into the few dates they had open between their uncountable concerts. The band’s leader Duane Allman used these gigs to try out new material provided by his brother Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, making arrangements on the...

Richard Thompson - 13 Rivers (2018)

Richard Thompson is an amazing guitarist and a highly talented songwriter but, let’s say, he is not the cheeriest of souls.   However if dark is your thing, you can find it hear in spades. And fortunately, while Thompson does not quite have the wit of Tom Waits, he does have sarcasm and a unique style that lifts his songs far...

Larkin Poe

Larkin Poe – named after a great great great grandfather - is fronted by talented American sisters Rebecca (30 January 1991) and Megan (12 May 1989) Lovell.   Rebecca plays mandolin and lead guitar, and Megan plays lap steel, although they are both multi-instrumentalists. The “little sisters of the Allman Brothers”, as...

Neil Young - After The Gold Rush (1970)

After tasting the sweet success with Crosby, Stills & Nash on Déjà Vu, Neil Young resumed that same year, 1970, his solo career with After the Gold Rush, his 3rd record on his own after his stint with Buffalo Springfield. It is a record where he combines things from his previous 2, the country flavour and folk arrangements from the first, and...

Joe Bonamassa - Redemption (2018)

New Yorker Joe Bonamassa has been on the music scene for some 26 years. The boy prodigy started his ascent when he was 12, by opening for B.B.King, and hasn’t stopped since. He’s teamed up with the likes of Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, Beth Hart, Foreigner, Steve Winwood, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks to list just a few. His latest release...

Greg Howe

American fusion guitarist Greg Howe’s (8 December, 1963) first eponymous album was released in 1988, and was soon declared one of the top 10 shred albums of all time by Guitar World magazine. Howe has pioneered several guitar styles including fast left-hand legato passages and the “hammer on from nowhere" technique, in...

The Police - Outlandos D'Amour (1978)

It is difficult to believe now that the debut album of The Police, released 40 years ago this week, was an outrageous double-bet at the time.       Firstly because Stewart Copeland’s brother, Miles, lent the band 1,500 pounds (approx 8,200 pounds in today’s currency) to allow them to record music he didn’t...

Fred "Sonic" Smith

Fred 'Sonic' Smith was the high priest of the High Octane Rock Church of Detroit. Along with MC5 and Sonic's Rendezvous Band, he was ahead of the punk and distortion storms of alternative rock. His exchange of furious electricity discharge with Wayne Kramer were the punk equivalent to those of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. He never...

Slash - Living The Dream (2018)

The much anticipated new release of Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Living the Dream was dropped on September 21, 2018, and is everything fans wanted: adrenaline. While the Guns N Roses top-hatted axeman rejoined his former bandmates, and toured the world anew, (breaking tour records as he went) he was also busy playing with his...

Fleetwood Mac - Then Play On (1969)

If the Bard had the gift of words unmatched in the English language, to many guitar aficionados, Peter Green was the “to be or not to be” pillar of perfection on 6-string. This magnum opus was their 3rd, and his last as member of the band he formed, named after the rhythm section Mick Fleetwood/drums and John McVie/bass, Fleetwood Mac. It was...

Hank Marvin

The tall svelte man with the mop of brown hair and large Buddy Holly - like glasses steps forward clutching his legendary fiesta red Stratocaster and waggles the wammy bar to kick off the opening bars of one of the best known instrumentals in history. The simplicity, clarity, feel, tone and phrasing of those famous opening notes are close to...

The Pierce Brothers

Australian twins The Pierce Brothers, Jack and Pat, 30, (27 July 1988) began their career busking on the streets of Melbourne before shooting straight to the top of the iTunes charts with their critically lauded 2017 EP 'The Records Were Ours'. The pair then embarked on a world tour, which doesn’t seem to have stopped since. Their journey...

Elvis Costello - Look Now (2018)

In 1982 Elvis Costello threw open the doors of the bedchamber on his classic Imperial Bedroom to reveal often sad and sometimes twisted characters adrift on the rollercoaster of passion and love.   Now we find that the wily storyteller has spent the last 20 years developing a largely new group of characters who, it could be said,...

Pearl Jam - Vs. (1993)

1993 was the year of confirmation for grunge and alternative music, the two most popular bands of the movement, Nirvana and Pearl Jam, both put out, with barely a month apart, the sequels of Nevermind and Ten, and the world turned its head once again towards Seattle. At stake was something much more important than both band’s success: integrity....

Leslie West

Leslie West is an exceptional guitarist, perhaps his music is not as well remembered as other artists of the time but his influence over several generations of guitarists is tremendous. He took over from Cream and hardened their music towards heavy. Everything about West is big, from his evident weight problems to his incredible tone, one of the...

Eric Clapton - Happy Xmas (2018)

Eric Clapton has released his first Christmas album this month, (October 12) titled Happy Xmas. It’s his 24th studio effort and his first since I Still Do, in 2016. It is a bluesy blend of well-known Xmas classics, some forgotten pieces brought back to life, and an original called For Love On Christmas Day. In his own words, “I had it in my...

Grateful Dead - American Beauty (1970)

American Beauty is the great album of the Grateful Dead, a perfect record on which can be found some of the best songs of their career such as Box Of Rain by Phil Lesh, Sugar Magnolia by Bob Weir, and three absolute classics by the main two composers in the band (Jerry Garcia putting the music and Robert Hunter the lyrics) such as Friend Of The...

John Mayer

Today we take a look at the career of one John Clayton Mayer, the American singer/songwriter, guitarist and record producer, born October 16, 1977, in Bridgeport Connecticut to two teachers, Richard and Margaret Mayer, the middle brother between older Carl and younger Ben. He got interested in the guitar after watching Michael J. Fox’s memorable...

Buddy Guy - The Blues Is Alive And Well (2018)

George “Buddy” Guy, born in Louisiana in 1936, started playing guitar on a 2-string diddley bow that he made when he was 5 or 6 he says, he was later given a Harmony acoustic that now resides in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he has just released his 18th studio album The Blues Is Alive and Well, (RCA Records) and well...it is, and so is...