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Riffs: Olson Guitars (James Taylor), Stanley Jordan, Win a Martin, Hot Pickin Janitor

Olson Guitars from WCCO Been wondering about that letter "O" on the headstock of James Taylor''s acoustics? It stands for Olson. Here''s a profile of Jim Olson from Minneapolis

Jim Olson

Olson Guitars

from WCCO


Been wondering about that letter "O" on the headstock of James Taylor''s acoustics? It stands for Olson. Here''s a profile of Jim Olson from Minneapolis news station WCCO -- be sure to check out the video.
Stanley Jordan

Whatever Happened To Stanley Jordan?

from DenverPost.com


Stanley Jordan burst onto the scene and blew us away but eventually disappeared. Well, almost. Here''s a snippet that brings you up to speed on the man who made Eddie''s hammering look easy. 
Jack Savoretti

Win a Martin

from gigwise


We know you love contests for free gear (don''t forget to sign up for ours), so we thought we''d pass along a link to this contest from our friends at gigwise. Their Martin giveaway is part of a promotion for the release of a new single from Jack Savoretti.
Andy Spencer

Player profile: Andy Spencer

from newstimes.com (Danbury, CT)


Here''s a nice write-up on a guy in Connecticut who does some pickin'' and works as a janitor to pay the bills. More power to him. Be sure to click on the audio clip.

While Annie Clark was named the 26th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone in 2023, she couldn’t care less about impressing an athletic stamp on either her sound or her image.


Photo by Alex Da Corte

On her eighth studio release, the electroacoustic art-rock guitarist and producer animates an extension of the strange and singular voice she’s been honing since her debut in 2007.

“Did you grow up Unitarian?” Annie Clark asks me. We’re sitting in a control room at Electric Lady Studios in New York’s West Village, and I’ve just explained my personal belief system to her, to see if Clark, aka St. Vincent, might relate and return the favor. After all, does she not possess a kind of sainthood worth inquiring about?

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This time on Before Your Very Ears, hosts Sean Watkins and Peter Harper give love a chance. Helping them learn the ways of love is Nick Thune, comedian and musician, who spearheads the songwriting session—but not before sharing some of the best bird-related jokes you’ll ever hear.

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Photo by Jim Rakete

Watch Deep Purple's official music video for "Lazy Sod" from their upcoming album =1.

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​Luther Perkins' 1953 Esquire & a '59 Burst!
Johnny Cash Guitarist Luther Perkins' 1953 Esquire & John Carter Cash's 1959 Gibson Les Paul Burst!

This 1953 Fender Esquire belonged to Luther Perkins, who was a member of Cash’s first recording bands and played on all of the Man in Black’s foundational recordings for Sun Records—likely with this guitar. Perkins played this instrument during the period when Cash classics from “I Walk the Line” to “Folsom Prison Blues” were cut. John Carter Cash bought this 1959 Gibson Les Paul at Gruhn’s in Nashville. It has a neck that is atypically slim for its vintage and appears as part of the psychedelic guitar interplay on the Songwriter song “Drive On.”

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