Harry Chapin Inducted Into Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fame

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March 22, 2014
Harry Chapin Inducted Into Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fame

       I am inducting Harry Chapin into The Arts and Entertainment Playground’s Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fame. An amazing guitar player, storyteller songwriter and really great singer that left us way too soon. He was also humanitarian that fought tirelessly for hunger. Coming from Brooklyn, New York, he had some success, but...
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Gordon Lightfoot Superstar of Canada Inducted Into Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fall

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December 21, 2013
Gordon Lightfoot Superstar of Canada Inducted Into Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fall

        Merry Christmas to Gordon and his excellent family. I will say right off that the best of the best sing, write and play. Gordon is the shining example of this, and then some. My Dad was pretty good. My Mother not so much. I sing like her so I had...
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4 Pop Divas All Score 4 Plus Stars Miley Gaga Avril Katy

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November 15, 2013
4 Pop Divas All Score 4 Plus Stars Miley Gaga Avril Katy

     This year has a stellar lineup for the holiday push. I am crunching down some major releases into one big article. These all deliver big time all across the board. Although not my favorite, Lady Gaga’s “Artpop” is considerably better than “Born This Way”.  Going for better content over just beat this...
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Here Come the Mummies-Live at the Legendary Knuckleheads: A Review

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October 20, 2013
Here Come the Mummies-Live at the Legendary Knuckleheads: A Review

       I love these guys. I love them even more after this show. Opening with a drum corp. and horn intro with lights is quite a treat.  Fan favorites such as “Attack of the Weiner Man”, “Rr Rr Rr”, “Bump”, “Booty”, “Pants”, “Tip Toe”, “V.I.P.”, “Carnal Carnival”, “Single Double Triple” “Wonders of...
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Here Come the Mummies: Big Bang for the Buck in Small Venues

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October 4, 2013
Here Come the Mummies: Big Bang for the Buck in Small Venues

  I admit it big time, I love these guys. I am going to the show in Kansas City, MO. at Knuckleheads. This is a less than $30 show. This is 4 1/2 star  entertainment on a workingman’s budget. I told them at work honor this time off request simply because I ain’t going...
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Alex de Grassi: Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fame

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October 3, 2013
Alex de Grassi: Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fame

  One of the most beautiful acoustic solo releases of all time is ‘Turning: Turning Back.’ Out of print and hard to hear I had this on cassette on a Sony Walkman. At 100 dollars on Cd your only option digitally I am hearing this on LP digital these days. ‘Southern Exposure’,’ Clockwork’ and...
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Danny O’Keefe -Acoustic Guitar Hall Of Fame Dark Horse

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August 8, 2013
Danny O’Keefe -Acoustic Guitar Hall Of Fame Dark Horse

   Being a long time fan and having seen him live I appreciate him enough to say he is deserving of The Acoustic Guitar Hall Of Fame. Writing “Good Time Charlie Got the Blues” is  a big thing. Danny goes much deeper than that. ‘O’Keefe’ is “Good Time Charlie” all over again. This is...
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Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fame-Bruce Cockburn

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August 4, 2013
Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fame-Bruce Cockburn

Bruce is a good singer. Bruce is a good electric guitar player. Bruce is an absolutely stellar acoustic guitar player. His first album is okay. His second album ‘High Winds White Sky” is one of the best acoustic albums of all time. ‘Dancing in the Dragons Jaws’ featuring the hit ‘”Wondering Where the Lions...
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The Pet Shop Boys ‘Electric’ is a Winner.

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July 20, 2013
The Pet Shop Boys ‘Electric’ is a Winner.

‘Elysium’ released only 10 months ago, was to me a disappointment. One of my least favorites in the entire catalogue, at best is only 3 stars. ‘Electric’ is what The Pet Shop Boys sound like on their best releases, like themselves. “Axis” starts out with a keyboard wash intro and gets funky. The beat...
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Oscar Winning FX Company Pushes Back Against Big Studios

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May 16, 2013
Oscar Winning FX Company Pushes Back Against Big Studios

By Will Sterling As the statue was being handed to the winners of the Best Visual Effects Oscar this year, Rhythm and Hues, the company responsible for the VFX of Life of PI, was filing for bankruptcy. Much has been made of the plight of the digital FX powerhouses since then. For artists working in Animatronics...
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Here Come The Mummies — ‘Cryptic’: A Review

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May 14, 2013
Here Come The Mummies — ‘Cryptic’: A Review

Here Come The Mummies again with a new release entitled ‘Cryptic’. They may be coming to a venue near you. I am going to the show at the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Ia. “You Know the Drill” has some nice funky guitars and of course punchy horns.”Chaperone” is an excellent song driven by...
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Melvins-’Everybody Loves Sausages’: A Review

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May 7, 2013
Melvins-’Everybody Loves Sausages’: A Review

The Melvin’s latest effort is cover songs that have been an influence to the band. The Seattle area band has been an influence in their own right. “Black Betty” may sound odd to some, but short and odd is quite the norm, if you are into them at all. They can also be quite...
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The Kentucky Derby No. 139: Overanalyze/Java’s War on NBC 5 PM Central/6 PM Eastern/3PM Pacific May 4th, 2013

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May 3, 2013
The Kentucky Derby No. 139: Overanalyze/Java’s War on NBC 5 PM Central/6 PM Eastern/3PM Pacific May 4th, 2013

    May 4th might just be the of the biggest  couple of minutes of the year. This makes the horse Overanalyze my top pick. I have been known to live this horse’s name at times. It beats not paying attention to what is going on. The  horse  Java’s War intrigues me big time...
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