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Tag: Jimmy Bryant

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Curly Chalker’s Dutch-Only 45: Party Game for Steel Guitar Fanatics

Zero to 180’s summertime celebration breezes right along with this parlor game for music nerds: First, launch a new web browser and point it at 45Cat — www.45cat.com(go ahead, I’ll wait) Next, type the name of ace steel guitarist, Curly Chalker, in the search window(and press Enter) Curly Chalker  (c.

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"Tulsa Trot"
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(Son of) Plays Guitar Like a Piano

I finally got around to learning how to convert VHS into DVD so that I could preserve a rare piece of Ameri-music-ana:  a live performance of “Tulsa Trot” by noted western swing outfit, Tex Williams and His Western Caravan, that offers a second startling peek at the unorthodox technique of

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Dick Denney
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Dick Denney’s “Secret” Guitar Organ

Thanks to Vintage Guitar‘s October 2013 edition for its fascinating history of Vox, makers of musical amplifiers (primarily) but also effects pedals, guitars, organs … and guitar-organs.  Peter Stuart Kohman‘s article references Dick Denney‘s futuristic appearance on Steve Allen’s I’ve Got a Secret 1960s game show — and fortunately, there’s

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"Where's Baby Gone"
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Billy Strange: Mr. Guitar (et al)

It is surprising (and yes, strange) that, given the breadth of his recording career, Billy Strange is not more widely recognized for his contributions to the field of recorded music.  *This impressively-detailed chart [*no longer on the web, unfortunately] lists Billy Strange’s recording history in its (near)entirety, not only as an

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"Eager Beaver"
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Roy Lanham: Country Meets Jazz

Yesterday’s piece about Noel Boggs made reference to Roy Lanham, who would later play guitar in the Sons of the Pioneers to pay the bills, yet sought much more fulfilling challenges in his own music’s attempt to straddle two distinct musical styles – country and jazz – despite the frustration

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"Shattered Man"
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The Chaparral Brothers: Shattered Men

At last weekend’s Arbutus Record Show, I picked up some interesting long-players, including one each by a pair of unsung Capitol country artists – both, as I discovered, identical twins:  The Chaparral Brothers and The Hagers. Paul Vorhaben + John Vorhaben The Chaparral Brothers Indeed, I was happy to acquire

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"Springfield Guitar Social"
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“Springfield Guitar Social”: Who’s Who of Guitar Wizardry

If you’re pressed for time but curious to know more about the stringed instrument masters who inspired and laid the groundwork for the the classic rock generation to come, here is a two-and-a-half minute Cliff Notes guide that demonstrates Thumbs Carllile‘s uncanny ability to play in the style of such

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"Pork Chop Stomp"
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1954: An Explosive Year for Music

We all know that 1954 was the year of Elvis Presley’s famous and influential Sun recordings, but 1954 was also highly noteworthy for the combined impact of these three particular tunes – all instrumentals: 1.  “Stratosphere Boogie” by Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant – Phenomenal, blazing twin guitar work — rock

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