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Magazine article Guitar Player

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Various Artists

The Roots N' Blues Retrospective 1925-1950

An unprecedented opportunity to step through time to attend a bygone era's greatest variety show. Sanctified singers and brimstone preachers, jug blowers and Western swingers, blues tramps and hokum vamps, country stompers and Cajun crooners--all find a home within this four-CD boxed set. There are many unissued takes among the 107 tracks. The guitar talent is staggering, tracing the instrument's evolution from a poorly tuned backwoods starvation box into the sweet, sustainy sound of the honky-tonk and the mighty howl of electric blues. You'll hear mind-boggling country pioneers like Riley Puckett, early slide maestros Frank Hutchinson and Hawaiian-influenced Jimmy Tarlton and Cliff Carlisle, and unknown greats like high-octane fingerpicker Sherman Teddler. The blues talent moves from mournful minimalists Charley Patton, Tony Hollins, and Jack Kelly to sly guys Peetie Wheatstraw and Bo Carter to uptown eyebrow-raisers Tampa Red and Lonnie Johnson. A powerful education in roots Americana. Columbia.--JO

Joe Satriani

The Extremist

Satch's latest is about finesse, a live band vibe, spacious guitar sounds, and raging melody. There's plenty of over-the-top fretboard freakout, but it's Satriani's tunes and keening lines that linger in your memory. Probing nooks and crannies of his axe, his fingers extract colors most shredders haven't yet discovered, let alone mastered. He takes the time to sculpt every note, carefully shaping its envelope with pick attack, toe-curling sustain, and vibrato. …

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