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Short Take: Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who’s pretty hard to pin down, musically. As a founding member of Fairport Convention, Thompson was a leading figure of the 1960’s folk rock movement. His long-running duo with Linda Thompson produced…
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Short Take: Martin Taylor

Martin Taylor is perhaps best known as a solo fingerstyle jazz guitarist, very much in the tradition of George Van Epps and Lenny Breau, whose approach is often referred to as chord melody. Martin Taylor is expanding the textures and…
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Short Take: Elizabeth Cotten

Elizabeth “Libba” Cotton’s “Freight Train” was the unofficial anthem of the 1960’s folk music revival. Joan Baez, Peter Paul and Mary, Jerry Garcia…They all did versions of the tune. Guitarists are probably familiar with Tommy Emmanuel or Chet Atkins’ arrangements,…
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Short Take: Robert Fripp

Robert Fripp is perhaps best known for his work with King Crimson, which was his break-out project. King Crimson has remained active, in one iteration or another since 1969. In the Court of the Crimson King was very much a…
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Short Take: Baden Powell

Baden Powell was a composer, singer, and guitarist inextricably linked to the Bossa Nova craze of the 1960’s. If you’re at all familiar with Bossa Nova from the early 60’s, you’ll recognize what a radical departure Powell’s music was from…
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Short Take: Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder is a musical nomad whose explorations into American Roots and World music has produced a dizzying catalogue spanning some five decades. As a sideman, Cooder has backed up everybody from the Rolling Stones to Captain Beefheart. He did…
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Episode 010 George Harrison

Part 1, Intricate Simplicity: George Harrison was the Philosopher King of Rock and Roll. A mystic, transcendental figure who gave interviews on VH1 with Ravi Shankar in tow, invoking humankind to seek out the presence of a higher power without…
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Episode 009 Django Reinhardt

Part 1, The Real Deal: Say Django’s that name to any guitar player or jazz lover, and the response you’ll get will most likely be a litany of superlatives…you know, “genius”, “visionary”, “virtuoso”. I’ve even heard him referred to as the…
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Episode 008 Chet Atkins

Part 1, La Cucaracha: The first time I ever really noticed a guitar or a guitar player I was watching Hee Haw. I may have been 5 or 6, and I was staying with my grandparents, who I called Maw…
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Episode 007 Robert Johnson

Part 1: Beyond the Crossroads Myth No doubt you Robert Johnson fans out there will recognize the famous “Crossroads” legend. For those of you who are new to the story, this episode’s guitar hero was, apparently, not so heroic at…
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