Oscar Peterson “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (1995)

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been acquiring a Christmas album each year. The last decade or so, though, my go-to choice has been Oscar Peterson, and his genre-perfecting, “An Oscar Peterson Christmas.” Without question, it’s the best sitting-around-the-fire Christmas album I know. … More Oscar Peterson “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (1995)

Joel Paterson “Michelle” (2019)

One of the great benefits of the forthcoming Joel Paterson album “Let It Be Guitar!” – to be released by Bloodshot Records on September 20th – is that my wife can casually enjoy some beautiful, new arrangements of completely recognizable Beatles tunes, while I can focus intently on the fabulous intricacies of Paterson’s highly developed, … More Joel Paterson “Michelle” (2019)

Link Wray “Rumble” (1958) [performed 1974]

Lots of great guitarists have lots of different influences, but they all love Link Wray. I can’t prove it as a scientific fact, but just believe me on this. I first heard Wray’s trailblazing sound tearing up the two albums on which he partnered with Rockabilly legend Robert Gordon for his first two releases, Robert … More Link Wray “Rumble” (1958) [performed 1974]

Los Straitjackets “Fury” (1995); “Here Comes Santa Claus” (2002)

It’s hard not to love surf rock instrumentals, harder still when the band playing them exclusively performs wearing Lucha Libre Mexican pro-wrestler masks. It’s an outstanding gimmick, especially for a bunch of guys originating out of Nashville. But Los Straitjackets are a great band first, a great gimmick second. … More Los Straitjackets “Fury” (1995); “Here Comes Santa Claus” (2002)