April 13, 1991 |
Even the scraggliest-looking guitar aces have one thing in common with the famous bruisers of the pro sports world: They get paid for endorsing the stuff they use in their profession. For Michael Jordan, it's sneakers. For Steve Vai or Eddie Van Halen, it's the latest in six-string technology. Bob Brozman is one expert guitar player whose prospects for such commercial spinoffs would seem limited.
September 16, 1998 |
Led Kaapana's one-nighter at McCabe's on Sunday night was a friendly, informal opportunity to hear one of the most talented members of the current generation of Hawaiian slack key guitar players. The performance, especially the duets with steel guitarist Bob Brozman, retained the easygoing, familial atmosphere that is an essential characteristic of Hawaiian music. Slack key is a method of tuning the instrument's strings to an open chord, creating the potential for rich harmonic strumming.
November 3, 1995 |
We've heard of blues in the night, but John (Juke) Logan will play blues in the morning on Sunday at the Hard Rock Cafe in Fashion Island in Newport Beach after the annual "Run for Cover" benefit footraces. The harmonica player and organ whiz from L.A. (he's the guy who can be heard blowing sprightly harp during interludes on the "Roseanne" TV show) is expected to start playing around 9 a.m.
December 31, 1996 |
Pop music highlights, in chronological order: * Bob Brozman, Shade Tree Stringed Instruments, Laguna Niguel (Jan. 10): This acoustic folk-blues player from Northern California wrote the book on steel-bodied guitars ("The History & Artistry of National Resonator Instruments"), but his performances are based on wit, not pedantry. * John Doe, Club 369, Fullerton (Jan. 10): X, the cornerstone band of L.A.
February 4, 1998 |
Martin Simpson must feel like a pinball right about now. Though hardly a household name, the bluesy, folk-based guitarist ricochets around the world. Before participating in last weekend's International Music Products Assn. convention in Los Angeles, Simpson had just returned from a weeklong stint at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.