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Ted Drozdowski

Ted Drozdowski

Ted is an award-winning journalist, musician, songwriter, producer, and film consultant. He has presented workshops on roots music history and on slide guitar in the U.S. and Europe. He is also the leader of Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen, a psychedelic blues-based group that has toured internationally, including such festivals as Bonnaroo, Memphis in May, and Cognac Blues Passions. He is a senior editor at Premier Guitar.

ARTICLES

Rig Rundown: Joanne Shaw Taylor

July 10, 2019
The British blues player’s simple-but-brawny tool kit for tough tones.
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Jimmie Vaughan: Emperor of Tone

July 4, 2019
The guitar legend keeps his classic sound and style close to the bone on his new Baby, Please Come Home, fortifying his reputation with his beloved Strats, ’59 Bassman reissues, and hotel room keys.
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Rig Rundown: Buddy Miller

July 3, 2019
Humor, great stories, and killer tones (courtesy of rare guitars and boutique amps) abound in this studio sit-down with one of contemporary Nashville’s most respected artists.
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Rig Rundown: Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and John Myung [2019]

May 22, 2019
The progressive metal band’s sultans of shred talk about the gear on The Distance Over Time tour, including John Petrucci’s brand-new Music Man Majesty Series signature models and Myung’s potential 2020 signature bass.
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Album Spotlight: Five Times Surprise

May 6, 2019
Avant guitarists Henry Kaiser and Anthony Pirog have formed a stunning ensemble that delivers a tonal siesta with a bonus 40-minute improv surprise ending.
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Gang of Four’s Andy Gill: Precision and Destruction

May 2, 2019
Striking a balance between chaos and clockwork, the inventive guitarist has created one of rock’s most distinctive styles. On the new album Happy Now, he continues to push the envelope.
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Christone “Kingfish” Ingram: “Outside of This Town” Song Premiere

April 4, 2019
An emerging young blues guitarist from Clarksdale, Mississippi, looks to the music’s future—and his own—but builds on the foundation of his heroes: from Albert and Freddie King to Jimi Hendrix and Prince.
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Guitar Madness at the 2019 Big Ears Festival

March 27, 2019
Bill Frisell, Richard Thompson, David Torn, Mary Halvorson, Anthony Pirog of the Messthetics, and Spiritualized were among the 6-string explorers at America’s edgiest music gathering.
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Rig Rundown: Nick Raskulinecz

March 13, 2019
Try to keep your skull glued on while geeking out on the gear the Grammy-winning producer uses to make epic albums with Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Deftones, Korn, Rush, Mastodon, and others.
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Rig Rundown: The Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts

February 27, 2019
We catch up with the sons of Southern-rock royalty—and their trove of storied guitars—just before the official launch of their new Allman Betts Band project.
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Album Spotlight: David Torn’s 'Sun of Goldfinger'

February 10, 2019
Uneasy listening from a master of mood, sound, and texture.
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Heritage H-137SC Review

January 30, 2019
Two P-90s, four dials, and a slab of single-cutaway mahogany that are a ticket to rock ’n’ roll happiness.
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Gibson Les Paul Standard Review

October 26, 2018
A not-so-standard Standard offers a multitude of sonic options.
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Reeves Gabrels Revisits His Bowie Years

October 23, 2018
On the new, reimagined Never Let Me Down, the versatile rock-based improviser who plays guitar with the Cure and leads his own vibrant trio brings vitality to an album Bowie called his nadir.
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Cedric Burnside: Lion of Mississippi Hill Country Guitar

October 2, 2018
Blues great R.L. Burnside’s grandson makes his guitar-playing debut on Benton County Relic, an album packed with grumbling tones and hypnotic grooves.
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Otis Rush: 1935–2018

October 1, 2018
The influential bluesman raised the bar for 6-string virtuosity, influencing Clapton, Page, Beck, and a host of others while adding classic songs to the American music canon.
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Rig Rundown: Henry Kaiser's Five Times Surprise

September 19, 2018
A studio visit with the new gear-heavy improv/art-rock supergroup that includes Henry Kaiser, Andy West, and Anthony Pirog.
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Rig Rundown: Widespread Panic

September 12, 2018
A chilled-out look at the road rigs of guitarists Jimmy Herring and John “JB” Bell, and bassist Dave Schools—32 years after the legendary jam band’s first gig in Athens, Georgia.
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Fender Marine Layer Review

September 5, 2018
An affordable, well-made reverb pedal that nails vintage tones and dips into the ethereal.
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Ed King: 1949-2018

August 24, 2018
The Lynyrd Skynyrd and Strawberry Alarm Clock guitarist put his licks on rock history, cowriting hits like “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Saturday Night Special,” and playing on the original recording of “Free Bird.”
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