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San Antonio’s Monte Montgomery is a guitarist’s guitarist, but he doesn’t let that get in the way of the music on 1st and Repair (Heart Music). He brings taste, precision, economy, and a playful sense of timing to poppish songs with sturdy hooks and sings in a voice that’s equal parts grit and sunshine. And when you have his ability to make one guitar sound like two, who needs any more support than bass and drums? … Kim Wilson’s My Blues, one of the first releases on his own label, Blue Collar Music, is the most ripsnorting solo album of his career. Recorded “live to tape,” the set sports seamless grooves that put the emphasis on Chicago blues while also making stops in New Orleans, Kansas City, and Los Angeles. Stomping and swaying and swinging, these atmospheric blues strike much closer to the heart than the

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