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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: 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: 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: 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: 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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