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Rig Rundown: Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson & Cindy Cashdollar

The Kings of Swing talk Texas tone tools before a recent performance at the Grand Ole Opry.

Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel over a half a century ago in 1970. Over the course of his career, he’s won 9 Grammys while turning several generations onto Western Swing.

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When power cables and signal paths tangle, the results can be noisy. Here are some easy fixes.

In my previous State of the Stomp ["The Shocking Truth About Ground Loops," October 2021], I discussed how ground loops can be formed between the amplifiers in a multiple amp setup, and how to safely address them with an isolation transformer. As a brief reminder, a ground loop is created whenever two electrical circuits that theoretically have the same ground potential actually have a non-zero potential between them in practice, and that often results in hums and buzzes that are harmonically related to the mains voltage frequency in your part of the world.

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Deerhoof's Ed Rodriquez on Derek Bailey | Hooked

The noise-rockin', bizarro-pop guitarist's musical foundation was reset after he encountered the atonal, abstract, confounding world of the improvisational pioneer.

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