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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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Friday Night with Guitar George: Ron Wood Edition

It has steadily fallen for the past decade or two, but there was a time when Rod Stewart’s 1971 album Every Picture Tells a Story routinely landed near the top of most “Best Albums” lists. There are probably several reasons

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Atlanta Rhythm Section Edition

When you grow up in Montgomery, Alabama the name “Atlanta” has a certain magical charm to it. The city’s towers of steel and glass rose on the horizon of our imaginations like Oz’s Emerald City, full of wonder and delight.

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Brushy One String Edition

At the beginning of any given week I have at least two or three ideas about what I want to do for FNWGG. By Wednesday I have chosen one, by Thursday night I have completed the write-up, and Friday morning

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Friday Night with Guitar George: R.E.M. Edition

R.E.M. is proof that the 1980s were not a complete disaster. By the time R.E.M. released their debut album Murmur in 1983, the Cars and the Police had worn out their welcome, the Eagles had imploded, and the Clash had

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Lucinda Williams Edition

Lucinda Williams is a gifted songwriter and an exceptionally good lyricist. Her 1998 masterpiece Car Wheels on a Gravel Road is one of the best albums from the past twenty years. She has a distinctively rusty and sultry singing style,

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Rosetta Tharpe Edition

First of all, let me apologize to those of you who were expecting a Jeff Francoeur Edition of FNWGG. I was unable to think of a music business equivalent to the story. Besides, after an astonishingly frenzied and passionate two

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Viola Beach Edition

When I wrote the Mortality Dilemma Edition of FNWGG on January 22, I did so in context of the recent passing of David Bowie at age 74 and Glen Frey at age 67, which called to attention the fact that

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Harmony Edition

The 2016 death parade claimed two more victims last week: Maurice White and Dan Hicks. The former was widely successful and amassed an incredibly impressive resume. The latter was a lifetime musician who never quite hit the big time but

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FNWGG: Jefferson Airplane Edition

Sadly but fittingly, Paul Kantner and Signe Toly Anderson passed away on the same day last week: Thursday, January 28th, 2016. Kantner and Anderson both were members of the original lineup of Jefferson Airplane when the band formed in San

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