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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Note By Note - Neal Schon
Posted Friday, June 12, at 1:47 PM
Neal Schon Vortex Having sold darn-near 90 million records (let that sink in for just a second; 90 million!!!) as a member of Journey, you could forgive Neal Schon should he decide to never pick up a guitar again. Thankfully, Schon - who is long overdue for his rightful spot in the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame - doesn't seem content to just lay around on the beach all day and let his royalty checks pile up...

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Note By Note - Black Oak Arkansas
Posted Friday, May 22, at 9:57 AM

Black Oak Arkansas The Complete Raunch 'N' Roll Live I fear that there may be a generation of music aficionados out there that view Black Oak Arkansas (BOA) as merely a one-hit wonder. Judging from the limited output that one hears from BOA on classic rock radio these days, you could hardly blame them. ...

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Note By Note - John Mayall's Bluesbreakers
Posted Thursday, April 16, at 12:04 PM

John Mayll's Bluesbreakers Live in 1967 I don't have a vote, but if I did, I would make it a personal mission to see that Tom Huissen is inducted into the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame. Who is Tom Huissen, you ask? A semi-obscure guitarist or maybe a pioneering drummer?...

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Note By Note - Toto
Posted Saturday, March 21, at 7:27 AM

Toto Toto XIV Bittersweet might not be a totally accurate way to describe Toto's first studio release in almost 10 years, but it has to hit pretty close to the mark. Not because of the music contained within Toto XIV -- it's spectacular. Rather, because Toto XIV's release date of March 20 comes less than a week after longtime bassist Mike Porcaro passed away at age 59 after a lengthy battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. ...

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Note By Note - Leo Bud Welch
Posted Saturday, March 14, at 10:01 AM

Leo Bud Welch I Don't Prefer No Blues Junior Kimbrough. R.L. Burnside. T-Model Ford. Even though I have never been officially recognized as president of the Fat Possum Records' Fan Club, I respectfully submit another entry into the Holy Trinity of bluesmen that have made the legendary outfit from Oxford, Mississippi into one of the most important and essential record labels in the modern blues era...

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Note By Note - Robin Trower
Posted Sunday, February 22, at 3:41 PM

Robin Trower Something's About To Change A guitar-playing buddy of mine once remarked about one of Robin Trower's solos, 'Man, he sure doesn't get in any hurry does he? He knows exactly where he's going and how long it takes to get there. Kinda' reminds me a bit of Albert King in that way.'...

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Note By Note - Eric Johnson & Mike Stern
Posted Thursday, October 16, at 7:37 AM

Eric Johnson & Mike Stern Eclectic The storied career of guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson has long been characterized by a couple of different hallmarks; his incredible and distinctive mastery of his instrument, along with a propensity to take his own sweet time between projects...

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Note By Note - Levin Brothers
Posted Saturday, September 20, at 9:03 AM

Levin Brothers Levin Brothers Tony Levin's resume more than speaks for itself -- especially in progressive rock circles. Appearances on stage and on the albums of the likes of Peter Gabriel and King Crimson -- along with Todd Rundgren, Pink Floyd and (Jon) Anderson (Bill) Bruford (Rick) Wakeman & (Steve) Howe - is more than enough to cement one's ability to play with the cream of the crop...

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Note By Note - Flying Colors
Posted Monday, September 15, at 6:47 PM

Flying Colors Second Nature On a couple of different levels, Second Nature is an inspired choice for the name of Flying Colors' newest release. To start with, it's the progressive rock super-group's second album, a follow-up to their self-titled debut from two years ago...

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Note By Note - Chick Corea
Posted Sunday, September 7, at 12:28 PM

Chick Corea Trio Trilogy Having spent the better part of the past five decades on the road, Chick Corea has rightfully earned the title of 'wise and sage veteran.' But on the iconic jazz pianist and 20-time Grammy Award winner's latest live document -- the three-CD set Trilogy (Stretch Records/Concord Jazz), Corea plays with all the enthusiasm and energy of a fresh-faced newcomer...

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Bobby Broom Organi-Sation; Live at Arkansas Music Pavilion
Posted Friday, July 25, at 9:52 AM

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker do not suffer fools gladly. Matter of fact, they do not suffer fools at all. Never have and probably never will. So it was really no surprise when jazz guitarist supreme Bobby Broom was tabbed to open up Steely Dan's Jamalot Ever After Summer 2014 Tour...

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Johnny Winter 1944-2014
Posted Thursday, July 17, at 10:05 AM

The first time I saw Johnny Winter up close and personal was at a mid-sized venue in Wichita, Kansas in the late 1970s, when he was touring to support his then-current album, White, Hot and Blue. Winter and his power trio took to the stage and were most-definitely white-hot as they tore into their patented mixture of blues-based rock-n-roll...

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Note By Note - Lefty Williams Band
Posted Friday, July 11, at 10:20 AM

Lefty Williams Band All In As curious as it may be to say about a guitar player with all the passion and precession of Lefty Williams, the first thing that stands out about the native son of Georgia's latest album is the finely-honed construction of the songs...

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Note By Note - Pork Chop Willie
Posted Wednesday, June 11, at 5:53 PM

Pork Chop Willie Love is the Devil You can probably count the number of native New York guitarists playing the real-deal Hill Country blues on one hand. You can probably count the number of New York-based bands playing the real-deal Hill Country blues that also feature a female fiddle player on one finger...

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Note By Note - Styx
Posted Wednesday, June 4, at 9:13 AM

Styx Paradise Theater As the 1970s gave way to the 1980s -- to pull a song title right off their first release of the Regan Era -- it was "The Best of Times" for Styx. But that would quickly change. Tensions within the band, magnified by the ill-fated concept album and ensuing world tour for Kilroy Was Here, would effectively put to rest the Chicago-based outfit's late 70s success, a time when they were largely heralded as one of the biggest and best rock groups around...

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Note By Note - Toto
Posted Friday, May 30, at 3:44 PM

Toto 35th Anniversary Tour -- Live in Poland Breathtaking. That's the most succinct way to describe 35th Anniversary Tour -- Live in Poland, the cinematic document of Toto's visit to the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland last year. The images are striking, the colors are vibrant and the sound is deep and rich, making the whole experience of Toto - Live in Poland a full-bodied one. Let there be no doubt about it -- this is the way a live concert film should be presented...

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Note By Note - The String Cheese Incident
Posted Friday, May 30, at 6:42 AM

The String Cheese Incident Song in my Head As hard as it may be to believe, Boulder, Colorado-based The String Cheese Incident (SCI) is now into its 20th year as a band. Seems just like yesterday when the group's debut - Born on the Wrong Planet - heralded an exciting new style of county/bluegrass/Latin projected through a psychedelic lens, for the jam-band loving masses to groove to...

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Note By Note - Stanton Moore
Posted Wednesday, May 28, at 4:11 PM

Stanton Moore Conversations First things, first; Stanton Moore is without debate one of the most talented and dynamic drummers on the face of the earth. It doesn't matter if he's dabbling in metal (like when he guested with Corrosion of Conformity), if he's laying down a funk groove (like he does with Galactic, his 'day job') or playing straight-up jazz (as on his new solo album Conversations), Moore is just one bad dude on a set of drums...

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Note By Note - Mindi Abair
Posted Friday, May 23, at 2:36 PM

Mindi Abair Wild Heart You may not recognize the name right off the bat, but there's an excellent chance you've heard Mindi Abair's wonderful saxophone plying on more than one or two occasions in the very recent past. Her newest solo album, Wild Heart (Heads Up) figures to go a long way to bonding her name with her sound...

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Note By Note - KM Williams
Posted Wednesday, May 14, at 12:39 PM

KM Williams Jukin' in the Holy Land -- Live in Israel If he was the least bit uptight or nervous because he was almost 7,000 miles from his home in Dallas, Texas and not playing with the usual cats that normally back him up, you sure couldn't tell it...

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Terry Mullins, Sports Editor
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Since my own high school sports career fizzled out before it really reached its zenith, I have managed to live vicariously through the student/athletes of the 16 high schools I've covered for Areawide Media since 2001. I've witnessed the highest of highs in the form of state championships. I have also seen first-hand the sting of disappointment when the ultimate prize was within reach, but still eluded the grasp of its pursuer. But through all the ups and downs associated with high school sports, my respect for the young competitors that suit up each night, along with the men and women who guide them, remains unwavering. Blog mission: With my passion for music, especially live music, running second only to my passion for sports, I'll try to devote this space to both. Especially when it concerns our region and what's happening around it. Look for commentary and features on area sports figures and musicians, along with things to get out and do in the beautiful Spring River/Ozarks area. But I'll not totally ignore the outside - I'll also hit on some national happenings in the wide worlds of sports and music.
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