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Understated jazz guitar genius passes away quietly at home in Greenwich Village
Master jazz guitarist Jim Hall has passed away at the age of 83. One of the leading jazz players of the modern era, Hall went quietly in his sleep at home at his apartment in Greenwich Village, according to his wife.
GSTV’s continental correspondent sounds off on Belfast blues rockers The Answer and three other bands you need to hear
By the Mad Dog
The Mad Dog was in Paris recently to see Belfast blues rockers, The Answer, on the penultimate night of their European tour. Formed in 2000 and touted on their recording debut in 2005 as “the best new UK band since Led Zeppelin,” The Answer are the real deal sporting the purists’ line-up… Read More
Christmas with Johnny Cash features Christmas songs recorded by the Man in Black between 1962 and 1980
Johnny Cash recorded many Christmas songs throughout his 50+ year career in the music business. Many of the best of them are included in this excellent Christmas compilation from Sony Legacy.
Although the songs on Christmas with Johnny Cash were all recorded between 1962 and 1980, the album was actually released around… Read More
The Kinks weave social commentary, a hooky chorus, and a bitchin’ guitar tone into a Christmas rock anthem
Kinks frontman Ray Davies was never one to shy away from social commentary. However like most of what he wrote, he tended to deliver it with a wry twist. This is especially evident in “Father Christmas“; the Kinks’ 1977 single about a guy who dresses as… Read More
Classic Big Muff distortion in a compact package make the Nano Big Muff the perfect stocking stuffer
Electro-Harmonix has produced a more compact version of their iconic Big Muff distortion pedal. The new Nano Big Muff Pi delivers that distinctly creamy Big Muff distortion through a smaller circuit and has a footprint no larger than a standard stompbox, in contrast to the standard Big Muff, which is more than twice… Read More
Singer confirms that legendarily shambolic rockers will reunite for 2015 tour
By Alex Baker
After initially telling the interviewer that plans for a new album with guitar legend Jeff Beck were likely off, Stewart (68) went on to say that “I think we… Read More