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From Honeyboy to Sugar Pie: The Sweet Sound of The Blues Lights Up Memphis Blues Awards

Tim Sampson
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05.21.2007

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Always one of the most magical nights of the year in Memphis, Tennessee, the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards recently attracted an international crowd of people who gathered to celebrate their collective love for the blues.
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Hand-to-Hand Blues: Gibson Interviews Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi All-Stars

Ellen Mallernee
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05.10.2007

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In the '80s, when Luther Dickinson was just a boy, his father would bring him to the legendary Junior Kimbrough's Mississippi juke joint and let the rolling, one chord Delta blues wash over him like a rural river baptism. Now the frontman of the North Mississippi Allstars--the band he formed with his younger brother Cody, a gifted drummer--Luther was born to legendary Memphis musician and producer Jim Dickinson, who has harnessed the musical mayhem of Big Star and the Replacements, played piano on the Stones' "Wild Horses" and Dylan's Time Out of Mind, and befriended the most gifted and underappreciated talents in Hill Country blues.
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Elvis Perkins Channels Love and Loss with Cathartic Debut

Ellen Mallernee
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05.08.2007

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Folk singer Elvis Perkins has been rootless much of his life. As an adolescent, Elvis was shepherded between L.A. and New York by his famous parents, and now that his burgeoning career has him employed on the road, he doesn’t keep an apartment anywhere. “I have no need to,” he says, “and by now I’ve forgotten that it was ever any other way than the constant shuffle between cities.”
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Oh When The Sun Begins to Shine: New Orleans Legends Come Home for Jazzfest

Ellen Mallernee
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05.07.2007

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Under a crumpled cowboy hat, Lucinda Williams choked up during her Jazzfest performance Friday night. “Faces look familiar, but they don’t have names,” she sang across a sea of sunburned faces, her tough-as-nails voice suddenly wilting. “Towns I used to live in have been rearranged. Highways I once traveled down don’t look the same. Everything has changed.”
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Gibson Salutes Angus Young

Jonathan Toubin
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05.07.2007

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Electrified by the screaming SG of pint-sized powerhouse Angus Young, AC/DC exploded out of Australia in the mid-’70s with a sound and a style that rewrote the definition and possibility of hard rock. Gone were the wizards, warlocks, and wood nymphs; no more black masses or sweet leafs. Bustles in the hedge row were replaced with boozy, bruising blues about the clap (“The Jack”), Oy!-powered gang choruses (“T.N.T.”), and gritty, tell-it-like-it-is tales of on-the-road debauchery and squalor (“It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ’n’ Roll)”). When AC/DC sang about a whole lotta love, they meant it literally (“Whole Lotta Rosie”).
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Punk Legend Cheetah Chrome Puts His Les Paul BFG Through the Paces

Ari Surdoval
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05.03.2007

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Rumor has it that the Dead Boys and Pere Ubu—the two bands that rose out of the smoldering ashes of Cleveland’s proto-punk cult heroes Rocket From the Tombs—were practically tame in comparison to the band that spawned them. Hard living, hard drinking, hard playing, Rocket From the Tombs survived for just 1974 and 1975, leaving behind no trace but for the songs that were reworked for Dead Boys and Pere Ubu albums.
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The Wild Ones: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Rise Up with Electrifying New Album

Ellen Mallernee
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05.01.2007

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club sound like they are from the other California. Not the sun-drenched land of good vibrations and little deuce coupes, but the dark, desperate underworld of Altamont and the Manson murders, of the Doors and X and the Gun Club. With ES-335s and open-tuned J-200s they create a tough and brooding sonic landscape that owes more to Joan Didion’s White Album than the Beatles’. BRMC bassist Robert Been and guitarist Peter Hayes, both singers, met innocently enough at their San Francisco high school. They copped their band name from the Marlon Brando rebel cult classic The Wild Ones, and recruited English transplant Nick Jago to pummel the drums during furious, adrenalized live sets. Over the last five years, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have released four distinctly different albums, culminating with the upcoming, electrifying Baby 81, due out May 1.
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Royal Blues: New York's Earl Greyhound Revitalize Hard Rock

Ellen Mallernee
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04.23.2007

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“Who wouldn’t want to be compared to Led Zeppelin?” asks Matt Whyte, guitarist and primary songwriter for Earl Greyhound, Brooklyn's newly minted purveyors of blistering blues-rock. “It’s flattering without a doubt, and it’s not like it’s putting us in a position where it’s going to affect the music we make.” Earl Greyhound’s rough-and-tumble, Zeppelin-reminiscent cuts, the stuff of last year’s Soft Targets, have propelled the trio out of New York’s hipster metropolis and into headlining slots at rock clubs across the U.S. Within the space of 11 songs, Earl Greyhound recharge the sweat and grit of ’70s rock with galloping drum beats, chugging guitars, and hypnotic keyboard lines, made arresting with brooding refrains and the keen, hymn-like harmonizing of Whyte and bassist Kamara Thomas.
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Grand Mal Frontman Bill Whitten Sits Down with the Legendary Ian Hunter

Bill Whitten
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04.23.2007

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When former Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter’s excellent new album Shrunken Heads landed on the Gibson Backstage Pass desk, we picked up the phone and called Bill Whitten and let him know how great it is. Whitten, the driving force behind Grand Mal—hands-down one of the best bands in New York City, by a New York mile—was the obvious choice to talk to Hunter.
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Gibson Salutes Joe Perry

Jonathan Toubin
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04.23.2007

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Though well-regarded for his solo work, Joe Perry will go down in history as the lead guitarist for the mighty Aerosmith.
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