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July 2, 2020
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When American rock and roll made its way to the UK in the 1950s and 60s, along with a burgeoning folk and blues revival, many young British fans hadn't been conditioned to think of music in the same way as their U.S. counterparts.

Unlike racially segregated Americans the Beatles didn't see-or hear-the difference between Elvis and Chuck Berry, or between the Everly Brothers and the Marvelettes.

They also couldn't see playing to segregated audiences as just one of those social customs one politely observes when touring abroad.

In 1964, at the height of Beatlemania, the band was booked to play Florida's Gator Bowl in Jacksonville just after a devastating hurricane and months after the introduction of the Civil Rights Act into Congressional deliberations.
Major political shifts were happening in the country and would have happened with or without the Beatles taking a stand for integration.

But they took a stand nonetheless and used their celebrity power to show how meaningless the system of Apartheid in the South actually was.

It could, in fact, be annulled by fiat should a group with as much leverage as the Fab Four refuse to play along.
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Many so-called new designs from small-shop guitar makers borrow a little here or there from existing classics. But you know you're doing something right when the design's originators send customers your way for orders they don't want to fulfill themselves, such as left-handed versions. The same is true when you try to retire a model and its clamoring fans won't let you. So it goes with Kauer Guitars' Banshee Deluxe. 
We've been suitably impressed by various basses from the Ibanez over the years, and the sumptuous finishes keep on coming. This SR five-stringer exhibits a rather fetching low-gloss topcoat, somewhere between a high-gloss finish and the smoothness of a satin surface. The hardware looks top-notch, and the electronics package should in theory give the player all the tonal options they could need. But does this SR model just cover familiar ground?

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Matthew Cochran plays Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 (originally for solo violin) by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). This comes via his YouTube channel and recorded at Cathedral Barn in Historic Barns Park, Traverse City MI.. The complete sonata at 18:30 minutes and that wonderful fugue. Nice, direct playing by Cachran who keeps things rhythmic. It's a big work! 

Bass is more than just a guitar with two fewer strings. It has a different tone, scale length, feel and musical role, and in many cases it requires a different conceptual and technical approach. Guitarists who are new to playing bass will often double the guitar part one octave lower. There is certainly a place for lockstep octave doubling - just listen to Aerosmith's Sweet Emotion, Led Zeppelin's The Ocean and Pantera's I'm Broken. But there is so much more that can be done with the bass guitar.
The SLO-30 is a downsized version of the company's legendary SLO-100 amplifier. It features the same Normal and Overdrive channels as its 100-watt predecessor including independent Preamp and Master controls. The amp's tube selection includes five 12AX7 preamp valves and two 6L6s in the power amp section. It has an improved noise floor with modern grounding, a tube-buffered effects loop, a depth control in the power section and front-panel channel switching through an onboard channel-select toggle switch.
Over the course of his 40-year recording career, Robert Cray has forged a sophisticated blues-soul sound that is timeless, even when it's hewed to the roots of the Memphis soul scene. His recordings have been imbued with the sound of Stax and Hi Records, and he even cut his 2017 Grammy-nominated album, Robert Cray and Hi Rhythm, with members of that label's rhythm section. For his latest release, Cray's sixth: That's What I Heard, the guitarist pays tribute to the early sound of Sam Cooke. 

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