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Robben Ford Limited Edition McCarty

The Maryland heavyweights release an artist's fresh take on a classic model, they tame the HDX50, and introduce a pair of flattops.
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This album is a prime example of the human element of music—real people, in a room, playing together.

Album

Robben Ford
A Day in Nashville
Mascot Records

The ingredients for a Robben Ford album have largely remained the same: sophisticated guitar licks, honest songwriting with a bluesy bent, and a robust, meaty tone. However, it’s that little extra bit of, well, Robben, which makes it work time and time again. His latest release, A Day in Nashville, proves yet again why guitar geeks flock to his shows and hang on his every note. Those notes might not be as plentiful as on his earlier records, but they hold more weight. His solo break on “Midnight Comes Too Soon” is as visceral and rootsy as anything he’s played in decades. At this point in his career, Ford could churn out another album full of the uptown blues that his fans will gladly eat up, but instead he chose to challenge himself and experiment with different textures while pushing both his songwriting and singing.

The sonic experimentation is most noticeable when trombonist Barry Green steps in. The big, round tone of the trombone seems to give the sextet a lift, while rhythm guitarist Audley Freed propels the group with his spot-on sense of groove and space. Ford’s tone doesn’t venture into much uncharted territory, but it covers a few subtle bases. On the funky “Top Down Blues,” Ford cops some Cropper-meets-Dupree riffs while the melody captures some of the essence of classic soul jazz.

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Musicians Institute and Norman's Rare Guitars are proud to announce "From Hollywood with Love," a concert to benefit the 100th Anniversary of downtown Los Angeles homeless charity, The Midnight Mission.

Los Angeles, CA (October 31, 2013) -- Musicians Institute (MI), and Norman's Rare Guitars are proud to announce "From Hollywood with Love," a concert to benefit the 100th Anniversary of downtown Los Angeles homeless charity, The Midnight Mission. Hitting the stage at MI's Concert Hall in Hollywood on Saturday, January 11th, 2014, the event will be hosted by comedian Kevin Nealon (Saturday Night Live, Weeds); and will feature performances from an all-star cast of guitar greats including Robben Ford, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Sinay, Jimmy Vivino, Tony Galla, Kirk Fletcher, Grant Geissman, Jimmy Earl, Del Casher, and more surprise acts to be announced.

Tickets for "From Hollywood with Love" are $100 for General Admission, and $250 for a VIP package that guarantees premium seating, early entrance, a special reception, and a meet-and-greet session with the artists. Doors open at 7:30pm for the event, and seating will be limited, so fans are urged to reserve their tickets or make additional donations now at: http://FromHollywoodWithLove.charityhappenings.org.

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