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Shawn Kellerman

This guy is a master slide guitar player. Caught his last set at The Backroom last week and figured he deserves some props.  He hails from Canada and rips on guitar.  He has this old red guitar from ’58 that has a great natural drive sound.  Check out these links for more info and samples: Shawn Kellerman MySpace...

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G-Love & Giant Panda

Well, I’ve been slackin on putting out reviews, but have seen some killer music in the past couple weeks.  Let me start here: G. Love & Special Sauce with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad at the House of Blues in Orlando on March 27, 2010. For those who don’t know, G-Love is an alternative, blues, hip hop band from Philly and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is sort of a roots reggae experimental live-dub band. Show opened by the Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and were damn convincing for four white guys playing dub reggae.  The members are: James Searl – Bass, Vocals; Chris O’Brian – Drums, Vocals; Dylan Savage – Guitar, Vocals; and Aaron Lipp – Hammond B3 Organ, Fender Rhodes, Clavinet, Percussion, Vocals.  No, it’s not a mistake – they are partake in vocals and quite well I might add.  Tunes ranged from pure dub style reggae to heavy grooves bordering on a classic funk jam sound.  This is right up my alley, so I became an instant fan.  Even bought a CD and the guy selling them loaned me a buck (thanks man!).  Big up to the man behind the mix too adding the dub flavor … If you haven’t checked them out, I suggest you do so. Next came G. Love & Special Sauce.  The guys are a solid group lead by G-Love’s blues guitar style and hip-hop rooted lyrics.  The members are: G. Love – vox/guitar/harp; Timo Shanko – bass; Houseman – drums; and Mark Boyce – keys. I have to say that the bass player nearly stole the show in my opinion. Full upright bass that he played like a toy. Good job man. It was my first time seeing G-Love and his vocal styling is unique for sure. Damn good guitar player and harp too. He did an acoustic solo as an encore that was traditional and a very cool way to end the show. Great night over all, highly recommend checking out this tour if it rolls through your town. Some links to the offical websites and MySpace below: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad Giant Panda’s MySpace G. Love & Special Sauce G Love’s...

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Clapton is God

I now know why they say Clapton is God. I saw his show at the Panther Stadium in Sunrise, FL last night and it left me unsure if I should go home and practice until my fingers bleed or just quit playing guitar altogether. I almost didn’t go to the show, but decided at the last minute to drive down to see if any tickets were still available. In fact, it was no where near sold out. So glad I went, too bad more people didn’t. Clapton mostly played a standard Strat through a little vintage-looking tube amp and was pumping out legendary tones with such a fluid style that looked like his fingers were just floating along the fret board. He also did a few songs including “Layla” with an old Martin acoustic that sounded amazing. By the way, for anyone who only thinks guitar when you hear Clapton, you are missing the fact that he has great voice. Classic blues sound. I really think there’s an old fat delta blues player trapped inside that skinny Brit. Besides that, his band was amazing as well. Two girls singing back-up in perfect harmonies and an organ/keyboard player that would make you wet your pants. If this tour comes to your area, I highly suggest you check it out. Oh yeh, Roger Daltrey from The Who opened up with his band. His brother played guitar and sang too. They did a few Who songs, which were good, but it was otherwise somewhat underwhelming. Better than his performance at the Superbowl though.  Just an...

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