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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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Friday Night with Guitar George: Chickasaw Mudd Puppies Edition

The past two editions of FNWGG have been (by necessity) somber in tone, so tonight I want to lighten the mood a little bit. What better way to brighten things up than with a harmonica, a washboard, random percussive elements,

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Friday Night with Guitar George: The Mortality Dilemma

It looks like 2016 is going to force us to face a harsh reality. Just days after the passing of David Bowie, Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey and Mott the Hoople drummer Dale Griffin died, both at age 67. All of

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FNWGG: David Bowie Tribute Edition

Guitar George: I will be honest. I liked David Bowie. I enjoyed the little I had heard of his music. I respected the fact that he was a true “artist,” but my respect was vague and distant. The truth is,

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Jason Isbell Edition

Writer’s note: On Wednesday night I finished writing this essay about Jason Isbell that mentions Sadler Vaden. Unbeknownst of this, on Thursday morning Vaden tweeted out an article about Isbell—a day before my essay goes out worldwide on the BGS

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