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Blackberry Smoke Guitarist Charlie Starr

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American music has defined popular music for decades, and in many ways Blackberry Smoke defines American popular music in 2016. Rock & roll with a country influence, Blackberry Smoke turns rock & roll tunes into fresh new musical experiences that are both familiar yet unique. Accented by a driving guitar, heartfelt vocals and a solid rhythm section, this band has …

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Hangin’ With Elvin Bishop

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“I been in the blues all my life. I’m still delivering ‘cause I got a long memory.” — Muddy Waters Half a century has passed since the blues bands of Chicago rocked the smoky clubs and bars crowding the Southside and street players set up to play curbside on Maxwell Street on Sunday afternoons. The blues that migrated north from …

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The Robben Ford Interview

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Part 1 TQR:  How were you initially exposed to music, Robben? I was so open to music that it seemed I liked almost everything. My parents bought a record player, joined a record club, and received a stack of records that I remember included Ravel’s Bolero and some kind of big band percussion record, among other things. My father also …

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My Obsession — Peter Frampton

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Every once in a while we receive a call or an email from Peter Frampton. Ever the cheerful soul who always leaves us feeling likewise, we usually discuss some type of gear or another, but one day last year Peter asked if he might write something for us— this from a man who talked for 90 minutes during his TQR …

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The David Lindley Interview!

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“Do not fear mistakes. There are none.” —Miles Davis “You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do.” —Jerry Garcia Turkish ‘ud— The Turkish version of the ‘ud, with a slightly smaller body and a very resonant sound. Turkish saz— One of …