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Vinyl-ly Yours

In an age where people are so concerned about being green...less care is devoted to the care and feeding of your brain--especially as concerns music. The human body can react in very different ways to MP3s, .wav files, CDs and the once forsaken black platter--also known as the 331/3 rpm record.

I’ve done A/B comparisons with CDs/vinyl... more often than not, digital re-mastering takes away from the visceral impact of music.

Welcome to Bluesville, Son

Its part of the great dialogue from the 1986 motion picture, Crossroads. Its part of the banter between fiction Willie Brown and Lightnin’ Boy. The latter not exactly happy about sharing the back of a wagon with crates of chickens. Later on Willie Brown explains to a female runaway, “I’m the bluesman...he’s from long island.” I’ve always laughed at that since hence where I hail from. But in New York my discovering real life bluesmen in concert... Albert King and Muddy Waters.

Teles, Strats, & Pauls O My!...Southern Style

For non guitar players, that’s the way we 6-stringers often refer to the iconic invention of Leo Fender & Les Paul.The 
The Telecaster, Stratoscaster and Les Paul--3 different guitar styles which have fueled the music industry and every musical genre you can imagine. It could take months to definitely survey all the categories and sub-categories where these great electric guitars were used.

Tonight...a shortcut. At least as long as one hour will allow. And so we enter southern soul/blues/alt country.

Finally!

Could you name the band that played on more #1 hits than the Beatles, Stones, Elvis and Beach Boys combined? A great trivia question--more importantly--a great slice of music history.

They were called The Funk Brothers--not only did they play on ALL those great Motown hits but they are they are still influential today--think everyone from Talking Heads to Jeff Beck.

The $100 Guitar Project

If you play it they will come... OK, couldn't resist that. But its true. A non-descript, no name electric guitar has been fretted around the world by thousands of fingers. Its story this week on The Electric Croude as we continue our celebration of International Guitar Month. Simple rules for those in the mix... original tune/keep it for a week/pass it on. Check this out for more details.

"Jazz with Jake" / The Electric Croude & International Guitar Month

Guitar Player magazine got it right calling Jake Hertzog the ambassador to the non-jazz world. Readers of GP know that Jake is a talented Berklee educated musician--and as eloquent as he is smart. I was thrilled to chat  by phone with him recently at his place in NYC as he readied for a gig at the prestigious Iridium club.

The Girl Born Twice

In a “what if” scenario, the U.S. Constitution is suspended and America reverts to ancient Rome’s bread and circuses – modern technology replaces the sword and executions are televised.  Everything not approved by the governing powers is forced underground – from music to Faith.

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