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Articles by Tessa Jeffers

Interview: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

September 6, 2012
John Spencer and Blues Explosion co-conspirator Judah Bauer reignite their punk-blues fuse with "Meat and Bone"—a deliciously dirty and swaggering return to form powered by pawnshop guitars, raunchy solid-state amps, and unrelenting fuzz.
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Rig Rundown - Ted Nugent

August 31, 2012
PG's Tessa Jeffers is on location in Chicago, IL, at the House of Blues where she catches up with Motor City Madman Ted Nugent. In this segment, Nugent talks about his beloved Gibson Byrdlands, using the Peavey 6505 heads, and the few stompboxes from Jim Dunlop and Boss that he's currently using on tour.
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Interview: Flying Grace from Outer Space

August 29, 2012
Grace Potter, Scott Tournet, and Benny Yurco find their muse and make it soar with a kaleidoscope instrumental attack and a deep guitar bromance.
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Book Review: "My First Guitar: Tales of True Love ..."

August 10, 2012
An expansive collection of vignettes of seminal guitarists telling how they first planted the playing seed.
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Album Review: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals - "The Lion The Beast The Beat"

June 8, 2012
A full range of foot-stompers, piercing hooks, and driving melody
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Album Review: Carolina Chocolate Drops - "Leaving Eden"

April 6, 2012
The Piedmont multi-instrumentalists may be of a vanishing breed who call and respond to their ancestors, arranging classics like “Briggs’ Corn Shucking Jig,” dating as far back as 1855.
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Bonnie Raitt: Return of the Blues Baroness

March 9, 2012
Slide master Bonnie Raitt shares her story of heartbreak, healing, and working with icons Bill Frisell and Joe Henry on Slipstream— her first album in seven years.
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Rig Rundown - Guns N' Roses DJ Ashba

March 6, 2012
PG's Tessa Jeffers is On Location in Chicago, IL, at the House of Blues where she meets up with Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba who gives us the scoop on all his touring guitars, amps, and effects that he's using on the current US tour in 2012.
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Interview: Heartless Bastards - Arrow

February 22, 2012
Frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom bares her gritty, powerhouse voice to guitarist Mark Nathan’s haunting melodies, realizing the true sound of the Heartless Bastards
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Album Review: Mark Lanegan Band - "Blues Funeral"

February 10, 2012
Lanegan continues a long line of meaningful collaboration, which includes half a decade with QOTSA and three albums with Belle & Sebastian’s Isobel Curtis.
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Album Review: Rodrigo Y Gabriela and C.U.B.A. - "Area 52"

February 10, 2012
The wildly talented Mexican guitar duo selected nine tracks from their last two albums, reworking them with the ace guidance of British jazz pianist Alex Wilson and the 13-piece C.U.B.A. orchestra.
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Album Review: Heartless Bastards - "Arrow"

January 10, 2012
The band''s latest lineup showcases Wennerstrom’s hauntingly gruff voice dancing with dirty blues-rock riffs in a way that’s distinctive and starkly wholesome.
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Kirk Douglas: Soul Reviver

December 20, 2011
As backing guitarist for everyone from the Beastie Boys to John McLaughlin and the Boss on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the Roots’ “Captain” Kirk Douglas stands in the unique position of spearheading a soul-music resurgence and taking guitar into genres heretofore untouched by his funky brand of 6-string badness.
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Album Review: Rich Robinson - "Through A Crooked Sun"

November 15, 2011
Despite being known primarily as a veteran guitarist, Robinson admirably pulls off a triple-threat of feeling in epic riffs, great singing, and interesting lyrics.
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