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Articles by Andy Ellis

Remembering Richie Havens: 1941-2013

April 22, 2013
His spirited renditions of “Handsome Johnny” and “Freedom” united the sounds of folk and soul music in a way no one had heard before and literally brought the Woodstock crowd to its feet.
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Album Review: Cassie Taylor - "Out of My Mind"

April 15, 2013
Packed with soulful singing and blazing 6-string, Taylor’s new Out of My Mind is a mesmerizing, nuanced, and imaginatively arranged collection of blues-inflected originals.
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Album Review: Jimi Hendrix - "People, Hell and Angels"

February 15, 2013
While "People, Hell and Angels" isn’t a great album—meaning it lacks the coherent sound, vision, and vibe of, say, "Axis: Bold as Love"—it’s packed with magnificent guitar.
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Album Review: Arbouretum - "Coming Out of the Fog"

January 9, 2013
Arbouretum Coming Out of the Fog Thrill Jockey Imagine an improbable collision of Fairport Convention, the Velvet Underground, and early Jefferson Airplane, and you’ll begin to grasp Arbouretum’s doomy folk-rock
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Interview: Joanne Shaw Taylor - Voodoo Grooves and Guitarmageddon Tones

December 10, 2012
For her third solo album, Almost Always Never, British blues-rocker Joanne Shaw Taylor finds sonic inspiration in her teenage past.
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Album Review: Ed Gerhard - "There and Gone"

November 5, 2012
The solo guitarist’s tunes and beautifully articulated counterpoint unfold slowly, like flower petals opening to the sunrise.
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Album Review: Joanne Shaw Taylor - "Almost Always Never"

October 8, 2012
Joanne Shaw Taylor Almost Always Never Ruf For her third solo album, 26-year-old Joanne Shaw Taylor decided to shake things up musically and creatively by tracking with a different producer
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Interview: Don Felder - Airborne Again

October 3, 2012
After a long hiatus, the guitarist who helped the Eagles soar for 27 years is back with a new solo album, “Road to Forever.”
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Album Review: Kelly Joe Phelps - "Brother Sinner & the Whale"

September 6, 2012
On Brother Sinner & the Whale, KJP sings about loss and redemption using lyrics inspired by the Bible’s Book of Jonah.
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Album Review: Mike Keneally - "Wing Beat Fantastic"

August 10, 2012
This pairing yields a set of quirky, melodic songs that manage to sound catchy while remaining unflinchingly adventurous.
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Album Review: Royal Southern Brotherhood - "Royal Southern Brotherhood"

July 9, 2012
Royal Southern Brotherhood Royal Southern Brotherhood Ruf Records What a cool union! Two musical lineages intertwine in RSB, a new quintet headed by the mighty Cyril Neville. As a member
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Interview: Joe Robinson

July 9, 2012
Super-picker Joe Robinson explains why he went electric on Let Me Introduce You, and describes his journey from hotshot instrumentalist to singer-songwriter.
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GALLERY: Montreal Guitar Show 2012

July 3, 2012
The biennial Montreal Guitar Show is home to some of the world''s most stunning handcrafted electrics, archtops, and acoustics.
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The Secret World of Hindustani Slide

June 8, 2012
Think you know every nook and cranny of the modern guitar world? Think again. Here we take you inside the burgeoning Indian lapslide scene—a place where players from one of the world’s oldest civilizations took inspiration from Hawaiians, created mind-boggling 20-string instruments, and now conjure spellbindingly virtuosic music.
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Album Review: Sonny Landreth - "Elemental Journey"

June 8, 2012
Landreth ventures into new territory with "Elemental Journey," an all-instrumental affair with 11 Landreth originals.
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Album Review: Michael Landau - "Organic Instrumentals"

May 11, 2012
Aided by an ace band, he has crafted the most satisfying all-guitar album I’ve heard since Jeff Beck’s "Blow by Blow" and "Wired."
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Album Review: Ned Evett - "Treehouse"

April 6, 2012
Roadhouse boogie, amped-up folk-blues, and swampy ballads on—get this—fretless electric, flattop, and resonator guitars.
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The Father of Loud—Jim Marshall: 1923-2012

April 5, 2012
It''s no exaggeration to say that Marshall forever changed the sound of rock ''n'' roll with his guitar amps.
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Album Review: The Little Willies - "For the Good Times"

February 10, 2012
For the Good Times, the band’s second album, is a collection of country and honky tonk classics by the likes of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, and Lefty Frizzell.
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Album Review: Sean McGowan - "Sphere"

January 10, 2012
It takes a lot of brass to tackle the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk, and when the musician attempting this feat is a solo guitarist, well, that makes the challenge even more daunting.
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