The Wingnuts' debut is a madcap celebration of roots raunch and the trio's "doghouse rock." Soapy Argyle brays his hillbilly-savant lyrics over his own careening guitar solos and the insane swinging of bassist Mr. Tree and drummer Shawn 4-On. It's baked, refried and loaded with musical fiber.

Stephen Scott, whose day job is instructing at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, is an unsung musical innovator who converts his primary instrument, the piano, into a veritable symphony orchestra with a little help from his friends. He and his assistants physically pluck the pianos strings, many of which are altered with the use of bows made of Popsicle sticks and horsehair. New Music for Bowed Piano, which was first issued in 1984, isn't his finest work (1996's Vikings of the Sunrise continues to hold that distinction), but it's a welcome introduction to an artist with both talent and idiosyncrasies to spare.

Stephen Scott, whose day job is instructing at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, is an unsung musical innovator who converts his primary instrument, the piano, into a veritable symphony orchestra with a little help from his friends. He and his assistants physically pluck the pianos strings, many of which are altered with the use of bows made of Popsicle sticks and horsehair. New Music for Bowed Piano, which was first issued in 1984, isn't his finest work (1996's Vikings of the Sunrise continues to hold that distinction), but it's a welcome introduction to an artist with both talent and idiosyncrasies to spare.

A onetime lap-steel player for 16 Horsepower, Bob Ferbrache is even more talented when it comes to the art of studio engineering, and local bands know it. In addition to a recent collaboration with the Horsepowered fellas, he's left his unique thumbprint on DeVotchKa's dazzling new platter and is overseeing the upcoming release by the Kalamath Brothers. Big Bad Bob also mastered the entire Local Shakedown disc issued by Radio 1190 and Smooch Records. Who needs Abbey Road when you've got Absinthe Studios?
A onetime lap-steel player for 16 Horsepower, Bob Ferbrache is even more talented when it comes to the art of studio engineering, and local bands know it. In addition to a recent collaboration with the Horsepowered fellas, he's left his unique thumbprint on DeVotchKa's dazzling new platter and is overseeing the upcoming release by the Kalamath Brothers. Big Bad Bob also mastered the entire Local Shakedown disc issued by Radio 1190 and Smooch Records. Who needs Abbey Road when you've got Absinthe Studios?
Rainville frontman John Common sports a six-stringed timbre that's anything but common. With a Fender Twin, a semi-hollow-bodied DeArmond "Starfire" and a pair of Boss pedals, Common creates a dinosaur tone that groans and growls, squawls and squeals. Pair it with his deft rhythm-to-lead workmanship (and his picking smarts) and you've got fully realized guitar glory. Let it reign.

Rainville frontman John Common sports a six-stringed timbre that's anything but common. With a Fender Twin, a semi-hollow-bodied DeArmond "Starfire" and a pair of Boss pedals, Common creates a dinosaur tone that groans and growls, squawls and squeals. Pair it with his deft rhythm-to-lead workmanship (and his picking smarts) and you've got fully realized guitar glory. Let it reign.

Denver's king of the Sho-bud puts the pedals down with area country acts including Lois Lane's Superband (fronted by Meis's wife, Lois) and Denver Joe. His star-striking skills keep area pickers' jaws dropping on a regular basis, and his occasional solo steel showcases are helping introduce others to the instrument. To quote Denver Joe, Meis is the man himself.

Denver's king of the Sho-bud puts the pedals down with area country acts including Lois Lane's Superband (fronted by Meis's wife, Lois) and Denver Joe. His star-striking skills keep area pickers' jaws dropping on a regular basis, and his occasional solo steel showcases are helping introduce others to the instrument. To quote Denver Joe, Meis is the man himself.

Every night, soundman David Burbank tweaks and twiddles his gear to craft the clearest live mix in town. While many area rooms frequently wear out attendees with excessive volume, out-of-balance blends and distortion, the club serves up a loud-but-lovely mix that's powerful and fox-smart.

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