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When you think of the iconic guitar players who rocked a Les Paul and Marshall to create tones that fans still talk about to this day, certain names always come up. If you know your music history, you certainly zoom right back to Eric Clapton and the landmark Bluesbreakers recording with John Mayall. At that time, Clapton famously combined a sunburst 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard with two PAF humbucking pickups with 45-watt model 1962 Marshall 2×12 combo (JTM 45). The guitarist cranked the amp while recording, which resulted in the engineer complaining several times that it was too loud.…

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Amidst the sound and fury of the 2016 presidential campaign, much has been said by and about Donald Trump. But in his new book The Making of Donald Trump, David Cay Johnston removes the curtain to reveal how this “Wizard of Odds” really does business and more. Using public records and his own personal reportage, Johnston – who began covering Trump at Atlantic City in 1988 for The Philadelphia Inquirer – exposes who Trump really is and his modus operandi. Johnston won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting, as well as the Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Medal and…

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The term “Yacht Rock” was created by music critics to describe the smooth commercial and in their words, slightly cheesy sound of a litany of successful late ‘70s pop/rock acts. Both Ambrosia and Player, whose music is often labeled as “Yacht Rock,” racked up huge charts in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s with How Much I Feel, Biggest Part of Me, This Time I’m In It For Love and the number one smash, Baby Come Back. “Yacht Rock” be damned, these bands have nothing to ashamed of; their exquisitely crafted, picture perfect songs affixed with sublime melodies, soaring harmonies…

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Rock Cellar Magazine is proud to introduce a new category called The Bottom Line – featuring anecdotes and musings from Bill Cinque, seasoned music industry vet and author of The Amazing Adventures of a Marginally Successful Musician, available now in our Online Store… _______________________________ You poor thing, you really think your band sounded great. Tsk tsk… Wait a minute. I wasn’t even at your show last night. In fact, this page was written on August 27, 2016. I couldn’t possibly know what transpired at your gig a mere 12 hours ago. Am I psychic? Do I own a time machine?…

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At age 68, Steven Tyler continues to surprise. Long-time Aerosmith fans might be scratching their heads with news that Steven Tyler has just completed a country solo album, We’re All Somebody From Somewhere. But upon closer listening to the band’s rich catalog, the DNA of country holds flavor in the group’s body of work. From the wistful delicacy of Seasons of Wither and Dream On to late ‘80s mega hits Cryin’, Amazing and What It Takes, all of these aforementioned tracks and more stylistically fit comfortably alongside the pop-country hits of 2016. And adding further credence to that notion, the new…

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The title of the first solo album by Moody Blues guitarist/lead vocalist Justin Hayward is Songwriter. Judging by Hayward’s remarkably inventive output penning such enduring hits as Nights In White Satin, Tuesday Afternoon, Question, The Voice and others, that moniker is apt for this legendary artist — whose magnificent body of songs, jettisoning image and changing fads and trends, has kept him a vital part of popular music for over 50 years. Hayward’s new solo jaunt, dubbed Stage Door 2016, is named after a key song culled from that debut. “‘Stage Door’ has a particular resonance for me as when we were small boys, my…

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Decades since ELO first disbanded, its legacy has gotten bigger and bigger. The band’s inventive orchestral pop/rock farmed by band mastermind Jeff Lynne’s Technicolor “everything but the kitchen sink production” shamefully didn’t garner the respect and accolades they deserved from a jaded press corps. But in 2016, ELO, once wrongly written off by critics, is now rightfully regarded as high art. As architect of ELO’s sound, production and songwriter, Jeff Lynne is now being afforded the respect he deserves as one of music’s most consummate and skilled record makers. The new Jeff Lynne’s ELO album, Alone in the Universe, has…

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“I guess it’s my sense of inquisitiveness and maybe boredom, a mixture of the two. I always look for tomorrow in today. Whoever’s involved with my music at the time, I go along with them, hand-in-hand, to find out where I can go. The answers are always there if you look carefully enough.” Unlike his contemporaries, Jeff Beck has only ever followed his muse. It’s frustrated many of his most ardent followers, but in hindsight it’s liberated Beck. At 72, he isn’t forced to tour the world playing his greatest hits, and Loud Hailer is proof positive. After meeting rhythm…

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Delta Lady: A Memoir is the apt title of Lafayette, Tennessee-born singer Rita Coolidge’s new autobiography. That classic Leon Russell-penned track and his signature A Song For You were inspired by Coolidge — also the muse of onetime beau Stephen Stills, who wrote Cherokee about the talented singer/songwriter. But apart from her qualities as a muse of the highest order, Coolidge is a first class singer and songwriter– She co-penned Superstar, a monster hit for The Carpenters and also served as background vocalist for the likes of Eric Clapton’s After Midnight, Stills’ Love The One You’re With, Ray Charles’ Busted, Joe Cocker, Delaney…

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There is no easy characterization of the Leo Sayer sound. The singer-songwriter broke out in the U.S. with 1974’s Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance), a quirky story-song that made the Top 10. Sayer followed with a pair of No. 1 hits: the disco-flavored You Make Me Feel Like Dancing and a ballad, When I Need You. Hits like How Much Love and More Than I Can Say followed. Sayer’s career’s took off in 1973 under the tutelage of British pop star Adam Faith, whom Sayer calls an “incredibly charismatic rogue.” Faith introduced the young writer to the Who’s Roger Daltrey,…

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