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EXTRA
Sklar with Al Perkins on
pedal steel. "Clear Sailin'"
is similar, with rhythm
guitar from future pop
star Richard Marx. - RK

JOHN 5 AND THE
CREATURES

It's Alive!
John 5's first live album
displays 16 shrederiffic instrumentals pumped up with
the energy of an adoring
audience. Taking the stage
like a wickedly cool rockabilly metal circus clown
with a fetish for Telecasters,
John marries tight arrangements, speedy scalar runs,
country motifs, and horror
with a dark tongue-in-cheek
sense of humor. - OJ

TINSLEY ELLIS

Winning Hand
Familiarity can be a
good thing, and Ellis'
fine playing and original
tunes fit like a well-worn
slipper. He delivers here
with blistering blues-rock,
soul romps, minor-key
blues, and shuffles - and
it all sounds great. - JH

RICK SPRINGFIELD
THE WEIGHT BAND

World Gone Mad
Led by Jim Weider, the
band throws its weight
behind an array of rootsy
rock with a tightness and
grace reminiscent of none
other than The Band. It's an
album of lovely ensemble
playing, from the Dead's
"Deal" to Weider's own
"Big Legged Sadie." - MD

Snake King
TV heartthrob, multi-hit
wonder, and talented actor
(he's the creepy plastic
surgeon in the second
season of True Detective),
Springfield's 17th solo
album finds him in great
voice. Excavating a dirty
blend of blues-rock and
adult rock, Springfield
steps out front on acoustic,
electric, slide, and some
mean harp with backup
from Tim Pierce. - OJ

LANCE LOPEZ

Tell The Truth
If you're looking for
powerful Les-Paul-infected
Texas blues with plenty
of nasty, Lopez delivers -
along with an ass kicking.
An unsung beast, he blazes.
Huge guitar tones permeate songs like John Lee
Hooker's "Mr. Lucky" with
stylistic flourishes reminiscent of SRV, Billy Gibbons,
and harmonies mined from
the best Southern rock. - OJ

CHRIS HILLMAN

The Asylum Years
Hillman co-founded four
bands including the Byrds
and Flying Burrito Brothers
before recording his first
solo albums for Asylum
Records in 1976-'77. Heavy
on originals, the eclectic,
musically diverse "Slippin'
Away" features all-star
accompaniment from Steve
Cropper, Duck Dunn, Lee

July 2018

Alex Lifeson guests on
the 18-minute "Il Mostro
Atomico," adding slightly
overdriven rhythms and
spacey effects. Guitarist
Bob Balch then takes over,
ripping Iommi-style for
the remainder. Elsewhere,
"Don't Panic" is a fierce jam,
part metal and part punk
with greasy wah leads. - PP

KINO

Radio Voltaire
This British band has
proggy roots in Genesis,
Pink Floyd, the Flower Kings,
and Spock's Beard, exhibited in their grand compositions and soaring melodies.
Despite the glossy production, frontman/guitarist
John Mitchell gets in some
killer solos - check out
"Idlewild" and "I Don't Know
Why." Marillion bassist Pete
Trewavas holds down the
bottom like a boss. - PP

GREG RUBY AND THE
RHYTHM RUNNERS

Syncopated Classic
Guitarist Ruby swings
with his oh-so-right ensemble through a finely
curated album of lost works
by 1920s Seattle jazzman
Frank D. Waldron. He's also
authored a collection of
lead sheets and a Waldron
bio, including downloads
of yet more tunes. - MD

MUD MORGANFIELD

They Call Me Mud
Muddy Waters' son
returns with another collection of classic Windy
City blues. Mud's on bass
and vocals with guitar work
by producer Rick Kreher
and guests Billy Flynn and
Mike Wheeler, backed by
a full horn section, harmonica, and piano playing
deep grooves. - MD

BARRENCE WHITFIELD
AND THE SAVAGES

Soul Flowers of Titan
There's little down time on
the latest by soul man Whitfield, and this is all highenergy party R&B. Peter
Greenberg's scorching guitar
helps light the fire. - MD

JOE BONAMASSA/
BETH HART

FU MANCHU

Clone of the Universe
Stoner metal and Rush
aren't usually used in the
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VINTAGE GUITAR

Black Coffee
Bonamassa and vocalist Hart rock and roll
through a set of heavyduty blues with plenty of
in-your-face power chords,
high-emotion singing, and
screaming solos. - MD


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