Skip to main content

The Latest

  • Jarekus Singleton
    More with Jarekus Singleton: Ignoring trends to create an original sound
    Here is the second part of my interview with blues guitarist-vocalist Jarekus Singleton. He and his band perform Friday and Saturday at Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco.Question: I am very struck by the call to personal initiative in the lyrics...
  • Jarekus Singleton
    Jarekus Singleton wins over blues audiences with "Refuse to Lose"
    Is Jarekus Singleton the future of blues?I realize it’s a question that can almost be dismissed out of hand. No one artist is ever the future of anything, no matter their impact on the genre and its practitioners. Let’s be reasonable...
  • 12 String Guitar
    Guitarist Ewan Dobson to mesmerize Nighttown with his acoustic heavy metal
    He’s won the International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, Montreal Guitar Grand Prix, and Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition. His You Tube performances of “Time 2” and other original pieces have drawn millions of hits...
  • Marine Dreams
    Marine Dreams is finally on the road
    Ian Kehoe is on his first tour, and consequently so is Marine Dreams (as that is his musical identity), but he’s been performing in Ontario and drumming on others’ works for awhile.“How’re you doing?” I ask.“I...
  • Guitar duo makes return to Dearborn this weekend at the Center
    Guitar duo makes return to Dearborn this weekend at The Center
    Loren & Mark will be making a return to the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center for a concert this weekend.They first appeared on the same theatrical bill as Tommy Emmanuel, who opened the Michael A. Guido Theater's 2014/15...
  • D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary
    Martin Guitar to Release 50th Anniversary of Their Iconic D-35 Model
    C. F. Martin & Co. will debut its D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Dreadnought at the 2015 NAMM Show, which takes place in Anaheim, California, January 22 - 25, 2015. A limited run of 100 units will be made of this stunning...
  • Eric Johnson and Mike Stern
    Eric Johnson and Mike Stern get "Eclectic" on new album and tour
    Eric Johnson is among the most acclaimed guitarists of the past 30 years, a talented Texan whose six-string prowess has gained him fans across a variety of genres. Count jazz guitarist Mike Stern among them.“The way this cat plays! I’m...
  • The Wonderful World of Marcus Singletary
    The Wonderful World of Marcus Singletary (part one)
    The Wonderful World of Marcus Singletary is a four-disc, forty-track box set that features the very best recordings from the numerous albums that Marcus Singletary has done. Its chronology encourages interest from newcomers, and gives the familiar...
  • Muddy Waters
    A listener's guide to blues appreciation
    Assembling a list of the five most essential blues albums is difficult, but this chronologically-themed compendium covers each era in the genre's history, with considerations including the album's authenticity, the artist's ability to...
  • Review: Jeff Beck – 70 years old and still rockin'
    Review: Jeff Beck – 70 years old and still rockin'
    It's hard to believe Jeff Beck is 70. In his new DVD, “Live in Tokyo,” released Nov. 24 by Eagle Rock, he doesn't look all that much different than he did back in the '60s.And happily, his guitar work hasn't aged much...
  • Bradley Colten
    CD review: Classical guitarist Bradley Colten plays recently discovered works
    Bradley Colten’s new CD, “Ernst Bacon: The Complete Works for Solo Guitar,” is quite a discovery in more ways than one. It may well be most listeners’ introduction to a prolific American composer’s considerable output...
  • B.B King
    B.B King is The Blues.
    B.B King is The Blues.His Wikipedia page begins with this simple statement: “Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925), known by the stage name B.B. King, is an American blues musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist.”Quite possibly...
  • Hoe do you define Classic Rock?
    How is classic rock defined?
    What exactly is the definition of classic rock, genre-wise, and what era does it actually represent? Definitively classical rock is music dominated by a guitar-driven sound with four to five band members. As far as a defined era is concerned that...
  • Leo Kottke to perform at City Winery Napa
    Leo Kottke to perform at City Winery Napa
    Coming up in just a few weeks is a show at City Winery Napa that should not be missed. Fingerpicking superhero of both the 6- and 12-string guitar, Leo Kottke, will take the stage for a night that will not be soon forgotten. On Thursday, October 2...
  • Musicians struggle with airlines to keep their instruments safe
    Musicians struggle with airlines to keep their instruments safe
    Musicians fly all around the world for tours and gigs. Their instruments; trumpets, violins, guitars, are their babies. What happens when a musician wants to carry their baby on a plane? Well, it often depends on the airline. In early 2012,...