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Guitar Musician e-zine     11/30/05


In This Issue:


  "The great British blues guitarists of the Sixties - people like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Peter Green - could play like virtuosos, but they also understood the importance of energy and intensity"

                                                                                 - Joe Perry / Aerosmith


Some Humor

 
A man and his wife were about to celebrate 50 years
together.  Their three kids, all very successful and
wealthy, agreed to a Sunday dinner in honor of their parents
 As usual, they were all late and had a varied assortment of
excuses,

"Happy anniversary Mom and Dad," gushed son number one...
"Sorry I'm  running late..had an emergency, you know how it
is, didn't have time to get you both a present."

"Not to worry," said the Dad... "The important thing is that
we're all together today."

Son number two arrived and announced, "You and Mom still
look great, Dad.  Just flew in from L. A. and didn't have
time to get you a present.  Sorry."

"It's nothing," said the father, "Glad you were able to be
here."

Just then the daughter arrived. "Hello you both, happy
anniversary! I'm sorry, but my boss is sending me out of
town and I was really busy packing.... so I didn't have time
to get you guys anything."

Again the father said, "I really don't care, at least the
five of us are together today."

After they all finished dessert, the father put down his
knife and fork, looked up and said, "Listen you three,
there's something your mother and I have wanted to tell you
for a long time. Well... your mother and I came to this
country penniless and desperate. Despite this, we were able
to raise
each of you and send you to college. All through the years
your mother and I knew that we loved each other very much
but... we just never found the time to get married."

"The three kids gasped and said, "You mean we're BASTARDS?"

"Yep," said the Dad...."AND CHEAP ONES TOO"

A Lesson For The Learning

Interested in guitar lessons? - Be sure and check out the guitar lessons offered by Andrew Koblick at Amazing Guitar


 

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Fender� Rumble� Series Amps
Real-deal bass amps for rock-bottom price

By Dal Carver


Fender� bass amps may not loom as large as their legendary basses, but they long ago set the standard. In the old days, if you played a Jazz or Precision, you very likely played it through a Bassman�. Even today, an old Bassman is considered a choice amp-not heavy on the wattage but unbeatable for sweet tube tone. And Fender has never been one to rest on its laurels. The modern Bassman amps employ state-of-the-art technology to achieve incredible power and tonal flexibility while still paying tonal homage to the original. With such an impressive track record on the bass side of things, it is an occasion worth noticing when Fender introduces a new line.

 

Fender� Rumble� Series Amps

The Rumble� series
Fender's new Rumble bass amp line proves the point. The Rumble combos are very attractively priced and even at first glance show promising features: carpet coverings, oversize corner protectors, heavy metal grilles, and cabs that seem plenty solid. They also have a big Fender logo plate on the front that gives even an affordable amp a certain cachet. Its design is that of the original Fender� bass amp logo, as Fender gets back to its bass roots.

There are basically four sizes of Rumbles: a 15-watter with an 8" speaker, and a 25-watter with a 10" speaker that fall pretty much in the practice-amp category. Then there are 60-watt and 100-watt models, both of which clearly qualify as gigging amps. The 60-watter has a 12"; the 100 has a 15" woofer and horn.

Little amps that can
The Rumble 15 is clearly a practice amp, but it's a good one. As long as you don't over-crank it, you get a tight, surprisingly full sound. With CD inputs, you can easily play at a comfortable but subdued volume along with music. If you need to get really quiet, headphone outs allow silent practice. It's a compact little bugger-easy to live with-and solidly built, just like the bigger Rumble combos.

 

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The 25 is a notch larger and more versatile. It has all the practice-friendly features of the 15 (CD input, headphone out, compact size, etc.), but adds an effects loop and enough power for lower-volume group playing. It would be appropriate for church, folk back-up, semi-acoustic bands, quiet jazz, or general lower-volume jamming.

I liked the sound I got from it. Very tight. Its effects loop can function as a direct out for recording. It is a nice size for the studio and its 10" speaker gets a clean, focused sound that's well-suited for recording. All in all, this is a sweet little amp, perfect for serious practice and way better sounding than you'd expect for its modest price.

Free light show
The 25 gave me my first look at the Rumble stage lights. The 15 doesn't have them but the other three do. I wasn't aware of them before I started playing the amp, so I was surprised when I noticed the row of red LEDs glowing inside the bottom port. Then I noticed that the lights pulsed as I played. Sure, it's a gimmick... but it's a cool gimmick. As you play, this row of LEDs pulses with the heavy notes, and hence the beat. Gives the audience something to look at, and if you're practicing alone in your room late at night, they not only create ambience when you dim the lights, they also help you keep time. Visual reinforcement.

The big boys
The other two Rumble combos are a 60-watt with a 12" speaker, and a 100-watt with a 15". Both can be classed as gigging amps, and both step-up in features to a more professional level. Each adds an XLR line out, the EQ is upped to 4 bands, and a mid-scoop switch is added for quick trips to the land-o-funk. The Rumble 100 also adds a piezo horn tweeter.

 

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With a 12" speaker driven by 60 watts, the Rumble 60 produces a compact tone with very clear lows. It is not an amp you want for loud rock or reggae, but it is highly versatile: funk, fusion, country, and jazz applications; practice, lower- volume rehearsals and gigs; and studio session work. It's an amp that's built for intermediate bassists, has many features pro players demand, and is priced for beginners. Cool.

If you plan to gig or need to play over rock drums, the 100 is the amp you want. Like the 60, it is equipped for pro use. It drives a custom-built Fender 15 and piezo tweeter with 100W of power. It has four tone controls. It also has a mid-scoop switch for a quick, easy tone change. I like the scoop sound it gives you-a very usable tone for different musical styles. If you play rock or metal, you probably want some mid growl. Just leave the mid scoop off and tweak the mid knobs for the degree of edge you need.

The 100 gets plenty loud. I couldn't turn it all the way up without shaking my crib to shreds. I can't imagine a situation where it would fail to give you the stage volume you need. And if you do need to get louder, it has an XLR out for going to the board.

Unkiller prices
If you're a beginning or intermediate bassist looking for a decent amp at a low price, look no further. The Rumble amps are well-built, sound great, and their low prices make them about as accessible as amps can get. Fender makes it really easy to rumble. Check 'em out.

 

Features & Specs

All Rumble amps have
  • Carpet covering
  • Oversized corners
  • Metal grille
  • CD input
  • Headphone jack
  • Removable IEC power cables
  • Original Bassman design faceplate
Rumble 15Rumble 25
  • 15W
  • 8" special driver
  • 3-band EQ
  • 13"W x 15"H x 91Z4"D
  • 24 lbs.
  • 25W
  • 10" special driver
  • Effects loop/preamp out
  • 3-band EQ
  • Pulsing stage lights in the port
  • 143Z4"W x 18"H x 10"D
  • 37 lbs.
Rumble 60Rumble 100
  • 60W
  • 12" special driver
  • Pulsing stage lights in the port
  • Effects loop
  • XLR line out
  • Mid-scoop switch
  • 4-band EQ
  • 18"W x 221Z2"H x 12"D
  • 50 lbs.
  • 100W
  • 15" special driver and piezo horn
  • 4-band EQ
  • Mid-scoop switch
  • Effects loop
  • XLR line out
  • Pulsing stage lights in the port
  • 21"W x 25"H x 13"D
  • 60 lbs.

 

GUITAR Q AND A

 

The Van Halen Technique Revealed

Gavin McKinley; Burnsville, MN

Q: I love the style and sound of Eddie Van Halen, he is my favorite guitarist. I have been playing guitar for a year and a half now and really want to learn how Mr. Van Halen gets the guitar to sound like it does in Eruption. I have tried all sorts of scales and riffs and I can't seem to get close to the sound he gets at the end of that piece. Can you give me some guidance before I break my guitar...please?

A: Don't break your axe, I'll help you... I promise! This technique is called Bi-Dextral Hammer Ons, or right hand tapping. He actually frets notes on the neck with both hands. Let me get you started.

  1. Hold your fretting hand first finger on the 2nd fret of the 2nd string.
  2. Bring you picking hand index finger to the neck and hammer the tip on the 2nd string 9th fret, this should sound out that note.
  3. Then snap or pull that index finger off this should sound the note on the 2nd fret that you had pressed down.
  4. The last step is to hammer down your fretting hands 4th finger on the 5th fret.

By repeating these steps and picking up speed you should start to recognize the sound of the master himself... the Van Halen man.

Hope this helps!

Yours in Music
John McCarthy
Rock House

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Billy C. Wirtz:

Madman of the Blues

Billy C. Wirtz is on his back on stage, his feet straight up in the air. His left hand raised to the piano, Wirtz is crawling out a wicked bassline as he delivers the ongoing punchline of his song about "Roberta," the wife from hell. The crowd is enraptured, mesmerized by his rolling story, as well as his zebra-skin shoes, "stolen from the closet of Wilson Pickett."

His timing is impeccable, the results of years on the road perfecting his skills. Part preacher, part bluesman, and part circus ringmaster, Wirtz has the music in him, and his nightly shows are like an exorcism of the soul and R&B he soaked up along the way. He hooks the crowd like a hungry bigmouth bass, and reels it in with the expertise of a man with a bulging tacklebox full of one-liners, punchlines, and a love for music.

Born in South Carolina, Wirtz's family moved to Washington DC when he was nine, which exposed him to a veritable melting pot of soul, R&B, and country music. As he discovered music Wirtz discovered himself, and he began to find true purpose in being not just a fan, but a player. Graduating college with a degree in Special Education, it was at a camp for the mentally handicapped that Wirtz began his piano career.

Q: I heard that gospel music first got you interested in playing. True?

Billy C. Wirtz: Actually, kind of a combination of all of it. I liked music from the time I was a child. I came from a very non-musical house. My parents weren't particularly into popular music - they were into pretty serious classical. I went to bed every single night to classical music - Mozart, Beethoven, Bach. At about 11 years old, I discovered rock 'n' roll, much to my parents' chagrin. I started out wanting to be a drummer, and then I played guitar. But the girl down the street was paying attention to the guy who was taking organ lessons. My dad actually played organ, so that's what got me into it.

Q: Did you have one in the house?

Wirtz: We had a pump organ, a parlor organ. Yeah, that thing would wear you out - it would give you like the lower cardio workout! I played a little as a teenager, but I never really learned much on it. My father was a pipe organ enthusiast. He hated Hammond organs. Hated them. I had a Farfisa at one time, with a Silvertone amp.

Q: What were you listening to at the time?

Wirtz: "Walk Don't Run" by the Ventures. I wanted to be Nokie Edwards of the Ventures.

Q: Did you like a lot of the surf guitar, the Dick Dale stuff?

Wirtz: Oh sure. I never listened to Dick Dale very much. I hate to think of all those albums that I used to look at and never picked up. They're all worth $300 now. There was a guy named Johnny Fabian in our neighborhood, and he and his buddies had a surf band. It was basically two guys plugged into a Fender Bandmaster, but it was really loud and reverby, with the Fender Jaguars, and I thought that was the coolest thing on the entire planet! So, I was into the surf thing until I was about 12.

Q: And you grew up in the DC area?

Wirtz: Yes - I grew up in the South Carolina area until I was eight, and then in D.C. until I was 17.

Q: Was that kind of music popular there, or was it just on your block?

Wirtz: Well, the gospel and the hillbilly and all that I grew up with was in South Carolina. My mom said that when I was three or four, I would sit in front of the TV and watch the gospel shows, bopping back and forth. And the more they screamed and rolled on the floor, the more I loved it. And I still do today!!

Q: Tell me more about the D.C. scene at the time.

Wirtz: D.C., you have to remember, was a hotbed. We had all the working whites from the South who were coming up to build all this new suburban Washington in the mid-'60s. And then you had all the government workers, and then you had the large black population. So you had this very heavy R&B/soul music scene, you had a very heavy country music scene. Patsy Cline got her start there - she was from Winchester, Virginia, but she really got her first break in D.C. The "Cavalcade of Stars" or whatever, and Roy Clark started there, and all these other guys.

Q: As a white person, were you able to go and get into the black music scene?

Wirtz: Um, yeah. Up until the Martin Luther King riots of '68, you could go to the Howard Theater and places like that. I saw James Brown and the Famous Flames, with the two drummers, and the shake dancers and everything. We used to go see all the really cool horn bands, the soul bands, bands like The Expressions and the Velours. I mean, that's the stuff that just completely singed my wig, you know? I got, like a sixth degree black belt in soul music appreciation. That was it.

Q: What was the first concert you ever went to?

Wirtz: My first concert would be, oh, at our local swimming pool. They had The Reekers, or somebody like that. But the first real concert would be James Brown and the Famous Flames. But that's what I wanted to be. Up until I was 12, I wanted to be a park ranger. Now, I wanted to run on stage with a gold lame cummerbund, spin around, and grunt into the mic as the entire front row broke into a riot. I said, "That's what I want to be when I grow up."

Q: And you've done it!

Wirtz: Well, a slightly inverted version of it. But also, very much I was into Zappa - I got the Mothers' (of Invention) first album, and I was always so into the humor and the more bizarre and forbidden stuff. You know, Screamin' Jay Hawkins and stuff. I saw Captain Beefheart at the Alexandria Theater. I liked Beefheart, but I liked Zappa a little bit better.

Q: So how did you get into the piano?

Wirtz: I was working in Virginia at a camp for the mentally handicapped, and they had an old piano in the lodge.

Q: Had you been playing up until that point?

Wirtz: Not at all. I quit playing when I was 15, didn't play [again] until I was 22. I got drunk one night and asked the local hillbilly band if they wanted a piano player. They said "Hell yeah!" At that point, I could barely just play chords. And that was it - February of 1976. And in some respects, I've never looked back since then.

Q: Were your parents supportive?

Wirtz: I think so. I always thought my mom had accepted it more than my dad did. But my mom passed away last May, and I think right up to the end, my mom had more aspirations for me being a writer. Actually, she always wanted me to be a teacher!

Q: A music teacher?

Wirtz: No, just education. Whatever. Parents will fixate on this thing, though.

Q: Do you find it hard to balance your musical side with your comedy?

Wirtz: My biggest problem being a musician and songwriter as well as a comic is I start playing too many comedy gigs, and I let my piano playing go to hell. I hate to practice.

Q: What is your practice routine like?

Wirtz: I warm up for 10 minutes. I use a lot of tapes, like those Homespun tapes (www.homespuntapes.com). I use the gospel series, and when I got the Oberheim OB-3, I used the Hammond organ one, by David Cohen. It helps me to have something to stimulate. I'm always trying to write new songs and learn new licks. I had an excellent teacher in Charlottesville named Art Wheeler - a monster player. I learned some stride stuff from him. When I do more of the blues thing, there's more need to play a traditional style. I've got a 12-note grab in my left hand, so I do a lot of walking tenths as it is. But I've sacrificed perhaps some of my technical skills for the fact that I'm out there doing a show for people.

Q: Being a showman takes a lot more than just technical skills, though.

Wirtz: I think you use the skills from all your various areas. From the wrestling, you learn how to do in-your-face guerilla theater. From the comedy clubs, the comedians would tell me, "you're walking on your jokes, you're walking on your laughs. You gotta slow down." Basically, I've learned, and I continue to learn. I hadn't played organ in almost 20 years. I just picked it up again, fell in love with it, and now I'm stealing Joey DeFrancesco licks!

Q: Are there any major comedians who have influenced you?

Wirtz: Musically, I would say the Smothers Brothers of all things. Brother Dave Gardener, too. The story on him is really fascinating.

Q: There are a lot of characters in music history, huh?

Wirtz: The earliest blues piano was much of an interaction between the piano player and the audience. He would be in Kansas City and be singing about what was going on in the immediate community. Your earliest blues piano players were rhythm section and jokester. They played in the sawmills - the boogie players did. They were a different breed. Sunnyland Slim carried a knife that would have made Vlad the Impaler proud. He carried a blade on him until the day he died. I never saw him have to use it, though. Those old guys came up tough. They weren't scared of anybody. They were all moonshiners and rumrunners. That's why when these guys sing, you can believe every word they say.

Q: It's important for the audience to feel you have conviction in what you're doing,

Wirtz: Or two or three convictions! (laughs)

Q: How do you approach the audience when you play?

Wirtz: When you work a room like last night, it was boomy, so you have to slow down a quarter of a step 'cause it's gonna take a quarter of a second longer for them to get what you're saying. And you work the middle seats, right around the soundboard. Not up in front, and not in the back. That way you're covering everybody, and making eye contact.

Q: Does your set vary from night to night, based on the crowd? Or are there things you always do?

Wirtz: Yes! (laughs) You have stuff you come out with right away. You have lines that you throw out in the crowd just like you're taking a fishing rod, you're reeling it out there going, 'OK, did they nibble, or did they strike hard on it?' You set up the hook. It's like being in a boxing match. Sometimes you come out and box, sometimes you just go right for it and swarm all over them before they even know what hit 'em. That's just 15 or 20 years on the road of continuously doing it. I think for me, it is important to stay in a constant state of writing new material, learning new material, and learning new ways to play it.

Q: You constantly try to keep yourself challenged?

Wirtz: Always, always. The only time it's not good is when you really start to stagnate.

Q: So how do you avoid stagnation?

Wirtz: I can't stress how important it is to listen to and expose yourself to as many different kinds of music and different styles as you can - the roots music, the blues players, the gospel players. Listen to the players nobody's ever heard of. I keep trying to go back to the roots. Who influenced the blues players? Keep diggin'. Keep that search going. I had heard of Johnny "Guitar" Watson, but never heard him. Somebody turned me on to his stuff, and I just went psycho! I immediately went to the music store and said, 'I'll take that one, that one, that one, and that one - gotta have 'em!' I think that's the joy of playing music, and listening to it, and being as big a fan as I am. I'm a total fan.

Q: Do you think it's harder for kids today being over-exposed to so much different music and not knowing where to start listening?

Wirtz: That depends on what you're talking about. Are you talking about music that is disposable culture? Records that you'll find a thousand copies of in your local Salvation Army in three years? Or are you talking about making music that has a timeless quality to it, that won't make you 1/50th the money, but you can still play it and not look silly when you're 60 years old? The latter is great, but there are people that just go for the flavor of the moment.

Q: Do you think people know how to appreciate music these days?

Wirtz: It's more difficult, because there's so much bombarding you. It's hard for people to listen, it's hard for them to listen in sequence, or hear a solo. I have that problem - I catch myself with that rapid-fire attention span.

Q: The product of a television nation?

Wirtz: I think in general, things move faster.

Q: Do you see a lot less new players? It used to seem like everybody played.

Wirtz: Nah - it stays about the same. And again, there are people who are seriously wanting to make a commitment versus the people that are just thinking about it. When I started out, you had electric pianos, you had organs, Mellotrons, synthesizers,

Q: You have so many choices of sounds that people forget the actual playing!

Wirtz: Right. The basic things you still have to learn are chords, melodies, and scales. That's the only thing about technology - it makes you want to bypass the fundamentals. I still have a hard time reading music, and that's not something that I'm proud of. But as soon as I sit down and go, "OK, I'm gonna learn to read music," the phone will ring, and they'll go, 'It's the City of Memphis. They want you to write the theme for the BBQ Festival!' You know, life gets busy.

Q: Not such a bad trade-off, though. It's always interesting! Do you think it's hard for people to learn how to be entertainers?

Wirtz: That's just something you gotta do. That's difficult, because that's where you risk being told in print, by an audience, or by one drunk heckler, 'You suck.'

Q: Do you ever tape yourself and critique your performances?

Wirtz: No. Very rarely. That makes no sense at all. You'll play great, and have like two people clapping. You'll play mediocre, and when you leave the town, they're carving a totem of you with 'Billy Wirtz played here last night.'

Q: Is it worth it?

Wirtz: I still have problems sleeping on the road, and it's a tough way to make a living - but ultimately satisfying. There's that tremendous pride - not ego - but pride in your work. When you have a form that says occupation, and you can put "musician," that's very cool. That's what I always wanted to be. Unless you're trying to get a loan from the bank,. (laughs)

Q: What do you want to leave as your legacy?

Wirtz: Well, the air can get real thin up on that soapbox. I just want to do what's in front of me. Make another record, keep playing, stay healthy, have a good time doing it. And if I'm not having a good time doing it, ask myself why. Constantly question yourself: 'Why am I doing this? Am I having a good time doing this? Am I not having a good time all the time? What do I need to change in this equation? What do I need to change about me?' I believe the central thing that saves me is music, and playing it. Read "Man's Search For Meaning" by Victor Frankel. The people that survived the Holocaust in those camps were those that had a central thing that gave their life meaning. With that in mind, anything that it takes to get you focused and happy on that - partying, self-help books, whatever - I've done it all. And survived!

Q: So you take better care of yourself now?

Wirtz: Now I work out, I do yoga. It's kind of your responsibility. You have this gift, a genetic makeup that allows you to hear things and reproduce them on an instrument. You're kind of committing a crime against nature if you waste that. It's like really taking advantage of what you've been given, and you spoil it. All aside from what it does to the people around you. We've seen great guys that are great players, but just so full of themselves. It's bad enough that they're hard enough to get along with when they're sober, and then you see them wreck it with drugs and stuff like that. And then there are people who can do it and still get away with it! But look at me - how much happier can I be? I'm in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, it's 85 degrees, and I just got paid very well!

The Rev Remembers Sunnyland Slim
Wirtz is clearly proud of and inspired by his relationship with the late blues piano player, Sunnyland Slim. At the time they met, Wirtz was living in Harrisburg, Virginia, going to school, and playing with a blues band from Charlottesville called the All Stars. Slim came to town, and after his performance there, the promoters were going to put him on a bus to go to his next gig. "I said, 'He's 74 years old,'" Wirtz recalls. "'He's Sunnyland Slim! You don't put him on a bus. I'll take him down there." After seeing Slim on a few subsequent dates, Wirtz wrote him a letter.

"I decided to do my big Kerouac-ian thing one more time before I settled down into a career of teaching," Wirtz recalls. "He had his girlfriend write me back and say I could come stay. I think he was being nice. Unfortunately, I took him up on his niceness and I ended up staying with him for about a month. I crashed on his couch. He lived in an upstairs apartment with like 10 locks on it in the heart of Southside Chicago - near 63rd and Martin Luther King. There were no white faces down there, except for the guy in the money store behind the bulletproof glass who ratted people out to the welfare department. You never talked to that guy. So everybody knew me right away: 'There's the 6-foot-4, geeky white guy!'

Wirtz describes Sunnyland's style as "kind of like the Elmore James of piano. He had a basic style that he played in, very simple and effective. He had about four different songs, and a bunch of variations on them. Sunnyland never worried about the rhyme, either. He would sing these great songs and have this kind of Zen rhyming thing in the verse. But he was a monster, and one of the last great ones."

Wirtz tells a story of the "heaviest thing that happened" while in Chicago. A local blues singer named Lee Jackson was murdered by his son-in-law, and Robert Jr. Lockwood came to town for the funeral. He and Sunnyland sent Wirtz to the liquor store for some Couvoisier. Back in the living room, Slim is playing his old piano, and Lockwood is playing the guitar, while Wirtz and Lockwood's sax player made themselves small in the corner. As they're playing, Lockwood says, "You know, everyone said the old man used to play it like this. But I learned it from him like this. I ain't never showed it to nobody, cause I don't want nobody stealing my stuff. George Thorogood stole my stuff anyway." By "old man," Lockwood was referring to his stepfather, Robert Johnson. The Robert Johnson - father of the blues. So here's Sunnyland Slim, who gave Muddy Waters his break, and Robert Johnson's son, revealing holy-grail style secrets, with Wirtz taking it all in in the corner. "We've gone to the source of the river," says Wirtz of the scene. "I can still picture it, down to the dust coming through the window."

 


Recommended Listening - A Must For Your Collection!

 
Bruce Cockburn, Speechless
By Ron Forbes-Roberts


 
In his 35-year career, Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn has recorded an instrumental acoustic guitar piece or two on many of his albums. Speechless is a compilation of those pieces, augmented with new material that Cockburn recorded specifically for this disc. Hearing these instrumentals back-to-back brings home the extraordinary range of influences that inform Cockburn�s music, from the straight-ahead folk melodiousness of �Foxglove� to the jazzy �Rouler Sa Bosse� and �Salt, Sun, and Time� and the gritty blues of the previously unreleased �King Kong Goes to Tallahassee.� Not all the pieces here are solo. There is a delicate duet with vibraphonist Gary Burton on �Mistress of Storms,� and a rhythm section backs Cockburn on other cuts, including the meditative �Deep Lake.� On �The End of All Rivers,� another previously unreleased piece, Cockburn enhances his guitar with digital delay and mixes in a baritone guitar and sundry percussion instruments to create a haunting, atmospheric soundscape. This sort of contemporary material makes it difficult to think of Speechless as simply a backward glance at Cockburn�s career, but early-�70s fingerpicking anthems like �Sunwheel Dance� and �Water into Wine� will likely evoke nostalgia in his long-time fans. (Rounder, www.rounder.com)

 



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