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Friday Night with Guitar George: Perspective

Let’s put some perspective on the news from yesterday: Freddie Freeman’s wrist is broken.  Chris Cornell is dead.  Freddie will be coming back to baseball in a few weeks.  Chris is never coming back.  Freddie’s injury was an unfortunate accident. 

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Chuck Berry

If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it “Chuck Berry.”          -John Lennon He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers.         -Mick Jagger Charles

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Friday Night with Guitar George: From the Editors

Harris King: Of all the great Guitar George pieces, the Townes van Zandt one still lingers in my memory. I love outlaw Texas music from the 1970s, and Townes’ tragic life led the way. As Dave described, “Van Zandt had

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Episode 100

Welcome, my friends, to the one hundredth edition of FNWGG and the final regular installment in the series. I won’t call this the last edition ever, because I might want to do a special edition from time to time as

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Gone Fishing

Welcome to the ninety-ninth edition of Friday Night with Guitar George, the next-to-last regular post in the series. During my hundreds of hours searching the internet to get material for FNWGG, my two favorite discoveries were R. L. Burnside and

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Number Ninety-eight

Dear friends, tonight is the ninety-eighth edition of Friday Night with Guitar George. Barring any unforeseen calamities, two weeks from tonight—May 20, 2016—will be the 100th edition, and the last regular installment in the series. I won’t say that it

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Notable Covers Edition

A recent television appearance by a heavy metal band featured an impressive cover version of a well-known pop song half a century old. This got me thinking about other unlikely cover versions—the White Stripes’ rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” came

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Prince Memorial Edition

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today To get through this thing called life Electric word life It means forever and that’s a mighty long time  –from “Let’s Go Crazy” A day and a half after the shocking news broke,

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Friday Night With Guitar George: Pete Townsend Edition

It’s difficult to talk about rock & roll because it’s essentially a category and a category which embodies something which transcends the category. –Pete Townsend, 1968 Thus spake rock music’s resident philosopher in a 1968 interview. While the Beatles were

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Merle Haggard Memorial Edition

Merle Haggard passed away Wednesday on his seventy-ninth birthday. Entertainers don’t get any more genuine than Merle the Pearl. He could talk the talk because he had walked the walk. In and out of trouble, in and out of prison,

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