Whether gigging, recording or jamming, guitarists spend 90% of their time playing rhythm guitar parts behind vocalists and other soloists. Having command of a wide range of chord voicings and rhythmic variations is arguably even more vital than being a great soloist. And no one knows this better than Shane Theriot who’s recorded or performed with everyone from the Neville Brothers and Dr. John to Little Feat and Sammy Hagar.
Armistice Day album by Syn was released Jan 23, 2007 on the Umbrello label. Before there was Yes, there was The Syn. The legendary Syn, featuring Yes bassist Chris Squire, original vocalist Steve Nardelli and Yes drummer Alan White, joined by world renowned musicians Shane Theriot and Gerard Johnson have followed up The Syn's critically acclaimed Syndestructible cd and recent world tour with their new album, Armistice Day…
The sounds of New Orleans have always been in Maria Muldaur's blood and catalog. Dr. John appeared on her first solo album back in 1974 and she arguably hit a career high point on her first full-fledged love letter to the city, 1992's Louisiana Love Call. She returns to the Crescent City for this 2011 release, employing veteran New Orleans keyboardist Dave Torkanowsky as musical director and "facilitator" and returning to the swampy "Bluesiana music" sound that includes heavy doses of gospel and blues along with touches of jazz, soul, and funk. This is a major shift from her past two acoustic jug band releases and plays to her sultry strengths as a vocalist who can convincingly sing any style of music she feels passionate about. Muldaur revisits a few tracks she has previously recorded (an earlier version of "As an Eagle Stirreth in Her Nest" was included on 1976's Sweet Harmony) but with a band that features guitarist Shane Theriot and Subdudes bassist Johnny Allen, they and the rest of the handpicked material boil with fresh enthusiasm.
The Syn are an English band that were active from 1965 to 1967, and then reunited as a progressive rock band in 2004. The band was founded by Steve Nardelli, Chris Squire, Andrew Pryce Jackman, Martyn Adelman and John Painter. Chris Welch, in his book, Close to the Edge: The Story of Yes wrote, "The Syn were very similar to Yes in fact. It was very much a precursor of Yes."