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Articles by Andy Ellis

Album Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band - "Made Up Mind"

July 27, 2013
There’s plenty of burning guitar throughout Made Up Mind, but first and foremost this is a band record with a heavy nod toward classic Memphis soul.
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Album Review: John Scofield - "Überjam Deux"

June 29, 2013
With its mix of wicked dual-guitar interplay and smoldering beats—boogaloo, JB funk, ’60s soul-jazz, Memphis R&B, and more—Überjam Deux has what it takes to satisfy both your brain and booty.
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Album Review: Bart Walker - "Waiting on Daylight"

May 11, 2013
Bart Walker Waiting on Daylight Ruf Records If fat slide tones are your thing—like the sounds Duane Allman gave us in At Fillmore East—you’ll dig Bart Walker’s sophomore solo album.
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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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