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Guitar Special: Kalamazoo Gals, Richard Thompson Plays ‘Electric’

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Soundcheck is revisiting some of our favorite segments from the past year. Today, we're presenting a "Guitar Special," featuring a Rosie the Riveter guitar mystery and an iconic folk guitar master still going strong.

In this episode: John Thomas shares the story of unsung heroines, as detailed in his book, Kalamazoo Gals: A Story Of Extraordinary Women And Gibson’s ‘Banner’ Guitars of WWII.

Plus: Veteran English folk singer and guitarist Richard Thompson performs songs from his latest album, Electric, and reveals a passion for birding and NHL hockey.

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    A 'Banner' Mystery: How Rosie The Riveter Became Laura The Luthier

    Friday, March 08, 2013

    It’s a well known fact that during World War II women filled factories, making things like radar units and machine-gun rods. Turns out, they were crafting top-of-the-line acoustic ...

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    Gibson's Lady Luthiers of World War II; Fernando Otero In Studio

    Friday, March 08, 2013

    In this episode: When women stepped up to fill manufacturing jobs left behind by soldiers during World War II, the guitar industry was no exception. We talk with the author of Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of Extraordinary Women & Gibson's "Banner" Guitars of World War II -- and with one of the women profiled in the book.

    Plus: Grammy-winning Argentine pianist and composer Fernando Otero performs live in our studio. 

    And: Time Out New York's Sophie Harris shares some new music that's caught her ear recently.