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Legendary Fusion Guitarist Larry Coryell Passes

Guitarist Larry Coryell died February 19 in New York City after performing the previous night at the Iridium. He was 73 and passed away in his sleep, from natural causes. A pioneer of jazz-rock, Coryell was dubbed the “Godfather of Fusion” after bringing a new feel to electric jazz in the 1960s – hard-edged, with cutting tone and ... ...

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Elliot Rubinson, CEO of Dean Guitars, Armadillo, Passes at 62

Elliott Rubinson, longtime owner of Thoroughbred Music and founder of Armadillo Enterprises, passed away February 6 after a battle with cancer. He was 62. Rubinson was 21 when, in 1975, he converted a side gig selling used musical instruments out of his basement into a 700-square-foot building in Tampa and called it Thoroughbred Music. In ’93, ... ...

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Country Player of the Year

Vince Gill Awarded in 2016 For decades, Vince Gill has stood as one of a handful of contemporary country stars (Brad Paisley, Steve Wariner and Keith Urban being the others) blending vocal and guitar virtuosity with powerful, eloquent songwriting. Despite changing trends, Gill, a Grand Ole Opry member since 1991, retains a steadfast belief in ... ...

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Rock Player of the Year

Jeff Beck Awarded in 2016 The eight-time Grammy winner and hot rod enthusiast embodies the philosophy of the forward-thinking guitarist, continually moving on to fresh avenues of self-expression and arresting sounds. Find all the details in the 2016 VG Readers’ Choice Awards. Warren Haynes Awarded in 2015 Warren Haynes could hold a lot of titles, ... ...

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Jazz Player of the Year

Robben Ford Awarded in 2016 During a standing-room-only guitar clinic a few years ago, Robben Ford was asked, “How do you come up with guitar licks?” “I don’t play licks,” he responded. “I make music.” Occasionally terse but always compelling, Ford has built a career following a compass of artistic integrity. A five-time Grammy nominee ... ...

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Blues Player of the Year

Joe Bonamassa Awarded in 2016 Old-school genres like the blues are about tradition – make an album every couple/three years, tour, take a break. Joe Bonamassa don’t play that. Find all the details in the 2016 VG Readers’ Choice Awards. B.B. King Awarded in 2015 When B.B. King passed in May of 2015, VG fielded ... ...

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